EU High Court Says Legal Advice No Antitrust Defense

Law360, New York (June 18, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT) -- The European Union's highest court ruled Tuesday that a group of Austrian freight forwarders couldn't avoid antitrust punishment by claiming they had relied on advice from their lawyers or a national competition court that their joint pricing efforts didn't violate the bloc's cartel ban.

The European Court of Justice cautioned that neither legal advice provided by a law firm nor a decision from a national antitrust enforcer offered a valid defense to findings that a company had violated EU competition law. But the court also noted that...
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