EU: Broadcom appeals ultimatum to stop sales tactics

Broadcom appealed a European Union order forcing the company to drop allegedly unfair clauses that may compel set-top box makers to use its chips, reported Bloomberg Law.

The appeal opens a court fight over the validity of a rarely used regulatory tool meant to prevent victims from suffering while probes drag on for years.

EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager in October ordered Broadcom to end “anti-competitive provisions” in contracts within 30 days while her agency continues a probe into allegations that the US supplier forces six of its main customers to buy its chipsets. Broadcom stated at the time that it would appeal the decision.

The appeal was filed December 23, according to the EU General Court’s website. Broadcom didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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