On 13 June 2019, the President of the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Paris rejected in a summary judgement all BeIN’s claims and in particular its accusations against Arabsat, the satellite operator of the Arab League, regarding the broadcasting of beoutQ pirate TV channels, which BeIN accused Arabsat of being responsible or an accomplice.
After a particularly long and documented trial for a summary proceedings (10 months of proceedings), the President of the Paris civil court completely cleared Arabsat, considering that the beoutQ piracy programs cannot be broadcasted in France on the satellite frequencies of Arabsat, and are probably only distributed via internet connection (IPTV).
BeIN has been ordered to pay to Arabsat and its agent costs and procedural damages.
This is the first time a French court rules this case; it fully refuted with this decision the communication and judicial campaign BeIN has been conducting for several months against the satellite operator of the Arab League.
Louis de Gaulle explained: “This is a great victory for Arabsat who was wrongly accused. The President of the Paris civil court has clearly ruled that Arabsat is not involved in the beoutQ pirate TV channels. BeIN has also been heavily penalized to pay costs and procedural damages“.
De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés (Louis de Gaulle and Alexis Tandeau) advised the international organization Arabsat in this matter.
Arabsat’s agent was represented by CBR & Associés (Pierre-Olivier Chartier).
BeIN was represented by Lexing (Alain Bensoussan and Marie Soulez).
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