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Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service Investigates Netbooks

Jul 29, 2009, 04:32 (2 Talkback[s])

"The case against the companies was initiated on 4th June 2009 for the elements of violating Clause 5 Part 1 Article 11 of the Federal Law «On Protection of Competition». It is suspected that the notebook manufacturers were engaged in concerted actions by pre-installing the operational system of the same vendor on the notebooks sold to consumers who in most cases did not have a possibility to choose and buy the required notebook model without a pre-installed operational system or refuse to use the product tied to their purchase (the operational system of the «Microsoft» Corporation).

"In accordance with the petitions of the case participants, FAS Russia has brought Fujitsu Limited (of Japan) to the proceedings as an interested party. FAS Russia will also send enquiries to some other notebook manufacturers (of the Lenovo, Sony, and RoverBook brands) to check whether they have an existing procedure for returning the operational system."

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