R (on the application of Sky Blue Sports & Leisure Ltd and other companies) v Coventry City Council

European Union – State aids. The defendant local authority made a £14.4m loan to the first interested party. The claimants issued judicial review proceedings, challenging the decision to make the loan on grounds including that it was unlawful state aid not notified to the European Commission. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the application, held that the loan had not been state aid, as it could have been entered into on the terms agreed by any rational private market operator.

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