Global law firm White & Case LLP successfully represented Outremer Telecom in an anticompetitive pricing case against SRR, a unit of Vivendi SA SFR.
The case, which was decided by France’s Competition Authority, was filed by Outremer Telecom, Orange Réunion and Orange Mayotte. The complaint accused SRR of abusing its dominant industry position by applying discriminatory prices for calls to phones outside its network in the French islands of Réunion and Mayotte. In September 2009, the Competition Authority had enjoined SRR to put an end to the unjustified variations of prices between in-network and outside calls and had imposed conservatory measures.
In its decision on January 24, 2012, the Competition Authority ruled that these differences in pricing had been maintained by SRR and imposed a €2 million fine on the company.
Orion Berg, a White & Case lawyer who advised Telecom Outremer, said: "This procedure is important for our client, as operators must be allowed to compete fairly in the mobile telephony market in La Réunion and Mayotte. It is all the more true that there are very few decisions of the Authority punishing non-compliance with conservatory measures."
White & Case Paris lawyers Jean-Paul Tran Thiet and Orion Berg represented Outremer Telecom.
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