Cuomo Slaps Intel With Antitrust Suit

Says chipmaker paid kickbacks, strongarmed manufacturers
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2009 10:41 AM CST
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo speaks during a presentation in Albany, N.Y. in this Dec. 11, 2008 file photo.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll, file)
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(Newser) – New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed an antitrust suit against Intel today, accusing it of “a worldwide, systematic campaign of illegal conduct.” Cuomo says Intel paid computer manufacturers billions in kickbacks provided they didn’t produce computers with rival chips. The money was disguised as “rebates,” and the recipients allegedly include HP, IBM, and Dell. The suit is the result of an investigation began in January 2008. Intel’s already facing similar charges in the EU, and a separate suit from AMD.