In re Charles Schwab Corp. Securities Litigation

Filing 805

ORDER PRELIMINARILY APPROVING SETTLEMENT AND PROVIDING FOR NOTICE by Judge Alsup granting #687 Motion for Settlement (whalc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/26/2010)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Reed R. Kathrein (139304) Peter E. Borkon (212596) HAGENS BERMAN SOBOL SHAPIRO LLP 715 Hearst Avenue, Suite 202 Berkeley, CA 94710 Telephone: (510) 725-3000 Facsimile: (510) 725-3001 reed@hbsslaw.com peterb@hbsslaw.com Steve W. Berman (Pro Hac Vice) Sean R. Matt (Pro Hac Vice) Erin K. Flory (Pro Hac Vice) Lisa M. Hasselman (Pro Hac Vice) Robert F. Lopez (Pro Hac Vice) HAGENS BERMAN SOBOL SHAPIRO LLP 1918 Eighth Avenue, Suite 3300 Seattle, Washington 98101 Telephone: (206) 623-7292 Facsimile: (206) 623-0594 steve@hbsslaw.com sean@hbsslaw.com erin@hbsslaw.com lisah@hbsslaw.com robl@hbsslaw.com Attorneys for Lead Plaintiff YieldPlus Investor Group UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION IN RE CHARLES SCHWAB CORP. SECURITIES LITIGATION THIS DOCUMENT RELATES TO: All Actions No. 08-cv-01510 WHA [PROPOSED] ORDER PRELIMINARILY APPROVING SETTLEMENT AND PROVIDING FOR NOTICE EXHIBIT A Date Action Filed: March 18, 2008 010036-12 365588 V1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 WHEREAS, a consolidated class action is pending before the Court entitled In re Charles Schwab Corporation Securities Litigation, No. C 08-01510 WHA (the "Litigation"); WHEREAS, the Court has received the Unopposed Motion for Preliminary Approval of the Settlement and Stipulation of Settlement dated April 23, 2010 (the "Stipulation"), that has been entered into by the Lead Plaintiffs and Defendants, and the Court has reviewed the Stipulation and its attached Exhibits; WHEREAS, Lead Plaintiffs having made an Unopposed Motion for Preliminary Approval of the Settlement, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(e), for an order preliminarily approving the settlement of this Litigation, in accordance with the Stipulation which, together with the Exhibits annexed thereto sets forth the terms and conditions for a proposed settlement of the Litigation and for dismissal of the Litigation with prejudice upon the terms and conditions set forth therein; and the Court having read and considered the Stipulation and the Exhibits annexed thereto; and WHEREAS all defined terms contained herein shall have the same meanings as set forth in the Stipulation; NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED: 1. The Court does hereby preliminarily approve the Stipulation and the settlement set forth therein, subject to further consideration at the Settlement Hearing described below. 2. A hearing (the "Settlement Hearing") shall be held before this Court on September 22, 2010, at 3:30 p.m., at the United States Courthouse, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, California, to determine whether the proposed settlement of the Litigation on the terms and conditions provided for in the Stipulation is fair, reasonable and adequate to the Federal Classes and should be approved by the Court; whether a Judgment as provided in 1.13 of the Stipulation should be entered herein; whether the proposed Plan of Allocation should be approved; and to determine the amount of fees and expenses that should be awarded to Lead Counsel. The Court may adjourn the Settlement Hearing without further notice to Class Members. 3. Pursuant to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Court previously certified, and confirms the following classes: [PROPOSED] ORDER PRELIMINARILY APPROVING SETTLEMENT & PROVIDING FOR NOTICE - 08-cv-01510 WHA 010036-12 365588 V1 -2- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 All persons or entities who acquired shares of the fund traceable to a false and misleading registration statement for the fund and who were damaged thereby during the period November 15, 2006, through March 17, 2008, inclusive ("Section 11 Class"); and all persons or entities who acquired shares of the fund traceable to a false and misleading prospectus for the fund and who were damaged thereby, during the period May 31, 2006, through March 17, 2008, inclusive (the "Section 12 Class"). (The "Federal Classes.") The Federal Classes exclude Defendants, members of their immediate families and their legal representatives, heirs, successors or assigns and any entity in which Defendants have or had a controlling interest. Also excluded from the Federal Class are those Persons identified in Exhibit C to the Stipulation who timely and validly requested exclusion from the Federal Classes on or before December 28, 2009; and those Persons identified in Exhibit D to the Stipulation who (i) the Settling Parties have stipulated to allow to be excluded from the Federal Classes, (ii) have arbitrated to decision any of the Released Claims against any of the Defendants or any of the Released Persons, and/or (iii) who previously settled any of the Released Claims with any of the Defendants or any of the Released Persons. Exhibits C and D may be corrected, amended, or supplemented before final approval of the Settlement. 