Intel faces antitrust case in New York

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The Independent Online

New York's attorney general hit Intel with an antitrust lawsuit yesterday, claiming that the company used "illegal threats and collusion" to dominate the market for computer microprocessors.

Following a similar case in Europe, the attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, right, claimed that the world's biggest computer chip maker paid billions in kickbacks to computer manufacturers and retaliated against those that did too much business with Intel's competitors. Intel used its market prowess to "rule with an iron fist," Mr Cuomo said, in actions that "robbed" consumers of lower prices. When the company was fined $1.45bn by the European Union over similar charges in May, Intel denied wrongdoing, saying its sales practices were legitimate. The rival computer chip maker AMD is also suing Intel in a case set to go to trial next year in Delaware.