The EU General Court upholds the Commission’s decision regarding exclusivity rebates on the microprocessor market (Intel)

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Introduction On 12 June 2014 the General Court issued a judgment upholding in its entirety the European Commission's decision of 13 May 2009 imposing a fine of €1.06 billion on Intel for abusing its dominant position in the market for x86 central processing units ("CPUs"). [1] In its ruling on the substantive issues, the General Court upheld the Commission's findings that Intel, which during the relevant period had held a market share of about 70% in the global market for x86 CPUs, had granted rebates and made payments to four OEMs, Dell, HP, NEC and Lenovo, and the retailer MSH that were conditioned on exclusivity or quasi-exclusivity, and had made cash payments to HP, Acer and Lenovo — characterized as "naked restrictions" by the Commission — conditioned on those OEMs' cancelling or

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James S. Venit, The EU General Court upholds the Commission’s decision regarding exclusivity rebates on the microprocessor market (Intel), 12 juin 2014, e-Competitions June 2014, Art. N° 67545

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