The Channel logo

News

By | Chris Mellor 28th September 2010 10:30

Larry wants triple money back from Micron

The overpriced chips are down

"You over-charged us. We want triple damages." That's the essence of an Oracle lawsuit against Micron, filed last Friday in San Jose.

As reported by Bloomberg, Oracle, the well-known touchy-feely company, claims Micron over-charged it when its acquired Sun business bought some $2bn of DRAM chips in the 1998 - 2002 period.

In 2002, Boise, Idaho-based Micron, Hynix, Infineon, Samsung, Elpida and other chip-makers were investigated by the US Justice department for conspiring to over-charge for DRAM chips. Micron co-operated and wasn't named in the criminal case. The named conspirators settled in 2006/2007 and paid a reported $731m in fines, with some execs going to jail.

Micron co-operated with European regulators in a similar case earlier this year, and wasn't charged this side of the pond either. However it has paid out some $80m to settle other DRAM price-fixing lawsuits in the USA. Now along comes uncle Larry wanting his money back.

Sun previously sued some of the DRAMurai in 2006 and settled with some of them. Micron wasn't involved at that time.

The Oracle suit, Oracle America Inc. v. Micron Technology Inc., 10-04340, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose), is looking for unspecified but triple damages under US and California anti-trust legislation. ®

comment icon Read 6 comments on this article alert Send corrections

Opinion

Privacy image

Frank Jennings

Two working parties, ministers galore... but data transfer law remains in limbo
EMC_Unity_bezel

Chris Evans

It does simplify the hardware setup, whatever it is
A microscopic view of the biometric shark skin. Pic: James Weaver

Chris Mellor

Do something and stop faffing about in the bush league

Kat Hall

International system in general needs greater transparency

Features

Nerd fail photo via Shutterstock
Shouting match
Single market vs. rest of the world
hacker
Mostly it's financial crime. Here's what all the cool kids' terms mean in English
Apple logo. Pic: Blake Patterson
Plenty of bumps in the 40-year road for Mac makers