The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has thrown out another case brought by banana importers claiming damages against the European Commission because of the European Union’s (EU) 2001 banana trading regime.

The German and Italian subsidiaries of US fruit giant Dole, (Dole Fresh Fruit Europe Ltd & Co. and Italy’s Comafrica SpA) claimed the regulation gave unfair preferential access to Caribbean suppliers and so broke European law.

Dismissing this claim, the ECJ’s Court of First Instance also found the applicants “demonstrated a total lack of seriousness and rigour in their calculation of the loss of entitlement to import certain quantities of bananas in 2001”. It told the companies to pay their own and the Commission’s costs.