European Union Court Deciding Microsoft Fine On June 27

The European Union is set to rule whether the 899 million euros ($1.1 billion) fine on Microsoft four years ago was justified on June 27. Microsoft was fined for failing to comply with an antitrust ruling intended to make business easier for rivals. Supposedly Microsoft had failed to provide information to firms with competing products as ordered by an EU watchdog in 2004. The General Court of the EU regulator for non-compliance in Luxembourg will issue a ruling next month. Microsoft lawyers argued during a court hearing that the fine was excessive and undeserved. A Commission lawyer compared Microsoft to a gambler that lost a bet and wanted their money back.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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