SEB Investment Management AB, et al. v. Align Technology, Inc., et al.
ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC SECURITIES LITIGATION SETTLEMENT
Case No. 5:18-cv-06720-LHK (N.D.Cal.)

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  • You or someone in your family, or an investment account for which you serve as a custodian, may have purchased or otherwise acquired Align common stock during the Settlement Class Period, and may be a Settlement Class Member. The Court directed that the Notice be sent to you to inform you of the terms of the proposed Settlement and about all of your options before the Court rules on the Settlement at or after the Final Approval Hearing. Additionally, you have the right to understand how this class action lawsuit may affect your legal rights.

    The Notice explains the Action, the Settlement, your legal rights, what benefits are available under the Settlement, who is eligible for the benefits, and how to get them.

    The issuance of the Notice is not an expression of any opinion by the Court concerning the merits of any claim in the Action, and the Court still has to decide whether to approve the Settlement. If the Court approves the Settlement and the Plan of Allocation (or some other plan of allocation), the Claims Administrator will make payments to eligible Settlement Class Members pursuant to the Settlement after any objections and appeals are resolved.

  • Align is a global medical device company engaged in the design, manufacture, and marketing of Invisalign® clear aligners and iTero® intraoral scanners and services for orthodontics, restorative, and aesthetic dentistry. In this Action, Lead Plaintiff alleges that, during the Settlement Class Period (i.e., between May 23, 2018 and October 24, 2018, both dates inclusive), Align and certain of its executive officers at the time (i.e., Joseph M. Hogan, Align’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and John F. Morici, Align’s Senior Vice President of Global Finance and Chief Financial Officer) made materially false or misleading statements regarding the impact of competition on Align’s business, particularly its comprehensive clear aligner business. More specifically, Lead Plaintiff alleges that Defendants concealed adjustments to the business they made to address competition, resulting in a significant deterioration in Align’s “average selling price” (or “ASP”). Lead Plaintiff further alleges that the Settlement Class suffered damages when the alleged truth regarding these matters was publicly disclosed.

    The Action was commenced on November 5, 2018, with the filing of a putative securities class action complaint, styled Xiaojiao Lu v. Align Technology, Inc., et al., Case No. 5:18-cv-06720-LHK. A similar securities class action complaint, styled David Infuso v. Align Technology, Inc., et al., Case No. 3:18-cv-07469-WHA, was filed in this Court on December 12, 2018. By Order dated March 22, 2019, the Court consolidated the actions, appointed SEB Investment Management AB as Lead Plaintiff, and approved Lead Plaintiff’s selection of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP as Lead Counsel for the class.

    On May 10, 2019, Lead Plaintiff filed the Consolidated Class Action Complaint for Violation of the Federal Securities Laws (“Consolidated Complaint”). The Consolidated Complaint asserted claims under Sections 10(b), 20(a), and 20A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”), 15 U.S.C. §§ 78j(b) 78n(a), and 78t(a), and SEC Rule 10b-5, 17 C.F.R. § 240.10b-5, promulgated thereunder, against Align, Joseph M. Hogan, John F. Morici, Raphael S. Pascaud, and Emory M. Wright (collectively, “Consolidated Complaint Defendants”).

    The Consolidated Complaint Defendants moved to dismiss the Consolidated Complaint on June 24, 2019 (“First Motion to Dismiss”). The First Motion to Dismiss was fully briefed by the Parties. By Order dated October 29, 2019, the Court granted the First Motion to Dismiss, but provided Lead Plaintiff leave to file an amended complaint within 30 days.

    In accordance with the Court’s ruling on Defendants’ First Motion to Dismiss, Lead Plaintiff filed the Amended Consolidated Class Action Complaint for Violation of the Federal Securities Laws on November 29, 2019 (“Amended Consolidated Complaint”).

    Defendants moved to dismiss the Amended Consolidated Complaint on July 17, 2020 (“Second Motion to Dismiss”). The Second Motion to Dismiss was fully briefed by the Parties. By Order dated September 9, 2020, the Court granted in part and denied in part Defendants’ Second Motion to Dismiss.

    On September 23, 2020, Defendants filed their Answer to the Amended Consolidated Complaint, which Defendants subsequently amended on February 4, 2021.

