Panasonic, Others Beat Memory Card Antitrust Claims

Law360, New York (May 22, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday tossed a putative consumer class action alleging that Panasonic Corp., Toshiba Corp. and SanDisk Corp. tried to corner the secure disk memory cards market by requiring competitors to enter restrictive patent-licensing agreements.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey S. White said the proposed indirect purchaser class had waited too long to bring its antitrust suit against the electronics companies. The companies were accused of using their joint patent-licensing venture, SD-3C LLC, to require new entrants to the market for SD memory cards,...
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