The EU Court of Justice upholds the ruling that adjudication on the merits would be devoid of purpose since the applicant didn’t have sufficient interest in the matter at the time he brought his challenge to the Commission’s decision (Guillermo Cañas)

Cañas: no sufficient interest in showing anti-competitive rules* Retirement comes too soon for many professional sports players, but for Guillermo “Willy” Cañas, an Argentinean tennis player once ranked world number 8, there was yet more to be lost upon retirement than just the tournament prizes and sponsorship deals. For a number of years Mr Cañas has been attempting to challenge the alleged anti-competiveness of certain anti-doping rules by means of a complaint to the European Commission. The Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) has now held that the fact of his retirement due to injury, which occurred between his making the complaint and the case reaching the European courts, meant he was effectively no longer able to pursue his grievance through this route. The judgment is

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Emily Neill, The EU Court of Justice upholds the ruling that adjudication on the merits would be devoid of purpose since the applicant didn’t have sufficient interest in the matter at the time he brought his challenge to the Commission’s decision (Guillermo Cañas), 20 June 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2013, Art. N° 60867

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