Intel Loses Legal Battle Against $1.4 Billion EU Fine For Anti-Competitive Practices - HotHardware
Intel Loses Legal Battle Against $1.4 Billion EU Fine For Anti-Competitive Practices

Intel Loses Legal Battle Against $1.4 Billion EU Fine For Anti-Competitive Practices

The EU does not fool around when it comes to handing out fines, and it also apparently does not second-guess itself. The European Commission levied a hefty fine of 1.06 billion euro (or roughly $1.44 billion USD) at Intel for anti-competitive practices back in 2009, and after years of legal supplication, the decision has been upheld according to Reuters.

Intel was found to have unacceptably fought rival AMD in the processor market by giving rebates to PC makers in exchange for those companies using primarily CPUs made by Intel--and concealing it.

EC HQ
European Commission building

"The General Court considers that none of the arguments raised by Intel supports the conclusion that the fine imposed is disproportionate,” said judges on the case. “On the contrary, it must be considered that that fine is appropriate in the light of the facts of the case.”

"We are very disappointed about the decision. It's a complex case which is reflected in the decision. We will begin evaluating the decision," Intel spokeswoman Sophie Jacobs told Reuters. The company is allowed to appeal once again, to the Court of Justice of the European Union, but only as it pertains to actual legality and not the amount of the fine.
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serves them right

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give it to AMD so they can fund research and get back to competition. they were cheated badly.

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Good

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I could care less about them giving rebates away. That's business.

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It was not just rebates, Intel was coercing computer manufacturers into not using AMD cpu's. That's not business, that's monopoly.

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how i like it.

nah i was just joking. i love intel but the bigger business always likes to bully the smaller one.

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It's like you don't understand competition or what a monopoly is. It's not just that board game that was created to show the follies of capitalism. All I am reading is how good it feels for intel to shove it deep up your rectum. Anti-Competition drives up prices and Intel loves fanboy's like you who are down on their knees willing to take it.

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Lol, follies of capitalism? I'm not sure we played the same Monopoly. :P

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It's about time Intel had to face the music. They wouldn't have the market share they enjoy right now if they had played fair. Who knows where AMD would have been by now, but they got screwed when they where kicking Intel's butt by Intel paying for OEMs to not use AMD product.

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At what point was AMD competing with Intel on the same level past late 1990's, early 2000's. AMD's most powerful FX cpus have been barely holding their own against Intel i5 cpus. This was without rebates. AMD's trouble started when they released the Phenom CPU that had bugs in it. The rebates were a bit unfair but AMD can't compete with Intel anyway and will be sometime before they can catch up.

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YEAH!!!!!

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It's a lot of money, but they can afford it. I think that the EU will keep that money, even though I agree that AMD should get their fair share of it.

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AMD's CPUs are inferior, they would have lost out anyway, IMO.

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Rosec14:
AMD's CPUs are inferior, they would have lost out anyway, IMO.

Not back then, when this all started,........

At the time, AMD was competing quite well.

I'm not arguing that Intel isn't better, (my i5-4670K and i7-2600K CPUs are really great) but my AMD FX-8350 ~and~ my FX-6300 CPUs are also good enough for most things that I do.

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AMD has been inferior and outperformed ever since Intel launched the Core 2 Duo series back in JULY 2006 !

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Way back, during the time of T-Bird CPUs. Long before the time you're referring to. Back then, AMD was doing much better than it has recently. Intel's anti-competitive practices really put a hurt on AMD's sales back then, and more recently too.

AMD used to compete.

They (Intel) were sued in 2009 yet again, hence the huge fine that they're having to regurgitate now in the EU. 

Whether or not AMD competes toe to toe with Intel is not the point though. Without AMD in the market, Intel and NVIDIA would have total control of prices that we pay for CPUs and GPUs too. AMD helps to keep prices down to a degree. In my mind, that makes them essential.

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1.65 Billion USD is nothing to Intel, Intel is worth over 116 Billion USD.

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TimothyIsenhart:

1.65 Billion USD is nothing to Intel, Intel is worth over 116 Billion USD.

Yeah, they can afford it. But they don't like it either,..........Ha-Ha!

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