Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Western Digital has won a preliminary battle in its fight with Toshiba over its rights in the auction process for Toshiba’s memory unit.
‘On August 14, 2017, the Superior Court of California for the County of San Francisco granted Western Digital a preliminary injunction enjoining Toshiba from preventing certain employees from accessing shared databases and from refusing to ship certain engineering wafers and samples,’ says a WD statement.
Tosiba had previously witheld early production parts of the new 96-layer NAND flash memories from WD.
‘The ruling clarifies the scope of the previously issued TRO (temporary restraining order) by, among other things, enjoining Toshiba from withholding from SanDisk and its affiliates JV related information in shared databases, including information created after June 28, 2017,’ adds WD.
“This ruling allows our talented team to continue working productively alongside our JV colleagues to innovate and deliver cutting edge technology to our customers,” says WD, “we remain in constructive dialogue with Toshiba and its stakeholders, and continue to seek a solution that is in the best interest of all parties.”
Toshiba responded to the order by saying that while it will comply with the order, it will not its memory business, including its decision to make unilateral investments in Fab 6 at Yokkaichi Operations.
“While we are aware of the Judge’s ruling today, we do not expect any of the current ongoing litigation with Western Digital and SanDisk to limit us in proceeding with our business plans,” said Toshiba sevp Dr Yasuo Narukr, “I am extremely confident in our decision to move forward with timely unilateral investments in Fab 6 at Yokkaichi Operations – which will allow us to maintain our position as a leading player in the highly competitive 3D Flash memory market.”
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