New York’s Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has filed an antitrust suit against Intel Corporation, complaining that certain of its practices were anti-competitive. While this Blog is not familiar with the merits of the case, the timing of the action is not appropriate.
States’ Attorney Generals typically do not challenge national antitrust issues prior to the Federal government acting. According to antitrust expert John DeQ. Briggs, “It is highly unusual for a state attorney general to take on a national monopoly case before the Feds have acted“. It is likely that Mr. Cuomo’s motivations relate to his expected run for the Governor of New York in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »