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Intel Claims EU Fine Violates Human Rights

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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.

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    Anonymous , July 23, 2009 11:17 PM
    To the best of my knowledge human rights only apply to natural persons, not juridical ones.

    Not that it matters as it's just hot air over having the lid of the cookie jar slammed down on their fingers for once.
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    aspireonelover , July 23, 2009 11:09 PM
    My thought
    But think about this Intel, you're taking down someone else's business. That's not being fair to AMD AT ALL.
    EU fined Intel a bit too much. I hope EU can at least give a few million dollars back to Intel. EU isn't being fair to Intel, but Intel isn't being fair to AMD.
    My thought :p 
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    Anonymous , July 23, 2009 11:17 PM
    To the best of my knowledge human rights only apply to natural persons, not juridical ones.

    Not that it matters as it's just hot air over having the lid of the cookie jar slammed down on their fingers for once.
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    Wayoffbase , July 23, 2009 11:38 PM
    If it is true that one individual was responsible for the whole process, that's way too much power for one person to have.
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    pirateboy , July 23, 2009 11:44 PM
    "Neelie Kroe" should be "Neelie Kroes"
    Now pay up you whining yanks!
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    P_haze420 , July 23, 2009 11:51 PM
    Intel is actually suing the gov?!
    They got balls.
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    twisted politiks , July 24, 2009 12:27 AM
    i dont get why EU is suing and getting the money, when its AMD that was losing the money in the first place? anybody else think that sounds like another stupid lawsuit that somebody is trying to win to make some easy money?
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    salem80 , July 24, 2009 12:31 AM
    What about Human Rights of consumers .any one take about it .
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    IzzyCraft , July 24, 2009 1:27 AM
    "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."

    When it's put like that i wonder if the EU still allows that practice with drug companies as a similar process is done there too.
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    Mr_Man , July 24, 2009 1:40 AM
    They were probably just fed up with a bunch of frivolous suits. Can there be a class action suit against the EU?
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    WheelsOfConfusion , July 24, 2009 2:03 AM
    twisted politiksi dont get why EU is suing and getting the money, when its AMD that was losing the money in the first place?

    The EU isn't suing them, it's fining them. When you get a fine for driving over the speed limit, that's not the city suing you. When you fined, the money doesn't got to the person you cut off in traffic.
    Intel broke EU anti-competition laws, so they pay a fine.







    anybody else think that sounds like another stupid lawsuit that somebody is trying to win to make some easy money?[/citation]
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    stumpystumped , July 24, 2009 2:05 AM
    Manufacturers can choose AMD or Intel, they choose Intel cos Intel sells. A chip costs maybe $100 out of a $1000 computer. If you ask my parents to choose between a $1000 Intel computer and $900 AMD computer, they take Intel on any day. AMD don't have the market share, understand it and live with it.
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    Niva , July 24, 2009 2:18 AM
    stumpy you really don't know the facts at all. The anti competitive practices on which the fine is based took place years ago, back in the pentium 3 and original amd athlon days. Because Intel successfully suppressed AMD from gaining market share the entire course of the CPU future was probably altered.

    Either way I also think the fine is bogus and way too late. AMD should be collecting the damages from this fine.

    I also can't stand the EU as a political organization. Their suits against Intel and Microsoft drive me apeshit. Unfortunately the European market is so huge it can't just be ignored but then Euros wonder why they have to pay such extreme premiums for hardware and software. Look no farther than these fines to get a grasp why...
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    phantomtrooper , July 24, 2009 4:32 AM
    heres what i have to say to the eu and amd.

    its called capitalism, bitch!

    amd needs to make a better product if they want more of the market share. people dont wanna buy shit.
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    astrodudepsu , July 24, 2009 4:58 AM
    lol, the EU has forgotten about capitalism long ago.
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    nachowarrior , July 24, 2009 5:16 AM
    let me be one, if not the first, to call BS. There are lots of "big decisions" made by a single person. Deal with it Intel, it's called karma, it could have been worse quit digging your hole while you're ahead.
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    Anonymous , July 24, 2009 6:06 AM
    Once again, where are the fines and repercussions against all of the European OEM distributors who accepted the bribes and colluded with Intel in the alleged anti-competitive behavior?

    Seems like a one sided and limited retribution by the EU. Do you go after the person who PAID the hitman and let the hitman go? Where is the action being taken against the corrupt and evil distributors who participated in the behavior and also were responsible for locking AMD out of the market? I guess their actions are OK and not anti-competitive?
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    DjEaZy , July 24, 2009 6:15 AM
    ... how about the human rights of AMD?
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    lvlouro , July 24, 2009 8:19 AM
    In my point of view a clean install is even better than an upgrade!!!
    Who here doesn't love the performance you get out of a clean install...
    Most of the people who'll be upgrading to win7 will have been using there vista for years, by then a clean install will be just the right thing to do.
    Maybe it's just me but every time I've upgraded OSs eventually I had to do a clean install to get rid of all the trash it had been building up for years.
    It's more time consuming but is has it's benefits.

    Another thing, don't be so biased. Almost every comment here is biased by emotions, everyone as a right to like more a company but fair is fair.
    I've had intel, amd, nvidia, ati... I buy what's right for me, be it best performance, best bang for the buck, whatever.

    What's fair is fair, and if it's proven that intel broke EU anti-competition laws it has to pay up!!!

    Don't let your judgment be clouded by emotions...

    PhantomTrooperheres what i have to say to the eu and amd.its called capitalism, bitch! amd needs to make a better product if they want more of the market share. people dont wanna buy shit.


    When you do what you want, and don't care for the law it's not called capitalism, it's called ANARCHY. Get your facts straight.
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    wisdom_learner , July 24, 2009 8:26 AM
    GO AMD! =]

    And Intel is wrong. I'm sorry, but they do keep competition out of the market. Someone needs to put them in their place. I'm hoping AMD can still do that.
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    powerbaselx , July 24, 2009 9:42 AM
    Another stupid idea from Intel after corrupting the whole distribution process to sell more Intel processors and assure AMD can't have access to more market. The EU fine brings justice to market and consumers.
    This kind of behaviour from Intel is not admissible neither in the EU and neither in any part of the world.
    Intel produces good products and thus should behave as a responsible company.
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