White & Case Achieves Victory for Outremer Telecom Before French Antitrust Authority
Global law firm White & Case LLP has successfully represented Outremer Telecom, a subsidiary of the Altice-Numericable Group, in a procedure which culminated in the French Competition Authority imposing a fine of €45.9 million against SFR and its subsidiary La Réunion SRR.
The authority issued its decision against SRR, the French telecommunications provider, for having implemented and maintained (for more than 12 years in La Réunion and more than three years in Mayotte) unfair pricing differences between calls made to other customers of the SRR network (on net calls) and calls to its competitors' networks (off net calls) that were charged at a higher price.
Outremer Telecom, Orange Réunion and Orange Mayotte brought a complaint to the French Competition Authority in 2009 accusing SRR of antitrust practices. The authority ordered an interim measure to restore competition. Following a new complaint from Outremer Telecom and the Orange Group companies, the authority fined SRR in January 2012 for not having fully complied with the 2009 decision.
Paris-based White & Case partner Jean-Paul Tran Thiet said: "This procedure underlines the Firm’s ongoing ability to successful advise clients on complex and technical antitrust matters in the electronic communications sector."
Outremer Telecom was represented by Paris-based White & Case partner Jean-Paul Tran Thiet and associate Orion Berg.
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