Case C- 525/16 Meo—Serviços de Comunicações e Multimédia (discriminatory pricing) [Archived]
Case C- 525/16 Meo—Serviços de Comunicações e Multimédia (discriminatory pricing) [Archived]

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ARCHIVED–this archived case hub reflects the position at the date of the decision of 19 April 2018; it is no longer maintained.

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Case facts

Outline National reference from the Portuguese Tribunal da Concorrência, Regulação e Supervisão to the Court of Justice requesting a preliminary ruling under Article 267 TFEU seeking clarification as to the requirements for establishing a 'discriminatory pricing' claim under Article 102(c) TFEU—including confirmation as to whether any identified restrictive effects must be 'appreciable' in order to trigger the prohibition.

The reference arises in the context of national proceedings in Portugal concerning a dispute between MEO—Serviços de Comunicações e Multimedia SA (the consumer brand of Portugal Telecom, Portugal’s principle telecommunications operator ) and the Portuguese Competition Authority. MEO is contesting the rejection of a complaint it brought against the Portuguese royalty-collecting society, Cooperativa de Gestão dos Direitos dos Artistas Intérpretes ou Executantes (GDA), alleging that GDA’s charging of discriminatory wholesale tariffs for artists’ rights licences amounted to an abuse of GDA’s dominant position (within the meaning of Article 102(c) TFEU).

Latest developments On 19 April 2018, the Court of Justice issued its judgment. In its