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AMD Takes Legal Aim At Intel

Sunnyvale, Calif. — Advanced Micro Designs (AMD) today filed an antitrust complaint against Intel claiming that its rival has engaged in illegal acts to help maintain its position in the industry.

The suit was filed in U.S. Federal District Court for the District of Delaware under Section 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act and sections 4 and 16 of the Clayton Act and the California Business Code.

In the 48-page complaint, AMD alleges that Intel maintained its monopoly in the x86 processor category by “engaging in worldwide coercion customers from dealing with AMD.” According to an AMD statement, the complaint lists 38 companies that have been “victims” of coercion by Intel, including Dell, Toshiba, Gateway and Hitachi. AMD claims these firms were forced into Intel exclusive deals in return for outright cash payments, discriminatory pricing or marketing subsidies. (To read the complaint in full, please see AMD).

Intel did not return phone calls to comment on this story.