The European Court of Justice’s Court of First Instance has dismissed a legal claim brought by Italian car seller Autosalone Ispra against the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) alleging it was liable for flood damage.

Autosalone Ispra is a neighbour of the European Union’s Joint Research Centre’s (JRC) nuclear research unit at Ispra, Italy, which provided an excavator to Ispra’s mayor in 1992 to work on a nearby drain. Following a 2002 storm, it overflowed into the car showroom and its owner sued Euratom (which is responsible for the Ispra centre). The court has now refused to find Euratom responsible and ordered Autosalone Ispra to pay costs.  

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