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Deutsche Telekom's €1.8 million interest compensation claim faces EU court challenge

EditorPollock Mondal
Published 23/11/2023, 09:56 pm
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LUXEMBOURG - Deutsche Telekom AG (ETR:DTEGn) is currently involved in a legal dispute at the European Union's highest court over a claim for €1.8 million in compensation. This follows a previous appeal where the telecommunications giant had successfully reduced an antitrust fine imposed by the European Commission. The core of the dispute lies in the company's demand for default interest due to issues during the legal proceedings.

The case, identified as T-236/22, has wider implications as it could establish a precedent for how the EU handles similar future claims. Notably, this includes a substantial interest claim from Intel Corp (NASDAQ:INTC)., which is seeking €593 million after a significant fine reversal by the commission.

Today, Advocate General Anthony Collins of the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg presented a non-binding opinion recommending the dismissal of Deutsche Telekom (OTC:DTEGY)'s request for compensation. The company had initially been fined €31.1 million for engaging in practices that obstructed competition among internet service providers but managed to have the penalty reduced by €12 million upon appeal. Following this reduction, Deutsche Telekom is now seeking interest on the amount repaid to them.

The outcome of this legal confrontation is being closely watched, as it will influence how financial adjustments are handled in cases where companies successfully appeal against fines levied by the European Commission. The decision of the EU Court of Justice on whether to uphold or overturn Advocate General Collins' opinion will be pivotal for Deutsche Telekom and other corporations involved in similar litigation with EU regulatory bodies.

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