Spanish TV group Mediapro has taken legal action against Orange France before the Paris Commercial Court demanding – €3.6 million over La Ligue 1 and 2 football TV rights.
Mediapro justifies that amount on the grounds that it needs to pay its suppliers and former employees. Orange has refused that request and asked for a compensation of over €6 million as a result of the closure of Telefoot that stopped the football transmissions.
Mediapro says that there has been no interruption of service for Orange subscribers since they switched to Canal+ offers on the weekend of the break between the two channels .
The group, led by Jaume Roures, had been forced to sell its TV rights and reimburse the Professional Football League up to €100 million in exchange for the lack of legal action.
Roures’ group has already taken Canal+ to Court last November for “abuse of a dominant position”.