T-Mobile, Others In Hot Water Over 2001 Meeting

Law360, New York (June 4, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Court of Justice on Thursday ruled that a 2001 meeting between T-Mobile Netherlands BV, Deutsche Telekom AG and four Dutch telecommunications companies to discuss fees could be interpreted as anti-competitive, opening the door for a Dutch regulator to label the group a cartel.

“For a concerted practice to be regarded as having an anti-competitive object, it is sufficient that it has the potential to have a negative impact on competition,” the high court said. “Any exchange of information between competitors pursues an anti-competitive object...
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