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Royal Mail to legally challenge £50m Ofcom fine

by LLB Reporter
4th Dec 19 3:49 pm

Royal Mail are set to continue to appeal over Ofcom’s £50m fine despite a tribunal upheld the decision in November.

Initially the fine was given in August 2018 after it have been discovered Royal Mail had discriminated Whistl, a rival who was known as TNT in 2014 and started delivering mail.

Royal Mail have sought permission to challenge the Competition Appeal Tribunal decision in the Court of Appeal.

Royal Mail said on Wednesday, “Royal Mail plc has lodged papers with the Competition Appeal Tribunal to seek permission to appeal its recent judgment on Royal Mail plc vs Office of Communications (Ofcom) to the Court of Appeal.”

After last month’s judgment, an Ofcom spokesman said, “We found that Royal Mail pursued a deliberate strategy of pricing discrimination against Whistl, which was its only major competitor for delivering business mail.

“Royal Mail had a special responsibility to ensure its behaviour was not anti-competitive.

“We hope that our fine, which has been upheld in full by the tribunal, will ensure that Royal Mail and other powerful companies take their legal duties very seriously.”

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