Intel loses appeal against European fine to thwart AMD




Intel has lost its appeal against the decision of the European Commission to impose for abuse of dominant position. Fined 1.06 billion euros The European Court of Justice rejected the claims of Intel that the penalty would be disproportionate.

The ruling means the defeat of Intel in the fight against the chip giant in 2009 imposed antitrust fine imposed by the European Commission. The committee found evidence that Intel abuse its dominant position had made and rival AMD had harassed in various ways. Thus, Intel offered computer manufacturers such as HP, Lenovo and Dell discounts if they opt for Intel and the Media Markt would be a lucrative agreement with Intel had to post. Especially Intel systems on the shelves

None of the arguments of Intel that the penalty is disproportionate to the allegations cuts wood, judges of the Court of the European Union. “On the contrary”, is in the act, “could be that the penalty is proportionate in view of the facts of the case considered.”

The record fine of 1.06 billion euros in 2009 corresponded to 4.5 percent of the worldwide turnover of the company in 2008. Intel has always fined as heavily disproportionate ‘ labeled and the company invoked the fact that there is insufficient evidence was the accusation that the discounts were illegal and that they were of significant influence on the position of AMD. These latter claims, the Court rejected the EU.

Intel can now make the case pending before the Court of Justice of the European Union, but it may be only the interpretation of European law go.

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