In re RH, Inc. Securities Litigation

Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Case Number: 4:17-00554-YGR
Judge: Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers
Class Period: 03/26/2015 - 06/08/2016
Case Contacts: Jonathan D. Uslaner

Securities fraud class action filed on behalf of all purchasers of RH (formerly Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc.) common stock between March 26, 2015 and June 8, 2016, inclusive (the “Class Period”), alleging claims pursuant to Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 against RH and two of its top officers, Gary Friedman (its long-time CEO and Board Chairman) and Karen Boone (RH’s Co-President and CFO).

Lead Plaintiffs Settled the Action for $50 Million

The Court-appointed Lead Plaintiffs Public School Teachers’ Pension & Retirement Fund of Chicago and Arkansas Teacher Retirement System have reached a settlement of this action for $50 million in cash that resolves all claims in the action. 

On October 22, 2019, the Court held a hearing on final approval of the Settlement and related matters.  On October 25, 2019, the Court entered the Order and Judgment Approving Class Action Settlement, Plan of Allocation, Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses, which finally approved the Settlement and approved the Plan of Allocation and Lead Counsel’s motion for attorneys’ fees and expenses

If you are a member of the Class, your rights will be affected and you may be eligible for a payment from the Settlement.  The Class consists of:

all persons and entities who purchased or otherwise acquired the common stock of RH during the period from March 26, 2015 through June 8, 2016, inclusive, except for certain persons and entities who are excluded from the Class by definition (see paragraph 17 of the Notice) or who requested exclusion pursuant to the instructions set forth in the Notice. 

Please read the Notice to fully understand your rights and options.  Copies of the Notice and Claim Form can be found on the Case Documents page. You may also visit the Settlement website, RHSecuritiesLitigation.com, for more information about the Settlement.  

The deadline for submission of Claim Forms was October 8, 2019. 

Payments to eligible claimants will be made onlyafter the completion of all claims processing.  Please be patient, as this process will take some time to complete.

IMPORTANT DEADLINE

October 8, 2019 - Claim Filing Deadline. The deadline for submission of Claim Forms was October 8, 2019. 

Background

On April 26, 2017, the Court appointed the Public School Teachers’ Pension & Retirement Fund of Chicago and Arkansas Teacher Retirement System as Lead Plaintiffs for the Class and BLB&G as Lead Counsel.  On June 12, 2017, Lead Plaintiffs filed the operative Complaint.

The Complaint alleges that RH and certain of its top officers made false and misleading statements to investors, and omitted material facts, regarding the launch of RH’s new product line, RH Modern, and the Company’s inventory levels.  In response to Defendants’ statements, the price of RH’s shares traded at artificially-inflated levels, reaching a high of $106.49 per share during the Class Period.  When the truth emerged in a series of partial disclosures, the price plunged to less than $27 per share.

Defendants filed a motion to dismiss the Complaint, which Lead Plaintiffs opposed. On February 26, 2018, the court denied Defendants’ motion to dismiss.

Plaintiffs filed their motion for Class certification on June 22, 2018. On October 11, 2018, the Court issued an order certifying the Class. Defendants petitioned the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to reverse the Order. On January 24, 2019, the Ninth Circuit denied Defendants' petition. 

Following multiple mediation sessions, the Parties reached an agreement in principle to settle the Action for $50,000,000 on March 21, 2019.   

On May 6, 2019, the Parties entered into the Stipulation and Agreement of Settlement (the “Stipulation”), which sets forth the full terms and conditions of the Settlement, and Lead Plaintiffs filed their motion for preliminary approval of the Settlement with the Court.  On June 21, 2019, the Court entered its Order Preliminarily Approving Settlement and Providing for Notice, which scheduled a hearing for October 22, 2019 to consider final approval of the Settlement and related matters.

On October 25, 2019, after the hearing, the Court approved the Settlement and the Plan of Allocation and approved Lead Counsel’s motion for attorneys’ fees and expenses.

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