Honeywell agrees to pay Northrop Grumman $440 million

Northrop Grumman Corporation today announced that it has reached a settlement agreement in antitrust and patent infringement lawsuits filed against Honeywell.

Under the agreement Honeywell has agreed to pay Northrop Grumman $440 million in cash, $220 million of which will be paid in 2001, with the balance due in July 2002. Northrop Grumman stated that the settlement agreement resolved all aspects of the litigation.

The settlement will not affect Northrop Grumman’s 2001 or 2002 earnings guidance because it will be accounted for as a reduction of goodwill related to the purchase of Litton Industries, Inc. The cash proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes.

‘We are glad to have this long-standing issue resolved and are very pleased with the settlement agreement and award,’ said Kent Kresa, Northrop Grumman chairman and chief executive officer. ‘The settlement confirms our belief that Litton Industries took the appropriate steps to protect its business interests.’

The lawsuits were filed in 1990 against Honeywell by Litton Industries, which was acquired by Northrop Grumman in April 2001. The suits accused Honeywell of patent infringement and illegal monopolisation of the inertial reference systems market for large commercial air transport, commuter and business aircraft.