Qualcomm antitrust fine over iPhone modem payments shot down by appeals court

An appeals court has ruled that A 1 billion euro fine applied to chipmaker Qualcomm over what was was alleged to be illegal payments to Apple to maintain modem placement in the iPhone will not stand.

“A number of procedural irregularities affected Qualcomm’s rights of defense and invalidate the Commission’s analysis of the conduct alleged against Qualcomm,” the judges sitting on the appeals court said in their ruling.The ruling appears to be based on a lack of concrete evidence showing that Apple or the market as a whole was damaged by Qualcomm’s behavior.

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