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Roche wins U.S. motion in Ventana bid battle

  Business  -   POSTED: 2007/08/23 13:21

A U.S. court has granted Roche Holding AG's motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent Ventana Medical Systems Inc. from applying an Arizona anti-takeover law to defend itself against Roche's $3 billion hostile takeover bid. The motion was granted by the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, Swiss drugmaker Roche said on Wednesday.

Roche is seeking to acquire Tucson, Arizona-based Ventana, which makes diagnostic tests, for $75 a share. Ventana had wanted to apply an Arizona law that makes it harder for companies to be bought, but the judge ruled that it could not use that law, Roche said.

In a separate case, Roche is also contesting a so-called poison pill defense by Ventana, which would give Ventana shareholders rights to buy new shares at half price if Roche acquires 20 percent of the company.

Roche said on Tuesday it extended by four weeks the expiry of its tender offer to September 20 from August 23.


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