The Paris Commercial Court has deferred the suit brought about by Georgian TV channel First Caucasus against Eutelsat until February 22, for a definitive ruling.
The dispute centres around a complaint from the Georgian public broadcaster that Eutelsat is refusing offer them capacity on their satellite of choice (see report in Broadband TV News).
“The judge (in the proceedings) said he was not competent to rule in the case. He said there was no need for summary proceedings and sent the case for a ruling on its merits in the commercial court. The first hearing will be on February 22.” said Maitre Benjamin Mock, one of the lawyers for First Causasian, to French news agence AFP.
The court declined to impose any temporary measures on Eutelsat at the summary proceedings. The channel’s lawyer, who says he has all the evidence to prove his case, said he was happy at the referral for a ruling on the merits of the case.