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The Wall Street Journal Reports: Intel Wins Ruling In Antitrust Class Action

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Intel Wins Ruling in Antitrust Class-Action
By DON CLARK
The Wall Street Journal reports:

Intel Corp. won a key ruling in a suit against the company on behalf of computer buyers, which found no evidence that consumers have been hurt by the company’s discounting practices in the market for computer chips.

A special master in the case, filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware, recommended the court reject a motion to certify the case for class-action status. Under the court’s rules, the recommendation will serve as the court’s ruling unless the plaintiffs object within 21 days.

The case had proceeded in parallel with a private antitrust suit brought in June 2005 by Advanced Micro Devices Inc., which Intel agreed to settle in November along with a $1.25 billion payment to AMD. Both cases alleged that Intel used improper discounts and other tactics to deter computer makers from buying microprocessor chips from AMD, with the proposed class-action case focusing on alleged harm to consumers from Intel’s behavior. …

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