ImmunoCellular Therapeutics: Notice of Proposed Settlement of Derivative Action
Los Angeles, CA – August 9, 2019 – ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Ltd. (“ImmunoCellular”) (OTC: IMUC), today issued the following announcement.
The following is being released pursuant to an Order of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, entered on August 2, 2019, in the matter of:
DAVID WIENER, derivatively and on behalf of IMMUNOCELLULAR THERAPEUTICS, LTD. v. FRACTOR et al., Case No. BC670134
NOTICE OF PROPOSED SETTLEMENT OF DERIVATIVE ACTION
TO: ALL OWNERS OF IMMUNOCELLULAR THERAPEUTICS, LTD. (“IMMUNOCELLULAR” OR THE “COMPANY”) COMMON STOCK (TICKER SYMBOL: IMUC) AS OF JULY 24, 2019, WHO CONTINUE TO OWN SUCH SHARES (“CURRENT IMMUNOCELLULAR STOCKHOLDERS”).
PLEASE READ THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY AND IN ITS ENTIRETY. THIS NOTICE RELATES TO A PROPOSED SETTLEMENT AND DISMISSAL OF STOCKHOLDER DERIVATIVE LITIGATION AND CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR RIGHTS.
IF THE COURT APPROVES THE SETTLEMENT AND DISMISSAL OF THE DERIVATIVE ACTION, STOCKHOLDERS OF IMMUNOCELLULAR WILL BE FOREVER BARRED FROM CONTESTING THE APPROVAL OF THE PROPOSED SETTLEMENT AND FROM PURSUING RELEASED CLAIMS.
THIS ACTION IS NOT A “CLASS ACTION.” THUS, THERE IS NO COMMON FUND UPON WHICH YOU CAN MAKE A CLAIM FOR A MONETARY PAYMENT.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that this action is being settled on the terms in an Amended Stipulation and Agreement of Settlement, dated July 24, 2019 (the “Stipulation”). The purpose of this Notice is to inform you of:
- the existence of this derivative action (the “Derivative Action”),
- the proposed settlement between the Plaintiff and Defendants reached in this Derivative Action (the “Settlement”),
- the hearing to be held by the Court to consider the fairness, reasonableness, and adequacy of the Settlement,
- Plaintiff’s Counsel’s application for fees and expenses, and
- Plaintiff’s Service Award.
This Notice describes what steps you may take in relation to the Settlement. This Notice is not an expression of any opinion by the Court about the truth or merits of Plaintiff’s claims or Defendants’ defenses. This Notice is solely to advise you of the proposed Settlement of the Derivative Action and of your rights in connection with the proposed Settlement.
On April 10, 2019, ImmunoCellular (the “Company”), in its capacity as a nominal defendant, and certain current and former directors and officers of the Company (the “Individual Defendants”) (collectively, “Defendants”) entered into a Stipulation of Settlement in the above-captioned action filed derivatively on behalf of ImmunoCellular, in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles (the “Court”) against the Individual Defendants (the “Derivative Action”). An Amended Stipulation of Settlement was thereafter filed with the Court on July 24, 2019 (hereinafter, the “Stipulation”).
The Stipulation, and the settlement contemplated therein (the “Settlement”), is subject to the approval of the Court, and is intended by the Parties to fully, finally, and forever compromise, resolve, discharge, and settle the Released Claims and to result in the dismissal of the Derivative Action with prejudice, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Stipulation. The proposed Settlement requires the Company to adopt certain additional corporate governance measures and procedures, as outlined in Exhibit A to the Stipulation, and provides for a single Fee and Expense Award in the amount of one hundred forty-five thousand dollars ($145,000.00) to be paid by Defendants’ insurer to Plaintiff’s Counsel, and for a Service Award of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) to be paid to Plaintiff from the Fee and Expense Award.
This Notice is a summary only and does not describe all of the details of the Stipulation. For full details of the matters discussed in this summary, please see the full Stipulation posted on the Company’s website, contact Plaintiff’s Counsel at the address listed below, or inspect the full Stipulation filed with the Clerk of the Court. All capitalized terms used in this notice, unless otherwise defined herein, are defined as set forth in the Stipulation.
What is the Lawsuit About?
The Derivative Action is brought derivatively on behalf of ImmunoCellular and alleges that the Individual Defendants breached their fiduciary duties by knowingly or recklessly making and/or causing ImmunoCellular to make false and misleading statements of material fact to the investing public and by engaging and/or causing ImmunoCellular to engage in an improper stock promotion scheme.
Defendants deny each and every allegation of wrongdoing or liability arising out of or relating in any way to the events, conduct, statements, acts, or omissions alleged in the Derivative Action. The Individual Defendants further assert that, at all times, they acted in good faith, and in a manner they reasonably believed to be and that was in the best interests of ImmunoCellular and ImmunoCellular’s stockholders. Defendants believe that they have meritorious defenses to the claims in the Derivative Action. Nonetheless, the Individual Defendants have entered into the Stipulation, without admitting or conceding any fault, liability, wrongdoing, or damage whatsoever, in order to avoid the risks inherent in any lawsuit and the burden and expense of further litigation.
Why is there a Settlement?
