SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Intel Corp. pushed price cuts and rebates on computer sellers in exchange for exclusionary contracts -- and punished those that used competing microprocessors, rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. claims in a lawsuit against the world's leading chip maker. The industry underdog says 38 companies -- including Dell Inc., Sony Corp., and Hewlett-Packard Co. -- were strong-armed into buying Intel rather than AMD chips.
AMD's suit seeks billions of dollars in damages. ''We have a responsibility to stand up to the industry's Goliath," said Tom McCoy, an AMD executive.
''Intel believes in competing fairly and believes consumers are benefiting from this vigorous competition," said Intel's Tom Beermann, calling AMD's suits ''a legal case full of excuses and speculation."