4. The Court finds that the notice that has been given to date to the Federal Classes and their Members met the requirements of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 and due process, and was the best notice practicable under the circumstances and constituted due and sufficient notice to all Persons entitled thereto. No party is required to provide new or additional notice to the Federal Classes, or any of their Members, except as required by this Order Preliminarily Approving Settlement and Providing for Notice, and no Member of either Federal Class shall have any new or additional opportunities to opt out of or be excluded from any Federal Class. 5. The Court approves, as to form and content, the Notice of Pendency and Proposed Settlement of Class Action (the "Notice"), and Summary Notice for publication annexed as Exhibits A-1 and A-2 hereto, and finds that the mailing and distribution of the Notice and publishing of the Summary Notice meet the requirements of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 and due process, and is the best notice practicable under the circumstances and shall constitute due and sufficient notice to all Persons entitled thereto. In addition, the Settlement Administrator shall [PROPOSED] ORDER PRELIMINARILY APPROVING SETTLEMENT & PROVIDING FOR NOTICE - 08-cv-01510 WHA 010036-12 365588 V1 -3- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 email the Notice to those Class Members who have notified Schwab that they wish to receive regulatory filings by e-mail. 5. Pursuant to Rule 53(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Court appoints Gilardi & Co. LLC ("Settlement Administrator") to supervise and administer the notice procedure as well as the distribution of the Settlement Fund and Net Settlement Fund as more fully set forth below: (a) Not later than June 25, 2010 (the "Notice Date"), Lead Counsel shall cause a copy of the Notice, substantially in the form annexed as Exhibit A-1 hereto, to be mailed by first class mail to all Class Members who can be identified with reasonable effort; (b) Not later than June 25, 2010, Lead Counsel shall cause the Summary Notice to be published once in Investor's Business Daily, and any other regional newspaper as is deemed appropriate; and (c) Not later than June 25, 2010, the Settlement Administrator shall email the Notice to those Class Members who have notified Schwab that they wish to receive regulatory filings by e-mail; (d) At least seven (7) calendar days prior to the Settlement Hearing, Lead Counsel shall cause to be served on Defendants' counsel and filed with the Court proof, by affidavit or declaration, of such mailing and publishing. (e) With the mailed or emailed Notice, the Settlement Administrator shall send a Record of Fund Transactions from May 31, 2006, to March 17, 2008, and Estimate of Settlement Payment, pursuant to 5(e) of the Stipulation. (f) Not later than July 25, 2010, Lead Counsel shall file with the Court papers in support of the Settlement and their request for an award of attorneys' fees and expenses and post same on Lead Counsel's website. (g) Not later than September 15, 2010, Lead Counsel shall file with the Court reply papers in support of the Settlement and their request for an award of attorneys' fees and expenses and post same on Lead Counsel's website. [PROPOSED] ORDER PRELIMINARILY APPROVING SETTLEMENT & PROVIDING FOR NOTICE - 08-cv-01510 WHA 010036-12 365588 V1 -4- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 6. Any Member of the Class may appear at the Settlement Hearing and show cause, if he, she or it has any reason why the proposed settlement of the Litigation should or should not be approved as fair, reasonable and adequate, why a judgment should or should not be entered thereon, or why attorneys' fees and expenses should or should not be awarded to Lead Counsel; provided, however, that no Class Member or any other Person shall be heard or entitled to contest the approval of the terms and conditions of the proposed settlement, or, if approved, the Judgment to be entered thereon approving the same, or the order approving the Plan of Allocation, or the attorneys' fees and expenses to be awarded to Lead Counsel, unless that Person has delivered by