White & Case achieves success for Free Mobile in French class action initiated by UFC-Que Choisir
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Global law firm White & Case LLP has advised leading French mobile phone operator and Iliad group member Free Mobile on a class action initiated by French consumer association UFC-Que Choisir about costs charged by Free Mobile to consumers returning their rented mobile phones.
A judgment by the Paris Civil Court on December 13, 2022 ruled that a mobile phone rental contract and the phone subscription contract are not indivisible, and that the UFC-Que-Choisir class action was related to a movable asset that does not fall within the material scope of the law on class actions, and therefore declared the class action against Free Mobile inadmissible.
The White & Case team which advised Free Mobile was led by partner Yann Utzschneider (Paris) and included counsel Costanza Mussi (Paris & Milan) and associate Arthur Merle-Beral (Paris).
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