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Advanced Bionics to settle majority of current product liability claims

(PresseBox) (Stäfa, ) Sonova Holding AG announces that its US subsidiary Advanced Bionics LLC has signed settlement agreements regarding the majority of current filed and unfiled product liability claims related to cochlear implant malfunctions, including the case of Sadler v. Advanced Bionics. The terms of the settlements are in line with the underlying assumptions of the provision for such product liability claims.

The settlements resolve the majority of the current "Vendor B"* claims against Advanced Bionics. The settled claims represent all product liability cases against Advanced Bionics handled by two U.S. law firms. The agreements include cases of minors which are subject to final court approval. They also include the case of Sadler v. Advanced Bionics, in which a trial was completed earlier this year in Kentucky but which was the subject of a pending post-trial motion and a potential appeal. The parties agreed to keep the settlement terms confidential. The terms of the settlements are in line with the underlying assumptions of the provision for such product liability claims, which covers the costs of existing and expected future claims. Sonova will continue to provide updates if and when required and relevant.

* Vendor B claims were brought by recipients of a cochlear implant affected by an issue related to the feedthrough assembly. This component was provided by one of two vendors (AstroSeal commonly referred to as 'Vendor B') and has not been used by the company since early 2006.

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Sonova Holding AG, headquartered in Staefa, Switzerland, is the leading manufacturer of innovative hearing care solutions. The group operates through its core business brands Phonak, Unitron, Advanced Bionics and Connect Hearing. Sonova offers its customers one of the most comprehensive product portfolios in the industry – from hearing instruments to cochlear implants to wireless communication solutions. Founded in 1947, the group is currently present in over 90 countries across the globe and has a workforce of almost 9,000 dedicated employees. Sonova generated sales of CHF 1.8 billion in the financial year 2012/13 and a normalized net profit of CHF 309 million. By supporting the Hear the World Foundation, Sonova pursues its vision of a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and therefore lives a life without limitations.

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