The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has dismissed appeals by two Italian companies seeking damages from the European Commission. The claim was made in relation to revenue lost due to US-imposed tariffs that were created in response to an EC quota system for banana imports. The ECJ decided that the European Community cannot be held liable under existing laws for damages arising out of EU laws that infringe the World Trade Organisation Agreement. This case confirms that those caught in the crossfire of a trade war cannot expect compensation from the European Union.