Sharechat Logo

Telecom move not in interests of justice

By Jock Anderson

Friday 30th June 2000

Text too small?
Telecom has suffered a setback in a long-running lead-up to a courtroom battle with rival Telstra New Zealand over carrier rebilling.

Refusing Telecom leave to file a counterclaim Justice Rodney Hansen ruled Telecom could not use documents discovered from Telstra as the basis of a counterclaim because it would not be in the interests of justice.

The documents relate to Telstra's management of telecommunications services to Fletcher Challenge.

Telecom alleged the discovered documents showed Telstra misused confidential information, was guilty of misleading and deceptive conduct, altered dates on customer letters of authority and had harmed Telecom's economic interests by unlawful means.

In High Court proceedings started in May, 1999, Telstra claimed Telecom used its allegedly dominant market position to prevent Telstra from competing or to eliminate it from the telecommunication management services market.

The case centres on the termination by Telecom of arrangements.

For the purpose of providing telecommunication management services Telstra New Zealand - a subsidiary of Australian Telstra Corporation - obtains from customers a letter of authority (LOA), which notifies other carriers, including Telecom, that Telstra is acting on behalf of the customer.

One of the practical outcomes of the LOA is that Telecom forwards the bills of customers who sign LOAs to Telstra: hence carrier rebilling.

Last year Telecom announced it would no longer acknowledge Telstra's authority under LOAs executed by customers after March 10, 1999.

The case, originally set down for five weeks in March, was adjourned for a hearing over three months beginning on September 25.



Comments from our readers

No comments yet

Add your comment:
Your name:
Your email:
Not displayed to the public
Comment:
Comments to Sharechat go through an approval process. Comments which are defamatory, abusive or in some way deemed inappropriate will not be approved. It is allowable to use some form of non-de-plume for your name, however we recommend real email addresses are used. Comments from free email addresses such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc may not be approved.
Bookmark and Share   Printable version
Related News

While you were sleeping: Ford Motor drops
NZ dollar rises above 71 US cents on lack of urgency from Fed to hiking rates
Blis Technologies forecasts first profit of more than $700k in 2017
MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares rise; Comvita, A2 Milk gain, Steel & Tube extends slide
NZ dollar rises above 71 US cents on lack of urgency from Fed to hiking rates
Westland Milk names former Danone executive Toni Brendish as CEO
Hart's wealth falls but he retains top spot in NBR's 30th anniversary rich list
Energy Mad hails 'turning of the corner' at AGM
China Animal Husbandry to take 72% stake in Mataura Valley Milk, fund $200M plant
Genesis Energy CEO England wastes no time overhauling executive team

IRG See IRG research reports