The Paris Court of Appeal confirms the decision of the French Competition Authority in the mobile telephony case by adopting the same arguments without clarification regarding the new requirement of proof of harm to the economy (Orange France)

The ruling [1] by the Paris Court of Appeal of 30 June 2011 in connection with decision N° 05-D-65 (hereinafter Decision) of the Competition Council (which has now become the Competition Authority) opens new perspectives for thinking about certain issues such as (i) the criteria for sanctions in cartel cases, (ii) harm to the economy and finally (iii) the latitude of discretion enjoyed by the Court of Appeal in relation to the Competition Authority. The appeal to the Supreme Court, which will review the case a third time, will not change this situation. I - The ruling by the Paris Supreme Court which required the lower court to re-examine the case related solely to the "provisions relating to sanctions against Orange for having participated in the exchange of information" [2].

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Christelle Onillon, The Paris Court of Appeal confirms the decision of the French Competition Authority in the mobile telephony case by adopting the same arguments without clarification regarding the new requirement of proof of harm to the economy (Orange France), 30 juin 2011, e-Competitions June 2011, Art. N° 45544

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