    Following the Court’s ruling on Defendants’ Second Motion to Dismiss, the Court stayed the case on September 24, 2020. Thereafter, the Parties began discussing the possibility of resolving the Action through settlement and agreed to mediate before Gregory P. Lindstrom of Phillips ADR. A mediation session with Mr. Lindstrom was scheduled for November 23, 2020. In advance of the mediation, the Parties exchanged detailed mediation statements addressing liability and damages issues. The Parties were unable to resolve the Action at the November 23, 2020 mediation. The Court lifted the stay of the case on January 15, 2021 and the Parties commenced discovery immediately thereafter.

    While discovery was ongoing, the Parties agreed to participate in a second mediation session before Mr. Lindstrom, to occur on June 10, 2021. Prior to the mediation, the Parties engaged in discovery, presented certain discovery disputes to Magistrate Judge Virginia K. DeMarchi, and reviewed the documents each side had produced to date. Following hard-fought, arm’s-length negotiations at the mediation and over the course of the following day, the Parties reached an agreement in principle to resolve the Action for $16,000,000. The Parties memorialized their agreement in a binding term sheet executed on June 11, 2021.

    After additional negotiations regarding the specific terms of their agreement, the Parties entered into the Stipulation on June 30, 2021. The Stipulation, which sets forth the terms and conditions of the Settlement, can be viewed on the Important Documents page of this website.

    On November 2, 2021, the Court preliminarily approved the Settlement, authorized the Notice to be disseminated to potential Settlement Class Members, and scheduled the Final Approval Hearing to consider whether to grant final approval of the Settlement.

  • In a class action, one or more persons or entities (in this case, Lead Plaintiff), sue on behalf of persons and entities that have similar claims. Together, these persons and entities are a “class,” and each is a “class member.” Bringing a case, such as this one, as a class action allows the adjudication of many individuals’ similar claims that might be too small to bring economically as separate actions. One court resolves the issues for all class members at the same time, except for those who exclude themselves, or “opt out,” from the class.

  • Lead Plaintiff and Lead Counsel believe that Lead Plaintiff’s claims against Defendants have merit. They recognize, however, the expense and length of continued proceedings necessary to pursue Lead Plaintiff’s claims through full discovery, a motion for class certification, summary judgment, trial, and appeals, as well as the very substantial risks Lead Plaintiff would face in establishing liability and damages. Such risks include the potential challenges associated with proving that there were material misstatements in Defendants’ public statements, and establishing significant damages under the securities laws.

    In light of these risks, the amount of the Settlement, and the immediacy of recovery to the Settlement Class, Lead Plaintiff and Lead Counsel believe that the proposed Settlement is fair, reasonable, adequate, and in the best interests of the Settlement Class. Lead Plaintiff and Lead Counsel believe that the Settlement provides a substantial benefit to the Settlement Class, as compared to the risk that the claims in the Action would produce a smaller recovery, or no recovery, after continued and costly litigation, possibly years in the future.

    Defendants have denied and continue to deny each and all of the claims asserted against them in the Action, and deny that the Settlement Class was harmed or suffered any damages as a result of the conduct alleged in the Action. Defendants have agreed to the Settlement solely to eliminate the burden, expense, uncertainty, and risk of continued litigation. Accordingly, the Settlement may not be construed as, and is not, an admission of any wrongdoing by any Defendant.

  • If there were no Settlement and Lead Plaintiff failed to establish any legal or factual element essential to its claims against Defendants, neither Lead Plaintiff nor the other members of the Settlement Class would recover anything from Defendants. Also, if Defendants were successful in proving any of their defenses, either at summary judgment, at trial, or on appeal, the Settlement Class could recover substantially less than the amount provided in the Settlement, or nothing at all.

  • If you are a member of the Settlement Class, you are subject to the Settlement, unless you timely request to be excluded. The Settlement Class consists of:

    All persons and entities who purchased or otherwise acquired the common stock of Align between May 23, 2018 and October 24, 2018, both dates inclusive, and who were damaged thereby.

