CHIPMAKER Intel ain't giving up and continues to fight the €1.06bn (around £815m) antitrust fine levied on the firm six years ago.
The European Commission (EC) slapped Intel with the fine in 2009 after ruling that the company had abused its dominance in the processor market by offering rebates to PC makers that used its chips instead of those made by competitors.
Intel offered rebates to firms including Dell, HP and Lenovo, along with German retail chain Media Saturn Holding, to squeeze rival AMD out of the market, according to the ruling.
"By undermining its competitors' ability to compete on the merits of their products, Intel's actions undermined competition and innovation," the EC said at the time.
Intel still hasn't got over this, and argued this week that the EC's penalty was unfair. Bloomberg reported that Daniel Beard, a lawyer for Intel, told the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg on Tuesday that the EC failed to analyse "all relevant circumstances" to see whether the rebates shut out rivals including AMD.
Bloomberg quoted EC lawyer Nicholas Khan as saying that the rebates prevented computer makers seeking out lower prices "that might have been available".
Intel has already lost one appeal against the fine. The European General Court upheld the fine in 2014, saying that it "considers that none of the arguments raised by Intel supports the conclusion that the fine imposed is disproportionate".
An Intel spokesperson told us that it would not be commenting at this time given that a final judgement is still pending. µ
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