The EU Court of Justice issues a preliminary ruling in a case concerning price squeeze abuses providing clear guidance on this issue (TeliaSonera)

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On 17 February 2011, the European Union Court of Justice ("CJ") issued a preliminary ruling in an ongoing case concerning price squeeze abuses. Questions were referred to the CJ from the Stockholm District Court, which has before it a case between Swedish telecommunications company TeliaSonera AB and the Swedish Competition Authority. The preliminary ruling provides useful guidance in assessing margin squeeze abuses under Article 102 of the TFEU, confirming its broad application, including in unregulated industries and wholesale services or products that are not indispensable inputs for competitors to sell on the downstream retail market. In summary, the CJ's ruling: • confirms margin squeeze as a standalone abuse under Article 102 TFEU, distinct from a refusal to supply, applicable

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Alexandre G. Verheyden, Serge Clerckx, The EU Court of Justice issues a preliminary ruling in a case concerning price squeeze abuses providing clear guidance on this issue (TeliaSonera), 17 February 2011, e-Competitions February 2011, Art. N° 50200

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