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|1.||WHAT IS THIS CASE ABOUT?|
CTI is a biopharmaceutical company whose stock trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker symbol “CTIC.” During the Class Period, one of CTI’s drug candidates was “pacritinib,” a treatment for myelofibrosis, a type of blood-related cancer. In the Action, Plaintiffs allege that Defendants made material misstatements and misleading omissions about pacritinib, including in offering documents for CTI Series N-1 Preferred Stock and CTI Series N-2 Preferred Stock, and that persons who purchased CTI Securities during the Class Period were injured when the truth was revealed.
The Defendants are CTI BioPharma Corp. (“CTI” or the “Company”); James A. Bianco, Louis A. Bianco, Jack W. Singer, Frederick W. Telling, Reed V. Tuckson, Phillip M. Nudelman, John H. Bauer, Karen Ignagni, Richard L. Love, and Mary O. Mundinger (collectively, the “Individual Defendants” and, together with CTI, the “CTI Defendants”); and defendants Piper Jaffray & Co., Landenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc., Roth Capital Partners, LLC, and National Securities Corporation (collectively, the “Underwriter Defendants,” and, together with the CTI Defendants, the “Defendants”).
On February 10, 2016, a securities class action complaint alleging claims against CTI and the Individual Defendants was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, styled Ahrens v. CTI BioPharma Corp., No. 1:16-cv-01044-PAE (“Ahrens”). On February 12, 2016, a securities class action complaint alleging substantially identical claims was filed in the Western District of Washington, styled McGlothin v. CTI BioPharma Corp., No. 2:16-cv-00216-RSL (“McGlothin”).
On May 19, 2016, the Southern District of New York granted the CTI Defendants’ unopposed motion to transfer Ahrens to the Western District of Washington, and on June 13, 2016, the Western District of Washington entered an order consolidating Ahrens and McGlothin and ordering that the consolidated action be recaptioned as In re CTI BioPharma Corp. Securities Litigation, No. 16-cv-216-RSL.
Following a hearing on August 25, 2016, the Court appointed DAFNA LifeScience, LP and DAFNA LifeScience Select, LP as Lead Plaintiff for the consolidated action; and approved Lead Plaintiff’s selection of Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP as Lead Counsel for the class.
On November 8, 2016, Lead Plaintiff and additional plaintiff Michael Li filed and served the Consolidated Class Action Complaint (the “Complaint”). The Complaint asserts claims under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) against CTI, the Individual Defendants and the Underwriter Defendants; claims under Section 12(a)(2) of the Securities Act against the Underwriter Defendants; and claims under Section 15 of the Securities Act against James A. Bianco. The Complaint alleges, among other things, that the Offering Materials issued by Defendants in connection with the October 2015 offering of CTI Series N-1 Preferred Stock and the December 2015 offering of CTI Series N-2 Preferred Stock contained materially false statements and misleading omissions concerning pacritinib and the results of a Phase III trial of that drug.
The Complaint also asserts claims under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder, against CTI and James Bianco; and claims under Section 20(a) of the Exchange Act against James Bianco. The Complaint alleges that CTI and James Bianco made additional misstatements and material omissions concerning pacritinib during investor conferences and in press releases and that CTI and James Bianco made the false statements and omissions with scienter. The Complaint further alleges the truth concealed by Defendants’ misstatements and omissions was revealed on February 8 and 9, 2016 when CTI disclosed that the FDA had placed a partial hold and hold on clinical trials of pacritinib due to safety concerns, which caused the price of CTI’s securities to drop significantly.
On January 9, 2017, Defendants filed and served their motions to dismiss the Complaint. On February 6, 2017, Lead Plaintiff filed and served its opposition to Defendants’ motions and, on February 22, 2017, Defendants filed and served their reply papers.
The Parties participated in two in-person mediation sessions with Jed D. Melnick of JAMS, an experienced mediator. In advance of the first session on March 29, 2017, the Parties exchanged mediation statements, which were submitted to Mr. Melnick together with numerous exhibits. The first mediation session ended at an impasse. Discussions and the exchange of information continued telephonically and in writing. The Parties submitted supplemental mediation statements prior to the second session on June 26, 2017. That session also ended without agreement being reached.
