Friday, January 21, 2011

Apple backdating litigation update

We opposed preliminary approval of the Apple settlement because there was a possibility that money would go to third parties at the expense of class members. The settling parties assured the court that that wouldn't happen, but have not disclosed the number of claims made on the settlement fund to date. So today we filed an objection to the settlement contingent upon whether the settlement fund goes to the class members or to third-party cy pres. If the settlement fund does end up in the hands of the class, we're going to ask for a token amount of attorneys' fees to reflect the $2.5 million we won for the class.

The case is In re: Apple Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 06-5208 (N.D. Cal.); the fairness hearing is scheduled before Judge Fogel on February 18 in San Jose.

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