Nvidia and AMD face a class action lawsuit that alleges the companies conspired to keep the price of GPU chips high. Incriminating e-mail was read in court during a July-01-08 hearing after Judge Alsup blasted the defense lawyers for attempting to keep certain materials sealed from the public hearing.
If granted class action status, the lawsuit will combine as many as 51 civil suits of price fixing in the GPU market.
Nvidia senior vice president of marketing Dan Vivoli, sent the following damaging statement in an e-mail to ATI's president and chief operating officer Dave Orton: "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."