Intel has appealed the European Union's $1.45 billion fine, claiming the fine from the European Union violates basic Human Rights.
Following a review of Intel's pricing model that spanned many months, European Union regulators slapped the chip maker with a billion Euro fine back in May. Intel has long denied charges related to rebates offered as long as manufacturers agreed to obtain the majority of their processors from Intel as well as paying them to either to delay or cancel the launch of AMD based products and when ordered to pay the company maintained its actions were within legal boundaries and vowed to appeal the ruling.
Intel is reportedly saying that the way Europe ran the antitrust hearing violated its human rights. According to the Wall Street Journal, Intel's argument could be something like this: The European Union's Antitrust Commissioner is the Netherlands' Neelie Kroe. Given that it's up to Kroe to supervise investigations, decide who's guilty and issue fines, Intel could have beef with fact that everything is decided by a political bureaucrat and not a judge and/or jury.
All of that aside, the precise details of Intel's appeal are not yet publicly known. We'll update soon as more information is available. Intel made headlines yesterday when it announced the laying off of 294 people in its Irish fab.