Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Copycat lawsuits target Intel

Filed under
Legal

On the heels of Advanced Micro Devices' antitrust litigation against Intel, the chip giant was hit Thursday with two copycat lawsuits.

In separate class actions filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, two owners of computers powered by Intel chips sought damages for what they claimed was the Santa Clara company's anti-competitive practices. Plaintiffs Ronald Konieczka of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Maria Prohias of Miami are represented by the same Los Angeles law firm, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro.

The plaintiffs allege they have been injured by paying more for PCs and other products which contain microprocessors due to Intel's alleged anti-competitive practices. They have asked the court for unspecified restitution.

On Monday, Sunnvayle-based AMD sued Intel in U.S. District Court in Delaware, contending the world's largest chip maker abuses its market power, engages in ``knee-capping'' tactics and offers illegal inducements to coerce computer makers into buying Intel's chips over AMD's.

Intel spokesman Tom Beermann said the class-action suits filed Thursday were not unexpected.

``These types of suits are fairly routine when a large antitrust case is filed,'' Beermann said. ``Intel is confident in its position, and we are firmly committed to successfully resolving these issues in court.''

The suits are nearly identical to the complaint AMD filed on Tuesday, with the same allegations, graphics and charts.

``The ambulance chasers are coming out,'' said Ashok Kumar, an analyst with Raymond James.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs weren't immediately available for comment.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

today's howtos

KaOS 2016.06 Moves the Distro to Linux Kernel 4.6, Adds Full-Disk Encryption

The developers of the KaOS Linux operating system have had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download of the KaOS 2016.06 ISO image with some very exciting goodies. First and foremost, the devs have decided to move the distribution from the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel series to Linux kernel 4.6, which makes it possible to fully automate the early microcode update. Furthermore, the default desktop environment has been migrated to the Beta of the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.7. Read more

Tiny Core Linux 7.2 Enters Development, First Release Candidate Is Out Now

The developers of one of the smallest GNU/Linux operating systems, Tiny Core, have announced that the next point release in the Tiny Core Linux 7 series, version 7.2, is now open for development. Tiny Core Linux 7.2 RC1 (Release Candidate 1) has been released today, June 25, 2016, and it lets early adopters and public testers get an early taste of what's coming to the final Tiny Core Linux 7.2 operating system in the coming weeks. Read more

Huawei CEO: Will keep using Android as long as it's open

He made the said comment in a Weibo post, where-in he also noted that Google's mobile OS has promoted the development of smartphones, which in turn has benefited consumers. Interestingly, he didn't say anything about whether or not Huawei is developing an in-house mobile OS - said to be called Kirin OS. His silence on the matter, though, can be taken as a confirmation of sorts, especially when his comment reflects the possibility of Google restricting the companies’ freedom with Android in future. Read more Also: Huawei CEO Comments On Rumors about its Independent OS