Rambus Antitrust Trial Against Micron, Hynix Set for June 7

A trial over Rambus Inc. (RMBS)’s antitrust lawsuit against Micron Technology Inc. and Hynix Semiconductor Inc. (000660) claiming $4.3 billion in alleged damages was scheduled for June 7.

The trial date was posted today on the electronic docket for the case in state court in San Francisco.

Rambus, based in Sunnyvale, California, alleges that Micron and Hynix artificially inflated the price of Rambus-designed dynamic random access memory, or DRAM, chips to drive Rambus technology out of the computer memory market. Samsung Electronics Co. agreed to pay $900 million in a settlement that removed it from the case.

A May 2 trial date for a separate patent-infringement lawsuit by Rambus against Hynix and two other chipmakers in federal court in San Jose, California, was vacated last month. The judge in that case said March 25 that the trial should wait until after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington has decided related cases.

Linda Ashmore, a Rambus spokeswoman, didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.

The case is Rambus Inc. v. Micron Technology Inc. (MU), 04- 43115, Superior Court of California (San Francisco County).

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net

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