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Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in Companies |

The European Union reaffirms its penalty on Microsoft for abuse of dominant position

The European Union reaffirms its penalty on Microsoft for abuse of dominant position

(Cc) Andrey Edney

In 2008 the fined for having excessive fees charged to competitors in exchange of information for products compatible with Windows. However, as often happens in such cases, the company appealed, and after four years of explanations and procedures, the General Court of the European Union has confirmed the 2008 decision, insisting that Microsoft had abused its position.

So, Microsoft should pay a fine for his ‘good luck’ was slightly reduced from U.S. $1.4 billion (899 million) to U.S. $ 1.1 billion (860 million euros). Come on, it’s not much that was deducted from the sanction, but to such figures, however little it may seem the discount we are talking about big money.

However, the EU General Court has rejected Microsoft’s explanations and therefore ratified the fine does not mean that the software giant finally going to pay … And there is still an opportunity to appeal the to the Court, the highest court of the European Union. Will they take another four years in the process? Matter of waiting.

Link: EU rejects Microsoft’s appeal Against billion-dollar antitrust fine, you reduce it by $ 48 million (The Verge)

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