Antitrust: Intel wins against European regulators in 12-year-old case

Nathan Le Gohlisse

Hardware Specialist

January 26, 2022 at 4:20 p.m.


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It will have taken 12 years, but Intel will be able to keep the 1.06 billion euros that it should have paid to European regulators in the context of a lawsuit underway since 2009.

It’s a long-term legal battle for Intel. The arguments of the firm prevailed on appeal, this Wednesday, before the second highest European court. This court ruling overturns a 2009 conviction by the European Commission against Intel on antitrust grounds.

Intel had tried to “suffocate” AMD

Intel had at the time been condemned by European regulators for having tried to block AMD, its longtime rival, by granting significant discounts to Dell, HP, NEC and Lenovo. The idea? Encourage them to continue to buy the majority of their chips from him… instead of opting for the solutions then offered by AMD.

At the time, the European Commission fined Intel 1.06 billion euros. A considerable sum that Intel will ultimately not have to pay. As specified Reuters, the General Court (formerly the Court of First Instance of the European Communities), based in Luxembourg, annulled the entire article providing for the payment of this fine.

The (European) Commission’s analysis is incomplete and does not establish to the requisite legal standard that the rebates in question were likely to have or produce anti-competitive effects “, commented the judges following this appeal.

Big setback for European regulators

The European Commission, for its part, has indicated that it is studying the conclusions of the Court and obviously does not exclude future actions. A final appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Union is indeed possible.

It must be said that Intel’s victory on appeal falls really badly for the regulators of the European Commission. The latter indeed always seek to condemn Google, but also Apple, Amazon and Facebook on this same ground, that of antitrust and unfair practices.

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Germany launches investigation into Google’s anti-competitive practices

Source: Reuters

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