Communication: new case No. 0236 of 2022

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62022TN0236
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English
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General Court
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Communication: new case

Judgment



20.6.2022   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 237/73


Action brought on 28 April 2022 — Intel Corporation v Commission

(Case T-236/22)

(2022/C 237/94)

Language of the case: English

Parties

Applicant: Intel Corporation Inc. (Wilmington, Delaware, United States) (represented by: D. Beard, J. Williams, Barristers-at-law and B. Meyring, lawyer)

Defendant: European Commission

Form of order sought

The applicant claims that the Court should:

a.

order the Commission to pay compensation of EUR 593 177 661,75, corresponding to: default interest on the principal amount of EUR 1 060 000 000 at the ECB refinancing rate on the first calendar day of the month in which the Decision C(2009) 3726 final of 13 May 2009 (the ‘Decision’), was adopted (namely 1,25 %) increased by 3,5 percentage points (or failing that at an interest rate deemed appropriate by the Court), for the period from 13 August 2009 (the date of provisional payment of the fine by Intel) to 25 February 2022 (the date of repayment of the principal amount of the fine by the Commission), minus the interest amount already paid to Intel by the Commission of EUR 38 059 598,52;

b.

order the Commission to pay interest on the amount requested at paragraph (a) above for the period from 25 February 2022 (the date of repayment of the principal amount of the fine by the Commission), or alternatively from 28 April 2022 (the date of the present action), or, in the further alternative, from the date of judgment in the present action, up to the date on which the Commission actually pays the amount in pursuance of a judgment upholding the present action, at the interest rate applied by the ECB to refinancing operations increased by 3,5 percentage points or, failing that, at an interest rate deemed appropriate by the Court;

c.

further or alternatively:

i.

annul any decision of the Commission, including any set out in the Commission’s e-mail dated 1 March 2022, refusing the reimbursement of default interest and order it do so in the same amounts as sought in paragraphs (a) and (b) above; or

ii.

alternatively, declare that the Commission has acted unlawfully by failing to pay Intel default interest on the principal amount of a fine reimbursed following the annulment of Commission Decision C(2009) 3726 final of 13 May 2009 in Case COMP/C-3/37.990 Intel, and order it do so in the same amounts as sought in paragraphs (a) and (b) above.

d.

in any event, order the Commission to pay Intel’s costs and expenses in connection with these proceedings.

Pleas in law and main arguments

In support of the action, the applicant relies on three pleas in law.

1.

First, pursuant to Article 268 TFEU in conjunction with Article 340(2) TFEU and Article 41(3) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, the applicant seeks payment of compensation and consequential interest for the damage sustained because of the European Commission’s refusal to pay Intel default interest on the principal amount of a fine reimbursed following the annulment, by judgment T-286/09 RENV, ECLI:EU:T:2022:19, of Article 2 of the Commission Decision C(2009) 3726 final of 13 May 2009 in Case COMP/C-3/37.990 Intel. In this regard, the applicant relies upon the requirement to take necessary measures to comply with the annulment of a fine pursuant to Article 266 TFEU, which includes the payment of default interest.

2.

Second, further or in the alternative, pursuant to Article 263 TFEU the applicant seeks the annulment of any decision of the Commission refusing the reimbursement of default interest, at the rate referred to above, on the basis that it is contrary to Article 266 TFEU.

3.

Third, pursuant to Article 265 TFEU in the further alternative, to the extent the Commission has not adopted a final position (despite requests from the applicant), the applicant seeks a declaration that the Commission has acted unlawfully by failing to pay Intel the said default interest pursuant to Article 266 TFEU, and an order that the European Commission pay that default interest at the rate referred to above.

4.

Strictly in the alternative, the applicant avers that any contrary interpretation of the 2002, 2012 and/or 2018 Regulation(s) that would exclude the payment of default interest in accordance with Article 266 TFEU, as interpreted by the CJEU and GC, would have the consequence that the relevant provisions would be in breach of primary EU law. In those circumstances, the applicant raises an alternative plea of illegality under Article 266 TFEU and Article 277 TFEU on an alternative, contingent basis.



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