Microsoft Loses Appeal of EU Fine

Decision on antitrust penalty could encourage EC to pursue other violations.

Microsoft Corp. lost a European Union challenge to an 899 million-euro ($1.1 billion) antitrust fine, with a court saying it “essentially” upheld the penalty.

The EU General Court cut the fine by 39 million euros, or 4.3 percent, to 860 million euros in a ruling today. The Luxembourg-based tribunal rejected all of Microsoft’s arguments over the fine levied by the European Commission for the company’s failure to obey an order to share data with rivals.

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