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, ALBERTA, Oct. 25, 2010 (Marketwire) -- Sonde Resources Corp. ("Sonde") (TSX:SOQ) (NYSE Amex:SOQ) announced today that the parties to the class action proceedings commenced in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and in the Ontario Supreme Court of Justice in the Province of Ontario (the "Litigation") against certain former executives of Sonde and, in the Ontario proceedings, Sonde and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Challenger Energy Corp., (collectively, the "Defendants") have entered into a memorandum of understanding (the "MOU") whereby they have agreed to settle the Litigation upon the terms and conditions set forth in the MOU, subject to court approval and all other conditions to the settlement to be mutually agreed upon in a final stipulation of settlement (the "Stipulation").
Under the terms of the MOU, the parties have agreed that the Stipulation will provide, among other things, for the full and final disposition of the Litigation, with prejudice and without costs, by the establishment of a $5.2 million settlement fund by the Defendants' insurers for the benefit of a settlement class which shall consist of all those who purchased securities of Sonde between January 14, 2008 through and including February 17, 2009. Pending the negotiation and execution of the Stipulation, the parties to the Litigation will ask the presiding courts to continue the stay of all proceedings in the Litigation, except as necessary to consummate the settlement.
Under the terms of the MOU, it is acknowledged and agreed that the Defendants have denied and continue to deny any and all liability under securities laws and that they committed any violations of law or engaged in any wrongful acts, and that the settlement is being agreed to in order to eliminate the burden and expense of further litigation.