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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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RE: Fines fines fines
By knutjb on 11/4/2009 6:04:36 PM , Rating: 2
You might want to go back and check your time lines. This started before AMD planned to move to NY. Your conspiracy theory needs more work.

RE: Fines fines fines
By Khato on 11/5/2009 2:41:07 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, you might want to go do that...

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RE: Fines fines fines
By knutjb on 11/5/2009 11:24:10 AM , Rating: 2
Intel started this illegal activity during the P4-XP days and that was when?

RE: Fines fines fines
By HrilL on 11/5/2009 7:04:30 PM , Rating: 2
Before that. They were doing this during the P2 days and before that even. When AMD's K6-2 was still the better CPU on the market... I think it started as soon as AMD started to design their own CPUs based on x86 and were mixing in some aspects of the RISC processors of the company they had purchased.

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