On December 14, 2020, the Court entered its Order Approving Distribution Plan. Pursuant to this Order, JND distributed the Net Settlement Fund to Authorized Claimants on February 16, 2021. If you have any questions regarding the distribution, please contact JND by calling 833-291-1644 or by sending an e-mail to info@FiatSecuritiesLitigationSettlement.com.
The information contained on this website is only a summary of the information presented in more detail in the Notice of (I) Pendency of Class Action and Proposed Settlement; (II) Motion for an Award of Attorneys' Fees and Reimbursement of Litigation Expenses; and (III) Settlement Fairness Hearing ("Notice"). Because this website is just a summary, you should review the Notice for additional details.
Summary of the Action
The Notice relates to a proposed Settlement of claims in a pending putative securities class action brought by investors alleging, among other things, that defendants Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. ("FCA"), Sergio Marchionne, Richard K. Palmer, and Reid Bigland (collectively, “Defendants”) violated the federal securities laws by making false and misleading statements and failing to disclose material adverse facts about FCA's business and operations. Defendants deny all allegations of wrongdoing or liability whatsoever.
Lead Plaintiffs, on behalf of themselves and the Settlement Class, and Defendants, FCA, Palmer and Bigland (collectively, "Signatory Defendants") have agreed to settle the Action in exchange for $14,750,000 in cash. The Settlement, if approved by the Court, will settle and release all claims asserted against Defendants in this Action.
The Settlement Class consists of:
|All persons and entities who purchased or otherwise acquired the publicly traded common stock of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. on a U.S. exchange between November 3, 2014 and July 26, 2016, inclusive, and were damaged thereby. Certain persons and entities are excluded from the Settlement Class by definition (see paragraph 20 of the Notice).
If you are a member of the Settlement Class, your legal rights will be affected whether you act or do not act. Please read the Notice to fully understand your rights and options.
If you are a member of the Settlement Class, in order to be potentially eligible to receive a payment from the Settlement, you must submit a Claim Form postmarked no later than July 10, 2019. The Net Settlement Fund (i.e., the Settlement Amount plus any and all interest earned thereon (“Settlement Fund”) less (i) any Taxes and Tax Expenses; (ii) any Notice and Administration Costs; (iii) any Litigation Expenses awarded by the Court; and (iv) any attorneys’ fees awarded by the Court) will be distributed in accordance with a plan of allocation that is approved by the Court, which will determine how the Net Settlement Fund shall be allocated among members of the Settlement Class. The proposed plan of allocation (“Plan of Allocation”) is attached to the Notice as Appendix A.
Payments to eligible claimants will be made only if the Court approves the Settlement and a plan of allocation, and only after any appeals are resolved, and after the completion of all claims processing. Please be patient, as this process will take some time to complete.
|YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THE SETTLEMENT
|SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM ONLINE OR POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN JULY 10, 2019.
||This is the only way to be eligible to receive a payment from the Settlement Fund. If you are a Settlement Class Member and you remain in the Settlement Class, you will be bound by the Settlement as approved by the Court and you will give up any Released Plaintiffs’ Claims (defined in ¶29 of the Notice) that you have against Defendants and the other Defendants’ Releasees (defined in ¶30 of the Notice), so it is in your interest to submit a Claim Form.
|EXCLUDE YOURSELF FROM THE SETTLEMENT CLASS BY SUBMITTING A WRITTEN REQUEST FOR EXCLUSION SO THAT IT IS RECEIVED NO LATER THAN MAY 15, 2019.
||If you exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, you will not be eligible to receive any payment from the Settlement Fund. This is the only option that allows you to ever be part of any other lawsuit against the Defendants concerning the claims that were, or could have been, asserted in this Action. It is also the only way for Settlement Class Members to remove themselves from the Settlement Class. If you are considering excluding yourself from the Settlement Class, please note that there is a risk that any new claims asserted against the Defendants may no longer be timely and would be time-barred. See ¶51 of the Notice.
|OBJECT TO THE SETTLEMENT BY SUBMITTING A WRITTEN OBJECTION SO THAT IT IS RECEIVED NO LATER THAN MAY 15, 2019.
||If you do not like the proposed Settlement, the proposed Plan of Allocation, or the requested attorneys’ fees and Litigation Expenses, you may write to the Court and explain why you do not like them. In order to object, you must remain a member of the Settlement Class, may not exclude yourself, and you will be bound by the Court’s determinations
|GO TO A HEARING ON JUNE 5, 2019 AT 1:00 P.M., AND FILE A NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPEAR SO THAT IT IS RECEIVED NO LATER THAN MAY 15, 2019.
||If you have filed a written objection and wish to appear at the hearing, you must also file a notice of intention to appear by May 15, 2019, which allows you to speak in Court, at the discretion of the Court, about the fairness of the Settlement, the Plan of Allocation, and/or the request for attorneys’ fees and Litigation Expenses. If you submit a written objection, you may (but you do not have to) attend the hearing.
||If you are a member of the Settlement Class and you do not submit a valid Claim Form, you will not be eligible to receive any payment from the Settlement Fund. You will, however, remain a member of the Settlement Class, which means that you give up your right to sue about the claims that are resolved by the Settlement and you will be bound by any judgments or orders entered by the Court in the Action.
How do I obtain more information?
Detailed information about the Action and the Settlement is contained in the Notice. Additional information can also be obtained by contacting the Claims Administrator by calling toll-free 1-833-291-1644; or emailing info@FiatSecuritiesLitigationSettlement.com; or mailing a letter to:
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Securities Litigation Settlement
c/o JND Legal Administration
P.O. Box 91245
Seattle, WA 98111-9345
Inquiries should NOT be directed to the Court or the Clerk of the Court.