Micron Receives Favorable Decision in Antitrust Case Involving Computer Chips

November 18, 2011

Analysis Group client Micron Technology and codefendant Hynix Semiconductor, Inc. received a favorable decision from a California Superior Court jury in an antitrust matter involving Rambus, Inc.

In 2004, Rambus filed suit alleging that Micron and Hynix had engaged in “concerted and unlawful efforts” to stifle competition and innovation in the market for dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips, the technology used in the main memory of most personal computers. Rambus claimed that the companies had conspired to boycott Rambus’ DRAM product and sought nearly $4 billion in damages.

The defendant’s counsel, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, retained a team from Analysis Group to evaluate and quantify damages. The team, led by Managing Principal John Jarosz and Vice Presidents Robert Vigil and Michael Chapman, and including Senior Analyst Thomas Lucey, filed several reports and gave deposition testimony.

After eight weeks of deliberation, the jury ruled against Rambus. The outcome of this closely monitored trial was covered in several major media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Law360, Huffington Post, and San Jose Mercury News.