AMD Sues Intel for Potential EU Evidence
By Van Smith
Date: October 25, 2001
Popular IT news site The Inquirer
reported yesterday that
AMD is in the process of suing Intel. Responding to VHJ’s inquiries, AMD
spokesman Drew Prairie sent us the following clarification:
We filed a motion in the United States District Court in San Jose, California, in an effort to obtain evidence we believe is relevant to the EU Commission inquiry into alleged anti-competitive practices by Intel Corporation.
As background, we filed a complaint before the EU Commission in October 2000 alleging that Intel has been abusing its dominant position in the Windows-capable microprocessor market, including granting loyalty rebates and imposing exclusive purchasing obligations on OEMs and retailers and using price discrimination and refusal to supply necessary components, new Intel products and product information to OEMs as retribution for buying AMD.
In the complaint we also alleged that by means of its dominance Intel has concluded agreements with other PC platform components manufacturers to set new standards aimed at excluding competitors, in particular AMD, from access to the interface information needed to design and develop microprocessors capable of competing in Windows-capable markets.
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