Monday, January 12, 2009

Rambus spoliation renders twelve patents unenforceable

"[Rambus'] spoliation conduct was extensive, including within its scope the destruction of innumerable documents relating to all aspects of Rambus' business; when considered in light of Rambus' litigation conduct, the very integrity of the litigation process has been impugned. Sanctions such as adverse jury instructions and preclusion of evidence are impractical, bordering on meaningless, under these circumstances and in the context of a typical jury trial. Therefore, the court concludes that the appropriate sanction for the conduct of record is to declare the patents in suit unenforceable against Micron."

Micron Technology v. Rambus Inc., 1-00-cv-00792 (DED January 9, 2009, Memorandum Opinion).

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