CASE COMMENTS: UNILATERAL PRACTICES – FRANCE – PRIVATE ENFORCEMENT – DAMAGES – INTERESTS – DISCOUNT RATE

Damages: The Paris Commercial Court grants damages following an abuse of dominant position in the telecom sector in the Caribbean (Digicel Antilles Françaises Guyane / Orange Caraibe)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. In a judgment dated December 18, 2017, the Paris Commercial Court ordered Orange to pay 179 million euros in damages to Bouygues Telecom Caraïbe, a subsidiary of the Bouygues Telecom Group, which was acquired by the Digicel Group ("Bouygues"). This is the largest damages award in the context of anti-competitive practices in France. Taking into account discounting, at a particularly high rate, Orange is thus expected to pay nearly 346 million euros to Bouygues. Background In this case, Orange had initially been found guilty by the Competition Authority (the "Authority") on 9 December 2009 of abuse of a dominant position in the telecommunications sector in

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Anne Wachsmann, Nicolas Zacharie, Damages: The Paris Commercial Court grants damages following an abuse of dominant position in the telecom sector in the Caribbean (Digicel Antilles Françaises Guyane / Orange Caraibe), 18 December 2017, Concurrences N° 2-2018, Art. N° 86894, pp. 87 - 88

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