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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 hyvonen on 11/5/2009 3:02:22 AM , Rating: 0
Um... I don't see your 'smoking gun' in the article you linked. Where did you get that $500mil?

And it was AMD's CEO that was involved in insider trading.

I would rather look into the obvious connection between NY and AMD... where are they building that new fab again...? Oh, right...

By knutjb on 11/5/2009 11:32:59 AM , Rating: 2

An Intel executive is caught up in the same insider trading scandal. This has to do with stock trading not a FAB facility and Intel committing anti-trust violations. You don't have evidence linking the FAB to this case, they are not connected.

By hyvonen on 11/5/2009 5:03:51 PM , Rating: 1
Sorry - my bad. That insider trading comment was a response to someone else who was barking about how unethical intel due to that low-level employee insider trading thingy, conveniently forgetting that a very high level employee (=AMDs CEO) was involved in insider trading.

My other points are valid responses, though. NY is the place for AMDs FAB, and that's a likely reason why NY AG would file a bogus suit against intel.

By HrilL on 11/5/2009 6:43:53 PM , Rating: 2
They've already been proven guilty in the European Union and in South Korea. How many other countries need to join the bandwagon?

Got to love the fanbois that think Intel can do no evil.

AMD's exec has nothing to do with this case. What he did has nothing to do with the decades of illegal business Intel has taken part in.

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