* Suit alleges overcharging of computer memory chips
* Oracle inherited litigation from Sun
(Adds Oracle comment, time frame of guilty pleas)
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 27 Oracle Corp ORCL.O has
sued Micron Technology Inc (MU.O) for fixing prices of computer
memory chips, in a continuance of litigation it inherited from
Oracle, the world's No. 3 maker of software, 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 more than $2 billion worth of DRAM, the
Five of the world's top DRAM manufacturers pleaded guilty
between 2004 and 2006 to a criminal price-fixing, including two
Samsung corporate entities. 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 lawsuit.
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.
"We have attempted to resolve this matter amicably but have
now filed this suit seeking recovery of damages caused by
Micron's involvement in an illegal conspiracy to fix the price
of DRAM," Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger said.
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 and
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