Following the June 26, 2017 mediation, the Parties continued to conduct arm’s-length settlement negotiations, with the assistance of Mr. Melnick. On August 3, 2017, the Parties reached an agreement in principle to settle the Action that was memorialized in a term sheet (the “Term Sheet”) executed that day. The Term Sheet set forth the Parties’ agreement to settle and release all claims asserted in the Action in return for a $20,000,000 cash payment.
On September 15, 2017, the Parties entered into a Stipulation and Agreement of Settlement (the “Stipulation”), which sets forth the terms and conditions of the Settlement. The Stipulation can be viewed at www.CTIBioPharmaSecuritiesSettlement.com.
On October 24, 2017, the Court preliminarily approved the Settlement, authorized the Notice to be disseminated to potential Settlement Class Members, and scheduled the Settlement Hearing to consider whether to grant final approval to the Settlement.
|2.||HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM AFFECTED BY THE SETTLEMENT? WHO IS INCLUDED IN THE SETTLEMENT CLASS?|
If you are a member of the Settlement Class, you are subject to the Settlement, unless you timely request to be excluded. The Settlement Class consists of:
all persons and entities who purchased or otherwise acquired CTI Securities during the period from March 9, 2015 through February 9, 2016, inclusive (the “Class Period”), and were damaged thereby. “CTI Securities” means (i) CTI common stock; (ii) CTI Series N-1 Preferred Stock; and/or (iii) CTI Series N-2 Preferred Stock, but does not include any shares of such securities that traded on an exchange outside the United States.
Excluded from the Settlement Class are (a) Defendants; (b) the Officers and directors of CTI during the Class Period (the “Excluded Officers and Directors”); (c) the Immediate Family Members of the Individual Defendants and Excluded Officers and Directors; (d) any entity in which any Defendant, any Excluded Officer or Director, or any of their respective Immediate Family Members had during the Class Period and/or has a controlling interest; (e) Defendants’ liability insurance carriers; (f) any affiliates, parents or subsidiaries of CTI; (g) all CTI plans that are covered by ERISA; and (h) the legal representatives, heirs, agents, affiliates, successors-in-interest, or assigns of any excluded person or entity, in their respective capacity as such. Also excluded from the Settlement Class are any persons or entities that exclude themselves by submitting a request for exclusion in accordance with the requirements set forth in the Notice. See “What If I Do Not Want To Be A Member Of The Settlement Class? How Do I Exclude Myself?”
PLEASE NOTE: RECEIPT OF THE NOTICE DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU ARE A SETTLEMENT CLASS MEMBER OR THAT YOU WILL BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE PROCEEDS FROM THE SETTLEMENT.
IF YOU ARE A SETTLEMENT CLASS MEMBER AND YOU WISH TO BE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF PROCEEDS FROM THE SETTLEMENT, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT THE CLAIM FORM THAT IS BEING DISTRIBUTED WITH THE NOTICE AND THE REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION AS SET FORTH THEREIN POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 20, 2018.
|3.||WHAT ARE LEAD PLAINTIFF’S REASONS FOR THE SETTLEMENT?|
Lead Plaintiff and Lead Counsel believe that the claims asserted against Defendants have merit. They recognize, however, the expense and length of proceedings that would be necessary to obtain a judgment against Defendants through trial and appeals, as well as the very substantial risks they would face in establishing liability and damages in this Action and in collecting a judgment against the CTI Defendants considering their ability to pay.
In light of these risks, the amount of the Settlement and the immediacy of recovery to the Settlement Class, Lead Plaintiff and Lead Counsel believe that the proposed Settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate, and in the best interests of the Settlement Class. Lead Plaintiff and Lead Counsel believe that the Settlement provides a substantial benefit to the Settlement Class, namely $20,000,000 in cash (less the various deductions described in the Notice), as compared to the risk that the claims in the Action would produce a smaller, or no recovery after summary judgment, trial, and appeals, possibly years in the future.
