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FTC Sues, What's the Fallout for Intel?

Dec 17, 2009, 19:03 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

""This is kind of pathetic. Over two years after Japan, Korea and the EU have taken action and Intel settled with AMD, now the FTC steps up and says something? That's pathetic," groused Jim McGregor, chief technology strategist with In-Stat.

"Intel's (NASDAQ: INTC) past behavior certainly earned it considerable scrutiny. In its complaint, the FTC raises issues dating back to 1999. AMD (NYSE: AMD) filed its antitrust case against Intel in 2005. Japanese regulators raided Intel's offices in 2004 and South Korean officials did the same in 2006.

"McGregor said AMD first complained to the FTC but it was the last to act after Japan, Korea, and the European Union, which slapped Intel with a $1.45 billion fine earlier this year after its own multi-year investigation.

""It shows how slow [the FTC] are. To see them to be the last one to act really doesn't send a good statement about our regulatory bodies," he said.

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