On July 27, 2007, the European Commission (EC) announced that its Directorate General for Competition had sent a Statement of Objections (SO) to semiconductor manufacturing giant Intel, notifying the company that the EC believes it had abused its dominant position in the x86 architecture processor market to exclude its biggest rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) from the market. The SO, sent the previous day, alleged that Intel violated the Treaty of Rome's antitrust prohibitions by providing "substantial rebates" to various Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) if the OEMs purchased the majority of their processors from Intel. Intel Senior Vice President and General Counsel Bruce Sewell responded to the allegations, saying that "Intel's conduct has been lawful, pro-competitive, and beneficial to consumers."
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