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NOVATEL WIRELESS INC FILES (8-K) Disclosing Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement, Unregistered Sale of Equity Securities

July 2, 2014



Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement

As previously disclosed, on September 15, 2008 and September 18, 2008, two putative securities class action lawsuits were filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California (the "Court") on behalf of alleged stockholders of Novatel Wireless, Inc. (the "Company"). On December 11, 2008, these lawsuits were consolidated into a single action and, in May 2010, the consolidated lawsuits were captioned In re Novatel Wireless Securities Litigation (the "Litigation"). The Litigation is being pursued on behalf of persons who purchased the Company's common stock between February 27, 2007 and September 15, 2008. The consolidated complaint named the Company and five of its current and former officers as defendants. On December 6, 2013, to avoid the costs, disruption and distraction of further litigation, legal counsel for the defendants entered into a binding Memorandum of Understanding with legal counsel for the lead plaintiffs, reflecting a proposed agreement to settle the Litigation.

On June 20, 2014, the Court approved a settlement agreement with respect to the Litigation. The settlement agreement does not admit any liability and the Company and the individual defendants continue to deny any and all liability. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the Company will pay $6 million in cash, issue shares of the Company's common stock with a value of $5 million and issue a $5 million secured promissory note to resolve all claims asserted in the Litigation on behalf of class members. A portion of the $6 million in cash will be funded by insurers for the Company. The $5 million in shares of the Company's common stock will be unrestricted and freely tradable shares and exempt from registration at the time of issuance and distribution to class members, which will occur within 10 business days after the entry of a final order of approval by the Court, which occurred on June 23, 2014. The $5 million secured note, with a 5% interest rate, will have a 30 month maturity and be secured by the Company's accounts receivables.

The Company and the individual defendants filed a motion on July 1, 2014, requesting that the Court amend its judgment so that judgment is entered on the date of the final approval hearing, June 20, 2014. If the Court grants the motion, the Company believes it will be relieved from an additional cash payment of approximately $725,000 that will result if the judgment remains entered as of June 23, 2014. The additional cash payment will be required by a provision in the Stipulation of Settlement that is triggered if the price of the Company's stock trades below a certain threshold price as of the date of the Court's entry of judgment.

Item 3.02. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities

The information set forth in Item 1.01 above is incorporated by reference into this Item 3.02.

The Company's common stock to be issued in the settlement pursuant to the entry of a final order of approval by the Court will be issued in a transaction exempt from the registration requirement of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), under Section 3(a)(10) of the Securities Act as a transaction by an issuer approved by a court of the United States.

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