Ombudsman Probes O2’s Complaint Against E.C.

Law360, New York (October 23, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The European Union's ombudsman has begun investigating O2 PLC's complaint that the European Commission blocked the British mobile phone operator from accessing information that could help its defense in the E.C.’s ongoing probe into high roaming fees in the telecommunications industry.

On Monday, European ombudsman Nikiforos Diamandouros revealed the inquiry, ordering regulators in the E.C. to respond by Dec. 31, 2006 to the allegations.

The E.C. brought antitrust charges against Vodafone and O2 in July 2004, and issued a second wave of charges against Deutsche Telekom...
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