CASE COMMENT: INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION POLICY - US SUPREME COURT - COMPETITON POLICY V. REGULATION - PRICE SQUEEZE

Price Squeeze: The US Supreme Court, in a ruling which reversed a lower court following US DOJ amicus brief arguments, confirms and extends its conservative line of decisions rejecting private claims and thus limiting antitrust suits and gives further precisions on its previous rulings on the relationships between competition law and telecommunications sector regulation regarding “price squeeze” aimed at driving out competitor of the market (Pacific Bell Telephone)

US Supreme Court, Pacific Bell Telephone Co. D/B/A AT &T California v. linkLine Communications, Inc. et al., n° 07-512, Feb. 25, 2009 L'arrêt linkLine de la Cour Suprême américaine vient d'être rendu dans une affaire qui mettait en cause les conditions d'application de la section 2 du Sherman Act à des pratiques d'éviction par la mise en œuvre de ciseaux tarifaires (price squeeze) par un opérateur de téléphonie dominant vis-à-vis d'opérateurs concurrents ayant besoin de recourir à son infrastructure pour fournir un service à des consommateurs individuels. La Cour Suprême a ainsi renversé un arrêt d'une Cour fédérale d'appel inférieure (la Cour d'appel du 9ème Circuit en Californie, celle de San Francisco, est la plus importante des 13 cours d'appel fédérales américaines). Ce dernier arrêt d'appel

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Frédérique Daudret-John, François Souty, Price Squeeze: The US Supreme Court, in a ruling which reversed a lower court following US DOJ amicus brief arguments, confirms and extends its conservative line of decisions rejecting private claims and thus limiting antitrust suits and gives further precisions on its previous rulings on the relationships between competition law and telecommunications sector regulation regarding “price squeeze” aimed at driving out competitor of the market (Pacific Bell Telephone), 25 February 2009, Concurrences N° 2-2009, Art. N° 25909, pp. 216-218

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