Those who purchased flash memory products directly from SanDisk after June 26, 2006.
Direct purchasers of SanDisk memory can include photography shops and electronic stores, among others.
If you have purchased flash memory products directly from SanDisk, you may be eligible to participate in a class action lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that SanDisk violated federal antitrust laws by making false representations to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in obtaining patents on its flash memory devices. The flash memory products (which are often referred to as “NAND flash memory”) are used in many electronic products, such as digital cameras, camcorders, USB drives, mobile phones, GPS and gaming devices.
According to the lawsuit, SanDisk used these fraudulent patents to improperly exclude fair competition in the U.S. marketplace for flash memory products. The lawsuit also alleges that SanDisk established its monopoly position by enforcing these patents against its competitors and by threatening the competitors’ customers. These unfair business practices have allegedly caused direct purchasers of flash memory products to pay artificially inflated prices.