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Deutsche Telekom Loses Second Top Court Suit, Telegate Says

Nov. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany’s biggest phone company, lost another bid in the country’s top civil court to overturn a damage award won by Telegate AG.

The Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe backed a lower court ruling requiring Telekom to pay 50 million euros ($64.4 million), directory service provider Telegate said in an ad hoc statement today. Telegate won a similar ruling on subscriber data fees in July awarding it 47.2 million euros, which was already paid, the company said.

“Telegate AG believes that the ruling of the FCJ confirms its position that Deutsche Telekom AG has acted in violation of antitrust laws for years and is liable for such conduct,” the company said.

Deutsche Telekom has faced numerous complaints over fees charged for services it provides to competitors as Germany’s former phone monopoly. Directory service providers have sued Deutsche Telekom over data costs with Telegate founder Klaus Harisch along seeking as much as 612 million euros.

Andreas Middel, a Deutsche Telekom spokesman, acknowledged the ruling and declined to comment further.

To contact the reporter on this story: Karin Matussek in Berlin at kmatussek@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net

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