Wednesday, the European Commission fined chip-maker Intel $1.44 billion for antitrust violations. The commission found the company had offered computer makers rebates and direct payments for using its processors in their machines rather than buying from AMD.
Not surprisingly, Intel says the findings are baseless and the company plans to appeal the decision. According to the Wall Street Journal, Intel General Counsel Bruce Sewell says the company offered discounts based on volume purchased but did not make rebates conditional on purchasing only Intel chips. Nor did the company pay computer makers directly to delay the introduction of AMD-based products.
Legal experts say the appeal will come down to Intel's word against the Commission's as to the facts. And in such cases, Stephen Kinsella, a partner at the law firm Sidley Austin, told the Wall Street Journal, "the commission has the upper hand."