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E.U. Releases E-Mails to Defend Decision on Intel

Sep 21, 2009, 22:06 (0 Talkback[s])

"Neelie Kroes, the European Union competition commissioner, imposed the €1.06 billion fine in May for abusing its dominance in the computer chip market to exclude its only serious rival, Advanced Micro Devices. Since then Intel has appealed against the decision to a European court, accusing her investigators of botching procedures and trampling on the company’s rights of defense.

"In an unusual move, Ms. Kroes shot back on Monday with extracts from e-mails and other documents obtained during the investigation, which she said showed how Intel used unfair tactics to pressure companies to exclude A.M.D. chips from personal computers sold in Europe.

"In one internal presentation from 2003, Dell, a computer maker, noted that switching any part of its supplies to A.M.D. from Dell risked retaliation by Intel that “could be severe and prolonged with impact to all LOBs,” or lines of business."

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