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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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Not so simple
By crystal clear on 11/5/2009 8:26:36 AM , Rating: 1
An e-mail from a Dell Exec says blatantly and flat-out "If we use AMD, we can expect financial retaliation from Intel to the tune of $500 million" (para).

This Dell executive is simply speculating or simply using it as an excuse for choosing Intel chips.

Not enough evidence to fine Intel,wait a few years till the legal proceedings come to an end.

Bribes & coercion are istruments/tools actively used all over the world including the USA to get protection from politicians in Govt.

Investigate politicians in the USA !

RE: Not so simple
By crystal clear on 11/5/2009 10:20:41 AM , Rating: 2

Cuomo is expected to run for the state's governorship in 2010.

RE: Not so simple
By knutjb on 11/5/2009 11:42:54 AM , Rating: 2
If they didn't have convincing information bringing a suit like this would end Cuomo's political future.

It looks like Intel broke the anti-trust laws, a trial will tell us. It doesn't look good for Intel after the EU caught them doing the very same thing.

So Cuomo shouldn't investigate a crime because he plans to run for Governor?

You guys need to crawl out of your caves more often. Too much internet is bad for your brain.

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