PARIS and NEW YORK, Oct. 24 LAWFUEL – Law News Network — Vivendi announced today
that it filed last night a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations
Act (RICO) complaint in federal court in the State of Washington, charging that T-Mobile has illegally appropriated Vivendi’s $2.5 billion investment in one of Poland’s leading mobile telecommunications operators, Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa sp. zo.o. (PTC), through a pattern of fraud and racketeering.
Named in the complaint are T-Mobile USA, Inc., T-Mobile Deutschland
Gmbh, Deutsche Telekom AG and Mr. Zygmunt Solorz-Zak, who controls another Polish company, Elektrim S.A., which is Vivendi’s joint-venture partner for its investment in PTC.
According to the suit, this case involves two companies, Vivendi and T-Mobile, that have substantial business activities in the United States, one of whom (T-Mobile) colluded with Mr. Solorz-Zak in a pattern of racketeering activity over U.S. wires as part of an unlawful scheme to take over an enterprise, PTC, and corrupt another enterprise, Elektrim.
“Vivendi considers that T-Mobile and Mr. Solorz’ Elektrim illegally
appropriated its $2.5 billion investment in PTC and, at every turn, have
defied court orders. By filing this Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt
Organizations Act complaint, Vivendi asks the court for a simple remedy:
give us back our money or our PTC shares. Fairness and justice must
prevail,” Mr. Levy, Chairman of the Management of Board of Vivendi, said.
A webcast of the press conference — to be held today in New York City at 10 a.m. EST/ 3 p.m. GMT/ 4 p.m. GMT +1 — can be found at:
http://www.vivendi.com (listen only).
Details for accessing the press conference, live or via teleconference or webcast, are below.
When: Tuesday, October 24, 2006, 10 a.m. EST – New York
3 p.m. GMT – London
4 p.m. GMT +1 – Paris/Berlin/Warsaw
Where: New York
Waldorf Hotel, 301 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022
(The Hilton Room, Park Avenue Side, Main Lobby Area)
Hotel Sheraton, Sofia Room, Prusa 2, Warsaw
Webcast, Listen Only: http://www.vivendi.com
Telephone Conference Call-in Information:
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German: 0800 181 52 87 / Code 952 46 60
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This press release contains ‘forward-looking statements’ as that term
is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such
forward- looking statements are not guarantees of future performance.
Actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements
and business strategy as a result of a number of risks and uncertainties,
many of which are outside our control, including but not limited to the
risks described in the documents Vivendi has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and with the French Autorite des Marches Financiers (http://www.amf-france.org). Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of documents filed by Vivendi with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
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