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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: The First Real Evidence for Anti-trust Violations
By B3an on 11/5/2009 7:37:40 AM , Rating: 1
If this was the EU fining Intel. To you yanks it would be because the EU is corrupt, which i always see posted on here with articles regarding that. But if it's in the US, which is far more corrupt anyway, then something like this is perfectly fine and Intel suddenly deserves it.

By LRonaldHubbs on 11/5/2009 9:54:09 AM , Rating: 1
Even ignoring your demonstrated anti-'yanks' bias for a moment, your assumptions are incorrect. The EU ruling was fishy because of the conflict of interest in the EC. This new case in NY is fishy as well for the same reason -- NY state has a vested interest in AMD/GF. It's no more fine now than it was in the EU case.

By BZDTemp on 11/5/2009 10:05:56 AM , Rating: 3
What conflict of interest in the EU?

If you are referring to the AMD factory in Germany then I think you should remember that Ireland has the biggest Intel factory outside of the US. Plus while both Intel and AMD are big companies they are not really that big considering the EU is union of almost 500 million people. Neither of the two companies has a size which compares much to the really big companies.

By HrilL on 11/5/2009 6:50:44 PM , Rating: 2
Lets not forget the South Korean ruling as well. Intel simply acted illegally and now they need to pay up.

I hope AMD eventually takes them to Civil court and gets the money they deserve. Intel probably robbed more then 20 billion of potential profit from AMD.

This activity went on for years and finally came out of the closet when people actually realized that AMD had the best CPU on the market and almost none of the major OMEs were selling them.

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