Intel has won a small victory in its appeal against the EUR 1 billion competition fine levied against the company by the EU in 2009. The EU's Court of Justice sent the case back to the lower General Court to re-examine Intel's arguments against the European Commission's decision, according Telecompaper. The ECJ found that the General Court, which upheld the EC decision in Intel's initial appeal in 2014, did not examine thoroughly enough Intel's arguments. In particular, Intel alleged certain errors by the EC in its efficient competitor test, which it used to judge whether competitors could match Intel's pricing. 
Intel’s allegations that the Commission lacked territorial jurisdiction to sanction the company and of procedural irregularities that affected its rights of defence were rejected by the ECJ.
The fine of EUR 1.06 billion against Intel was for abuse of its dominant position on the market for computer chips. Intel was accused of engaging in illegal, anti-competitive practices to exclude competitors from the market for CPUs. The company allegedly gave rebates to computer manufacturers on condition that they bought all, or almost all, their CPUs from Intel, making it difficult for rivals to compete on price.