E*Trade securities class action settles for $79 million

July 25, 2012 by

A summary notice was issued to all persons and entities who purchased or otherwise acquired the securities of E*TRADE Financial Corporation between April 19, 2006 and November 9, 2007.  A Settlement Hearing will be held before the Honorable J. Paul Oetken, United States District Judge, at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10007, at 3:00 p.m. on October 11, 2012 in order:

(1) to determine whether the Court should grant certification to the Settlement Class pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(a) and (b)(3); (2) to determine whether the Settlement consisting of $79 million in cash should be approved as fair, reasonable, and adequate to the Settlement Class and the proposed Judgment entered; (3) to determine whether the proposed Plan of Allocation for the proceeds of the Settlement is fair and reasonable, and should be approved by the Court; (4) to determine whether the applications by Plaintiffs’ Counsel for an award of attorneys’ fees not to exceed one-third of the Settlement Amount and up to $750,000 in reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses should be approved; and (5) to rule upon such other matters as the Court may deem appropriate.

If you purchased or otherwise acquired E*TRADE securities between April 19, 2006 and November 9, 2007 (both dates inclusive), and are not otherwise excluded from the Settlement Class, you are a Settlement Class Member. Settlement Class Members will be bound by the final judgment of the Court. If you are a Settlement Class Member, in order to share in the distribution of the Net Settlement Fund, you must submit a Proof of Claim postmarked no later than October 31, 2012, establishing that you are entitled to recovery. If you are a Settlement Class Member and need an additional Proof of Claim, copies may be obtained by telephoning the Claims Administrator at 1-800-903-8296 or by downloading the form on the internet at www.gcginc.com .

If you do not wish to be included in the Settlement Class and you do not wish to participate in the proposed Settlement, you may request to be excluded, in the manner set forth in the full Notice of Proposed Settlement of Class Action (“Notice”), no later than September 10, 2012. If you are a Settlement Class Member and do not timely and validly request exclusion from the Settlement Class, and you wish to object to the Settlement, the Plan of Allocation and/or Plaintiffs’ Counsel’s application for an award of attorneys’ fees and/or reimbursement of expenses, you may submit a written objection. You also may, but are not required to, appear at the Settlement Hearing. You must file and serve any written objection, in the manner specifically set forth in the Notice, no later than September 10, 2012. The procedures that MUST be followed for Settlement Class Members to request exclusion from the Settlement Class or to object to the Settlement, the Plan of Allocation and/or application for attorneys’ fees and/or reimbursement of expenses are set forth in full in the Notice.

You are urged to obtain a copy of the Notice, which includes, among other things, a description of: (1) the litigation in the Action prior to the Settlement; (2) the terms of the proposed Settlement; (3) the benefits of the Settlement to the Settlement Class; (4) the Plan of Allocation for the proceeds of the Settlement; (5) the rights of Settlement Class Members; (6) the release of claims against Defendants and their Related Parties; (7) the application for an award of attorneys’ fees and expenses; and (8) additional details concerning the Settlement Hearing, excluding oneself from the Settlement Class and/or objecting to the Settlement, the Plan of Allocation, and/or the application for attorneys’ fees and/or reimbursement of expenses.

Steve Larson
An experienced trial lawyer who handles both hourly and contingent fee cases, Steve has expertise in class actions, consumer cases, antitrust litigation, securities litigation, corporate disputes, intellectual property disputes, unfair competition claims, employment matters, and disputes involving family wealth. Steve regularly represents individuals and businesses in federal and state court and has obtained class-wide recovery in multiple class actions. A veteran practitioner, Steve's clients value his creative approach to resolving complex litigation matters.

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