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Brocade Pays Record $160M to Settle Lawsuit

Brocade has coughed up $160 million to settle a class-action lawsuit related to the companys options backdating scandal, in a clear attempt to finally draw a line under the Greg Reyes era.

Earlier this year, ex-Brocade CEO Reyes was sentenced to 21 months in jail and a $15 million fine after being found guilty of securities fraud, and the shock-waves from the vendor’s 2005 restatement of financial results have continued to reverberate.

In a statement released last night, Brocade confirmed that it had “reached an agreement in principle” with lead plaintiffs in the class-action suit, which was filed against the company and “certain former directors and officers“ in May 2005.

“Brocade believes that this settlement is in the best interest of its shareholders and the Company, as it significantly reduces the uncertainty associated with this ongoing litigation,” the firm's statement read. “This resolution enables the company to put the class action behind it.”

The deal follows a federal court ruling earlier this year that Brocade was financially liable for Reyes’s actions, resulting in what is now being described as the largest-ever backdating settlement.

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