Some former employees have said they wish to appeal the decision of the Paris court in the hope that an industrial solution can be found to the situation in Rousset. Meanwhile the decision to close the Rousset site will push more emphasis onto a class-action lawsuit filed in Federal Court in New York alleging that Atmel Corp. of San Jose, Calif., conspired to sell the wafer fab fraudulently to LFoundry GmbH of Landshut, Germany, so that the plant could be closed and Atmel could avoid the cost of closing the fab, including making redundancy payments to workers. About 500 former employees of LFoundry are taking part in the class action, which had its first hearing on Thursday, June 19.
— Peter Clarke is the editor of EE Times Europe Analog.
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