The Court of Appeal of England and Wales holds that when the Competition Appeal Tribunal sets aside a decision of the OFT or sectoral regulators and orders a reinvestigation, it does not have jurisdiction to set time limits for completion of that investigation (Ofcom & OFT / Floe Telecom)

Summary The Court of Appeal (England and Wales) has held that, when the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has set aside a decision of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) or sectoral regulators, and has ordered a reinvestigation by the OFT or the regulator in question, the CAT does not have jurisdiction to set time limits for completion of that investigation. Background Floe Telecoms Ltd, a provider of telecoms services to consumers, complained to the sectoral regulator, the Director General of Telecommunications (DGT), that an incumbent telecoms network provider (Vodafone) had abused its dominant position by disconnecting them from the network, in breach of Chapter II of the Competition Act 1998 (equivalent to Art.82 EC). In November 2003, DGT decided that Vodafone had not abused its

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David Loveday, The Court of Appeal of England and Wales holds that when the Competition Appeal Tribunal sets aside a decision of the OFT or sectoral regulators and orders a reinvestigation, it does not have jurisdiction to set time limits for completion of that investigation (Ofcom & OFT / Floe Telecom), 15 juin 2006, e-Competitions June 2006, Art. N° 12395

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