In re Yahoo! Inc. Securities Litigation
Yahoo Securities Litigation
Case No. 5:17-cv-00373

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  • You or someone in your family may have purchased or otherwise acquired Yahoo securities on the open market between April 30, 2013 and December 14, 2016, both dates inclusive.

    The Notice was sent because you have a right to know about a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit, and about all of your options before the Court decides whether to approve the Settlement. If the Court approves the Settlement, after any objections or appeals are resolved, the Settlement Administrator appointed by the Court will make the payments to those persons who timely submit claims in the manner described below.

    The package explains the lawsuit, the Settlement, your legal rights, what benefits are available, who is eligible for them, and how to get them.

    The Court in charge of the case is the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh presiding, and the case is known as In re Yahoo! Inc. Securities Litigation, Lead Case No. 17-CV-00373-LHK (N.D. Cal.). Ben Maher, Sutton View Partners LP, and Nafiz Talukder are called the Plaintiffs or the class representatives, and the Defendants are Yahoo and Individual Defendants Marissa Mayer, Ronald Bell, and Alexander Stamos. The Plaintiffs and the Defendants are referred to together as the “Settling Parties.”

  • This Action involves violations of the federal securities laws against the Defendants. Specifically, Plaintiffs assert claims under Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”).

    As alleged in the Second Amended Complaint (the “Complaint”), Yahoo formerly provided internet services including, among other things, a web portal, search engine, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Finance, sports, advertising, and a microblogging and social networking website, Tumblr.

    Plaintiffs allege that, during the Settlement Class Period, the Defendants unlawfully inflated Yahoo’s stock price by making materially false or misleading statements and/or failing to disclose material facts concerning Yahoo’s user data security and data breaches. Plaintiffs further contend that the price of Yahoo securities was artificially inflated as a result of Defendants’ actions and that investors suffered injury as a result of the alleged inflation.

    Defendants deny all of these allegations, deny that they made any false or misleading statements, and deny that they engaged in any wrongdoing.

  • Classes are generally used in lawsuits that affect a large number of individuals. The class action consolidates into a single action all of the claims of individuals allegedly harmed by the same conduct or course of conduct in the same period of time, thus removing the need for members of the class to file their own individual lawsuits for the harm alleged. Once the class is certified, one court is empowered to resolve all of the issues for all class members, except for those class members who exclude themselves from the class.

  • The Court did not decide in favor of the Plaintiffs or Defendants. Instead, both sides agreed to a Settlement under the terms set forth in the Stipulation and Agreement of Settlement (the “Stipulation”). This permits the parties to avoid the cost, delay, and uncertainty of a trial, and permits eligible Settlement Class Members who submit valid claims to receive some compensation sooner, rather than engaging in years of further litigation—including motions for summary judgment, trial, and appeals—with the possibility of no recovery at all.

    Both the Plaintiffs and the Defendants have taken into account the uncertainty and risks inherent in any litigation, especially in complex cases such as the Action. The Settling Parties disagree on both liability and damages, and do not agree on the average amount of damages per share, if any, that would be recoverable if Plaintiffs were to prevail at trial on each claim. Among their many other disagreements are: (1) whether Defendants violated the securities laws or otherwise engaged in wrongdoing; (2) whether the misrepresentations and omissions alleged by the Plaintiffs were material, false, misleading, or otherwise actionable; (3) whether and to what extent the alleged misrepresentations and omissions influenced Yahoo’s stock price and/or caused Settlement Class Members’ alleged damages; and (4) the method for determining the amount of damages, if any, suffered by the Settlement Class Members.

    The Plaintiffs and their attorneys believe the Settlement is best for all Settlement Class Members. However, by settling the Action at this point, Plaintiffs are not admitting that the Complaint or the Action lacked merit or that the Settlement Class’s ultimate recovery would not have been greater than the Settlement Consideration. 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 the Plaintiffs or the Settlement Class Members that any of their claims are without merit, or that any defenses asserted by the Defendants have any merit, or that damages recoverable in the Action would not have exceeded the Settlement Fund.

