The EU Commission fines US software company €561 M for breach of commitments (Microsoft)

The European Commission has imposed an unprecedented €561 million ($730 million) fine on Microsoft, finding it broke its pledge to offer consumers a choice of how they access the Internet, rather than defaulting to Microsoft’s Explorer browser. This is the first time a company has been fined for failing to comply with a so-called "commitment decision," that is, a decision whereby the Commission closes antitrust investigations without finding an infringement but in exchange for commitments. This groundbreaking fine, reflecting what the EC determined to be a grave and longstanding violation, sends a stern warning to companies of the consequences of broken commitments. As stated by EU Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia, "I hope this decision will make companies think twice before

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Filippo Amato, Alexandre G. Verheyden, Cecelia Kye, The EU Commission fines US software company €561 M for breach of commitments (Microsoft), 6 mars 2013, e-Competitions March 2013, Art. N° 61718

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