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Intel seeks antitrust reversal

Posted: 01 Dec 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:European Commission  antitrust behaviour  processors 

Intel Corp. has filed a lawsuit against the European Commission and is claiming that the allegation of antitrust behaviour by Intel has been improperly investigated and that the Commission became "discriminatory and partial."

The allegation hinges on whether the Commission obtained all the available factual and legal information that might have a bearing on the case. Intel is claiming that European Commission has failed to obtain relevant documents from Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the complainant. Intel argues that because these documents were not provided to Intel, it could not conduct its defence properly.

Intel was being investigated for having allegedly stifled competition by offering steep rebates for dealers banning products with processors from competitor AMD. The investigation was largely complete in May 2008 and Intel faces being fined up to 10 per cent of its annual revenue.

Intel is seeking the annulment of previous rulings of antitrust behaviour, an extension of its deadline for a response to 30 days from the date Intel is given access to the relevant documents and it wants the Commission to pay its costs.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe

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