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EXECUTIVES TO PLEAD IN COMPUTER CHIP PROBE Four vice presidents of Infineon Technologies AG have agreed to spend time in the slammer and pay a total of $1 million in fines for conspiring to fix computer chip prices, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday. T. Rudd Corwin, an American, and three Germans — Heinrich Florian, G � nter Hefner and Peter Schaefer — are expected to plead guilty to one felony count, according to the DOJ. Each executive will spend four to six months in prison. The Infineon plea bargains are part of a larger effort by the DOJ’s San Francisco antitrust division to stop price-fixing by chip manufacturers and distributors. Earlier this year, Infineon, which is based in Germany, agreed to pay a $160 million fine in connection with the probe. Another company, Idaho-based Micron Technology Inc., confirmed last month that it was assisting in the DOJ investigation after being granted immunity from prosecution. The alleged price-fixing involves DRAM, or dynamic random access memory chips, which are used in devices including MP3 players, televisions and computers. More than $5 billion worth of DRAM chips are sold each year in the United States, according to the DOJ. The case is U.S. v. Corwin, 04-397. — Jeff Chorney

New Partners

COOLEY GODWARD LIFTS SIX TO PARTNER RANKS Cooley Godward announced it has elected six attorneys to join the firm’s partnership in local offices, effective Jan. 1. Gian-Michele “Mischi” a Marca, 34, is a business attorney in the firm’s San Francisco office. He received his J.D. in 1996 from Georgetown University Law Center. John Brockland, 34, a business attorney in the Palo Alto office, received his J.D. in 1996 from the University of Chicago Law School. Craig Jacoby, 36, a business attorney in the San Francisco office, received his J.D. in 1996 from Stanford Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. Jeffrey Karr, 33, a litigation attorney in the Palo Alto office, received his J.D. in 1996 from Hastings College of the Law. John McKenna, 38, a business attorney in the Palo Alto office, received his J.D. in 1996 from Boston University School of Law. Lori Ploeger, 34, a litigator in the Palo Alto office, received her J.D. in 1994 from the University of Texas School of Law. Additionally, one partner was named in Cooley’s San Diego office and one in the Reston, Va., office. Cooley named 10 attorneys to its partnership last year — two more than this year. The firm has 450 attorneys and five offices in the United States. — Marie-Anne Hogarth

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