BOISE (CN) – Intel holds a monopoly in microprocessors that run Windows and Linux operating systems and illegally restrains trade by “a relentless, worldwide campaign to coerce customers from dealing with Intel’s major competitor, Advanced Micro Devices, or with any other actual or potential competitors,” a class-action antitrust lawsuit claims in Federal Court.
Named plaintiff Seininger Law Offices claims:
“Intel has forced major customers into exclusive or near-exclusive deals.
“Intel has conditioned rebates, allowances and market development funding on customers’ agreement to severely limit or forgo entirely purchases from AMD or other competitors.
“Intel has established a system of discriminatory, retroactive, first-dollar rebates triggered by purchases at such high levels as to have the practical and intended effect of denying customers the freedom to purchase any significant volume of processors from AMD and others.
“Intel has threatened retaliation against customers introducing AMD computer platforms, particularly in strategic market segments.
“Intel has established and enforced quotas with key retailers, effectively requiring them to stock overwhelmingly, if not exclusively, Intel-powered computers, thereby artificially limiting consumer choice.
“Intel has forced PC makers and technology partners to boycott AMD product launches and promotions.
“Intel has abused its market power by forcing on the industry technical standards that have as their central purpose the handicapping of AMD and others in the marketplace.”
And, plaintiffs claim, Intel has violated consumer and antitrust laws from California to Maine in doing so. See complaint.