Settlement Class Members do not need to attend the Settlement Hearing. The Court will consider any submission made in accordance with the provisions below even if a Settlement Class Member does not attend the hearing. You can participate in the Settlement without attending the Settlement Hearing.
The Settlement Hearing will be held on November 6, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., before the Honorable Susan C. Bucklew at the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Sam M. Gibbons United States Courthouse, Courtroom 10B, 801 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602. The Court reserves the right to approve the Settlement, the Plan of Allocation, Lead Counsel’s motion for an award of attorneys’ fees and reimbursement of Litigation Expenses and/or any other matter related to the Settlement at or after the Settlement Hearing without further notice to the members of the Settlement Class.
Any Settlement Class Member who or which does not request exclusion may object to the Settlement, the proposed Plan of Allocation or Lead Counsel’s motion for an award of attorneys’ fees and reimbursement of Litigation Expenses. Objections must be in writing. You must file any written objection, together with copies of all other papers and briefs supporting the objection, with the Clerk’s Office at the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida at the address set forth below on or before October 16, 2020. You must also serve the papers on Lead Counsel and on Defendants’ Counsel at the addresses set forth below so that the papers are received on or before October 16, 2020.
United States District Court
Middle District of Florida
Clerk of the Court
United States Courthouse 801 North Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP
Casey Sadler, Esq.
1925 Century Park East, Suite 2100 Los Angeles, CA 90067
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP
Marques Tracy, Esq.
601 Lexington Avenue, 31st Floor New York, NY 10022
To object, you must send a letter stating that you object to the Settlement. Your objection must include:
a. The name of this proceeding, Pritchard v. Apyx Medical Corp., et al., Case No. 8:19-cv-00919, or similar identifying words such as “Apyx Securities Litigation;”
b. The full name, current address and telephone number of the person or entity objecting;
c. Your personal signature (your attorney’s signature is not enough);
d. A statement of the Settlement Class Member’s objection or objections, and the specific reasons for each objection, including any legal and evidentiary support the Settlement Class Member wishes to bring to the Court’s attention;
e. Documents sufficient to prove membership in the Settlement Class, including documents showing the number of shares of Apyx Common Stock, Call Options, and/or Put Options that the objecting Settlement Class Member purchased, acquired and sold during the Settlement Class Period (i.e., between December 21, 2018 and April 1, 2019, inclusive), as well as the dates and prices of each such purchase/acquisition and sale. Documentation establishing membership in the Settlement Class must consist of copies of brokerage confirmation slips or monthly brokerage account statements, or an authorized statement from your broker containing the transactional and holding information found in a broker confirmation slip or account statement;
f. A statement identifying by case name, case number, and court, all class action settlements to which you have objected in the previous five (5) years;
g. A statement as to whether you intend to appear at the Settlement Hearing, either in person or through a lawyer; and
h. If you want to present evidence at the Settlement Fairness Hearing, a detailed description of any and all evidence you may offer at the hearing, including copies of any and all exhibits that you may introduce into evidence at the hearing, and the identify of any witnesses that you may call to testify at the hearing;
If you are represented by a lawyer, your written objection must also include:
i. Your lawyer’s name, address, and telephone number; and
j. A statement indicating whether your lawyer will appear at the Settlement Hearing to present your objection on your behalf.
Additionally, if you are represented by a lawyer, and your lawyer intends to seek compensation for his or her services from anyone other than you, your written objection letter must include:
k. The identity of all lawyers that represent you, including any former or current lawyer who may be entitled to compensation for any reason related to the objection;
l. A statement identifying all instances in which your lawyer or your lawyer’s law firm objected to a class action settlement in the previous five (5) years, providing the case name, case number, and court;
m. A statement identifying all agreements or contracts that relate to the objection or the process of objecting—whether written or oral—between you, your lawyer, and/or any other person or entity;
n. A description of your lawyer’s legal background and prior experience in connection with class action litigation; and
o. A statement regarding whether your lawyer’s compensation will be calculated on the basis of a lodestar, contingency, or other method; an estimate of the amount of fees to be sought; the factual and legal justification for any fees to be sought; the number of hours already spent by your lawyer and an estimate of the hours to be spent in the future; and the lawyer’s hourly rate.
You may not object to the Settlement, the Plan of Allocation or Lead Counsel’s motion for attorneys’ fees and reimbursement of Litigation Expenses if you exclude yourself from the Settlement Class or if you are not a member of the Settlement Class.
If you object to the Settlement or the requested for attorneys’ fees and/or reimbursement of Litigation Expenses, you subject yourself to the jurisdiction of the District Court in this matter and consent to being deposed in your district of residence and producing in advance of a deposition any responsive documents to a discovery request prior to the Settlement Hearing
You may file a written objection without having to appear at the Settlement Hearing. You may not, however, appear at the Settlement Hearing to present your objection unless you first file and serve a written objection in accordance with the procedures described above, unless the Court orders otherwise.
If you wish to be heard orally at the hearing in opposition to the approval of the Settlement, the Plan of Allocation or Lead Counsel’s motion for an award of attorneys’ fees and reimbursement of Litigation Expenses, and if you timely file and serve a written objection as described above, you must also file a notice of appearance with the Clerk’s Office and serve it on Lead Counsel and Defendants’ Counsel at the addresses set forth above so that it is received on or before October 16, 2020. Persons who intend to object and desire to present evidence at the Settlement Hearing must include in their written objection or notice of appearance the identity of any witnesses they may call to testify and exhibits they intend to introduce into evidence at the hearing. Such persons may be heard orally at the discretion of the Court.
You are not required to hire an attorney to represent you in making written objections or in appearing at the Settlement Hearing. However, if you decide to hire an attorney, it will be at your own expense, and that attorney must file a notice of appearance with the Court and serve it on Lead Counsel and Defendants’ Counsel at the addresses set forth in ¶86 of the Notice so that the notice is received on or before October 16, 2020.
The Settlement Hearing may be adjourned by the Court, or held telephonically, without further written notice to the Settlement Class. If you intend to attend the Settlement Hearing, you should confirm the date, time, and location on this settlement website, given the potential for changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unless the Court orders otherwise, any Settlement Class Member who does not object in the manner described above will be deemed to have waived any objection and shall be forever foreclosed from making any objection to the proposed Settlement, the proposed Plan of Allocation or Lead Counsel’s motion for an award of attorneys’ fees and reimbursement of Litigation Expenses. Settlement Class Members do not need to appear at the Settlement Hearing or take any other action to indicate their approval.