Defendants have denied the claims asserted against them in the Action and deny having engaged in any wrongdoing or violation of law of any kind whatsoever. Defendants have agreed to the Settlement solely to eliminate the burden and expense of continued litigation. Accordingly, the Settlement may not be construed as an admission of any wrongdoing by Defendants.
|4.||WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN IF THERE WERE NO SETTLEMENT?|
If there were no Settlement and Lead Plaintiff failed to establish any essential legal or factual element of their claims against Defendants, neither Lead Plaintiff nor the other members of the Settlement Class would recover anything from Defendants. Also, if Defendants were successful in proving any of their defenses, either at summary judgment, at trial or on appeal, the Settlement Class could recover substantially less than the amount provided in the Settlement, or nothing at all.
|5.||HOW ARE SETTLEMENT CLASS MEMBERS AFFECTED BY THE ACTION AND THE SETTLEMENT?|
As a Settlement Class Member, you are represented by Lead Plaintiff and Lead Counsel, unless you enter an appearance through counsel of your own choice at your own expense. You are not required to retain your own counsel, but if you choose to do so, such counsel must file a notice of appearance on your behalf and must serve copies of his or her appearance on the attorneys listed in the section entitled, “When And Where Will The Court Decide Whether To Approve The Settlement?”.
If you are a Settlement Class Member and do not wish to remain a Settlement Class Member, you may exclude yourself from the Settlement Class by following the instructions in the section entitled, “What If I Do Not Want To Be A Member Of The Settlement Class? How Do I Exclude Myself?”
If you are a Settlement Class Member and you wish to object to the Settlement, the Plan of Allocation, or Lead Counsel’s application for attorneys’ fees and reimbursement of Litigation Expenses, and if you do not exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, you may present your objections by following the instructions in the section entitled, “When And Where Will The Court Decide Whether To Approve The Settlement?”.
If you are a Settlement Class Member and you do not exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, you will be bound by any orders issued by the Court. If the Settlement is approved, the Court will enter a judgment (the “Judgment”). The Judgment will dismiss with prejudice the claims against Defendants and will provide that, upon the Effective Date of the Settlement, Lead Plaintiff and each of the other Settlement Class Members, on behalf of themselves, and their respective heirs, executors, administrators, predecessors, successors, and assigns, in their capacities as such, will have fully, finally, and forever compromised, settled, released, resolved, relinquished, waived, and discharged each and every Released Plaintiffs’ Claim (as defined below) against the Defendants and the other Defendants’ Releasees (as defined below), and shall forever be barred and enjoined from prosecuting any or all of the Released Plaintiffs’ Claims against any of the Defendants’ Releasees.
“Released Plaintiffs’ Claims” means, to the extent allowed by law, all claims and causes of action of every nature and description, whether known claims or Unknown Claims, whether arising under federal, state, common, or foreign law, that Lead Plaintiff or any other member of the Settlement Class, including additional named plaintiff Michael Li: (i) asserted in the Complaint; or (ii) could have asserted or could assert in any forum that arise out of or are based upon the acts, omissions, nondisclosure, allegations, transactions, facts, matters, occurrences, or oral or written representations or statements involved, set forth, or referred to in the Complaint, and that relate to the purchase of CTI Securities during the Class Period. Released Plaintiffs’ Claims do not include: (i) any claims relating to the enforcement of the Settlement; (ii) any claims asserted in any shareholder derivative action or action under ERISA that are based on similar allegations, including In re CTI BioPharma Shareholder Derivative Action, No. 2:16-cv-00756 (W.D. Wash.) or any of the actions consolidated therein; and (iii) the claims of any person or entity that submits a request for exclusion that is accepted by the Court.
“Defendants’ Releasees” means (i) Defendants and their current and former officers, directors, agents, parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, predecessors, assigns, assignees, employees, and attorneys, in their capacities as such; and (ii) Berkley Insurance Company, XL Specialty Insurance Company, Allied World National Assurance Company, Continental Casualty Company, and Old Republic Insurance Company (together, the “CTI Insurers”), and each of the CTI Insurers’ respective current and former officers, directors, agents, parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, predecessors, assigns, assignees, employees, and attorneys, in their capacities as such.
