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Tokyo Court Orders Release Of Evidence In AMD Suit

MANHASSET, N.Y. — In a possible turn of events in the suit by Advanced Micro Devices Inc. against Intel Corp., the Tokyo District Court said Friday (Dec. 16) it would require the Fair Trade Commission of Japan (JFTC) to release evidence obtained during its investigation of Intel K.K.

The evidence, discovered in raids of Intel K.K. offices as well as major Japanese OEM manufacturers in April 2004, formed the basis of the JFTC’s recommendation against Intel. Legal counsel for AMD Japan intends to use JFTC’s evidence as part of its law suit against Intel in Japan, filed June 30th, 2005.

That suit follows an antitrust suit AMD (Sunnyvale, Calif.) filed against Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.) in the U.S. District Court in Delaware June 28. The suit alleges Intel has been operating an unlawful monopoly in the x86 microprocessor market and coerced computer makers, distributors, small system builders and retailers in their dealings with AMD.

At press time, Intel has not commented on the Tokyo District Court’s action. In the past, the semiconductor supplier has steadfastly maintained that its business practices are fair and lawful, and that AMD’s suit is an example of “legal dissonance” (see Sept. 1 story).

Friday’s ruling was issued at the conclusion of a hearing in which counsel for both AMD Japan and Intel addressed the production of documents collected by the JFTC during its year-long investigation into Intel for violating Japan’s Antimonopoly Act.

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