Sandisk Antitrust Class Certified in Part

     OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) – A federal judge certified in part a class that claims Sandisk virtually monopolized the market for flash memory chips and overcharged for them.
     Plaintiffs – three electronics companies and the trustee of a bankruptcy estate – sought to certify a nationwide class who had bought Sandisk NAND flash chips since July 1997, from Sandisk or “from its controlled and licensed joint venture with Toshiba Corporation.”
     Lead plaintiff Alfred T. Giuliano, bankruptcy trustee for the Ritz Estate, claims the price-fixing cost plaintiffs $72 million.
     U.S. District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong certified a nationwide class who had bought the chips since June 25, 2006.
     She appointed as class counsel Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel; Berry Law; and Stueve, Siegel, Hanson. Morgan, Duffy-Smith & Tidalgo were appointed liaison counsel.
     The May 14 order was unsealed on May 29, after Sandisk was given the opportunity to redact confidential information.

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