“Unknown Claims” means any Released Plaintiffs’ Claims that Lead Plaintiff or any other Settlement Class Member does not know or suspect to exist in his, her, or its favor at the time of the release of such claims, and any Released Defendants’ Claims which any Defendant does not know or suspect to exist in his, her, or its favor at the time of the release of such claims, which, if known by him, her, or it, might have affected his, her, or its decision(s) with respect to this Settlement. With respect to any and all Released Claims, the Parties stipulate and agree that, upon the Effective Date of the Settlement, Lead Plaintiff and Defendants shall expressly waive, and each of the other Settlement Class Members shall be deemed to have waived, and by operation of the Judgment or the Alternate Judgment, if applicable, shall have expressly waived, any and all provisions, rights, and benefits conferred by any law of any state or territory of the United States, or principle of common law or foreign law, which is similar, comparable, or equivalent to California Civil Code §1542, which provides:
A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his or her favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him or her must have materially affected his or her settlement with the debtor.
Lead Plaintiff and Defendants acknowledge, and each of the other Settlement Class Members shall be deemed by operation of law to have acknowledged, that the foregoing waiver was separately bargained for and a key element of the Settlement.
The Judgment will also provide that, upon the Effective Date of the Settlement, Defendants, on behalf of themselves, and their respective heirs, executors, administrators, predecessors, successors, and assigns in their capacities as such, will have fully, finally, and forever compromised, settled, released, resolved, relinquished, waived, and discharged each and every Released Defendants’ Claim (as defined below) against Lead Plaintiff and the other Plaintiffs’ Releasees (as defined below), and shall forever be barred and enjoined from prosecuting any or all of the Released Defendants’ Claims against any of the Plaintiffs’ Releasees.
“Released Defendants’ Claims” means all claims and causes of action of every nature and description, whether known claims or Unknown Claims, whether arising under federal, state, common, or foreign law, that arise out of or relate in any way to the institution, prosecution, or settlement of the claims asserted in the Action against the Defendants. Released Defendants’ Claims do not include any claims relating to the enforcement of the Settlement or any claims against any person or entity that submits a request for exclusion from the Settlement Class that is accepted by the Court.
“Plaintiffs’ Releasees” means Lead Plaintiff, all other plaintiffs in the Action, their respective attorneys, and all other Settlement Class Members, and their respective current and former officers, directors, agents, parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, predecessors, assigns, assignees, employees, and attorneys, in their capacities as such.
|6.||HOW DO I PARTICIPATE IN THE SETTLEMENT? WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?|
To be eligible for a payment from the proceeds of the Settlement, you must be a member of the Settlement Class and you must timely complete and return the Claim Form with adequate supporting documentation postmarked no later than February 20, 2018. A Claim Form is included with the Notice, or you may obtain one from the website maintained by the Claims Administrator for the Settlement, www.CTIBioPharmaSecuritiesSettlement.com, or you may request that a Claim Form be mailed to you by calling the Claims Administrator toll free at 1-844-402-8599. Please retain all records of your ownership of and transactions in CTI Securities, as they may be needed to document your Claim. If you request exclusion from the Settlement Class or do not submit a timely and valid Claim Form, you will not be eligible to share in the Net Settlement Fund.
|7.||HOW MUCH WILL MY PAYMENT BE?|
At this time, it is not possible to make any determination as to how much any individual Settlement Class Member may receive from the Settlement.
Pursuant to the Settlement, the CTI Defendants agreed to pay or caused to be paid twenty million dollars ($20,000,000) in cash. The Settlement Amount has been deposited into an escrow account. The Settlement Amount plus any interest earned thereon is referred to as the “Settlement Fund.” If the Settlement is approved by the Court and the Effective Date occurs, the “Net Settlement Fund” (that is, the Settlement Fund less (a) all federal, state, and/or local taxes on any income earned by the Settlement Fund and the reasonable costs incurred in connection with determining the amount of and paying taxes owed by the Settlement Fund (including reasonable expenses of tax attorneys and accountants); (b) the costs and expenses incurred in connection with providing notice to Settlement Class Members and administering the Settlement on behalf of Settlement Class Members; and (c) any attorneys’ fees and Litigation Expenses awarded by the Court) will be distributed to Settlement Class Members who submit valid Claim Forms, in accordance with the proposed Plan of Allocation or such other plan of allocation as the Court may approve.
