UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA OAKLAND DIVISION
January 12, 2011
IN RE STATIC RANDOM ACCESS
MEMORY (SRAM) ANTITRUST LITIGATION
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. Claudia Wilken United States District Court Judge
This Document Relates to: ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION TO FILE LENIENCY AGREEMENT UNDER ALL ACTIONS SEAL FOR IN CAMERA REVIEW
W02-WEST:FMI\403170136.2 ORDER GRANTING SAMSUNG'S ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION TO FILE LENIENCY AGREEMENT UNDER SEAL FOR IN CAMERA REVIEW
Motions in Limine and For Pre-Trial Preparation (Docket No. 1206), the Court granted defendants Motion in Limine No. 2 to exclude at trial any evidence of or reference to Samsung's leniency 5 agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") in connection with DOJ's investigation of 6 the SRAM industry, or any other evidence of or reference to that investigation. However, the At the December 14 Pretrial Conference and by its December 16, 2010 Order on Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.'s (collectively "Samsung")
Court ordered Samsung to lodge with the Court for in camera review,
along with a proposed 8 sealing order, a copy of the January
17, 2006 letter memorializing Samsung's leniency agreement 9
with DOJ (the "leniency agreement"), so that the Court could confirm
that the letter does not 10 provide a basis for impeachment
of Samsung witnesses at trial. On December 29, 2010, Samsung 11
filed an Administrative Motion to File Leniency Agreement Under
Seal For In Camera Review
(the "Motion"), and lodged the leniency agreement with the Court as
Exhibit A to the 13 accompanying Declaration of Michael W.
submitted, the Court's file in this matter, and for good cause shown, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED
The leniency agreement does not provide a proper basis for impeachment
of Samsung witnesses. Samsung's leniency agreement required Samsung to
report only a "possible" 19 violation of the Sherman Act,
and did not require Samsung to admit to any violation of the 20
antitrust laws or any other wrongdoing. Moreover, the agreement
requires "truthful" and "candid" 21 cooperation with DOJ,
and expressly bars cooperating witnesses from falsely protecting or
falsely implicating any person or entity.
leniency agreement under seal pursuant to Civil Local Rule 79-5. Strict confidentiality of leniency agreements is essential to the proper functioning of DOJ's antitrust amnesty program, and Samsung has treated its leniency agreement as confidential and taken reasonable measures to safeguard it from disclosure outside the company. The leniency agreement also shall not be After due consideration of the leniency agreement in camera, the other papers THAT Samsung's Motion is GRANTED for the reasons set forth below.
The Court finds that Samsung has shown good cause for permanently
filing the provided to Plaintiffs or Cypress. In addition to the reasons stated
above, the Special Master has 2 already denied Plaintiffs'
motion to compel Samsung to produce the leniency agreement in 3
discovery, ruling that disclosure of the letter would unfairly
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Samsung's motion is GRANTED as follows:
(1) The leniency agreement (Exhibit A to the December 29, 2010, Declaration of Michael W. Scarborough) shall be filed permanently under seal.
(2) The leniency agreement shall not be provided to Plaintiffs or Cypress. No 8 person other than the Court, or an appellate court before which this litigation is pending, is 9 authorized to inspect the leniency agreement.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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