RealTime IT News

Microsoft Appeals Massive EU Fine

Microsoft moved this week to put the last of its European anti-trust contretemps behind it -- and tried to save a boatload of money at the same time -- when it appealed the last fine, one for approximately $1.35 billion, levied against it late last decade by the European Commission.

According to published reports, Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) attorneys argued that the fine was undeserved and excessive.

The arguments were presented to the EU's Luxembourg-based General Court -- part of the European Court of Justice -- on Tuesday.

The fine, the largest ever at the time, was imposed against Microsoft in 2008 by the EC -- the European Union's (EU) executive branch -- for not immediately complying with a 2004 ruling that it had used its market dominance to block competitors in the workgroup operating system arena from building products that integrated with Microsoft products by withholding interoperability documentation.

Read the full story at Datamation:
Microsoft Appeals Massive EU Fine