It has been three-and-a-half years since AMD first filed an anti-trust against Intel in the state of Delaware, and while the case has yet to come to trial, its size and complexity have ballooned considerably. Many of the other ongoing Intel anti-trust investigations around the world are tied, directly or indirectly, to the discovery and deposition process, and the situation is further complicated by the involvement of various judicial systems, each of which has its own specific rules and methods for evaluating AMD's complaint.
This article describes the four major legal arenas in which Intel and AMD are preparing to do battle. There are other cases besides the Delaware suit-Intel representative Chuck Mulloy indicated several dozen class action suits have been filed in the wake of AMD's 2005 lawsuit. But these cases hinge on the results of the Delaware case. That initial lawsuit is more-or-less the center of the other investigations, though the situation is more complex than that.