NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A substantial investor in Illumina's stock is suing the company alleging breach of fiduciary duty in connection with Roche's efforts to buy the San Diego-based company and its efforts to fend off that approach.

In a lawsuit filed with the US District Court, Southern District of New York this week, the plaintiffs, Vista Capital Management, seeks damages of more than $10 million.

Based in Geneva, Vista is a privately held financial services firm that owned more than 300,000 shares of Illumina stock during the periods covered by its lawsuit.

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