Intel to FTC: We Didn't Do Anything Wrong

Earlier today, word came out that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has launched a suit against Intel over the company's alleged anticompetitive practices. Despite its recent settlement with AMD, Intel maintains that it competes fairly and lawfully.

Intel Corporation issued the following statement regarding the suit filed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC):

"Intel has competed fairly and lawfully. Its actions have benefitted consumers. The highly competitive microprocessor industry, of which Intel is a key part, has kept innovation robust and prices declining at a faster rate than any other industry. The FTC's case is misguided. It is based largely on claims that the FTC added at the last minute and has not investigated. In addition, it is explicitly not based on existing law but is instead intended to make new rules for regulating business conduct. These new rules would harm consumers by reducing innovation and raising prices."

Intel senior vice president and general counsel Doug Melamed added, "This case could have, and should have, been settled. Settlement talks had progressed very far but stalled when the FTC insisted on unprecedented remedies – including the restrictions on lawful price competition and enforcement of intellectual property rights set forth in the complaint -- that would make it impossible for Intel to conduct business."

"The FTC's rush to file this case will cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars to litigate issues that the FTC has not fully investigated. It is the normal practice of antitrust enforcement agencies to investigate the facts before filing suit. The Commission did not do that in this case," said Melamed.

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  • logitic
    Ok, I just fell out of my chair! I knew this was coming....

    Stay tuned for rebuttal from FTC
  • roofus
    Intel is innocent. They just said so. Everybody can move along now.
  • sstym
    "Boohoo. We didn't screw AMD over when their processors were better than ours (aaah, the pre Core 2 Duo years).
    It will cost the taxpayers millions of dollars WE could have extorted from them with a new netburst-like ripoff.
    Competition is bad, the FTC sucks, the consumers' interest (and my houses in the Caribbean) are clearly better served by an Intel Monopoly."