As we've already reported, AMD and Nvidia were hit with a number of lawsuits in 2006 and 2007 alleging that they conspired to fix graphics card prices. These cases are still making their way through the court system, and according to Law.com, some juicy information emerged at a recent hearing about the cases' elevation to class-action status. U.S. District Judge William Alsup read aloud a 2002 e-mail from Nvidia Marketing VP Dan Vivoli to ATI President and COO Dave Orton:
Vivoli wrote, in part, "I really think we should work harder together on the marketing front. As you and I have talked about, even though we are competitors, we have the common goal of making our category a well positioned, respected playing field. $5 and $8 stocks are a result of no respect." "That's not good for the defense," said Alsup after reading the e-mail . . . "A jury would like to see this," he said.
After reading the message, Alsup told the plaintiffs, "This is not a bad document for you. It is not a home run but it is a base hit." Law.com says Alsup also "berated" defense lawyers for trying to keep alleged trade secrets under seal. He told them, "This court is not a wholly-owned subsidiary of your companies. I am against you hiding information from the public. If we get to summary judgment in this case nothing will be under seal." (Thanks to Shacknews for the tip.)