BRUSSELS May 6 Europe's second-highest court
will rule next month on U.S. chipmaker Intel Corp's
challenge to a record 1.06-billion-euro ($1.47 billion) fine
levied by EU antitrust regulators five years ago, a court
official said on Tuesday.
The penalty, which represented 4.15 percent of Intel's 2008
turnover versus a possible maximum of 10 percent, came after an
eight-year investigation by the European Commission which
decided Intel had engaged in anti-competitive practices to block
The European Union competition authority said at the time
that Intel sought to thwart Advanced Micro Devices by
giving rebates to PC makers Dell, Hewlett-Packard Co,
Japan's NEC and Lenovo for buying most of their computer chips
The Commission said Intel also paid German retail chain
Media Saturn Holding to stock only computers with its chips.
The Luxembourg-based General Court will rule on the case on
June 12, a court official said. Intel, which can appeal to the
EU Court of Justice following the judgement, wants its
conviction and fine thrown out or reduced.
The case is T-286/09, Intel vs Commission.
($1 = 0.7205 Euros)
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)