The French Commercial Supreme Court partly annuls the Paris Court of Appeal’s judgment on illicit exchange of sensitive information in the mobile telephony cartel and strengthens the standard of proof (Bouygues Telecom / SFR / Orange)

Proceedings In its decision of November 25, 2005, the French Competition Council imposed record fines - up to a global amount of € 534 million - on the three main mobile phone operators in France (namely Bouygues Telecom, SFR and Orange France) for cartel practices infringing of Articles L. 420-1 of the French Commercial Code and 81 EC [1]. As reported previously in the Bulletin [2], the practices concerned exchange of sensitive information between competitors on an oligopoly market on the one hand, and market sharing through freezing of market shares on the other hand. The Competition Council's decision was confirmed by the Paris Court of Appeal (hereafter the “Court of Appeal”) on December 12, 2006 [3]. The judgment of the French Civil Supreme Court (hereafter the “Supreme Court”) of

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  • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel (Paris)
  • Eversheds Sutherland (Paris)
  • Johnson & Johnson (Issy-les-Moulineaux)

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Noëlle Lenoir, Dan Roskis, Charlotte-Mai Doremus, The French Commercial Supreme Court partly annuls the Paris Court of Appeal’s judgment on illicit exchange of sensitive information in the mobile telephony cartel and strengthens the standard of proof (Bouygues Telecom / SFR / Orange), 29 juin 2007, e-Competitions June 2007, Art. N° 14050

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