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Verdict on Premier League v Karen Murphy to be delayed

Wed 12th Jan 2011 | Legal

The long awaited verdict on the Premier League’s battle against Karen Murphy and the broadcasting of the league’s games using foreign receivers looks likely to be delayed.

It’s understood that the verdict of an influential figure in the European court case on has been delayed until next month,.

According to the Publican, Julianne Kokott, an advocate general at the European Court of Justice, was due to give her opinion on the long-running appeal involving licensee Karen Murphy on Thursday (January 13).

But Kokott will not deliver her opinion now until February 3. The opinion will be handed down in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice, in Luxembourg.

It is unclear why the advocate general’s opinion has been put back.

Once the advocate general has given her opinion, judges at the ECJ are expected to give their verdict within three months.

But this will not be the end of the case, as their judgement will be sent to the UK’s High Court, which will sit again for the case.

The case, which was referred to the ECJ by the UK’s High Court in 2008, is looking at whether the EU law on the free movement of goods should be applied to decoder cards, used by pubs to access Premier League football.

Suppliers of foreign satellite equipment are also involved in the case, after the Premier League previously launched High Court action against them.

 

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