Intel outlines plans to find missing e-mail

Thousands of e-mail messages related to AMD's antitrust case against Intel are missing, but Intel says it believes it can recover most of them.

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Intel filed a report late Monday night outlining how it plans to recover e-mail that it failed to preserve following the filing of Advanced Micro Devices' antitrust lawsuit against the company.

Last month, Intel said that a number of employees had failed to properly preserve e-mail related to AMD's allegations after some people forgot to save "sent" e-mail or assumed IT was backing up their folders. The report doesn't have much in the way of details beyond what Intel has already said, that despite the breakdown in its document retention policies it thinks it can the rest of the e-mail messages from backup tapes, e-mail preserved by those who properly followed retention procedures, and by looking at other employees within the same department or management team.

The mess goes all the way to the top: court transcripts indicated that CEO Paul Otellini was one of the individuals who thought IT was backing up his e-mail. But Intel noted that it did take a snapshot of every file on its network the day after AMD filed its lawsuit, which are the files that might have the evidence AMD seeks.

AMD said it was evaluating Intel's report before commenting further, but that it might seek to depose certain employees to learn more about the document retention lapses. Intel filed a number of exhibits under seal that contained the names of those on the document retention list, and AMD wants to review all of those documents.