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New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo  (Source: Groll/AP)
“We intend to stop them" -- New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo

Intel is no stranger to lawsuits. The company was slapped with a $1.45B USD fine by the EU in May of this year for anticompetitive practices. The charges leveled against Intel mainly focused on illegal methods Intel used to keep AMD from gaining in traction in the marketplace.

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 appealed 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 NYT.

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By BZDTemp on 11/4/2009 4:39:22 PM , Rating: 2
Either that or start bashing the NY for trying to steal money from CA (since that is where Intel HQ is located).

But i guess neither will happen :-)

On a different note I think it is great for all of us something is being done stateside. While this case is all about Intel (and therefore AMD) it is also gonna make other companies take note and think again before they abuse their size.

By therealnickdanger on 11/5/2009 8:13:50 AM , Rating: 1
Nope, this is just more of the same. New York State is facing multi-billion dollar budget deficits and NYC itself is experiencing a mass exodus of big earners, the very people that pay the majority of taxes in the city. This has everything to do with money and power - New York is losing both and will claw at any large bank accounts that they can. It's no different (in practice) than small town cops increasing revenues by issuing more minor citations during hard times. The EU does it ALL the time, American lawyers only do it when times get tough.

By BZDTemp on 11/5/2009 5:28:28 PM , Rating: 2

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