Tri-Citians can file claims for computer chip case

By The Tri-City HeraldMarch 12, 2014 

Tri-Citians who bought personal computers, servers and MP3 players between 1998 and 2002 can file claims to recover money from the manufacturers of Dynamic Random Access Memory computer chips, thanks to a settlement agreement.

The Washington State Attorney General's Office announced that the payments are part of a $310 million settlement of multi-state antitrust allegations claiming the manufacturers conspired to fix prices.

Exactly how much is returned to Washington consumers will depend on what they bought and how many claims are filed. But the state expects to receive $500,000 to return to state agencies once the settlement is finalized, according to a news release.

Consumers must submit a claim by Aug. 1 to be eligible to receive any money. They must have bought one or more of the following between 1998 and 2002: desktop computers, laptop computers, computer servers, computer graphics cards, printers, video game consoles, MP3 players, PDAs, DVD players, digital video recorders or any other technology containing Dynamic Random Access Memory, also called DRAM.

To file a claim or for more information, go to or call 1-800-589-1425.

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