AMD gets support from the courts in Japan
A Japanese court has finally decided that evidence collected as part of a yearlong investigation into the businesses practices conducted by Intel in the country should be disclosed. AMD can now use this evidence as part of its case against Intel where they have claimed that Intel broke the Japanese Anti-monopoly Act by following unfair practices.
This latest lawsuit was filed after Intel was sued by AMD with the anti-trust lawsuit in the Japanese courts. In addition, the Fair Trade Commission of Japan (JFTC) also reported that as per their findings, Intel had abused its monopoly power in the Japanese microprocessor market. They commission claimed that Intel tried to use their economic powers to manipulate the market leading to a restrained competition.
Intel has officially denied all allegations but did not challenge the claims in the courts. They also maintained that the company has a policy of following the domestic laws of the land where they operate. AMD on their part are seeking $50 million damages in the Tokyo High Court and millions more in Tokyo District Court.
AMD spokesperson said in a statement on this latest court ruling: “This is significant because the JFTC issued a recommendation based on the documents that they obtained from dawn raids and now we can use that evidence in the court case. This is very significant evidence that we’ve been trying to get.”