AMD strikes Intel with antitrust stick in Germany
After hitting Intel with antitrust lawsuits in Japan and the United States last year, AMD has made
Europe its latest battleground with a new
antitrust complaint in Germany. In this new complaint, AMD alleges that
Intel made anticompetitive and illegal deals with German retailers.
Similarly, in Japan, AMD accused Intel of paying off Japanese PC
manufacturers to keep AMD chips out of their product lines. In the
U.S., Intel was accused of coercing a wide range of customers—from
PC makers to distributors and retailers—into not using or
restricting their use of AMD products.
The German complaint was filed with Germany's Federal Cartel
Office—the Bundeskartellamt—which is now in talks with the
European Commission about the case. A Bundeskartellamt representative
told CNET, "We're checking with colleagues in Brussels to see whether
they will take this complaint on as well." The Commission's antitrust
officials have already
taken an interest in Intel's business practices, so an escalation of
the German case could be a possibility.