The Court of First Instance (CFI) has ruled to uphold the EC’s finding of abuse of dominance by Deutsche Telekom. In 2003 the EC found that Deutsche Telekom had abused its dominant position in the market for direct access to its fixed telephone network, having charged competitors prices higher than Deutsche Telekom’s retail prices. The fines imposed by the EC totaled €12.6 million. The CFI found that the assessment and conclusions made by the EC were correct, rejecting each of Deutsche Telekom’s bases for appeal. Moreover, the CFI stated that decisions of national regulatory authorities with regard to EU telecom rules cannot affect the powers of the EC as regards a finding of a breach of competition rules. An appeal against a CFI ruling can be brought within two months of notification of the decision.
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CFI upholds fines to Deutsche Telekom
- Squire Sanders
- European Union, Germany
- May 27 2008
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