Microsoft to appeal $1.3 billion EU fine

Microsoft files an application with the Court of First Instance in Luxembourg to annul the European Commission antitrust fine

Microsoft is appealing the $1.3 billion (€899 million) fine imposed on it by the European Union for failing to honor a 2004 antitrust agreement, the company said Friday.

Microsoft spokesman Jack Evans said via e-mail Friday that the company has filed an application with the Court of First Instance in Luxembourg to annul the European Commission decision of Feb. 27, which imposed the fine against Microsoft.

"We are filing this appeal in a constructive effort to seek clarity from the Court," the company said in an e-mailed statement.

Microsoft is not commenting further.

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