European Union – Jurisdiction. The Court of Justice of the European Union made a preliminary ruling concerning the interpretation of arts 2 and 5(1)(a) and (b) of Council Regulation (EC) 44/2001 (on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters). The request had been made in proceedings between Corman-Collins SA, established in Belgium, and La Maison du Whisky SA, established in France, concerning a claim for compensation on account of the termination of an agreement for the distribution of goods between those companies.