European independent labels' body Impala is to launch a court challenge to the Sony BMG merger, sources say. Billboard.biz has learned that Impala plans to announce its decision on Wednesday (Nov. 3).

European independent labels' body Impala is to launch a court challenge to the Sony BMG merger, sources say. Billboard.biz has learned that Impala plans to announce its decision on Wednesday (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 travelling and not available for comment.

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