California AG announces $310 million computer chip settlement

Published: Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014 - 11:00 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014 - 11:40 pm

Consumers who bought certain computers, video games or printers containing DRAM memory chips can file a claim to recoup overpayments, part of a multi-state, $310 million settlement over price-fixing, the state Attorney General’s office announced Wednesday.

Saying that manufacturers “betrayed the trust of consumers by artificially inflating prices to drive up profits,” California AG Kamala Harris urged Californians who bought devices containing the chips between 1998 and 2002 to file a claim immediately. The settlement applies to computers and electronics, sold at retailers like Best Buy, Costco or Staples, that contained Dynamic Random Access Memory computer chips, known as DRAM. The chips were found in devices made by Apple, Gateway and Dell, among others.

The repayments, which depend on how many DRAM chips were purchased in computers or other devices, range from a minimum $10 to potentially thousands, the AG’s office said. Both individuals and businesses can file a claim.

The deadline for filing is August 1, either online at or by calling (800) 589-1425.

Call The Bee’s Claudia Buck, (916) 321-1968.

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