Wednesday, May 25, 2011

3 years later, Microsoft is appealing the fine

The history of legal troubles for Microsoft with the European Commission is complex, but you will recall that the software giant was convicted in February 2008 to a record fine of 899 million euros for abusing its dominant position. Microsoft had quickly appealed, arguing that the excessive and disproportionate to the amount that was in addition to two previous fines of 497 and 281 million euros.

The procedures are lengthy, the hearing of this appeal took place yesterday. The Court of the European Court of Justice will deliver its verdict in the coming months. We think that the city fathers are reluctant to disavow the European Commission would create jurisprudence on which the other company condemned by the Commission (including Intel) could build.

If necessary, Microsoft could make a last appeal to the Court of Justice itself.

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