The General Court upholds in its entirety the Commission’s decision imposing a fine on a microprocessor manufacturer for abusing a dominant position in the market for desktop and laptop microprocessors (Intel)

In a long-awaited judgment issued on June 12, 2014, the General Court upheld in its entirety the European Commission’s May 13, 2009, decision imposing a fine of €1.06 billion ($1.5 billion) on Intel for abusing a dominant position in the market for x86 CPUs. In particular, the court upheld the Commission’s findings that Intel’s rebates and payments to Dell, HP, NEC, Lenovo and the retailer MSH were conditioned on exclusivity or quasi-exclusivity, and that Intel’s cash payments to HP, Acer and Lenovo — characterized as “naked restrictions” by the Commission — were conditioned on those manufacturers’ cancelling or postponing the launch of PCs incorporating Advanced Micro Devices’ (AMD) x86 CPUs or restricting their distribution. The court further upheld the conclusion that both abuses constituted

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Frederic Depoortere, Ingrid Vandenborre, Simon Baxter, James S. Venit, The General Court upholds in its entirety the Commission’s decision imposing a fine on a microprocessor manufacturer for abusing a dominant position in the market for desktop and laptop microprocessors (Intel), 12 June 2014, e-Competitions June 2014, Art. N° 67164

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