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June 27, 2012 at 6:40 AM

EU upholds most of Microsoft’s billion-dollar fine

Microsoft lost its bid to dismiss a massive fine from the European Union, whose General Court Wednesday upheld a 2008 fine against Microsoft for failing to comply with a 2004 antitrust order.

The decision, which closes the EU’s antitrust case against Microsoft that began in 1998, means the court rejected Microsoft’s request to dismiss the fine but it did trim the fine by 39 million Euro to 860 million Euro ($1.1 billion U.S. dollars), according to The Associated Press, which reports that, including two earlier fines, the case has wound up costing Microsoft 1.64 billion Euro (about $2 billiion).

That’s the most ever resulting from a single antitrust case in Europe, according to the AP, which noted that Microsoft issued a statement in which it said the company was disappointed with Wednesday’s ruling.

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