This is an article corresponding to the China Mobile case which was discussed at China Law Vision on April 21, 2009. On 23 October 2009 the Beijing Dongcheng District People’s Court announced the settlement of an Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) case brought by Zhou Ze, an activist lawyer in Beijing, against China Mobile, China’s largest mobile network operator.
Zhou alleged that China Mobile abused its dominant market position (DMP) and engaged in illegal price discrimination activities by charging additional monthly fees for services that he, as a subscriber, was not using. Zhou sought 1,200 yuan in compensation (an amount equal to his basic mobile fees for the last two years), and for China Mobile to stop charging its subscribers such fees. Consequentially,the state-owned giant agreed to pay Mr. Zhou 1,000 yuan ($146) to settle his claims over mandatory fees.