Watchdog's dispute with Megafon suspended until June 6
MOSCOW, May 16 - RAPSI. The Ninth Commercial Court of Appeals has suspended until June 6 its hearing of an appeal against the cancelation of the antimonopoly watchdog's ruling that Megafon mobile phone operator violated competition law, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI).
The Moscow Commercial Court ruled for Megafon on February 14 in its petition to invalidate the Federal Antimonopoly Service's decision and order. The watchdog and the Moscow City Telephone Network (MGTS) challenged the court judgment.
Earlier, the service reported that Megafon had dictated unfavorable contract terms to MGTS as of May 2010. Specifically, the plaintiff unilaterally increased its tariffs for area call termination services for its entire Moscow network, the lawsuit states.
On October 22, 2010, the watchdog found that Megafon violated competition law. The plaintiff was ordered to rectify the violations within 30 days and amend its MGTS contract.
The court decided that the service failed to prove Megafon's guilt.
It also concluded that MGTS was able to use and did use Megafon's area call termination services provided at the rate of 1.02 rubles.
MGTS sustained neither losses nor economically unjustified expenses as a result, the court said.