GE expands litigation against Orbotech

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GE Healthcare has amended its complaint against flat-panel display component manufacturer Orbotech, originally filed on Nov. 4, 2008 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

The amended complaint expands the litigation to include certain of the breach of contract claims at issue in the dispute to be referred to arbitration in Israel and requests compensatory, consequential, exemplary and punitive damages in an unspecified amount.

The dispute relates to a claim for damages related to an assertion that Yavne, Israel-based Orbotech Medical Solutions was obligated to supply GE Medical Systems Israel (GEMSI) with cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) modules at a specific price per module pursuant to the terms of an agreement between the Orbotech and GEMSI from December 2004 and a claim that OMS had an obligation to supply GEMSI with 850 CZT modules by specific dates.

A separate dispute, which does not fall under the expansion, is currently the subject of litigation between Orbotech and GE in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.