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Microsoft fined 11.8M for Office 2007 price gouging


German antitrust regulators have fined 9 million euros ($ 11.8 million) to Microsoft for violations of agreements relating to price gouging and price fixing Office 2007 products.

The Bundeskartellamt, Germany, the regulator of the economy, said that Microsoft has worked with a distributor that does not disclose the pricing of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007, before launching an advertising campaign.

In a statement issued, the Federal Cartel Office said "all contacts between the supplier and the retailer in respect of illegal resale price constitutes a concerted practice. In this case, this line has been crossed."

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

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