EU overturns $1.18bn Intel anti-trust fine

EU overturns $1.18bn Intel anti-trust fine

The European Union's General Court has overturned a 2009 ruling alleging anti-competitive practices by chip giant Intel.

As reported by Engadget, the organisation has repealed the judgement from the 2009 case, which at the time claimed that Intel was abusing its dominant position in the market and fined the company €1.06 billion ($1.18 billion). This was due to Intel offering discounts on CPUs to PC companies like HP and Dell in order to stop them from using chips manufactured by rival AMD.

Intel appealed this decision, but the General Court maintained its original verdict in 2014. Three years later, the Court Justice of the European Union (ECJ) said that the case should be re-examined.

The most recent ruling says that the European Commission did not carry out a full analysis of Intel's business.

The General Court's decision can still be appealed, so there's the possibility this will change again.

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