The European Court of Justice finds Italian legislation on lawyers’ fees in conformity with EC competition rules

In an order issued on 5 May 2008, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the Italian legislation precluding national judges assessing the legal costs payable by an unsuccessful litigant from derogating from a fixed scale of legal fees, approved by a ministerial decree on the basis of a draft tariff produced by a lawyers’ professional body, does not infringe Articles 81 and 10 of the EC Treaty. The ECJ handed down its ruling in response to a preliminary

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Martin Favart, The European Court of Justice finds Italian legislation on lawyers’ fees in conformity with EC competition rules, 5 May 2008, e-Competitions Bulletin May 2008, Art. N° 44759

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