Rambus' Royalties From Hynix Reduced Over Destroyed Docs
By Django Gold
Law360, New York (September 24, 2012, 2:31 PM ET) -- Rambus Inc.'s destruction of documents related to memory chip patents it planned to assert against Hynix Semiconductor Inc. merits a downgrade in a $400 million penalty assessed against Hynix, but neither dismissal nor a new trial is warranted, a California federal judge ruled Friday.
U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte said he would merely impose a “reasonable, nondiscriminatory royalty” against Rambus for its alleged malfeasance, saying anything more punitive was not necessary.
“Hynix argues that dismissal is the only appropriate alternative remedy,” Judge Whyte said. “However, the...