The Net Settlement Fund will not be distributed unless and until the Court has approved the Settlement and a plan of allocation, and the time for any petition for rehearing, appeal, or review, whether by certiorari or otherwise, has expired.
Neither Defendants nor any other person or entity that paid any portion of the Settlement Amount on their behalf are entitled to get back any portion of the Settlement Fund once the Court’s order or judgment approving the Settlement becomes Final. Defendants shall not have any liability, obligation, or responsibility for the administration of the Settlement, the disbursement of the Net Settlement Fund, or the plan of allocation.
Approval of the Settlement is independent from approval of a plan of allocation. Any determination with respect to a plan of allocation will not affect the Settlement, if approved.
Unless the Court otherwise orders, any Settlement Class Member who fails to submit a Claim Form postmarked on or before February 20, 2018 shall be fully and forever barred from receiving payments pursuant to the Settlement but will in all other respects remain a Settlement Class Member and be subject to the provisions of the Stipulation, including the terms of any Judgment entered and the releases given. This means that each Settlement Class Member releases the Released Plaintiffs’ Claims (as defined above) against the Defendants’ Releasees (as defined above) and will be enjoined and prohibited from filing, prosecuting, or pursuing any of the Released Plaintiffs’ Claims against any of the Defendants’ Releasees whether or not such Settlement Class Member submits a Claim Form.
Participants in and beneficiaries of a CTI sponsored plan covered by ERISA (“CTI ERISA Plan”) should NOT include any information relating to their transactions in CTI Securities held through any CTI ERISA Plan in any Claim Form that they may submit in this Action. They should include ONLY those shares that they purchased or acquired outside of any CTI ERISA Plan.
The Court has reserved jurisdiction to allow, disallow, or adjust on equitable grounds the Claim of any Settlement Class Member.
Each Claimant shall be deemed to have submitted to the jurisdiction of the Court with respect to his, her, or its Claim Form.
Only Settlement Class Members, i.e., persons and entities who purchased or otherwise acquired CTI Securities during the Class Period and were damaged as a result of such purchases or acquisitions will be eligible to share in the distribution of the Net Settlement Fund. Persons and entities that are excluded from the Settlement Class by definition or that exclude themselves from the Settlement Class pursuant to request will not be eligible to receive a distribution from the Net Settlement Fund and should not submit Claim Forms.
|8.||WHAT PAYMENT ARE THE ATTORNEYS FOR THE SETTLEMENT CLASS SEEKING? HOW WILL THE LAWYERS BE PAID?|
Plaintiffs’ Counsel have not received any payment for their services in pursuing claims against the Defendants on behalf of the Settlement Class, nor have Plaintiffs’ Counsel been reimbursed for their out-of-pocket expenses. Before final approval of the Settlement, Lead Counsel will apply to the Court for an award of attorneys’ fees for all Plaintiffs’ Counsel in an amount not to exceed 20% of the Settlement Fund. At the same time, Lead Counsel also intends to apply for reimbursement of Litigation Expenses in an amount not to exceed $200,000, which may include an application for reimbursement of the reasonable costs and expenses incurred by Plaintiffs directly related to their representation of the Settlement Class. The Court will determine the amount of any award of attorneys’ fees or reimbursement of Litigation Expenses. Such sums as may be approved by the Court will be paid from the Settlement Fund. Settlement Class Members are not personally liable for any such fees or expenses.
|9.||WHAT IF I DO NOT WANT TO BE A MEMBER OF THE SETTLEMENT CLASS? HOW DO I EXCLUDE MYSELF?|
Each Settlement Class Member will be bound by all determinations and judgments in this lawsuit, whether favorable or unfavorable, unless such person or entity mails or delivers a written Request for Exclusion from the Settlement Class, addressed to In re CTI BioPharma Corp. Securities Litigation, EXCLUSIONS, c/o GCG, P.O. Box 35100, Seattle, WA 98124-1100. The exclusion request must be mailed or delivered no later than January 11, 2018. You will not be able to exclude yourself from the Settlement Class after that date. Each Request for Exclusion must (a) state the name, address, and telephone number of the person or entity requesting exclusion, and in the case of entities, the name and telephone number of the appropriate contact person; (b) state that such person or entity “requests exclusion from the Settlement Class in In re CTI BioPharma Corp. Securities Litigation, Case No. 2:16-cv-00216”; and (c) be signed by the person or entity requesting exclusion or an authorized representative. A Request for Exclusion shall not be valid and effective unless it provides all the information called for in this paragraph and is mailed or delivered within the time stated above, or is otherwise accepted by the Court.
