Although Alnylam claims that a loss, including resulting from a settlement, is 'less than probable', they certainly acknowledge the significant potential liability. For the first time, Alnylam discloses what it considers an appropriate damage estimate- a meager (less than) $4.4M, but which makes me wonder whether the manufacturing accusations have been more or less admitted to (highlights are mine):
The jury trial is slated to start next week. Alnylam won't have to face analysts on a conference call for another 3 months, and tonight all the attention will be with the outcome of the US elections. If there were a settlement, tonight would be the night to announce it.