With Intel Suit, FTC Puts Big Bet On Section 5 Power

Law360, New York (December 16, 2009, 7:55 PM EST) -- In a highly anticipated complaint filed against Intel Corp. Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission is putting a big wager on its ability to use a long-dormant statute to take aim at conduct that falls outside the bounds of other U.S. antitrust laws.

In a complaint filed Thursday, the FTC alleged that the world's leading computer chip maker had illegally used its dominant market power to smother rivals, waging a 'systematic campaign' to curb access to the marketplace, in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act....
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