Intel has suffered a further setback in its legal spat with Intergraph, after a US court refused to change the venue from Alabama to California.
Last week, a federal court refused to speed up the process and the latest move means that the case will stay at the Alabama federal court, which granted an injunction against Intel on 10 April. Both parties in the dispute have now been told to meet on 18 June to establish a schedule for the rest of the case.
The case centres on an allegation that Intel refused to supply Intergraph with advance information and samples of CPUs. Intergraph said that refusal meant that it would be uncompetitive against other companies in the same market.
Intergraph's CEO Jim Meadlock welcomed the latest decision in the case. He said: "We're pleased that the case will remain in the Alabama federal court. Now with the venue determined and a scheduling conference set, we can quickly move forward with the case."
Judge Edwin Nelson, at an Alabama federal district court, said on Monday that Intel had failed to provide convincing evidence that moving the venue to California would be more convenient for the companies and witnesses in the case.
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