Consumer group seeking damages on mobile price fixing

16 Oct 2006

The French consumer group UFC-Que Choisir (UFC) has filed a request for damages at the tribunal of commerce in Paris for alleged price fixing by French mobile phone operators, writes Dow Jones Newswires. The group says it has received 12,530 separate complaints for damages against Bouygues Télécom, Orange France and SFR. It is requesting EUR750,000 in damages, or roughly EUR60 a person. Last year the French competition council found the three cellcos guilty of forming a cartel and freezing mobile phone prices between 2000 and 2002. The operators were ordered to pay a fine of EUR534 million to the government.

France, Bouygues Telecom, Orange France, SFR