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(Mar 02, 2008) On February 26, 2008, the European Commission, the European Union's main antitrust law enforcer, imposed new fines of €899 million (about US$1.364 billion) on Microsoft for failing to comply with the Commission's decision against the company issued in 2004. This fine is in addition to the initial penalty of €497 million imposed by the Commission in 2004 and €280 million imposed in 2006. In 2007, the European Court of First Instance upheld the Commission's decision and found that Microsoft had violated EU competition rules by abusing its dominant position in the market. The Court ordered the company to reveal information to its competitors on interface documentation at a reasonable price.

In January 2008, the European Commission initiated two new antitrust investigations against Microsoft on similar grounds. The first will examine whether Microsoft still abuses its dominant position in the personal computer market in order to exploit market share in the Internet. The second issue involves continued interoperability of Microsoft software with its competitors in the market. (Microsoft Fined Euro 900 Million by Brussels, EU OBSERVER, Feb. 27, 2008, EU Fines Microsoft Record $1.4bn, BBC NEWS, Feb. 27, 2008, available at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7266629.stm.)

Author: Theresa Papademetriou More by this author
Topic: Commerce More on this topic
Jurisdiction: European Union More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 03/02/2008