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What: Shares of memory-technology licensor Rambus
So what: Jurors walked out of an eight-week session in an antitrust case seven years in the making, bearing the verdict "not guilty" for memory-chip builders Hynix and Micron Technology
Now what: Rambus investors had clearly hoped for a more positive outcome, but it was not to be. On a couple of key questions, the decision was split 9-3 in Micron's favor, which is a far cry from the eight "guilty" votes required to trigger damage awards. In other words, it wasn't even close despite the lengthy deliberations.
Rambus might appeal the decision and could take it all the way to the Supreme Court. As lopsided as the final vote was, Rambus still claims that key issues were poorly presented to the jurors, and you just never know what might happen in the Court of Appeals. Stay tuned -- this drama isn't quite over yet.
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