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Intel Sued by FTC Over Monopoly Issues

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Just as Intel clears one problem, another one appears.

Despite Intel's $1.25 billion settlement with AMD being already paid, the world's largest chipmaker's headaches are far from over.

Today the U.S. Federal Trade Commission launched an antitrust suit against Intel for anticompetitive practices.

"Intel has engaged in a deliberate campaign to hamstring competitive threats to its monopoly," said Richard A. Feinstein, director of the FTC's Bureau of Competition. "It's been running roughshod over the principles of fair play and the laws protecting competition on the merits."

The FTC expects that the complaint will be heard by an FTC administrative law judge next September, Bloomberg reported.

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    Abrahm , December 16, 2009 3:39 PM
    Why does it seem like everything "consumer advocacy" groups do has less to do with helping the consumer and more to do with milking money out of companies?
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    ram1009 , December 16, 2009 4:43 PM
    nicklasd87How is this lawsuit helping the consumers? I don't think I will see a dime of the outcome...



    Do you actually not understand how competition helps consumers?
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    nicklasd87 , December 16, 2009 3:49 PM
    How is this lawsuit helping the consumers? I don't think I will see a dime of the outcome...
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  • 23 Hide
    Abrahm , December 16, 2009 3:39 PM
    Why does it seem like everything "consumer advocacy" groups do has less to do with helping the consumer and more to do with milking money out of companies?
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    logitic , December 16, 2009 3:45 PM
    Is FTC the new Rambus?
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    TunaSoda , December 16, 2009 3:48 PM
    Isn't the FTC a monopoly?
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    nicklasd87 , December 16, 2009 3:49 PM
    How is this lawsuit helping the consumers? I don't think I will see a dime of the outcome...
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    logitic , December 16, 2009 3:52 PM
    How did my comment get a Neg mark. I thought is was rather accurate since FTC Dismisses Rambus Antitrust Case, and right after that they filled their own lawsuit. I think it's rather ironic!
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    wildwell , December 16, 2009 3:54 PM
    Good thing Intel's lawyers are now freed-up from the AMD mess!
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    jellico , December 16, 2009 4:00 PM
    Who are the socialist idiots who are neg-voting all of these very valid comments?!

    The fact of the matter is that the FTC does very little to actually help or safe-guard consumers anymore. Between this, and their recent warnings about adult content in online social environments (thank you, Captain Obvious), and their recent chastizing of the movie and game industry for supposedly targeting kids with too much violence and sex, what we are seeing is, yet another, bloated government agency who thinks they have a mandate from on high to dictate to us what is and is not socially acceptable. I think the FTC, as well as numerous other federal agencies, should be defunded and their bureaucrats made to find real jobs (if that is even possible given their lack of real-world experience).
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    soo-nah-mee , December 16, 2009 4:11 PM
    This is just sad because whether or not is is warranted, the only effect we as enthusiasts are going to see is slowed technological progression and higher CPU prices.
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    roofus , December 16, 2009 4:18 PM
    This is a bad time in our country to be a successful company. Too many politicians in power loathe success in the private sector.
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    logitic , December 16, 2009 4:22 PM
    Seriously is Jon Leibowitz a member of these forums? There are way to many Neg marks here on valide comments.
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    Platypus , December 16, 2009 4:23 PM
    logiticHow did my comment get a Neg mark.

    jellicoWho are the socialist idiots who are neg-voting all of these very valid comments?!
    I typically will give someone a thumb down for asking why others have given them a thumb down. How/why you got a thumb down is irrelevant to the article.

    If Intel could post on these boards, I'm sure it would look like this:
    IntelWho the heck just gave us a thumb down!? We already paid AMD!
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    hakesterman , December 16, 2009 4:32 PM
    The money Intel gave AMD to settle out of court is nothing compared to the money AMD lost due to intels wrong doings. I am glad the FTC is getting involved, i hope they hit them with the biggest fine in America history. If you don't play fair you must be punished, now it's time for Intel to get their spanking.............

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    ckthecerealkiller , December 16, 2009 4:34 PM
    logiticHow did my comment get a Neg mark. I thought is was rather accurate since FTC Dismisses Rambus Antitrust Case, and right after that they filled their own lawsuit. I think it's rather ironic!

    It's because other people (like me) probably read "Is FTC the new RambO?" I didn't -1 as I re-read.
    Hamid: What's that?
    Rambo: It's blue light.
    Hamid: What does it do?
    Rambo: It turns blue.
    *facepalm
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    theubersmurf , December 16, 2009 4:41 PM
    :) 
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    ram1009 , December 16, 2009 4:43 PM
    nicklasd87How is this lawsuit helping the consumers? I don't think I will see a dime of the outcome...



    Do you actually not understand how competition helps consumers?
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    logitic , December 16, 2009 4:43 PM
    AbrahmWhy does it seem like everything "consumer advocacy" groups do has less to do with helping the consumer and more to do with milking money out of companies?


    To be only fair the FTC worked better before Obama appointed a former lobbyist for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), by the name of Jon Leibowitz. Since then it has dropped the ball on a lot on principal arguments.
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    Anonymous , December 16, 2009 4:47 PM
    This has nothing to do with innovation, and everything to do with the way Intel tries to steamroll competitors. People shouldn't be bitching about how the FTC is trying to "stifle the free market economy" or "socialize capitalism" or "blah blah blah". Duplicitous market practices are what got Intel into this mess in the first place, and there's plenty of evidence to show that.
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    sliem , December 16, 2009 4:57 PM
    Leave Intel alone! Let them work and make better CPUs instead of feeding you money you fat greedy FTC!
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    kipsus , December 16, 2009 5:01 PM
    Lets just hope this time the fine is something that would really hurt a giant like Intel, not puny 1.25 billion. Nasty business has to stop and if such is price, it has to be paid
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