Apple, Orange IPhone Proposals Prove Fruitful In France

Law360, New York (January 22, 2010, 5:10 PM EST) -- France's competition authority has closed its probe into a deal granting France Telecom's Orange SA exclusive rights to sell Apple Inc.'s iPhone, now that the two companies have proposed commitments that would keep Apple from entering into any long-term exclusive deals for its smartphone for three years.

The proposals follow a February 2009 decision from a Paris appeals court upholding the French Competition Council's original objections to the five-year contract between Apple and Orange.

At the time, France Telecom had vowed to try to overturn the...
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