EU fines Microsoft for breaking browser pact

The European Union levied a $733 million penalty in its Internet browser dispute with Microsoft.
By Toby Sterling Published: March 7, 2013
Advertisement
;

In theory, the commission could have fined Microsoft up to 10 percent of its global annual sales during the period the violation took place.

“A failure to comply is a serious infringement that must be sanctioned accordingly,” Almunia said.

Keith Hylton, a professor of law and antitrust specialist at Boston University, said the fine was “far in excess of any benefit Microsoft could have gotten from the error, and vastly in excess of any harm to EU consumers, who are aware of alternatives to Internet Explorer.”

Anthony Sabino, an antitrust lawyer and professor at St. John's University, said the Commission was right to fine Microsoft for the latest lapse, but the size of the penalty seemed “disproportionate … perhaps even petty, given that Microsoft has paid its fines and yielded to all the demands of the EU.”

| |

Advertisement


Trending Now



AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    Oldest living former MLB player dies at 102
  2. 2
    Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops stops by Kentucky practice
  3. 3
    Grizzlies' Courtney Lee says Memphis likes Westbrook taking shots
  4. 4
    Teens squeeze an invention from watery ketchup
  5. 5
    Boy saves for Playstation, then gives money away
+ show more