EU ombudsman slaps antitrust regulators over Intel case

EU ombudsman slaps antitrust regulators over Intel case

Summary: The European Union ombudsman reportedly criticized antitrust regulators over its evidence collection against Intel.According to the Wall Street Journal, EU ombudsman P.

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The European Union ombudsman reportedly criticized antitrust regulators over its evidence collection against Intel.

According to the Wall Street Journal, EU ombudsman P. Nikiforos Diamandouros said that the European Commission, which fined Intel $1.45 billion in May for monopoly abuse, failed to record evidence from a Dell executive in August 2006. The Dell exec told investigators that the company viewed the performance of AMD as very poor. AMD has stumped against Intel's business practices.

Why is that important? The EC argued that Intel used its monopoly power to squeeze AMD. If Dell chose Intel for technical reasons the EC case may have looked different. The EC said that manufacturers bought Intel chips because they feared losing rebates.

The Journal characterizes the failure to record the discussion as an embarrassment that may shed light on how the EC operates. In any case, U.S. tech giants---notably Intel and Microsoft---are trying to highlight that lack of clarity with the EC's decision making process.

Ultimately, the Dell conversation wasn't going to sway the ultimate outcome. The Journal reviewed a yet-to-be-published report from the EU ombudsman. When published, the report is likely to land here.

Topics: Intel, Dell, Enterprise Software, Government, Government UK, Security

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  • No, evidence has no place in the EU investigations

    [i]Ultimately, the Dell conversation wasn?t going to sway the ultimate outcome.[/i]

    Exactly right. Before starting the investigation, the EU has already decided on the outcome. The investigation is merely the process they follow to justify their pre-determined outcome.
    NonZealot
    • Thanks for this fine analysis.

      Not.
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    • Yup.

      I doubt the EU has ever met a large US company it didn't think it could ring some money out of with huge fines...
      The trials are just there for show.
      Fark
    • It's ironic that a Union that hold monopoly power over law and most of...

      it's business (U.K. not included) could conceive of such Anti Trust actions. <br>
      Maybe this is the EU's way of creating an IT revenue stream for the government since they don't have much of their own to impose control over.
      xuniL_z
  • RE: EU ombudsman slaps antitrust regulators over Intel case

    Hmmm. I have always found that AMD's performance is better at any given price point then Intel's. The question is what is actually meant by performance.

    And this brouhaha is because 1 Dell executive made a somewhat redundant statement?????

    gogalthorp
    • No..

      It's not because 1 exec made a somewhat redundant statement. It's the fact that evidence was collected and then NOT added to the file. What if other manufacturers made comments like these and those reports were also left out?

      Imagine a trial against you were the prosectuor could determine what parts of the evidence the jury heard? Any arguements in your favor could be tossed out, or in this case - NOT recorded and submitted to the 'jury.'

      If they missed this guy's testimony that at that specific time, AMD had lagged behind INTEL - did they miss others?
      Fark
  • Big government

    This is what happens when you give government unlimited power. They are not accountable, and you have to suffer when they screw up.
    LBiege
    • Government over there doesn't have 'unlimited power'

      In fact, compared to the United States, they are
      MORE limited. Even over here however, this kind of
      bull done by regulators would have them in court
      and, perhaps, disbarred permanently.
      Lerianis10
      • "In fact", in this case is not fact.

        Just an opinion. Of course it depends if you are talking about Germany
        or France or...
        Bruizer
  • Gives you an insight into how the biggest money grabbing scheme works...

    nt
    transposeIT
  • RE: EU ombudsman slaps antitrust regulators over Intel case

    wzrxzh,good post!
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