The FTC filed a lawsuit in December 2009 accusing Intel of anti-competitive business practices intended to stifle competition from AMD and Nvidia. Intel and the FTC have now filed a joint motion to suspend the legal proceedings while the two sides work to negotiate a settlement.
Intel and the Federal Trade Commission have suspended legal proceedings
related to the lawsuit filed by the federal regulators against the chip maker
while the two sides try to negotiate a settlement.
In a statement released June 21, Intel officials said the two
sides agreed to file a joint motion to suspend the administrative trial
proceedings to give the parties time to negotiate. According to Intel, the
motion calls for suspending the proceedings until July 22.
Intel's statement indicated that a consent order has been
proposed, and will be a key topic of discussion during the negotiations.
However, terms of the proposed consent order were not released.
The FTC on Dec.
16, 2009, filed a lawsuit against Intel, accusing it of practicing
anti-competitive behavior designed to hinder competition from rival Advanced
Micro Devices and graphics chip maker Nvidia.
The federal regulators said Intel used its dominant position in
the x86 chip market to coerce OEMs like Dell, IBM
and Hewlett-Packard into limiting their use of processors from AMD,
and Intel had altered some of its technology-such as compilers-to hurt the
performance of products from AMD and other
The allegations echoed those leveled by other regulatory
bodies. The European Commission, the antitrust arm of the European Union, fined
Intel $1.45 billion
in May 2009, a fine the chip maker is appealing.
In addition, the U.S. Attorney's Office in New
a similar lawsuit against Intel
in November 2009 for practices that
allegedly were intended to illegally stifle competition from AMD.
The FTC also accused Intel of practicing anti-competitive
behavior against Nvidia. All the agencies accused Intel of using financial
incentives and coercion to convince systems makers to limit their use of
In December, Intel ended its longstanding legal dispute with AMD
in a settlement that included a $1.25 billion payment to AMD.
between Nvidia and Intel
are still ongoing.
Intel officials have strongly
defended Intel business practices,
insisting that while their company has
been aggressive in the market, it has not used its dominant position illegally.
While Intel did settle its legal issues with AMD,
company officials did not admit to any wrongdoing.
In a sharp statement issued two weeks after the FTC filed its lawsuit, Intel
officials said the agency did not understand the x86 chip marketplace, and that
the lawsuit contradicted established antitrust regulations.