If you do not want to be part of the Settlement Class, you must follow these instructions for exclusion even if you have pending, or later file, another lawsuit, arbitration, or other proceeding relating to any Released Plaintiffs’ Claim against any of the Defendants’ Releasees.
If you ask to be excluded from the Settlement Class, you will not be eligible to receive any payment out of the Net Settlement Fund.
The CTI Defendants have the right to terminate the Settlement if valid requests for exclusion are received from persons and entities entitled to be members of the Settlement Class in an amount that exceeds an amount agreed to by Lead Plaintiff and the CTI Defendants.
|10.||WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE COURT DECIDE WHETHER TO APPROVE THE SETTLEMENT? DO I HAVE TO COME TO THE HEARING? MAY I SPEAK AT THE HEARING IF I DON’T LIKE THE SETTLEMENT?|
Settlement Class Members do not need to attend the Settlement Hearing. The Court will consider any submission made in accordance with the provisions below even if a Settlement Class Member does not attend the hearing. You can participate in the Settlement without attending the Settlement Hearing.
The Settlement Hearing will be held on February 1, 2018 at 8:30 a.m., before the Honorable Robert S. Lasnik at the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, United States Courthouse, Courtroom 15106, 700 Stewart Street, Seattle, WA 98101. The Court reserves the right to approve the Settlement, the Plan of Allocation, Lead Counsel’s motion for an award of attorneys’ fees and reimbursement of Litigation Expenses, and/or any other matter related to the Settlement at or after the Settlement Hearing without further notice to the members of the Settlement Class.
Any Settlement Class Member that does not request exclusion may object to the Settlement, the proposed Plan of Allocation, or Lead Counsel’s motion for an award of attorneys’ fees and reimbursement of Litigation Expenses. Objections must be in writing. You must file any written objection, together with copies of all other papers and briefs supporting the objection, with the Clerk’s Office at the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington at the address set forth below on or before January 11, 2018. You must also serve the papers on Lead Counsel and on Defendants’ Counsel at the addresses set forth below so that the papers are mailed or delivered no later than January 11, 2018.
|Clerk’s Office||Lead Counsel||Defendants’ Counsel||United States District Court Western District of Washington Clerk of the Court United States Courthouse 700 Stewart Street, Suite 2310 Seattle, WA 98101||Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP David R. Stickney, Esq. 12481 High Bluff Drive, Suite 300 San Diego, CA 92130||O’Melveny & Myers LLP Ross B. Galin, Esq. Times Square Tower 7 Times Square New York, NY 10036 and Dorsey & Whitney LLP Thomas P. Swigert, Esq. 50 South Sixth Street, Suite 1500 Minneapolis, MN 55402|
Any objection (a) must state the name, address, and telephone number of the person or entity objecting and must be signed by the objector; (b) must contain a statement of the Settlement Class Member’s objection or objections, and the specific reasons for each objection, including any legal and evidentiary support the Settlement Class Member wishes to bring to the Court’s attention; and (c) must include documents sufficient to prove membership in the Settlement Class, including the number of shares of each CTI Security that the objecting Settlement Class Member purchased/acquired and/or sold during the Class Period (i.e., from March 9, 2015 through February 9, 2016, inclusive), as well as the dates and prices of each such purchase/acquisition and sale, and the number of shares of CTI common stock held as of the beginning of trading on March 9, 2015. You may not object to the Settlement, the Plan of Allocation, or Lead Counsel’s motion for attorneys’ fees and reimbursement of Litigation Expenses if you exclude yourself from the Settlement Class or if you are not a member of the Settlement Class.
You may file a written objection without having to appear at the Settlement Hearing. You may not, however, appear at the Settlement Hearing to present your objection unless you first file and serve a written objection in accordance with the procedures described above, unless the Court orders otherwise.