    Defendants deny all charges of wrongdoing or liability arising out of any of the conduct, statements, acts or omissions alleged, or that could have been alleged, by Plaintiffs. Nonetheless, Defendants have concluded that further defense of the Action would be protracted and expensive, and that it is desirable that the Action be fully and finally settled upon the terms and conditions set forth in the Stipulation in order to limit further expense and avoid the burden of protracted litigation. Defendants entered into the Stipulation without in any way admitting to or acknowledging any fault, liability, or wrongdoing of any kind. There has been no adverse determination by any court against Defendants or anyone else on the merits of the claims asserted in the Complaint. 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 of the merit or truth of any of the allegations or wrongdoing of any kind on their part nor shall they be offered as evidence in the Action or in any pending or future civil, criminal, or administrative action against Defendants, except as expressly set forth in the Stipulation.

  • To be a member of the Settlement Class, you must have purchased or otherwise acquired Yahoo securities on the open market between April 30, 2013 and December 14, 2016, both dates inclusive (the “Settlement Class Period”).

  • Yes. You are not a member of the Settlement Class if you belong to any of the following groups: (i) Defendants and the Individual Defendants’ family members, heirs, successors, or assigns; (ii) directors and officers of Altaba, Inc., and their families; (iii) any entity in which Defendants have a controlling interest; and (v) any Person who submits a request for exclusion from the Settlement Class that is accepted by the Court.

  • If you are still not sure whether you are included, you can ask for free help. You can contact the Settlement Administrator at info@yahoosecuritieslitigation.com or (833) 380-5570, for more information. You would have needed to complete a claim form described in question 10 in the Notice, to see if you qualify.

  • The Settlement, was approved by the Court and, will result in a gross fund of $80 million U.S. dollars. Per to the Court’s approval, a portion of this fund will be used to pay Plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees and reasonable litigation expenses, the costs of notice and claims administration (including the costs of printing and mailing the Notice), and any award of reasonable costs and expenses granted to the class representatives. After these deductions from the Settlement Fund have been made, the amount remaining (the “Net Settlement Fund”) will be distributed to Settlement Class Members who submit valid claims, in accordance with the Plan of Allocation set forth in the Notice.

  • Your share of the Net Settlement Fund will depend on (i) the number of valid claim forms submitted by Settlement Class Members, (ii) the number of Yahoo securities you purchased and sold between April 30, 2013 and December 14, 2016, and the timing of those purchases and sales; (iii) the amount of administrative costs, including the costs of notice; and (iv) the amount awarded by the Court to the class representatives for their reasonable costs and expenses, if any, and to Lead Counsel for attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses.

    You can calculate your Recognized Claim in accordance with the Plan of Allocation set forth in the Notice. After all Settlement Class Members have sent in their Proof of Claim and Release forms, the payment you receive will reflect your Recognized Claim in relation to the sum total of Recognized Claims of all persons submitting valid Proof of Claim forms. Your Recognized Claim is not the amount of the payment that you can expect, but is used to determine how the Net Settlement Fund is to be allocated among all persons submitting claims.

  • To qualify for a payment, you must be an eligible Settlement Class Member, sent in a valid Proof of Claim and Release form by September 1, 2018, and properly document your claim as requested in the form. The Settlement Administrator will process your claim and determine whether you are an Authorized Claimant.

    A Proof of Claim and Release form is enclosed with the Notice and may also be downloaded at www.yahoosecuritieslitigation.com. Read the instructions carefully, fill out the form, sign it in the location indicated, include all of the documentation requested in the form, and mail. The claim form may be mailed to:

     

    In re Yahoo! Inc. Securities Litigation
    c/o JND Legal Administration
    P.O. Box 91347
    Seattle, WA 98111
  • The Court held a hearing on September 6, 2018 and approved the Settlement. There might be an appeal afterwards. It is always uncertain whether there will be an appeal and when any appeal will be resolved, and resolving an appeal can take time, perhaps more than a year. It also takes at least several months for the Settlement Administrator to process all of the Proof of Claim and Release forms and determine the ultimate distribution amounts. Please be patient.

  • Unless you validly excluded yourself from the Settlement Class by August 16, 2018 deadline, you are a Settlement Class Member and will be giving up certain rights that you had since the Court approved the Settlement. You and all Settlement Class Members will release (agreeing never to sue or be part of any other proceeding) all Settlement Class Claims against the Defendants and all Released Defendant Persons.

    “Settlement Class Claims” means all claims, rights, liabilities, and causes of action of every nature and description, including Unknown Claims, whether contingent or absolute, mature or unmature, discoverable or undiscoverable, liquidated or unliquidated, accrued or unaccrued, including those that are concealed or hidden, regardless of legal or equitable theory, that Plaintiffs or any other member(s) of the Settlement Class asserted or could have asserted in any forum (i) that arise out of, are based upon, or are related in any way directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, to the allegations, transactions, facts, matters, occurrences, representations, or omissions referred to in the Amended Complaint and that relate to the purchase, sale, acquisition, or retention of Yahoo securities during the Settlement Class Period; or (ii) that are related to the administration of the Settlement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, “Settlement Class Claims” does not include any claims asserted on behalf of the Company in the Derivative Actions.

