Cambridge Display Technology Reports Verdict in Lease Dispute

Company's Opsys Limited Subsidiary Found Liable for Damages of $4.9 Million; Company Does Not Intend to Provide Funding to Settle Award

Cambridgeshire, UNITED KINGDOM


CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom, March 12, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Cambridge Display Technology ("CDT") (Nasdaq:OLED), a pioneer in the development of polymer organic light emitting diode (P-OLED) technology today reported that a jury verdict has been rendered in favor of the plaintiff in the case of Sunnyside Development Company LLC v. Opsys Limited, which was being tried in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The jury held that Opsys Limited, a subsidiary of CDT, breached a lease concerning a property in Fremont, California and awarded the plaintiff damages in the amount of $4.9 million. Opsys Limited may also be liable for certain of the plaintiff's attorney's fees and costs.

Although CDT was never a party to the lease and has never assumed any obligations in connection with the lease, the plaintiff has, in the past, suggested that it might attempt to collect any judgment against Opsys Limited from CDT under a successor liability or other theory, a claim that CDT believes would be without merit and which it would defend vigorously. CDT does not intend to assist Opsys Limited with funding for settlement of the award of damages. Opsys Limited does not have any assets, nor does it have any intellectual property rights which are relevant to CDT's business.

The lease had been entered into by Opsys Limited in 2001, but CDT believed, based on representations made to it by the directors of Opsys Limited in 2002, that it was being validly assigned to a different company prior to CDT's first involvement with a UK subsidiary of Opsys Limited in 2002. These representations were repeated prior to CDT's acquisition of Opsys Limited in 2004. Despite the existence of a lease assignment agreement, the jury found that Opsys Limited was liable for damages, consisting primarily of unpaid rent.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dr. David Fyfe said, "We are obviously disappointed by this verdict. Prior to our acquisition of Opsys Limited in December 2004, we had made enquiries and sought representations in relation to the liabilities of Opsys Limited and were assured that it had no liability under this lease. Although the landlord repossessed the Fremont property in May 2003, it made no claim against Opsys Limited until it served its lawsuit shortly after CDT's IPO in December 2004. CDT does not believe that it is under any obligation, legal or moral, to provide Opsys Limited with funds to settle the damages award."

About CDT

Cambridge Display Technology is a pioneer in the development of polymer organic light emitting diodes (P-OLEDs) and their use in a wide range of electronic display products used for information management, communications and entertainment.

P-OLEDs are part of the family of OLEDs, which are thin, lightweight and power efficient devices that emit light when an electric current flows. P-OLEDs offer an enhanced visual experience and superior performance characteristics compared with other flat panel display technologies such as liquid crystal displays, and have the key advantage that they can be applied in solution using printing processes. Founded in 1992, the company is headquartered in Cambridge, UK and listed on the US NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol 'OLED.' In 2005, CDT and Sumitomo Chemical established a joint venture called Sumation(r) which develops, manufactures and sells P-OLED materials to the display industry.

More information on CDT can be found at: www.cdtltd.co.uk

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