Case C- 295/12 Telefónica and Telefónica de España v Commission ('margin squeeze') [Archived]
Case C- 295/12 Telefónica and Telefónica de España v Commission ('margin squeeze') [Archived]

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Case C- 295/12 Telefónica and Telefónica de España v Commission ('margin squeeze') [Archived]

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ARCHIVED—this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the judgment of 10 July 2014; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

OutlineAppeal brought against the General Court judgment dismissing Telefónica's appeal of the 2007 Commission decision fining Telefónica approximately €151.9m for an alleged margin squeeze contrary to Article 102 TFEU. The Court of Justice issued its judgment on 10 July 2014.

The case focuses on whether it is possible to establish a 'margin squeeze' without confirming the indispensability of the wholesale input(s) in question. 

PartiesAppellants:
• Telefónica SA
• Telefónica de España SAU

Other Parties:
• European Commission
• France Telecom España SA
• Asociación de Usuarios de Servicios Bancarios
• European Competitive Telecommunications Association

Telefónica SA is the parent company of the Telefónica group, a former state monopoly in the telecommunications sector in Spain. In the period concerned by Commission decision, Telefónica supplied broadband services through its subsidiary Telefónica de España, SAU and through two other subsidiaries, Telefónica Data de España, SAU, and Terra Networks España SA. Before the full liberalisation of the telecommunications markets in 1998, Telefónica was owned by the Spanish state and had a legal monopoly in the retail provision of fixed-line telecommunications services.
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