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Microsoft Loses $690M EU Antitrust Appeal
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 17 September 2007 10:07

Microsoft Loses $690M EU Antitrust Appeal
Jason Mick (Blog) - September 17, 2007 8:36 AM

   Microsoft has lost its appeal in a long-standing case in European courts against the software giant.
Today Microsoft lost its antitrust appeal when the European Court of First Instance ruled to uphold European Commission's ruling against Microsoft. Microsoft is now expected to have to pay a massive $690 million (€497 million) in fines.

The European Commission accused Microsoft of using underhanded tactics to freeze out its competitors in the media player and server software markets. In 2004, Microsoft was ordered by EU antitrust commissions to make its media player software compatible with other company's products and to desist in its practice of locking other companies out of its software.

In July DailyTech reported that the EU did not feel Microsoft had complied with the 2004 ruling. Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes went on the record to state, "Microsoft has still not put an end to its illegal conduct. I have no alternative but to levy penalty payments for this continued noncompliance."

The fine was initially $375.4 million, but Microsoft's refused to comply and instead took the case to court. Because of this the fine was nearly doubled to $690 million.

Microsoft was also ordered to pay 80% of the Commission's legal expenses. The Commission has to pay a smaller undisclosed amount of Microsoft's legal expenses.... More

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