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BRUSSELS Jan 27 Europe's second-highest court
rejected on Tuesday an attempt by the world's largest chip-maker
Intel Corp (INTC.O) to delay a deadline for it to address EU
The case relates to EU charges that Intel paid a retailer to
refrain from selling computers using chips made by a rival.
"The application for interim relief is dismissed," the Court
of First Instance court said in a statement.
In Brussels, the European Commission immediately welcomed
the decision of the court, while in California Intel said it was
disappointed and was considering its options.
The European Commission issued charges against Intel in
July, alleging that the company had paid a retailer to favor
computers using its chips over those using chips from rival
Advanced Micro Devices AMD.N.
It had set Intel an Oct.17 deadline to respond to its
concerns, a delay which Intel has missed. Intel had filed an
appeal in October with the Court of First Instance in
"The Commission is pleased that the CFI (Court of First
Instance) President has confirmed that the Commission's
antitrust investigation should not be suspended," the EU
executive said in a statement on the ruling.
"The Commission's investigation remains ongoing," the
statement said. "The Commission cannot comment on the specific
steps in the investigation that the Commission may now take."
Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said at the company's
headquarters in California: "We're disappointed. Certainly we're
considering our options."
"We continue to be concerned about the lack of certain
documents in the case file that would help us conduct an
Mulloy noted that the court suggested that the EU Commission
was free to decide itself whether it wanted to grant Intel a
30-day extension to file its response.
(Reporting by Ingrid Melander and Mark John in Brussels and
David Lawsky in San Francisco; writing by Ingrid Melander;
editing by Elaine Hardcastle)