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An upcoming trial against a maker of data storage software was called off this week following a settlement with the company’s U.S. subsidiary. The latest in a string of settlements, it concludes a big antitrust class action that direct consumers had brought against companies that manufacture dynamic random access memory, or DRAM. Lawyers familiar with the settlements say they total about $315 million. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton issued minutes confirming that the plaintiffs reached a settlement with the last remaining defendant, the American subsidiary of Taiwan’s Nanya Technology Corp. Other defendants that have already settled out of the case include Samsung, Infineon and Hynix, according to DramAntitrustSettlement.com, a Web site run by plaintiff lawyers in the case. Federal investigators launched a probe into an alleged price-fixing conspiracy among DRAM chip makers in 2002. That investigation led to a dozen guilty pleas and more than $730 million in collective fines � and prompted civil litigators to pounce. With the direct consumer suits already under way, last summer former state Attorney General Bill Lockyer sued seven companies, including Nanya. Consumers who indirectly purchased DRAM software also pursued separate litigation in federal court. The direct consumer litigation, In re DRAM Antitrust Litigation, 02-1486, had been set to go to trial next month. Details of the Nanya settlement are expected to be filed in federal court within 10 days.

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