Advocate General Collins: An arbitral award judgment may be a relevant judgment for the purposes of the Regulation on recognition and enforcement of judgments

(Source: Court of Justice of the European Union)

This notwithstanding that such a judgment falls outside the scope of that same regulation

In November 2002, the M/T Prestige, a single-hull oil tanker registered in the Bahamas, broke into two sections and sank off the coast of Galicia (Spain). It was carrying 70 000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil, which escaped, causing significant damage to beaches, towns and villages along the northern coastline of Spain and the western coastline of France. Thus began a lengthy dispute between the insurers of the vessel (The London Steam-Ship Owners’ Mutual Insurance Association Limited – “the Club”) and the Spanish State which they pursued by way of two different procedures in two Member States.

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