MANHASSET, N.Y. Rambus Inc. scored a victory in its antitrust case against several DRAM suppliers Monday (Feb. 14), with the California appellate court upholding a trial court decision to continue case litigation in the California Superior Court in San Francisco.
Rambus (Los Altos, Calif.), originally filed the complaint nine months ago against Hynix Semiconductor, Infineon Technologies AG, Siemens AG, and Micron Technology Inc. The company alleges the defendants colluded to eliminate competition and stifle innovation for computer memory technology by inflating the price of RDRAM chips and boycotting Rambus.
"We are very pleased to have this delay behind us, and now expect this case to move forward aggressively," said John Danforth, senior vice president and general counsel at Rambus, in a statement. "Our first aim is to get access to what we understand to be the price-fixing documents that have already been gathered in related civil and criminal cases by a number of parties. We believe that those documents likely contributed to the near record fines, guilty pleas and jail sentences already reported by the U.S. Dept. of Justice in a related, still-pending criminal investigation."
Subsequent to Rambus filing suit, Infineon agreed to plea guilty and pay a $160 million fine last Fall
to a U.S. Dept. of Justice investigation charging Infineon and other memory makers of conspiring to fixed DRAM prices from 1999 to 2002.
, four Infineon executives agreed to pay $250,000 fines and serve four to six-month jail terms for their roles in the price-fixing scheme.