* Lawsuit alleges overcharging of computer memory chips
* Oracle inherited litigation from Sun
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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 27 Oracle Corp ORCL.O
has sued Micron Technology Inc (MU.O) over alleged price fixing
of computer memory chips as part of litigation the world's No.
3 maker of software inherited from Sun Microsystems.
Oracle accused the U.S. memory chip maker of colluding with
other manufacturers to artificially inflate the price of DRAM
(dynamic random access memory), according to a lawsuit filed on
Friday. Between 1998 and 2002, Sun bought over $2 billion worth
of DRAM, the lawsuit said.
Five of the world's top DRAM manufacturers pleaded guilty
in recent years to a criminal price-fixing probe, but Micron
received amnesty from the U.S. Department of Justice for being
the first to admit its role in the cartel, according to the
Oracle bought Sun in 2010 for about $7 billion.
"Sun sued a number of DRAM suppliers previously, but not
Micron until now," said Michael Tubach, an attorney for Korean
chipmaker Hynix Semiconductor (000660.KS).
A Micron spokesperson declined to comment, and an Oracle
representative was not immediately available.
Under antitrust rules, Micron's cooperation could limit its
liability in any lawsuit with Oracle, Tubach said. Micron
settled a private antitrust lawsuit in 2007 for $80 million.
The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of
California is Oracle America v. Micron Technology, 10-4340.
(Reporting by Dan Levine. Editing by Robert MacMillan)