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Court Orders Microsoft To Pay €497M Antitrust Fine

Law360 (September 17, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Europe's second highest court has handed the European Commission a victory in its lengthy antitrust battle with Microsoft Inc., ruling that the software giant must pay the €497 million fine imposed by the EC in 2004.

In a decision handed down on Monday, the European Court of First Instance upheld the landmark fine, confirming the commission's decision to penalize Microsoft for abusing its dominant market position by overcharging competitors for technical information needed to sync the Windows operating system with media player software.

Microsoft appealed the...
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