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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 RW on 11/4/2009 11:51:06 PM , Rating: -1
You forget that Intel cannot force the consumer to buy his products, the consumer takes the ultimate choice. And if there's no other choice besides Intel the consumer still have the choice to not buy any Intel products.

So you could just trash talk afterwards trying to hide the GREED behind other heart touching reasons, but the GREED will still pop up in the end because they only ask for Intel's money and nothing else.

RE: Fines fines fines
By caqde on 11/5/2009 1:38:32 AM , Rating: 2
True you can't force the customers to buy your product, but your argument about not buying one is purely ignorant. I will never understand this line of thinking. Not to mention most of your consumers are not going to know anything about these issues or for that matter care so your choice argument is an illusion. It is like an election with one party, someone has to be voted in and someone is going to vote for him whether you choose to vote for him or not he is still getting voted in.

RE: Fines fines fines
By nuarbnellaffej on 11/5/2009 8:45:23 PM , Rating: 1
What the heck would they do if they owned a business, and needed to upgrade their computers? nothing? It hasn't been proven, but if it is proven that intel used illegal means to stop OEM's from buying AMD chips, than they deserve to be fined.

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