hand or sent by first class mail written objections and copies of any papers and briefs such that they are received on or before August 24, 2010, by: Hagens Berman Sobol & Shapiro LLP, Steve W. Berman, 1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2900, Seattle, Washington 98101; and Morrison & Foerster LLP, Darryl P. Rains, 755 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, California 94304, and filed said objections, papers and briefs with the Clerk of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, on or before August 24, 2010. Any Member of the Class who does not make his, her or its objection in the manner provided shall be deemed to have waived such objection and shall forever be foreclosed from making any objection to the fairness or adequacy of the proposed settlement as set forth in the Stipulation, to the Plan of Allocation, or to the award of attorneys' fees and expenses to Lead Counsel, unless otherwise ordered by the Court. 7. All funds held by the Escrow Agent shall be deemed and considered to be in custodia legis of the Court, and shall remain subject to the jurisdiction of the Court, until such time as such funds shall be distributed pursuant to the Stipulation and/or further order(s) of the Court. 8. Neither the Defendants nor their Related Parties shall have any responsibility for or liability with respect to the Plan of Allocation or any application for attorneys' fees or reimbursement of expenses submitted by Lead Counsel, and such matters will be considered separately from the fairness, reasonableness and adequacy of the settlement. 9. At or after the Settlement Hearing, the Court shall determine whether Settlement and any application for attorneys' fees or reimbursement of expenses shall be approved. [PROPOSED] ORDER PRELIMINARILY APPROVING SETTLEMENT & PROVIDING FOR NOTICE - 08-cv-01510 WHA 010036-12 365588 V1 -5- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 10. All reasonable expenses incurred in identifying and notifying Class Members, as well as administering the Settlement Fund, shall be paid as set forth in the Stipulation. In the event the settlement is not approved by the Court, or otherwise fails to become effective, neither the Lead Plaintiff nor Lead Counsel shall have any obligation to repay any amounts actually and properly disbursed from the Class Notice and Administration Fund. 11. Neither the Stipulation, nor any of its terms or provisions, nor any of the negotiations or proceedings connected with it, shall be construed as an admission or concession by Defendants, their Related Parties, or the Released Persons of the truth of any of the allegations in the Litigation, or of any liability, fault, or wrongdoing of any kind and shall not be construed as, or deemed to be evidence of or an admission or concession that Lead Plaintiff or any Class Members have suffered any damages, harm, or loss. 12. In the event that the settlement does not become effective in accordance with the terms of the Stipulation or the Effective Date does not occur, or in the event that the Settlement Fund, or any portion thereof, is returned to the Defendants, then this Order shall be rendered null and void to the extent provided by and in accordance with the Stipulation and shall be vacated and, in such event, all orders entered and releases delivered in connection herewith shall be null and void to the extent provided by and in accordance with the Stipulation. 13. The Court reserves the right to adjourn the date of the Settlement Hearing without further notice to the Members of the Class, and retains jurisdiction to consider all further applications arising out of or connected with the proposed Settlement. The Court may approve the settlement, with such modifications as may be agreed to by the Settling Parties, if appropriate, without further notice to the Class. 25 26 27 28 May 26, 2010. DATED: _____________________ UNIT ED 24 S S DISTRICT TE C TA SETTLEMENT & PROVIDING FOR NOTICE - 08-cv-01510 WHA 010036-12 365588 V1 N F D IS T IC T O R A [PROPOSED] ORDER PRELIMINARILY APPROVING -6- ER C LI FO illia Judge W m Alsup R NIA DE ALSUP THE HONORABLE WILLIAMRE SO OR IT IS DISTRICT JUDGE UNITED STATES NO D RT U O RT H 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Submitted by: HAGENS BERMAN SOBOL SHAPIRO LLP s/ Steve W. Berman Steve W. Berman 1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2900 Seattle, Washington 98101 Telephone: (206) 623-7292 Facsimile: (206) 623-0594 steve@hbsslaw.com Counsel for Lead Plaintiffs and the Class By [PROPOSED] ORDER PRELIMINARILY APPROVING SETTLEMENT & PROVIDING FOR NOTICE - 08-cv-01510 WHA 010036-12 365588 V1 -7-

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