    ““Released Defendant Persons” means, collectively, each and all of (i) the Defendants, the members of each Individual Defendant’s immediate family, any entity in which any Defendant or member of any Individual Defendant’s immediate family has, or had during the Class Period, a controlling interest (directly or indirectly), any estate or trust of which any Individual Defendant is a settlor or which is for the benefit of any Individual Defendant and/or members of his or her family; and (ii) for each and every Person listed in part (i), their respective past, present, and future heirs, executors, administrators, predecessors, successors, assigns, employees, agents, affiliates, analysts, assignees, attorneys, auditors, co-insurers, commercial bank lenders, consultants, controlling shareholders, directors, divisions, domestic partners, financial advisors, general or limited partners, general or limited partnerships, insurers, investment advisors, investment bankers, investment banks, joint ventures and joint venturers, managers, managing directors, marital communities, members, officers, parents, personal or legal representatives, principals, reinsurers, selling shareholders, shareholders, spouses, subsidiaries (foreign or domestic), trustees, underwriters, and other retained professionals, in their respective capacities as such.

    Unless you validly excluded yourself from the Settlement Class by the stated deadline, all of the Court’s orders will apply to you and legally bind you. If you sign the claim form, you must accept your share in the Net Settlement Fund as sole compensation for any losses you have suffered in the acquisition and sale of Yahoo securities during the Settlement Class Period.

  • To exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, you must have sent a letter by mail stating that you “request exclusion from the Settlement Class in the Yahoo Securities Litigation.” To be valid, the letter must state (A) your name, address, telephone number, signature, and e-mail address (if any); (B) the date, number of Yahoo securities, and dollar amount of all purchases, acquisitions, sales, or dispositions of Yahoo securities between April 30, 2013 and December 14, 2016, both dates inclusive; and (C) the number of Yahoo securities held by you as of December 14, 2016. Any request for exclusion must have been signed and submitted by you, as the beneficial owner, under penalty of perjury. You must have  submitted your exclusion request postmarked no later than August 16, 2018 at:

    In re Yahoo! Inc. Securities Litigation
    Exclusions
    c/o JND Legal Administration
    P.O. Box 91347
    Seattle, WA 98111

  • No. Unless you excluded yourself from the Settlement Class, you give up any rights to sue the Defendants and the other Released Persons for the claims being released in this Settlement. If you have a pending lawsuit against the Defendants, speak to your lawyer in that case immediately. Remember, the exclusion deadline was August 16, 2018.

  • No. If you properly exclude yourself, you will not receive a payment from the Net Settlement Fund, you cannot object to the Settlement, and you will not be legally bound by any judgment in this case.

  • The Court has appointed the law firms Pomerantz LLP and Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP to represent you and other Settlement Class Members. These lawyers are called Lead Counsel or class counsel. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense.

  • Lead Counsel has not been paid any attorneys’ fees to date. Lead Counsel has expended considerable time litigating this Action on a contingent-fee basis and has paid for all of the expenses of the litigation themselves. Lead Counsel has done so with the expectation that if they are successful in recovering money for the Settlement Class, they will receive attorneys’ fees and be reimbursed for their litigation expenses from the Settlement Fund, as is customary in this type of litigation. Lead Counsel will not receive attorneys’ fees or be reimbursed for their litigation expenses except from the Settlement Fund.

    Therefore, Lead Counsel will file a motion asking the Court for an award of up to $20 million in attorneys’ fees, up to $750,000 for reimbursement of reasonable litigation expenses, and may also seek an award of up to $275,000 in total for the three class representatives for their reasonable costs and expenses. That motion will argue that the requested fees and expenses are well within the range awarded to class counsel under similar circumstances in other cases of this type. The Court may award less than these amounts. Any amounts awarded by the Court will come out of the Settlement Fund. Settlement Class Members are not personally liable for any such fees or expenses.

  • If you are a Settlement Class Member and do not agree with the proposed Settlement, any part of the Settlement, the proposed Plan of Allocation, and/or the request for attorneys’ fees and expenses or an award of reasonable costs and expenses for the Class Representatives, you must have asked the Court to deny approval by filing an objection by the deadline. 

