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European Court of Justice

The supreme court of the European Union. It was established in 1952, predating the foundation of the EU by several decades. It has jurisdiction over EU law, but not over the national laws of member states. It consists of one judge per member state, though the full court meets rarely and decisions are made generally by a panel of judges.

European Court of Justice

the EUROPEAN UNION court which is responsible for interpreting the laws passed by the EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT which are binding upon the citizens of member states of the European Union. The European Court often interecedes to overrule judgements made by the courts of member states or modify national laws.
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The ECJ has jurisdiction to resolve disputes between member states,
Blair's argument was that the ruling was 'not impartial' because of the involvement in the ruling of ECJ President Vassilios Skouris, who she said had links with the Greek Cypriots that rendered him partial in the case.
The ECJ awarded the company damages after a blockade of the site by a trade union caused the company to go bankrupt.
Although judgment has not yet been delivered, the Marks & Spencer (M&S) case has been heard by the ECJ and the Advocate-General has issued an opinion.
The first relevant case concerning the issue of betting that came before the ECJ was the eminent Schindler case.
Some two years later, with no progress having been made to correct the situation, the EC informed the government in its letter dated 26 May 2009 that it was referring the matter to the ECJ.
The decision will come as a relief to firms who had feared that their annual contribution to the PPF would rocket if the ECJ ruled that compensation would have to be at the 100% level.
The fact that the EAT has agreed that the ruling is necessary suggests that there is a very strong possibility that the ECJ will decide in favour of the carers.
At a High Court hearing today the reference was finally agreed and the union's legal team asked the Judge, Mr Justice Evans-Lombe, to contact the ECJ to urge them to hear the case urgently.
Next up was Juergen Luedicke, who presented an overview of the leading ECJ direct tax cases.
Before giving an opinion, the court of appeal sought the ruling from the ECJ on a number of points, and among its findings released last week was that the significant labour and skill needed to compile the list "does not justify, as such, the protection of it by copyright if that labour and that skill do not express any originality ".
The senior ECJ disagreed, concluding "there is no likelihood of confusion between the marks" , and ordering the US company to pay costs.