Del. Judge Denies A Request For Confidential Information On Intel

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge has denied a request by New York authorities to obtain confidential information from a lawsuit between Nvidia Corp. and rival chipmaker Intel Corp. as they investigate alleged anti-competitive behavior by Intel.

The New York attorney general's office says Nvidia is reluctant to answer questions in the investigation because of fears it might violate an order by the judge preventing disclosure of confidential information exchanged in the lawsuit. Intel settled the lawsuit earlier this year by agreeing to pay Nvidia $1.5 billion for the right to certain patents.

The judge noted Monday that Nvidia executives have never been privy to information covered by his protective order, and that investigators have not asked them what they have come to know or believe about Intel in the normal course of business.