Within days of the announcement that the State of New York has filed antitrust charges against Intel, and on the same day that the chipmaker announced an antitrust settlement with rival Advanced Micro Devices, the company also announced it had hired renowned antitrust expert A. Douglas Melamed, formerly of the law firm WilmerHale, as its new general counsel.
CNET News blogger Stephen Shankland says Melamed is a particularly good fit for Intel at this time. Quoting WilmerHale, Shankland explains:
From 1996 to 2001, he was acting assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division. Before that, he was the Justice Department's principal deputy assistant attorney general, where he was responsible for "civil non-merger and merger investigations ...and international antitrust enforcement matters."
Even if the AMD claims have been resolved and the U.S. agencies looking into Intel's activities for possible antitrust problems have indicated they will take the settlement into consideration, the European Union's antitrust case against Intel continues.