SanDisk Ditches Licensee's Antitrust Claims For Now

Law360, New York (April 20, 2012, 5:09 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Friday dismissed PNY Technologies Inc.'s complaint that accused flash memory company SanDisk Corp. of using the threat of patent litigation to muscle competitors into anti-competitive licensing pacts, holding that PNY hadn't adequately pled its federal antitrust claims.

But U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers granted SanDisk's dismissal bid with leave to amend, and gave PNY — which entered into a licensing deal with SanDisk to quell patent suits in 2008 — 28 days to lodge an amended complaint.

New Jersey-based PNY,...
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