The Court has not decided in favor of the Defendants or the Plaintiff. Instead, both sides agreed to the Settlement to avoid the distraction, costs, and risks of further litigation, and because the Settlement provides substantial benefits to, and is in the best interests of, ImmunoCellular and its stockholders.
The Settlement Hearing and Your Right to Object to the Settlement
On August 1, 2019, the Court entered an order preliminarily approving the Stipulation and the Settlement contemplated therein (the “Preliminary Approval Order”) and providing that ImmunoCellular shall post the Notice of the Settlement, together with the Stipulation, on the investor relations portion of ImmunoCellular’s corporate website, shall issue the Notice as a press release on GlobeNewswire, and shall publish the press release in Investor’s Business Daily, with the press release referring stockholders via an internet link to the Notice and Stipulation posted on the investor relations portion of the Company’s corporate website. The Preliminary Approval Order further provides that the Court will hold a hearing (the “Settlement Hearing”) on October 3, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. before the Honorable Monica Bachner in Department 71 of the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles, Stanley Mosk Courthouse, 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, California 90012, to among other things: (i) determine whether the proposed Settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate and in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders; (ii) consider any objections to the Settlement submitted in accordance with the Notice; (iii) determine whether a Judgment substantially in the form attached as Exhibit D to the Stipulation should be entered dismissing all claims in the Derivative Action with prejudice, and releasing the Released Claims against the Released Persons; (iv) consider the Fee and Expense Award; (v) consider the Service Award to Plaintiff, in an amount not to exceed $1,000.00, which shall be funded from the Fee and Expense Award; and (vi) consider any other matters that may properly be brought before the Court in connection with the Settlement.
Any Current ImmunoCellular Stockholder who wishes to object to the fairness, reasonableness, or adequacy of the Settlement as set forth in the Stipulation, or to the proposed award of attorneys’ fees and expenses, may file a written objection with the Court and appear at the Settlement Hearing. An objector should at least fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the Settlement Hearing: (1) file with the Clerk of the Court and serve upon the below listed counsel a written objection to the Settlement setting forth (a) the objector’s name, mailing address, daytime telephone number, and e-mail address (if any); (b) the specific reason for the objection; (c) any and all documentation or evidence in support of such objection; (d) proof of ownership of ImmunoCellular common stock as of July 24, 2019 and through the date of the Settlement Hearing, including the number of shares of ImmunoCellular common stock held and the date of purchase; and (e) the identities of any cases, by name, court, and docket number, in which the stockholder or his, her, or its attorney has objected to a settlement in the last three years; and (2) if a Current ImmunoCellular Stockholder intends to appear and requests to be heard at the Settlement Hearing, he, she, or it should, in addition to the requirements of (1) above, file with the Clerk of the Court and serve on the below counsel (a) a written notice of his, her, or its intention to appear at the Settlement Hearing; (b) a statement that indicates the basis for such appearance; (c) the identities of any witnesses he, she, or it intends to call at the Settlement Hearing and a statement as to the subjects of their testimony; and (d) any and all evidence that would be presented at the Settlement Hearing.
IF YOU MAKE A WRITTEN OBJECTION, IT MUST BE ON FILE WITH THE CLERK OF THE COURT NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 19, 2019. The Clerk’s address is:
Clerk of the Court
Superior Court of California
111 North Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
YOU ALSO MUST DELIVER COPIES OF THE MATERIALS TO PLAINTIFF’S COUNSEL AND DEFENDANTS’ COUNSEL SO THAT THEY ARE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 19, 2019. Counsel’s addresses are:
Counsel for Plaintiff:
THE BROWN LAW FIRM, P.C.
240 Townsend Square
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Counsel for Nominal Defendant ImmunoCellular:
3175 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304
An objector may file an objection on his, her or its own or through an attorney hired at his, her, or its own expense. If an objector hires an attorney to represent him, her, or it for the purposes of making such objection pursuant to this paragraph, the attorney must effect service of a notice of appearance on the counsel listed above and file such notice with the Court no later than fourteen (14) calendar days before the Settlement Hearing.
Any objector may appear at the Settlement Hearing either in person or through counsel retained at the objector’s expense. Objectors need not attend the Settlement Hearing, however, in order to have their objections considered by the Court.
If you are a Current ImmunoCellular Stockholder and do not take steps to appear in this action and object to the proposed Settlement, you will be bound by the Judgment of the Court, the dismissal of the Derivative Action with prejudice, and any and all of the releases set forth in the Stipulation and will forever be barred from raising an objection to such settlement in this or any other action or proceeding, and from pursuing any of the Released Claims.
If you held ImmunoCellular common stock as of July 24, 2019 and continue to hold such stock, you may have certain rights in connection with the proposed Settlement. You may obtain further information by contacting counsel for Plaintiff at: Timothy Brown, The Brown Law Firm, P.C., 240 Townsend Square, Oyster Bay, NY 11771, Telephone: (516) 922-5427, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please Do Not Call the Court or Defendants with Questions About the Settlement.
The Stipulation of Settlement and Notice of Proposed Settlement of Derivative Action are available on the Company’s homepage at https://www.imuc.com.
ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Ltd.