Public companies like Micron must describe any significant lawsuits or
other legal actions in their annual reports to the SEC.
For instance, here is a link to Micron's 10-K reports (the annual
report to SEC) for the past few years:
Checking the most recent report for 2004:
you can find Item 3 on page 9 of the report:
Item 3. Legal Proceedings
On August 28, 2000, the Company filed a complaint against Rambus, Inc.
("Rambus") in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware seeking
monetary damages and declaratory and injunctive relief. Among other
things, the Company's complaint (as amended) alleges violation of
federal antitrust laws, breach of contract, fraud, deceptive trade
practices, and negligent misrepresentation...
On January 8, 2004, Motorola, Inc. ("Motorola") filed suit against the
Company in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
(Austin) alleging infringement of ten Motorola patents. On March 15,
2004, the Company filed an answer and a counterclaim alleging
infringement of seventeen of the Company's patents. Freescale
Semiconductor, Inc., a subsidiary of Motorola ("Freescale"), was later
added as a party with Motorola. On March 30, 2004, the Company filed a
separate action against Motorola in the U.S. District Court for the
Western District of Wisconsin (Madison) alleging infringement of six
additional of the Company's patents, and the Company added a seventh
patent in an amended complaint filed on April 23, 2004. On June 10,
2004, the Wisconsin court granted Motorola's motion to transfer the
case to Texas, and the two cases subsequently were consolidated...
On June 17, 2002, the Company received a grand jury subpoena from the
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California seeking
information regarding an investigation by the Antitrust Division of
the Department of Justice (the "DOJ") into possible antitrust
violations in the "Dynamic Random Access Memory" or "DRAM" industry.
The Company is cooperating fully and actively with the DOJ in its
investigation. Subsequent to the commencement of the DOJ
investigation, a number of purported class action lawsuits were filed
against the Company and other DRAM suppliers. Sixteen cases were filed
between June 21, 2002, and September 19, 2002, in the following
federal district courts...
On May 5, 2004, Rambus filed a complaint in the Superior Court of the
State of California (San Francisco County) against the Company and
other DRAM suppliers. The complaint alleges certain causes of action
under California state law including a conspiracy to restrict output
and fix prices on Rambus DRAM ("RDRAM"), a conspiracy to monopolize
various relevant markets, intentional interference with prospective
economic advantage relating to RDRAM...
Later on in the report, on page 23, they discuss some of the key cases:
...An adverse determination that our products or manufacturing
processes infringe the intellectual property rights of others could
materially adversely affect our business, results of operations or
financial condition. As is typical in the semiconductor and other high
technology industries, from time to time, others have asserted, and
may in the future assert, that our products or manufacturing processes
infringe their intellectual property rights. We are engaged in
litigation with Rambus, Inc. ("Rambus") relating to certain of Rambus'
patents and certain of our claims and defenses. On August 28, 2000, we
filed a complaint (amended) against Rambus in U.S. District Court for
the District of Delaware seeking monetary damages and declaratory and
A number of other suits are currently pending in Europe alleging that
certain of our SDRAM and DDR SDRAM products infringe various of
Rambus' country counterparts to its European patent 525 068...
On January 8, 2004, Motorola filed suit against us in the U.S.
District Court for the Western District of Texas (Austin) alleging
infringement of ten Motorola patents. On March 15, 2004, we filed an
answer and a counterclaim alleging infringement of seventeen of our
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