If you wish to be heard orally at the hearing in opposition to the approval of the Settlement, the Plan of Allocation, or Lead Counsel’s motion for an award of attorneys’ fees and reimbursement of Litigation Expenses, and if you timely file and serve a written objection as described above, you must also file a notice of appearance with the Clerk’s Office no later than January 11, 2018 and serve it on Lead Counsel and Defendants’ Counsel at the addresses set forth above so that it is mailed or delivered no later than January 11, 2018. Persons who intend to object and desire to present evidence at the Settlement Hearing must include in their written objection or notice of appearance the identity of any witnesses they may call to testify and exhibits they intend to introduce into evidence at the hearing. Such persons may be heard orally at the discretion of the Court.
You are not required to hire an attorney to represent you in making written objections or in appearing at the Settlement Hearing. However, if you decide to hire an attorney, it will be at your own expense, and that attorney must file a notice of appearance with the Court and serve it on Lead Counsel and Defendants’ Counsel at the addresses set forth in ¶ 78 by January 11, 2018.
The Settlement Hearing may be adjourned by the Court without further written notice to the Settlement Class. If you intend to attend the Settlement Hearing, you should confirm the date and time with Lead Counsel.
Unless the Court orders otherwise, any Settlement Class Member who does not object in the manner described above may be deemed to have waived any objection and shall be forever foreclosed from making any objection to the proposed Settlement, the proposed Plan of Allocation, or Lead Counsel’s motion for an award of attorneys’ fees and reimbursement of Litigation Expenses. Settlement Class Members do not need to appear at the Settlement Hearing or take any other action to indicate their approval.
|11.||WHAT IF I BOUGHT SHARES ON SOMEONE ELSE’S BEHALF?|
If you purchased or otherwise acquired any of the CTI Securities from March 9, 2015 through February 9, 2016, inclusive, for the beneficial interest of persons or organizations other than yourself, you must either (a) within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of the Notice, request from the Claims Administrator sufficient copies of the Notice and Claim Form (the “Notice Packet”) to forward to all such beneficial owners and within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of those Notice Packets forward them to all such beneficial owners; or (b) within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of the Notice, provide a list of the names and addresses of all such beneficial owners to In re CTI BioPharma Corp. Securities Litigation, c/o GCG, P.O. Box 35100, Seattle, WA 98124-1100. If you choose the second option, the Claims Administrator will send a copy of the Notice and the Claim Form to the beneficial owners. Upon full compliance with these directions, such nominees may seek reimbursement of their reasonable expenses actually incurred, by providing the Claims Administrator with proper documentation supporting the expenses for which reimbursement is sought. Copies of the Notice and the Claim Form may also be obtained from the website maintained by the Claims Administrator, www.CTIBioPharmaSecuritiesSettlement.com, or by calling the Claims Administrator toll-free at 1-844-402-8599.
|12.||CAN I SEE THE COURT FILE? WHOM SHOULD I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS?|
The Notice contains only a summary of the terms of the proposed Settlement. For more detailed information about the matters involved in this Action, you are referred to the papers on file in the Action, including the Stipulation, which may be inspected during regular office hours at the Office of the Clerk, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, United States Courthouse, 700 Stewart Street, Seattle, WA 98101. Additionally, copies of the Stipulation and any related orders entered by the Court will be posted on the website maintained by the Claims Administrator, www.CTIBioPharmaSecuritiesSettlement.com.
All inquiries concerning the Notice and the Claim Form should be directed to:
|In re CTI BioPharma Corp. Securities Litigation c/o GCG P.O. Box 35100 Seattle, WA 98124-1100 (844) 402-8599 www.CTIBioPharmaSecuritiesSettlement.com info@CTIBioPharmaSecuritiesSettlement.com||and/or||BERNSTEIN LITOWITZ BERGER & GROSSMANN LLP 12481 High Bluff Drive, Suite 300 San Diego, CA 92130 (800) 380-8496 email@example.com|
DO NOT CALL OR WRITE THE COURT, THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF THE COURT, DEFENDANTS OR THEIR COUNSEL REGARDING THE NOTICE.