LONDON -- European independent labels' body Impala is to launch a court challenge to the Sony BMG merger, sources say. ELW has learned that Impala plans to announce its decision on Nov. 3.

LONDON -- European independent labels' body Impala is to launch a court challenge to the Sony BMG merger, sources say. ELW has learned that Impala plans to announce its decision on Nov. 3.

Brussels-based Impala will challenge the merger before a European court on the grounds that the European Commission's July 19 decision to clear the deal without conditions "was illegal," according to a source close to the case.

Impala has been a vocal opponent to the merger since it was first announced. The trade group has been consulting with lawyers for months as to whether it should mount a formal challenge.

Representatives of Impala were traveling and not available for comment.

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