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Monday, 30 August 2010

ECJ rules on Aranesp reference this Thursday

This coming Thursday, 2 September, sees the handing down by the Court of Justice of the European Union of its ruling in Case C-66/09 Kirin Amgen. This is a reference for a preliminary ruling from Lithuania, noted by The SPC Blog when the Advocate General's Opinion was published here. The underlying dispute relates to the effective date of the Lithuanian marketing authorisation for Aranesp.

English, Portuguese and Slovak are the only languages in which the Advocate General's Opinion is not so far available (it's good to know that the Opinion was translated into Maltese, though one wonders whether -- given the notorious shortage of Maltese translators -- the Court of Justice has nothing more pressing to translate into that language.

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