Federal Court Awards CombiMatrix Corporation $31.4 Million in Lawsuit

Federal Court Awards CombiMatrix Corporation $31.4 Million in Lawsuit Against National Union Fire Ins. Co.

MUKILTEO, Wash., Feb. 13, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- The United States District Court for the Central District of California has issued a ruling in favor of CombiMatrix Corporation (Nasdaq:CBMX) and its former parent company. The Court awarded CombiMatrix and its former parent company $31,381,474 in monetary damages, to be paid by their insurance carrier, National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, which had refused to defend and indemnify CombiMatrix under its director and officer's insurance policy with National Union. In accordance with an agreement between CombiMatrix and its former parent company, all proceeds from the lawsuit will be paid to CombiMatrix.

CombiMatrix and its former parent company were represented in the lawsuit by Richard B. Specter of Corbett, Steelman & Specter in Irvine, California. CombiMatrix intends to file a request for attorneys' fees in the next 30 days and a final judgment is expected to be entered by the U.S. District Court at a later date.


CombiMatrix Corporation is a diversified biotechnology company that develops and sells proprietary technologies, products and services in the areas of drug development, genetic analysis, molecular diagnostics, nanotechnology research, defense and homeland security, as well as other potential markets where our products and services could be utilized. The technologies we have developed include methods to produce DNA arrays for use in identifying and determining the roles of genes, gene mutations and proteins. These technologies have a wide range of potential applications in the areas of genomics, proteomics, biosensors, drug discovery, drug development, diagnostics, combinatorial chemistry, material sciences and nanotechnology.

Additional information about CombiMatrix Corporation is available at www.combimatrix.com.

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