The EU General Court upholds Commission’s decision imposing a fine on a manufacturer for restricting competition and foreclosing competitors by granting exclusivity rebates in the market for computer processors (Intel)

The views expressed in this memo are those of the author’s, and do not reflect the opinions of other CRA experts, or CRA’s clients. A test-case for the effects-based approach In a long-awaited ruling, General Court judgment [1] has confirmed the Commission’s 2009 Intel décision [2]. The Commission’s decision had found the chip producer to infringe competition rules by granting anti-competitive rebates to computer manufacturers (“OEMs”) in an attempt to exclude its rival AMD from the market. The Commission had handed down a fine of over a billion euros against Intel, the largest penalty ever imposed on a single firm at the time. The Intel decision had been the first investigation in which the Commission had explicitly used an effects-based approach to assess the competitive consequences of

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Hans Zenger, The EU General Court upholds Commission’s decision imposing a fine on a manufacturer for restricting competition and foreclosing competitors by granting exclusivity rebates in the market for computer processors (Intel), 12 June 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin IT & Dominance, Art. N° 73724

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