Germany: Microsoft fined $11.8M for Office 2007 price gouging

Frankfurt (Germany) – German antitrust regulators have fined Microsoft 9 million Euros ($11.8 million) for antitrust violations relating to price-gouging and price-fixing by Office 2007 products.

The Bundeskartellamt, Germany’s regulatory body for economics, said that Microsoft worked with an undisclosed retailer to set the price of Microsoft’s Office Home and Student 2007 prior to the launch of an advertising campaign.

In an issued statement, the Bundeskartellamt said, “Not every contact between supplier and retailer regarding resale prices constitutes an illegal concerted practice. In the present case, this boundary has been crossed.”

Microsoft said in a statement, “We will use this case as an opportunity to review our internal commercial processes and ensure that we are in full compliance with German law.”

See the original AP article republished on BusinessWeek.