Negotiations in today's historic $1.25 billion settlement between chip rivals AMD and Intel started getting really serious after Labor Day. And then just two weeks later, Sewell was out the door to take the highly coveted position as Apple's GC.
Lawyers involved in the negotiations on the AMD side said that Sewell leaving didn't create any major problems — and they even praised Sewell for his work while at Intel. But AMD's outside counsel, Chuck Diamond at O'Melveny & Myers, said it was a sign of how bad Intel's case was.
"If Bruce was confident that he was going to come out OK at the other end, I don't think he would’ve left," Diamond said.
Sewell's replacement is an antitrust expert from WilmerHale, Doug Melamed. CalLaw has stories going up tonight about the settlement and Melamed’s hiring.
— Zusha Elinson