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Telcos clash over court costs in ACCC roaming fight – Computerworld – Computerworld Australia

Telcos clash over court costs in ACCC roaming fight – Computerworld – Computerworld Australia

Vodafone’s bid to upend an Australian Competition and Consumer (ACCC) inquiry into mobile roaming has yet to be heard by the Federal Court, but already the telco has clashed with rival Telstra over potential associated legal costs.

A first case management hearing was held on Friday, with Optus and Telstra formally joining the proceedings — Optus as an intervenor and Telstra as a respondent.

Computerworld previously reported that Optus and Telstra were seeking to be part of the case.

Although Vodafone acknowledged that the two rival telcos had a legitimate interest in joining the case, it sought to have Telstra’s status limited to that of an intervenor.

Vodafone’s opposition to having Telstra listed as a respondent was because it anticipated different treatment between the status of an intervenor and a respondent when it came to potentially footing the legal bills of its rivals.

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