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Intel files motion to dismiss AMD antitrust complaint

Posted: 08 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Kristen Kenedy? Intel? AMD? Advanced Micro Devices?

Intel filed last week a motion to dismiss all foreign business conduct claims in an antitrust suit filed by rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). The motion, filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware, asks that the claims of foreign misconduct be dismissed because they are outside federal jurisdiction.

"To a large extent, AMD seeks recovery under U.S. antitrust law for lost sales of its foreign-made microprocessors to foreign companies in foreign locations," Intel said in court documents. "Much of AMD's claimed injury boils down to this contention: AMD was allegedly injured when its sales offices in Paris, Munich, Surrey, Beijing, Osaka, and other foreign countries failed to sell more of its German-manufactured microprocessors to French, German, British, Chinese, Japanese, and other foreign customers. AMD cannot invoke the U.S. antitrust laws to attempt to address these alleged harms that occurred (if at all) outside the United States."

An AMD spokesman said the company's legal team currently is reviewing the motion and expects to present a briefing schedule that will get the matter read for decision in mid-June.

AMD originally filed the antitrust suit last June. It alleges that the company bullied customers to secure a monopoly in the x86 processor market. The complaint identifies 38 companies that AMD claims have been victims of Intel's illegal business practices, including large computer makers, distributors, systems builders and retailers.

Intel has denied all of AMD's charges.

- Kristen Kenedy

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