A Dutch Court quashes the decision of the national competition authority in the mobile operators case for unsufficient motivation (KPN Mobile, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone Libertel)

The District Court of Rotterdam judged in favour of the “mobile operators” in their case against the Dutch Competition Authority (the NMa). The NMa's case alleging cartel activities was ruled to be insufficiently founded and therefore annulled. On July 13th, the District Court of Rotterdam handed down its judgment in the “mobile operators case”; proceedings which were launched against the Dutch Competition Authority (hereafter NMa) by the five main mobile telecommunications providers in the Netherlands. The companies who launched the proceedings were KPN Mobile N.V., Orange Nederland B.V., Telfort B.V., T-Mobile Netherlands B.V. and Vodafone Libertel N.V. (hereafter: the operators). The court judged that the NMa decision which fined these operators for cartel behaviour, and which was

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Sebastian Vos, A Dutch Court quashes the decision of the national competition authority in the mobile operators case for unsufficient motivation (KPN Mobile, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone Libertel), 13 July 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin July 2006, Art. N° 12135

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