The French Commercial Supreme Court rules that exchange of information between competitors in an oligopolistic market is not per se contrary to competition law (Bouygues Telecom / Orange / SFR)

Background On 29 June the French Commercial Supreme Court (“the Supreme Court”) ruled on a noteworthy case relating to anticompetitive agreements and exchange of information in the mobile telephony market. The case was decided on the basis of Article L. 420-1 of the French Commercial Code and Article 81 of the EC Treaty. The anticompetitive practices came to light as part of an investigation carried out following the Competition Council's decision of 28 August 2001 to begin proceedings ex officio. In addition, a complaint was lodged by the consumer association UFC Que Choisir on 22 February 2002 which drew attention to similarities in the companies' pricing policies and their unchanged market shares. The Competition Council (“the Council”) fined the three mobile telephone operators,

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Lauriane Lépine, Dominique Enjolras, The French Commercial Supreme Court rules that exchange of information between competitors in an oligopolistic market is not per se contrary to competition law (Bouygues Telecom / Orange / SFR), 29 June 2007, e-Competitions June 2007, Art. N° 14162

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