Vivendi loses EU court appeal against Orange France

17 Oct 2013

The General Court of the European Union (EU) has rejected French media group Vivendi’s appeal against rival Orange France for abusing its dominant position, thus upholding the European Commission’s (EC’s) Decision T-432/10 on Orange France’s pricing practices for wholesale telecommunications services. According to a press release, the EC ‘was not bound to pursue a detailed investigation’, as the services concerned ‘had only limited effects on the functioning of the retail markets’. The court decision, however, can be appealed.

In July 2012, the Commission adopted a decision rejecting Vivendi’s complaint on the grounds that there was not sufficient EU interest in pursuing an investigation of the alleged infringements. Subsequently, Vivendi brought an action for the annulment of the EC’s decision.