    Excluded from the Settlement Class are: (I) Defendants; (II) present or former executive officers and directors of Align during the Settlement Class Period and their Immediate Family Members; (III) any of the foregoing entities’ and individuals’ legal representatives, heirs, successors or assigns; and (IV) any entity in which Defendants have or had a controlling interest, or any affiliate of Align. For the avoidance of doubt, “affiliates” are persons or entities that directly, or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, control, are controlled by or are under common control with one of the Defendants. Also excluded from the Settlement Class are any persons and entities who or which submit a request for exclusion from the Settlement Class that is accepted by the Court. See “What If I Do Not Want To Be A Member Of The Settlement Class? How Do I Exclude Myself,” on page 11 of the Notice.

    PLEASE NOTE: Receipt of the Notice does not mean that you are a Settlement Class Member or that you will be entitled to a payment from the Settlement. If you are a Settlement Class Member and you wish to be eligible to receive a payment from the Settlement, you are required to submit the Claim Form that is being distributed with the Notice and the required supporting documentation as set forth in the Claim Form postmarked (if mailed), or online at the File a Claim page of this website, no later than March 31, 2022.

  • As a Settlement Class Member, you are represented by Lead Plaintiff and Lead Counsel. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense.

    If you are a Settlement Class Member and do not wish to remain a Settlement Class Member, you may exclude yourself from the Settlement Class by following the instructions in the section of the Notice entitled, “What If I Do Not Want To Be A Member Of The Settlement Class?  How Do I Exclude Myself?”

    If you are a Settlement Class Member and you wish to object to the Settlement, the Plan of Allocation, or Lead Counsel’s request for attorneys’ fees and Litigation Expenses, you may present your objections by following the instructions in the section of the Notice entitled, “When And Where Will The Court Decide Whether To Approve The Settlement?”

    If you are a Settlement Class Member and you do not exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, you will be bound by any orders issued by the Court in the Action. If the Settlement is approved, the Court will enter a judgment (“Judgment”). The Judgment will dismiss with prejudice the claims against Defendants and will provide that, upon the Effective Date of the Settlement, Lead Plaintiff and each of the other Settlement Class Members, on behalf of themselves, and each of their respective heirs, executors, administrators, predecessors, successors, and assigns in their capacities as such, shall be deemed to have, and by operation of law and of the Judgment, or the Alternate Judgment, if applicable, shall have fully, finally, and forever compromised, settled, released, resolved, relinquished, waived, and discharged each and every Lead Plaintiff’s Released Claims (defined in ¶ 25 in the Notice) against the Released Defendants’ Parties (defined in ¶ 26 in the Notice), and shall forever be barred, enjoined, and estopped from prosecuting any or all of the Lead Plaintiff’s Released Claims against any of the Released Defendants’ Parties.

    “Lead Plaintiff’s Released Claims” means all claims, demands, rights, and causes of action, or liabilities of every nature and description, whether known or Unknown Claims, whether arising under federal, state, local, common, statutory, administrative, or foreign law, or any other law, rule, or regulation, at law or in equity, whether fixed or contingent, whether foreseen or unforeseen, whether accrued or unaccrued, whether liquidated or unliquidated, whether matured or unmatured, whether direct, representative, class, or individual in nature that (a) Lead Plaintiff or any other member of the Settlement Class: (i) asserted in the Action or (ii) could have asserted in any court or forum that arise out of or are based upon any of the allegations, transactions, facts, matters or occurrences, representations, or omissions set forth in the Action; and (b) relate to the purchase or other acquisition of Align common stock during the Settlement Class Period. Lead Plaintiff’s Released Claims shall not include: (i) any claims asserted by shareholders on behalf of Align in the two related derivative lawsuits that have been stayed pending the resolution of this Action (In re Align Tech., Inc. Deriv. Litig., Case No. 19-CV-00202-LHK (N.D. Cal.) and Muhammad Abbas v. Joseph M. Hogan, et. al., Case No. 19CV346429 (Sup. Ct. Cnty. of Santa Clara)); (ii) any claims relating to the enforcement of the Settlement; or (iii) any claims of any person or entity who or which submits a request for exclusion from the Settlement Class that is accepted by the Court.

