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Intel EC case could be getting close to a conclusion

It's been years but there are indications that 2018 might be the moment when the Intel appeal against its massive EC fine gets dealt with

One of the consequences of being in the industry long enough is that you get the occasional chance to see one of the long running legal cases that hover in the background come close to a conclusion.

Eight years ago Intel was involved in history when the EU handed out a $1.19bn fine for providing rebates to PC makers that was seen to be unfair to its great rival AMD.

The fine was accompanied by an order from the EC that Intel had to stop giving illegal rebates to PC manufacturers and other practices that were designed to underline its main competitor.

Intel appealed against the ruling but failed to win the argument in the EU's second highest court and then took the case on to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

According to Reuters it is looking like a ruling will be made next year, just nine years after the fine was originally handed out.

Speaking at a conference on competition Marc can der Woude, vice president at the General Court, was quoted as saying that he expected a judgment at some point in 2018.

Until this update the most recent twist in the case had been the comments made by advocate General Nils Wahl at the Court of Justice of the European Union last October.

Whale was quoted as saying that Intel’s appeal should be upheld, which would have given the chip giant hope that it remains on track to chip away at the record fine.

Not only could Intel's case come to a conclusion but there is a prospect that Google could be close to matching Intel's record fine if it is handed a $1.12bn antitrust fine. That case evolves around the idea of the firm favouring its own results in search queries.

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