NEW YORK, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement is being issued by LOWENSTEIN SANDLER LLP regarding the MBI Securities Litigation.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
SPECIAL SITUATIONS FUND III QP, L.P., SPECIAL SITUATIONS CAYMAN FUND, L.P., and DAVID M. FINEMAN, Individually and On Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated,
MARRONE BIO INNOVATIONS, INC., PAMELA G. MARRONE, JAMES B. BOYD, DONALD J. GLIDEWELL, HECTOR ABSI, ELIN MILLER, RANJEET BHATIA, PAMELA CONTAG, TIM FOGARTY, LAWRENCE HOUGH, JOSEPH HUDSON, LES LYMAN, RICHARD ROMINGER, SHAUGN STANLEY, SEAN SCHICKEDANZ, and ERNST & YOUNG LLP,
Master No.: 2:14-cv-2571-MCE-KJN
Hon. Morrison C. England, Jr.
CONSOLIDATED CLASS ACTION
SUMMARY NOTICE OF (I) PENDENCY AND CERTIFICATION OF SETTLEMENT CLASS; (II) PROPOSED SETTLEMENT; (III) SETTLEMENT HEARING; AND (IV) MOTION FOR AN AWARD OF ATTORNEYS' FEES AND REIMBURSEMENT OF LITIGATION EXPENSES
TO: All persons or entities who or which (i) purchased or otherwise acquired the common stock of Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. ("MBI" or "the Company") directly in or traceable to the Company's August 1, 2013 initial public offering pursuant to MBI's Form S-1 Registration Statement, dated July 1, 2013, and its Prospectus, dated August 1, 2013, and were damaged thereby (the "IPO Claimants"); (ii) purchased or otherwise acquired MBI common stock directly in or traceable to the Company's secondary offering pursuant to MBI's Form S-1 Registration Statement, dated May 16, 2014, and its Prospectus dated June 5, 2014, and were damaged thereby (the "Secondary Claimants"); and (iii) purchased or otherwise acquired MBI common stock on the open market between August 1, 2013 and November 10, 2015, inclusive, and were damaged thereby (the "Section 10(b) Claimants").
PLEASE READ THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY. YOUR RIGHTS WILL BE AFFECTED BY A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT PENDING IN THIS COURT.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED, pursuant to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and an Order of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, that the above-captioned litigation (the "Action") has been certified as a class action on behalf of the Settlement Class, except for certain persons and entities who are excluded from the Settlement Class by definition as set forth in the full printed Notice of (I) Pendency of Class Action and Certification of Settlement Class; (II) Proposed Settlement; (III) Settlement Hearing; and (IV) Motion for an Award of Attorneys' Fees and Reimbursement of Litigation Expenses (the "Notice").
YOU ARE ALSO NOTIFIED that the Court-appointed Lead Plaintiffs, Special Situations Fund III QP, L.P. and Special Situations Cayman Fund, L.P., ("Lead Plaintiffs" or "The Funds"), and additional named Plaintiff David M. Fineman ("Fineman" and, together with Lead Plaintiffs, "Plaintiffs"), on behalf of themselves and the other members of the Settlement Class, have reached a proposed settlement of the Action with Defendants MBI, Pamela G. Marrone, James B. Boyd, Donald J. Glidewell, Hector Absi, Elin Miller, Tim Fogarty, Richard Rominger, Shaugn Stanley, Ranjeet Bhatia, Lawrence Hough, Joseph Hudson, Sean Schickedanz, Pamela Contag, and Les Lyman (collectively, the "Settling Defendants") for $12,000,000 in cash (the "Settlement"). THIS SETTLEMENT DOES NOT RESOLVE CLASS CLAIMS AGAINST DEFENDANT ERNST & YOUNG LLP ("EY" or the "Non-Settling Defendant"). THE LITIGATION WILL CONTINUE AS AGAINST THE NON-SETTLING DEFENDANT.
A hearing will be held on September 22, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., before the Honorable Morrison C. England, Jr., at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, Robert T. Matsui United States Court House, Courtroom 7, 501 I Street, Sacramento, California, 95814, to determine (i) whether the proposed Settlement should be approved as fair, reasonable, and adequate; (ii) whether the Action should be dismissed with prejudice against the Settling Defendants, and the Releases specified and described in the Stipulation and Agreement of Settlement dated June 16, 2016 (and in the Notice) should be granted; (iii) whether the proposed Plan of Allocation should be approved as fair and reasonable; and (iv) whether Lead Counsel's application for an award of attorneys' fees and reimbursement of Litigation Expenses should be approved.
If you are a member of the Settlement Class, your rights will be affected by the pending Action and the Settlement, and you may be entitled to share in the Settlement Fund. If you have not yet received the Notice and Claim Form, you may obtain copies of these documents by contacting the Claims Administrator at MBI Securities Litigation, c/o GCG, P.O. Box 10287, Dublin, OH 43017-5887, by toll-free phone at (855) 907-3227, or by email at MBISecuritiesLitigationSettlement@GardenCityGroup.com. Copies of the Notice and Claim Form can also be downloaded from www.MBISecuritiesLitigationSettlement.com.
If you are a member of the Settlement Class, in order to be eligible to receive a payment under the proposed Settlement, you must submit a Claim Form postmarked no later than October 2, 2016. If you are a member of the Settlement Class and do not submit a proper Claim Form, you will not be eligible to share in the distribution of the net proceeds of the Settlement, but you will nevertheless be bound by any judgments or orders entered by the Court in the Action.
If you are a member of the Settlement Class and wish to exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, you must submit a request for exclusion such that it is received no later than September 8, 2016, in accordance with the instructions set forth in the Notice. If you properly exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, you will not be bound by any judgments or orders entered by the Court in the Action and you will not be eligible to share in the proceeds of the Settlement.
Any objections to the proposed Settlement, the proposed Plan of Allocation, or Lead Counsel's motion for attorneys' fees and reimbursement of Litigation Expenses, must be filed with the Court and delivered to Lead Counsel and counsel for the Settling Defendants such that they are received no later than September 8, 2016, in accordance with the instructions set forth in the Notice.
Please do not contact the Court, the Clerk's office, MBI, or Settling Defendants' counsel regarding this notice. All questions about this notice, the proposed Settlement, or your eligibility to participate in the Settlement should be directed to Lead Counsel or the Claims Administrator.
Requests for the Notice and Claim Form should be made to:
MBI Securities Litigation
P.O. Box 10287
Dublin, OH 43017-5887
Inquiries, other than requests for the Notice and Claim Form, should be made to Lead Counsel:
LOWENSTEIN SANDLER LLP
Steven M. Hecht, Esq.
1251 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
Dated: July 8, 2016
By Order of the Court
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