    “Released Defendants’ Parties” means (I) each Defendant, (II) each of their respective Immediate Family Members (for individuals) and each of their direct or indirect parent entities, subsidiaries, related entities, and affiliates, any trust of which any individual Defendant is the settlor or which is for the benefit of any Defendant and/or member(s) of his or her family, and (III) for any of the entities listed in parts (I) or (II), their respective past and present general partners, limited partners, principals, shareholders, joint venturers, members, officers, directors, managers, managing directors, supervisors, employees, contractors, consultants, auditors, accountants, financial advisors, professional advisors, investment bankers, representatives, insurers, trustees, trustors, agents, attorneys, professionals, predecessors, successors, assigns, heirs, executors, administrators, and any controlling person thereof, in their capacities as such, and any entity in which a Defendant has a controlling interest.

    “Unknown Claims” means any Lead Plaintiff’s Released Claims which Lead Plaintiff or any other Settlement Class Member does not know or suspect to exist in his, her, or its favor at the time of the release of such claims, and any Defendants’ Released Claims that any Defendant does not know or suspect to exist in his or its favor at the time of the release of such claims, which, if known by him, her, or it, might have materially affected his, her, or its decision(s) with respect to this Settlement or the Releases, including his, her, or its decision(s) to object or not to object to the Settlement. With respect to any and all Released Claims, the Parties stipulate and agree that, upon the Effective Date of the Settlement, Lead Plaintiff and Defendants shall expressly waive, and each of the other Settlement Class Members shall be deemed to have waived, and by operation of the Judgment or the Alternate Judgment, if applicable, shall have expressly waived, any and all provisions, rights, and benefits conferred by any law of any state or territory of the United States, or principle of common law or foreign law, which is similar, comparable, or equivalent to California Civil Code §1542, which provides:

    A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS THAT THE CREDITOR OR RELEASING PARTY DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE AND THAT, IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER, WOULD HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR OR RELEASED PARTY.

    Lead Plaintiff and Defendants acknowledge, and each of the other Settlement Class Members shall be deemed by operation of law to have acknowledged, that the foregoing waiver was separately bargained for and a key element of the Settlement.

    The Judgment will also provide that, upon the Effective Date of the Settlement, Defendants, on behalf of themselves, and each of their respective heirs, executors, administrators, predecessors, successors, and assigns in their capacities as such, shall be deemed to have, and by operation of law and of the Judgment, or the Alternate Judgment, if applicable, shall have fully, finally, and forever compromised, settled, released, resolved, relinquished, waived, and discharged each and every Released Defendants’ Claims (defined in ¶ 29 in the Notice) against the Released Lead Plaintiff’s Parties (defined in ¶ 30 in the Notice), and shall forever be barred, enjoined, and estopped from prosecuting any or all of the Defendants’ Released Claims against any of the Released Lead Plaintiff’s Parties.

    “Defendants’ Released Claims” means all claims and causes of action of every nature and description, whether known or Unknown Claims, whether arising under federal, state, local, common, statutory, administrative, or foreign law, or any other law, rule, or regulation, at law or in equity, whether fixed or contingent, whether foreseen or unforeseen, whether accrued or unaccrued, whether liquidated or unliquidated, whether matured or unmatured, whether direct, representative, class, or individual in nature that arise out of or relate in any way to the institution, prosecution, or settlement of the claims in the Action against Defendants. Defendants’ Released Claims shall not include any claims relating to the enforcement of the Settlement.

    “Released Lead Plaintiff’s Parties” means (I) Lead Plaintiff, all Settlement Class Members, Lead Counsel, and (II) each of their respective family members, and their respective general partners, limited partners, principals, shareholders, joint venturers, members, officers, directors, managers, managing directors, supervisors, employees, contractors, consultants, auditors, accountants, financial advisors, professional advisors, investment bankers, representatives, insurers, trustees, trustors, agents, attorneys, professionals, predecessors, successors, assigns, heirs, executors, administrators, and any controlling person thereof, in their capacities as such.

  • To be eligible for a payment from the Settlement, you must be a member of the Settlement Class and you must timely complete and return the Claim Form with adequate supporting documentation postmarked (if mailed), or submitted online at the File a Claim page of this website, no later than March 31, 2022. A Claim Form was included with the mailed Notice, or you may obtain one from the Important Documents page of this website. You may also request that a Claim Form be mailed to you by calling the Claims Administrator toll free at 1-833-677-1108 or by emailing the Claims Administrator at info@AlignSecuritiesLitigationSettlement.com. Please retain all records of your ownership of and transactions in Align common stock, as they will be needed to document your Claim. The Parties and Claims Administrator do not have information about your transactions in Align common stock.

