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Intel fails to overturn 1 billion euro EU fine

Record fine for anti-competitive practices against AMD will stand

Intel was fined 1.09bn euro in 2008 for anti-competitive practices.
Intel was fined 1.09bn euro in 2008 for anti-competitive practices.

Intel has lost its bid to overturn a one billion euro fine from the European Union for anti-competitive practices.

The European Commission fined Intel 1.06 billion euro ($1.44 billion) in 2009, after finding it had acted against rival AMD.

Intel was found to have paid rebates to Dell, HP, NEC and Lenovo to encourage them to favour Intel processors over AMD chips. The company also paid German retailer Media Saturn Holding to only sell Intel-based PCs.

The fine, which amounted to 4.15% of Intel's 2008 turnover, was a record amount at the time. Intel argued that the fine was unduly harsh, although the Commission could have fined Intel a full 10% of turnover.

The EU General Court in Luxembourg ruled that the Commission had not acted unfairly.

"The Commission demonstrated to the requisite legal standard that Intel attempted to conceal the anti-competitive nature of its practices and implemented a long term comprehensive strategy to foreclose AMD from the strategically most important sales channels," the court said in a statement.