HALIFAX, NS / ACCESSWIRE / December 21, 2023 / Meta Materials Inc. (the “Company” or “META”) (NASDAQ:MMAT), an advanced materials and nanotechnology company, today announced a proposed settlement in two class action cases, following a successful mediation.
As previously disclosed, both a consolidated securities class action lawsuit, captioned In re Meta Materials Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 1:21-cv-07203, pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (“Federal Class Action”), and a breach of fiduciary duty class action lawsuit, captioned Denton v. Palikaras, et al., No. A-23-878134-C, pending in the Eight Judicial District Court Clark County, Nevada (“Nevada Class Action”) were filed against the Company and certain of our former officers and directors.
On December 20, 2023, the parties in these actions reached an agreement to settle both cases on a class-side basis for a combined $3 million, of which at least $2.85 million will be paid by the Company’s insurers (“Proposed Class Actions Settlement”). The terms of the Proposed Class Actions Settlement, do not include or constitute any admission of liability, wrongdoing, or fault on behalf of the Company. The Proposed Class Actions Settlement will be subject to execution of a final settlement agreement, the court’s preliminary approval, and, following notice to the class, final approval.
The Company, its board of directors, and its management team believe the Proposed Class Actions Settlement is in the best interests of our shareholders. Upon approval by the court, it removes uncertainty related to the Federal Class Action and Nevada Class Action and allows the Company to move forward in achieving its business objectives.
About Meta Materials Inc.
Meta Materials Inc. (META) is an advanced materials and nanotechnology company. We develop new products and technologies using innovative sustainable science. Advanced materials can improve everyday products that surround us, making them smarter and more sustainable. META® technology platforms enable global brands to develop new products to improve performance for customers in aerospace and defense, consumer electronics, 5G communications, batteries, authentication, automotive and clean energy. Learn more at www.metamaterial.com.
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