Vivendi Takes Collusion Case To France's High Court

Law360, New York (January 18, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Unhappy with a record €534 million in fines imposed by France’s competition authority, Vivendi SFR said on Thursday it would take the case over collusion in the mobile telecommunications industry to France’s Supreme Court.

Last month, the Paris Court of Appeal upheld a December 2005 decision by the Competition Council that 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 based on evidence...
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