In 2008, Intel began offering its most dedicated partners (HP, Lenovo, Dell) discounts that significantly reduced the cost of purchasing Core systems for computers and laptops. This led Intel to face a lawsuit for alleged monopoly practices against AMD, which has just gone down in history after the last dismissal trial.
After many years of struggle, the court decided that Intel’s monopoly practices against AMD did not require a penalty
In fact, Intel was already fined $ 1.2 billion for its monopoly practices in 2009, but had no intention of paying it to prove its innocence. So he made an appeal, which was upheld in 2014 and now completely canceled by the same European Union court.
The legal authority now stated that the analysis carried out by the Commission was “incomplete” when it originally fined Intel and that it did not provide sufficient evidence to support its findings regarding anti-competitive behavior.
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Prosecutors ultimately failed to demonstrate “to the required legal standard” that the contested rebates for companies purchasing at least 95% of their chips from Intel posed an anti-competitive risk. There were so many complaints and appeals that, finally, in 2017, the Court of Justice of the EU, i.e. the highest level of legal authority in the EU, ordered the Court to reconsider the case.