SAN FRANCISCO—Fab tool maker Novellus Systems Corp. said Monday (Nov. 28) that a California appellate court unanimously upheld its legal victory in a lawsuit brought by analog chip vendor Linear Technology Corp.
In its decision, the California Court of Appeals also upheld a decision requiring Linear (Milpitas, Calif.) to reimburse Novellus (San Jose, Calif.) for more than $5 million in attorney's fees and costs incurred over the past decade, Novellus said.
In 2002, Linear filed the lawsuit against Novellus and other suppliers of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, alleging, among other things, breach of contract and fraud, Novellus said. According to Novellus, many of Linear's claims, including the fraud allegations, were dismissed before the case went to trial.
Last year, after a six-week trial, the jury returned a verdict finding in favor of Novellus on all claims, Novellus said. Linear appealed the verdict and, on Nov. 22, the appellate court sided with Novellus on all issues, Novellus said.