The EU Court of Justice clarifies the scope of the law about pricing practices of vertically integrated companies in the telecommunications sector (TeliaSonera)

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Introduction On 17 February 2011, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) – on a reference for a preliminary ruling by the Stockholm District Court (SDC) – clarified, and indeed expanded upon, the scope of the law in relation to pricing practices of vertically integrated companies. The ruling impacts dominant, vertically integrated companies active both within and outside of regulated markets, such as telecoms. Companies on both sides of the Atlantic are therefore called upon to once again pay heed to the EU dominance rules (Article 102 TFEU). Background The Swedish Competition Authority (SCA) deemed that TeliaSonera (the dominant telephone company and mobile network operator in Sweden) had abused its dominant position by applying a pricing policy pursuant to which the spread between

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  • McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
  • Siemens (Brussels)
  • Jones Day (Brussels)

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David Henry, Martina Maier, Philipp Werner, The EU Court of Justice clarifies the scope of the law about pricing practices of vertically integrated companies in the telecommunications sector (TeliaSonera), 17 February 2011, e-Competitions February 2011, Art. N° 45027

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