Intel is distributing lawsuits
There seems to be a real hysteria of lawsuits right now. First USA against Microsoft, then nVidia against 3dfx and Adope against Macromedia and now once again Intel against VIA and Broadcom.
The reason for all the evil is of course patent infringements, according to which VIA's chipset for the AMD Athlon uses Intel-protected technologies. While VIA is still relatively moderate with one count, the lawsuit at Broadcom is expanded to include five Intel patents from the areas of network technology, chip housings and video compression.