    To object, you must have sent a letter saying you object to the Settlement in the Yahoo Securities Litigation, Case No. 17-CV-00373-LHK. Be sure to include: (A) your name, address, telephone number, signature, and e-mail address (if any); (B) the date, number of Yahoo securities, and dollar amount of all purchases, acquisitions, sales, or dispositions of Yahoo securities between April 30, 2013 and December 14, 2016, both dates inclusive; (C) the number of Yahoo securities held by you as of December 14, 2016; and (D) a description of the specific part of the Stipulation or Settlement to which you object and all grounds for your objection, including any evidence you wish to bring to the Court’s attention and any legal support known to you or your counsel.

    If you objected to the Settlement or the requested attorneys’ fees or award of reasonable costs and expenses for the class representatives, you subject yourself to the jurisdiction of the Court in this matter and Plaintiffs may have seeked to take your deposition before the Settlement Hearing. If the Court allowed the deposition and you refused to have your deposition taken, your objection may have been deemed invalid.

    The motions in support of the Settlement and the request for attorneys’ fees have been filed no later than August 2, 2018, and they will be available from Lead Counsel, the Settlement Administrator, or the Court. Any objection needed to be sent to the following and postmarked no later than August 16, 2018:

    LEAD COUNSEL

    Jeremy A. Lieberman
    POMERANTZ LLP
    600 Third Avenue, Floor 20
    New York, NY 10016

  • The Court has held a Settlement Hearing at 1:30 pm on September 6, 2018. at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in Courtroom 8, 4th Floor, San Jose Courthouse, 280 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113.

    At the hearing, the Court approved the proposed Settlement and Plan of Allocation. If there were objections, the Court considered them. The Court also decided how much should be awarded to Lead Counsel for attorneys’ fees and expenses to the class representatives for their reasonable costs and expenses. 

  • No. Lead Counsel will answer questions the Court may have. But you are welcome to come at your own expense. If you sent an objection, you do not have to come to Court to talk about it, though you are welcome to do so. You may also pay your own lawyer to attend, but it is not necessary.

     

  • Yes. You were allowed to speak in support or in opposition to the settlement . To do so, you must have sent a letter saying you intend to appear to the Settlement Hearing in the Yahoo Securities Litigation, Case No. 17-CV-00373-LHK. Your Letter should include: (A) your name, address, telephone number, signature, and email address (if any); (B) the date, number of Yahoo securities, and dollar amount of all purchases, acquisitions, sales, or dispositions of Yahoo securities between April 30, 2013 and December 14, 2016, both dates inclusive; and (C) the number of Yahoo securities held by you as of December 14, 2016. Your letter must have been sent to Lead Counsel at the address listed in question 18 of the Notice and have been postmarked no later than August 16, 2018.

    If you had objected to the Settlement and wished to speak at the Settlement Hearing, you should have included notice that you intended to appear at the Settlement Hearing in your objection. Your objection should have complied with all of the requirements set forth in question 18 of the Notice for submitting an objection, including that it must have been sent to Lead Counsel at the address listed in question 18 of the Notice and have been postmarked no later than August 16, 2018.

     

  • If you do nothing, all of your claims against Defendants and the Released Persons will be released, but you will not receive any money from this Settlement, because it is necessary to submit a Proof of Claim and Release form to share in the Settlement proceeds.

  • The Notice summarizes the proposed Settlement. More details are in the Stipulation. The Stipulation is the controlling document describing the proposed Settlement and its terms govern anything to the contrary in the Notice. You can get a copy of the Stipulation and obtain answers to common questions regarding the proposed Settlement by visiting www.yahoosecuritieslitigation.com or by contacting the Settlement Administrator toll-free at (833) 380-5570. You can also access the Court docket in this case through the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system at https://ecf.cand.uscourts.gov. You can also contact class counsel at:

    Jeremy A. Lieberman
    POMERANTZ LLP
    600 Third Avenue, Floor 20
    New York, NY 10016
    Telephone: (212) 661-1100
     

    Joshua L. Crowell
    Joseph Cohen
    GLANCY PRONGAY & MURRAY LLP
    1925 Century Park East, Suite 2100
    Los Angeles, CA 90067
    Telephone: (310) 201-9150
     

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In re Yahoo! Inc. Securities Litigation
c/o JND Legal Administration
P.O. Box 91347
Seattle, WA 98111