French Court Upholds Stiff Fines Against Mobile Cos.

Law360, New York (December 12, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- An appeals court in France has affirmed a competition authority’s ruling to impose €534 million in record fines on the country’s three mobile operators for collusion.

On Tuesday, the Paris Court of Appeal upheld the December 2005 decision by France’s Competition Council that the operators France Telecom SA, Bouygues SA and Vivendi SA's SFR subsidiary violated antitrust laws by sharing sales data between 1997 and 2003.

The French Competition Council leveled record-breaking fines against the operators in a 90-page report based on evidence including handwritten notes...
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