Court of First Instance Tosses Telecom Appeal

Law360, New York (July 5, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A European Commission ruling that allowed France to amend the licensing agreements for a handful of its telecommunication companies will stand after a European court threw out an appeal from Bouygues Telecom, which had called the arrangement illegal state aid.

The European Court of First Instance threw out the case on Wednesday, ruling that an EC decision that permitted France to reduce fees paid by Bouygues rivals France Telecom and Vivendi Universal could not be considered illegal state aid, as Bouygues had alleged.

“It appears that...
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