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The Yokkaichi plant where Toshiba and Western Digital produce flash memory chips.

With lawsuit, Western Digital eyes comeback in Toshiba chip saga

US partner makes last-ditch effort for memory unit as bidding wraps up

| Japan

TOKYO -- Western Digital's latest legal bid to block the sale of Toshiba's semiconductor memory unit shows the hard-drive maker is prepared to fight to the finish for control of those valuable operations.

The American company said Wednesday it had sought an injunction from a California court to keep the Tokyo-based conglomerate from selling Toshiba Memory, a unit created from memory chip operations in April. Western Digital and Toshiba make flash memory chips through joint ventures owned 50.1% by Toshiba. The Japanese partner's "attempts to circumvent our contractual rights have left us with no choice but to take this action," said Steve Milligan, Western Digital's CEO.

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