Intel is reportedly set to appeal a €1bn anti-trust fine imposed by the European Commission (EC), which found the company had abused its market position by attempting to hobble rivals.
Intel will appeal against the €1bn fine handed down in 2009 at a four-day hearing at the Luxembourg-based General Court in early July, according to Reuters.
Intel was unable to provide any comment on the appeal at the time of publication.
The EC had originally ruled that rebates Intel had given computer makers on the condition that they bought almost all of their x86 chips from the company were an abuse of its dominant position.
The fine was the largest that Europe's competition authorities had ever handed out.
But that process was recently criticised by the European Ombudsman, who said that the competition regulators had failed to make proper notes of a meeting with PC maker Dell.
The lack of notes in that meeting was sufficient for the Ombudsman to rule that the Commission “had committed an instance of maladministration” during its eight-year investigation.
European competition authorities have never shied away from technology-related cases, famously bringing action against Microsoft for its decision to bundle Internet Explorer with Windows.
That case, as with the Intel one, proved to be laborious – with various appeals and discussions dragging the cases out for years.
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