A German Court decides on excessive fees for the provision of information for directory enquiry services (DaRed II)

On 27 June 2007, the German Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf issued a decision on the question whether a telecommunication company abused its dominant position by demanding excessive fees for the provision of information for directory enquiry services [1]. The question at stake was whether a dominant undertaking could only bill directory enquiry services for the actual costs for providing the data of all telephone users or also for the costs for collecting the data and for installing and maintaining the respective database. Facts The plaintiff, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Telegate AG (Telegate), provides a directory enquiry service and administrates the relevant data pool used for the telephone directory. The defendant, Deutsche Telekom AG (Deutsche Telekom), is Germany's leading

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Petra Linsmeier, Moritz Lichtenegger, A German Court decides on excessive fees for the provision of information for directory enquiry services (DaRed II), 27 June 2007, e-Competitions Bulletin Telecom & Dominance, Art. N° 21239

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