By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The New Orleans Employees Retirement System is suing Celera, alleging its plan to sell the company to Quest Diagnostics for $671 million undervalues the company.

Along with Celera, its CEO, Kathy Ordoñez, and its board of directors are named as defendants in the lawsuit filed in Delaware Chancery Court. Quest and its wholly owned subsidiary, Spark Acquisition, are also named as defendants.

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