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US Chip Maker Qualcomm Asks EU Court To Overturn Antitrust Fine

 |  March 13, 2023

Today, the US chipmaker Qualcomm is appearing before Europe’s second-highest court to argue against a €242 million fine imposed by the European Commission.

In 2019, the European Commission fined Qualcomm for its practice of “predatory pricing” between 2009 and 2011, reported Reuters. This was done to limit the success of Nvidia’s Icera subsidiary by selling chipsets cheaper than cost.

The company last year secured a major win as it convinced the General Court to scrap a 997 million euro EU antitrust fine in another case related to payments made to Apple to use only its chips in all its iPhones and iPads in order to block out rivals such as Intel.

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Qualcomm lawyer Miguel Rato criticized the Commission’s investigations against the company on the first day of the three-day hearing.

“This is the second installment of the Commission’s campaign against Qualcomm. The first was the exclusivity decision squashed by the Court,” he told the General Court.