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Orange damages payment to SFR annulled as eight-year telecom case takes another twist

By Arezki Yaïche and Matthew Newman
  • 16 Sep 2020 13:04
  • 16 Sep 2020 13:04

Orange’s eight-year legal battle with SFR over Internet and phone connections to second homes took another twist today as the Court of Cassation annulled a 53.4 million-euro damages order ($63 million), MLex has learned.

The Paris Court of Appeal, which had handed down that ruling against Orange in June 2018 (see

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Matthew Newman

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Matthew Newman is a chief correspondent for MLex and writes about data protection, privacy, telecoms, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Matthew began his journalism career in 1991 in community newspapers. He worked as a reporter in Riga, Latvia in 1993 and then moved to Chicago where he covered local news. In 1995, he became a personal finance reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, and was then transferred to Brussels in 1999. He specialized in EU regulatory affairs, including trade and telecom issues. He began covering competition for Bloomberg News as an EU court reporter in 2004. In 2010, he was named spokesman for Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner. In January 2012, he helped launch the commission’s proposal to overall data protection rules.

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