Colo. AG joins 32 states to settle chip case

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Colorado’s attorney general has joined 32 other states to settle allegations that computer chip manufacturers colluded to artificially raise the prices of their products.

The attorneys general filed suit in California federal court, alleging that the manufacturers of Dynamic Random Access Memory computer chips – used in desktop computers and electronic “Protecting Coloradans and Colorado firms and government agencies from unfair business practices, including colluding to artificially inflate prices, is one of our top priorities,” Suthers said. “This settlement highlights the good work we do in cooperation with our partners across the country on antitrust cases.”

Colorado’s share of the settlement, which will be determined by a special master, will be deposited in the state’s General Fund.

The DRAM manufacturers named in the lawsuit include Micron Technology, Inc. and NEC Electronics America, Inc., which are both based in the United States, and Infineon Technologies A.G. of Germany; Hynix Semiconductor, Inc., of South Korea; Elpida Memory Inc. of Japan; and Mosel-Vitelic Corp. of Taiwan.