CombiMatrix said this week that it has filed appellate briefs with the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which will set a date for oral hearings in its ongoing dispute with National Union Fire Insurance Company. National Union has also filed appellate briefs with the court.

According to CEO Amit Kumar, the filing shows that the case with National Union is "nearing its final stages." CombiMatrix is hoping to collect nearly $36 million from National Union within the next year and a half.

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