European Commission brings new antitrust charges against Intel Devin Montgomery at 3:07 PM ET
[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] announced Thursday that it has filed additional antitrust charges against microprocessor manufacturer Intel [corporate website] for anti-competitive actions it has allegedly taken against rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) [corporate websites]. In a Supplementary Statement of Objections (SSO), the EC said that Intel had provided "substantial" rebates to one computer retailer on the condition that it only use Intel processors, and that it had both paid a computer manufacturer to delay selling AMD-based devices and offered the manufacturer similar exclusivity rebates. The EC announced [press release] that Intel has eight weeks to respond to the complaint:
Each of the conducts outlined in the 26 July 2007 Statement of Objections and the SSO is provisionally considered to constitute an abuse of a dominant position in its own right. However, the Commission also considers at this stage of its analysis that all the types of conduct reinforce each other and are part of a single overall anti-competitive strategy aimed at excluding AMD or limiting its access to the market.
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