Not sure the SEC or DOJ would let Qualcomm settle this "quietly" if there has been a determination of wrong doing. I hope, if evidence of wrong doing is found, that it would be made public. But keep in mind that at this point this is only a preliminary investigation and it's quite possible that Qualcomm is in full compliance with the law.
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