LONDON Processor maker Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has filed a lawsuit against the European Commission and is alleging that the allegation of antitrust behavior by Intel has been improperly investigated and that the Commission became "discriminatory and partial."
The allegation hinges on whether the Commission obtained all the available factual and legal information that might have a bearing on the case. Intel is claiming that Brussels has failed to obtain relevant documents from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.), the complainant. Intel argues that because these documents were not provided to Intel, it could not conduct its defense properly.
Intel was being investigated for having allegedly stifled competition by offering steep rebates for dealers banning products with processors from competitor AMD. The investigation was largely complete in May 2008 and Intel faces being fined up to 10 percent of its annual revenue.
Intel is seeking the annulment of previous rulings of antitrust behavior, an extension of its deadline for a response to 30 days from the date Intel is given access to the relevant documents and it wants the Commission to pay its costs.