Robbins Umeda LLP, a shareholder rights litigation firm, is interested in helping shareholders of Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc. (NASDAQGS: VSEA). The firm has commenced an investigation into possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of state law by members of the board of directors of Varian in connection with their efforts to sell Varian to Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMAT).

If you own stock in Varian and would like more information about your shareholder rights, please contact Gregory E. Del Gaizo at 800-350-6003 or via the shareholder information form on our website.

On May 4, 2011, Applied Materials and Varian announced they have signed a definitive merger agreement under which Applied Materials will acquire Varian for $63 in cash per share. Following the close of the transaction, Varian will operate as a business unit of Applied Material's Silicon Systems Group. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The investigation focuses on whether Varian's board is undertaking a fair process to obtain maximum value for its shareholders. On April 28, 2011, Varian reported second quarter 2011 results that included record sales amounting to a 62% increase over the prior year. Further, the agreement between Applied Material and Varian contains a termination fee of $147 million and a "no solicitation clause." These sections of the agreement can serve to deter competitors from making higher offers for Varian.

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