On May 13, 2009 the European Commission (EC) issued a ruling finding Intel guilty of illegal anticompetitive business practices. The EC found that Intel engaged in conduct constituting an abuse of a dominant market position (in violation of the EC Treaty’s Article 82), and fined the company a record $1.45 billion.
This ruling comes after Korea’s antitrust enforcement agency found Intel’s business practices to be unlawful. Japan’s antitrust authority also settled charges against Intel arising out of similar conduct.
In the U.S., both the Federal Trade Commission and New York Attorney General’s Office have ongoing investigations open against Intel. A ruling of this magnitude and scope naturally raises many legal and business implications. Click here for the American Antitrust Institute's set of frequently asked questions addressing many issues surrounding this groundbreaking decision.