Intel escapes €1.06bn antitrust fine... for the time being

Intel escapes €1.06bn antitrust fine... for the time being

On Wednesday, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) chose to set aside the judgment of the General Court "as a result of that failure in its analysis of whether the rebates at issue were capable of restricting competition".

Although the European General Court upheld the fine in 2014, the ECJ ruled on Wednesday that the case be sent back to the lower General Court so it can examine more arguments from Intel.

The decision could embolden companies challenging the European Commission, the bloc's antitrust authority, in court over competition decisions-cases the regulator typically wins.

Google is now awaiting decisions from the commission in regard to two more competition cases over its Android operating system and Adsense advertising tools.

"The Commission takes note of today's ruling by the European Court of Justice (Case C-413/14 P) and will study the judgment carefully", a spokesperson for the European Commission said in an emailed statement.

The activity by Intel that was deemed by the Commission to have breached European Union competition law dates back to between 2002 and 2007.

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Google's case has more similarities than Apple's, but United States tech multinationals have long complained that fines are politically motivated, and will be cheered by a decision in Intel's favour.

On Wednesday, Intel got what it wanted: The CJEU ordered the General Court to reexamine Intel's arguments concerning its capacity to restrict competition.

Today's ECJ ruling could mean dominant companies feel they have more flexibility in offering rebates to high-volume buyers, suggested Komninos - adding that that could ultimately lead to cheaper priced products for consumers.

The lower court will need to examine whether rebates used by the company could have restricted competition - likely meaning there are years more left in a legal saga that has already clocked up more than eight years of appeals.

Intel also awarded payments to the electronics retail group Media-Saturn in order that the group would sell only those computers containing Intel's x86 CPUs.

In June the Commission hit Google with a €2.4bn fine over its online shopping services.

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