Intel Claims EU Fine Violates 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.

Create a new thread in the US News comments forum about this subject
This thread is closed for comments
45 comments
Comment from the forums
    Your comment
    Top Comments
  • Anonymous
    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.
  • Other Comments
  • aspireonelover
    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
  • Anonymous
    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.
  • Wayoffbase
    If it is true that one individual was responsible for the whole process, that's way too much power for one person to have.