Intel may be forced to pay a massive $1.2 billion fine for anti-competitive behavior after all. The European Commission (EU) has appealed against a court decision that had cleared the chipmaker of all charges earlier this year. This case which stretches several years pertains to deals between Intel and its ecosystem partners wherein the former supposedly tried to keep AMD processors out of the (then) latest notebooks. According to the EC, Intel offered massive rebates to its partners including Dell, HP, and Lenovo to adopt its own chips over AMD’s. German retailer, Media Saturn Holdings had also received huge payments to sell only Intel-powered PCs.
Earlier this year (in January), the General Court had cleared Intel of all charges imposed by the EC for anti-competitive behavior. The court found that this had been taking place between October 2002 and December 2007, but AMD had complained as far back as 2000 and again in 2003 that Intel was engaging in anti-competitive conduct.
Of course, Intel didn’t just up and pay the fines. Team Blue appealed against the charges back in 2012 and has been trying to get the ruling overturned ever since. In 2014, Intel had appealed to have the decision annulled or the fines reduced. However, this request was rejected by the European Court of Justice’s General Court, which affirmed the EC arguments and upheld the fine.
Source: The Register