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EC declines to follow DOJ's lead, opens in-depth investigation of Oracle-Sun deal

  • Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
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  • European Union, USA
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  • October 12 2009

On September 3, 2009, the European Commission ("EC") announced that it was opening an in-depth investigation under the EU Merger Regulation of Oracle Corporation's proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems

EC imposes $1.45 billion antitrust fine on Intel

  • Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
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  • European Union
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  • June 12 2009

On May 13, the European Commission (EC) imposed a fine of 1.06 billion (approximately $1.45 billion) on Intel Corporation for allegedly violating EC Treaty antitrust rules on the abuse of a dominant market position (Article 82) by engaging in anticompetitive practices to exclude competitors from the market for computer chips called x86 central processing units (CPUs), which are considered to be "the main hardware of a computer."