Rambus tumbles in antitrust reversal
Micron and Hynix win Calif. court case
Rambus, the litigious memory tech firm, has taken a beating in the stock markets after losing a key case against Micron over price fixing and conspiracy charges.
Rambus had accused Micron and Hynix Semiconductor of fixing the memory market to keep Rambus technology priced out, and it was demanding nearly $4bn in direct damages, which under California law could be tripled before punitive damages were added. At close of day trading Rambus’ stock was down around 60 per cent on the verdict, while Micron’s rose by almost 25 per cent.
“We are disappointed with this verdict as we believe strongly in our case,” said Harold Hughes, Rambus CEO, in a statement. “We do not agree with several rulings that affected how this case was presented to the jury and we are reviewing our options for appeal.”
The seven-year court case came to its current conclusion in San Francisco County Superior Court after a three-month trial. The 12 jurors spent another eight weeks deliberating before deciding on a verdict by a vote of 9-3. Where’s Henry Fonda when you need him?
"We are very pleased that the jury considered all the evidence at issue in this case and determined that Rambus' allegations against the Company were completely without merit," said Steve Appleton, Micron's chairman. "The jury's verdict validates our assertion that Micron acted in accordance with the law and consistent with its values of innovation and fair competition in the marketplace."
Rambus suffered a major blow to its case when it was found to have shredded between 9,000 to 18,000lbs of documents during the case. Rambus originally brought the action from information obtained during the failed FTC case against it, over anti-trust charges. ®
Rambus are the ones who sneaked patents into industry standards and then sued everyone in sight.
May they rot in Hell.
WTF it continued in the first place
The case should have been closed, won by Micron by default and Rambus found in contempt of court there and then.
How many documents?
18000 pounds of documents? WTF?
Lost 60% of their stock value ?
I hope they never get it back.
I hope all the companies that they intimidated/swindled out of "licenses" will start hammering at their door to get it back.
Bring back corporal punishment - I want to see the Rambus CEO take twenty lashes.
> Several of the RAM suppliers have been caught doing this before and all consumers lose when these unscrupulous companys defraud consumers.
1) No-one forces you to buy DRAM.
2) You can actually get DRAM as in "There is actually someone who produces that stuff"
3) Higher prices than what?
4) Also, why not be happy to pay for the next generation of DRAM.
Where's the problem exactly?