The Price of Abuse: Intel and the European Commission Decision

GCP: The Online Magazine for Global Competition Policy, No. 2, June 2009

9 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2009  

Robert H. Lande

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Date Written: June 1, 2009

Abstract

The May 13, 2009 decision by the European Commission ('EC') holding that Intel violated Article 82 of the Treaty of Rome and should be fined a record amount and prohibited from engaging in certain conduct, set off a predictable four part chorus of denunciations: 1. Intel did nothing wrong and was just competing hard; 2. Intel’s discounts were good for consumers; 3. The entire matter is just another example of Europeans protecting their own against a more efficient U. S. company; and 4. Even if Intel did engage in anticompetitive activity, the fine was much too large. These assertions will be addressed in turn.

Keywords: antitrust, Intel, European Commission, competition policy, EU, anticompetitive, Treaty of Rome, fines, American Antitrust Institute

JEL Classification: K21, K33, L40

Suggested Citation

Lande, Robert H., The Price of Abuse: Intel and the European Commission Decision (June 1, 2009). GCP: The Online Magazine for Global Competition Policy, No. 2, June 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1434985 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1434985

Robert H. Lande (Contact Author)

University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States

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