At the time, EU competition
commissioner Neelie Kroes noted that, "[Intel used] used illegal
anticompetitive practices to exclude its only competitor and reduce
consumers’ choice — and the whole story is about consumers."
The Santa Clara, CA-based company later
the ruling with Intel spokesman Chuck Malloy saying, "Our
position is that the decision was wrong and we said that from the day
it was announced. It was wrong on many levels."
Now it appears that Intel is facing
another lawsuit -- this time on its own home soil according to the
New York Times. New York attorney general Andrew M. Cuomo is
going after Intel this time with a federal antitrust lawsuit. Like
the aforementioned EU case, Cuomo asserts that Intel used illegal
tactics to stifle AMD.
“Rather than compete fairly, Intel
used bribery and coercion to maintain a stranglehold on the market,”
said Cuomo. “Intel’s actions not only unfairly restricted
potential competitors, but also hurt average consumers who were
robbed of better products and lower prices.”
The NYT adds that the state of
NY's action against Intel could mean that the FTC could step in as
well with charges of its own. "These are separate
investigations, but it would be very surprising for New York State to
go off on its own without being fairly confident the FTC would pursue
Intel as well," a person familiar with the situation told the
quote: As far as AMD is concerned, Intel's not going to be shut down - and every conviction/fine Intel gets from a governmental agency simply makes AMD's case for anti-trust violation stronger. Remember, because AMD's is a civil suit they only have to convince a jury Intel was even partially cuplable for AMD's struggles (just 10% responsible could add up to tens of billions in damages)...and based on the e-mails (and the recent implication in insider trading), it shouldn't be that hard to paint Intel with the 'greasy monopolist' brush in a courtroom.
quote: ...and based on the e-mails (and the recent implication in insider trading)