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Sun, Unisys file joint DRAM complaint

Multimillion-dollar lawsuit over 'price fixing'

Sun Microsystems and Unisys have jointly filed a lawsuit against several major computer memory chip makers, seeking compensation for alleged price fixing.

The two computer makers individually filed lawsuits against the companies earlier this year but have now brought the cases together in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

The complaint names South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor, Infineon Technologies of Germany, Japan's Elpida Memory and Mitsubishi Electric, Taiwan's Mosel Vitelic and Nanya Technology and US and European units of some of the companies.

The lawsuit is one of several filed against DRAM makers after the US Department of Justice began an investigation into price fixing in 2002. That has already seen a number of guilty pleas by companies and executives, and fines have been levied against some DRAM makers.

Last year Samsung Electronics was ordered to pay a $300m (about £158m) criminal fine and Hynix agreed to pay $185m (£97m). Infineon paid a $160m (£84m) fine and Japan's Elpida agreed to pay $84m (£44m).


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