Why Is Intel Keen To Settle?

Having gone mano a mano with foreign regulators, Intel now seems very keen to get its get its US-based regulatory issues settled without any official judgment.

While being investigated by anti-trust regulators in Korea, Japan and Europe, Intel responded strongly and fought its case aggressively.

In America, it’s a different story.


Last November, Intel settled the anti-trust case brought against it by AMD handing over $1.25 billion to get the suit dropped.


Last week Intel and the FTC announced they were talking about settling the anti-trust proceedings against Intel being brought by the FTC.


That just leaves the anti-trust suit brought by the Attorney-General of New York.


The good thing for defendants about settling cases is that the evidence collected by the prosecution is not revealed.


Has the FTC got Intel banged to rights?


We may never know.


While one’s image may not be tarnished by the findings of foreign regulators which can be dismissed as anti-American tittle-tattle, when Uncle Sam says you’ve been a bad boy, one’s domestic image takes a knock.


Intel wouldn’t like that. Intel presents itself as an innovator, not a market manipulator.


So the chances are that the FTC case will settle, New York will settle, and the great American public will be none the wiser about what has been going on in the computer market.


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  1. Stuart, it’s quie OK to say that but I’ve published that comment twice before – once in June 2009 and once in November 2009 ref: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/blogs/david-manners-semiconductor-blog/2009/11/comical-us-press-defends-intel.html

  2. Stuart Saunders

    David – why is it ok to say ‘Throw Otelini in jail’ but not ok to say
    If you think what I say is untrue, why do you not seek clarification? Obviously your blog is not an ad for Intel, so I presume you are an impartial journalist?

  3. it’s amazing what limitless money can do. Effectively the law can be bought. Expensive, sure – but nevertheless – it can be bought.
    Makes me re-assess right & wrong in a deep sense.

  4. Intel’s disgusting, monopolistic business practices are proof that Bush’s administration allowed banks, oil companies and Intel to do pretty much whatever they wanted and rewrite America’s regulatory laws.
    Throw Otellini and his mafia-types in jail. That’s the quickest way to fix Intel.

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