Washington, D.C. 20549


Form 8-K


Current Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 24, 2021


Ocean Power Technologies, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware   001-33417  


(State or other jurisdiction   (Commission   (I.R.S. Employer
of incorporation)   File Number)   Identification No.)


28 Engelhard Drive, Suite B   08831
Monroe Township, New Jersey   (Zip Code)
(Address of principal executive offices)    


(609) 730-0400

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class   Trading Symbol (s)   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock $0.001 Par Value   OPTT   Nasdaq Capital Market


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR 230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR 240.12b-2).


Emerging growth company [  ]


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. [  ]






Item 8.01.Other Events.


On May 19, 2021, Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (“OPT”) entered into a Stipulation (the “Stipulation”) with Charles F. Dunleavy, both litigants in the matter captioned as American Arbitration Association, Employment Arbitration Tribunal, Case No. 01-18-0003-2374 (the “Action”) and the AAA panel approved the Stipulation on May 24, 2021. The Stipulation recounts that the panel of arbitrators in the Action issued two interim awards finding, among other things, that the termination for cause of Mr. Dunleavy was in breach of his employment contract and awarding him compensatory damages in the amount of $438,254.54. The panel denied Mr. Dunleavy’s claims for defamation and injunctive and declaratory relief. The panel also awarded Mr. Dunleavy attorneys’ fees, costs and pre-judgment interest. Under the Stipulation, OPT agreed to pay Mr. Dunleavy $1,223,963.14, representing the total compensatory damages, attorneys’ fees, costs and pre-judgment interest, which is the full amount awarded by the panel.






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: May 28, 2021


  /s/ George H. Kirby III
  George H. Kirby III
  President and Chief Executive Officer



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