The EU Advocate General Mazák seeks to affirm the judgment in margin squeeze case (Deutsche Telekom)

On 22 April 2010, Advocate General (‘AG') Jan Mazák at the European Court of Justice (‘ECJ') issued his opinion in Deutsche Telekom‘s appeal to the ECJ against the General Court ruling upholding the European Commission decision to impose a € 12.6 M fine on Deutsche Telekom for abusive margin squeeze. The AG opinion supports affirming the Commission decision. This is an important and closely-watched case, as it is the first time that the ECJ has been called upon to rule on the issue of a margin squeeze as a stand-alone abuse of dominant position. I. Commission's decision The Commission imposed a € 12.6 M fine on Deutsche Telekom for abuse of its dominant position in setting wholesale and retail prices for access to its local loop at levels such that new competitors could not profitably

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Alexandre G. Verheyden, Serge Clerckx, The EU Advocate General Mazák seeks to affirm the judgment in margin squeeze case (Deutsche Telekom), 22 April 2010, e-Competitions April 2010, Art. N° 33702

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