    If you request exclusion from the Settlement Class or do not submit a timely and valid Claim Form, you will not be eligible to share in the Net Settlement Fund.

  • At this time, it is not possible to make any determination as to how much any individual Settlement Class Member may receive from the Settlement.

    Pursuant to the Settlement, Align and/or its D&O liability insurers shall pay a total of $16,000,000 in cash. The Settlement Amount will be deposited into an escrow account. The Settlement Amount plus any interest earned thereon is referred to as the “Settlement Fund.” If the Settlement is approved by the Court and the Effective Date occurs, the “Net Settlement Fund” (that is, the Settlement Fund less: (i) Taxes; (ii) Notice and Administration Costs; (iii) any Litigation Expenses awarded by the Court; (iv) any attorneys’ fees awarded by the Court; and (v) any other costs or fees approved by the Court) will be distributed to Settlement Class Members who submit valid Claim Forms, in accordance with the proposed Plan of Allocation or such other plan of allocation as the Court may approve. If the Court approves the maximum amount of attorneys’ fees and Litigation Expenses to Lead Counsel and the estimated amount of Notice and Administration Costs, the Settlement Class will receive approximately $12,175,000 of the Settlement Amount.

    Approval of the Settlement is independent from approval of a plan of allocation.  Any determination with respect to a plan of allocation will not affect the Settlement, if approved.

    Neither Defendants nor any other person or entity that paid any portion of the Settlement Amount on their behalf are entitled to get back any portion of the Settlement Fund once the Court’s order or judgment approving the Settlement becomes Final. Defendants shall not have any liability, obligation, or responsibility for the administration of the Settlement, the disbursement of the Net Settlement Fund, or the plan of allocation.

    Unless the Court otherwise orders, any Settlement Class Member who fails to submit a Claim Form postmarked or received on or before March 31, 2022 shall be fully and forever barred from receiving payments pursuant to the Settlement but will in all other respects remain a Settlement Class Member and be subject to the provisions of the Stipulation, including the terms of any Judgment entered and the Releases given.

    Participants in and beneficiaries of any employee retirement and/or benefit plan (“Employee Plan”) should NOT include any information relating to shares of Align common stock purchased/acquired through an Employee Plan in any Claim Form they submit in this Action. They should include ONLY those shares of Align common stock purchased/acquired during the Settlement Class Period outside of an Employee Plan. Claims based on any Employee Plan(s)’ purchases/acquisitions of eligible Align common stock during the Settlement Class Period may be made by the Employee Plan(s)’ trustees. To the extent any of the Defendants or any of the other persons or entities excluded from the Settlement Class are participants in an Employee Plan(s), such persons or entities shall not receive, either directly or indirectly, any portion of the recovery that may be obtained from the Settlement by such Employee Plan(s).

    The Court has reserved jurisdiction to allow, disallow, or adjust on equitable grounds the Claim of any Settlement Class Member.

    Each Claimant shall be deemed to have submitted to the jurisdiction of the Court with respect to his, her, or its Claim Form.

    Only Settlement Class Members, i.e., persons and entities who purchased or otherwise acquired Align common stock during the Settlement Class Period and were damaged as a result of such purchases or acquisitions, will be eligible to share in the distribution of the Net Settlement Fund. Persons and entities that are excluded from the Settlement Class by definition or that exclude themselves from the Settlement Class pursuant to request will not be eligible to receive a distribution from the Net Settlement Fund and should not submit Claim Forms.

    Appendix A to the Notice sets forth the Plan of Allocation for allocating the Net Settlement Fund among Authorized Claimants, as proposed by Lead Plaintiff and Lead Counsel. At the Final Approval Hearing, Lead Counsel will request the Court approve the Plan of Allocation. The Court may modify the Plan of Allocation, or approve a different plan of allocation, without further notice to the Settlement Class.

  • Lead Counsel has not received any payment for its services in pursuing claims against the Defendants on behalf of the Settlement Class, nor has Lead Counsel been reimbursed for its out-of-pocket expenses. Before final approval of the Settlement, Lead Counsel will apply to the Court for an award of attorneys’ fees in an amount not to exceed 20% of the Settlement Fund. At the same time, Lead Counsel also intends to apply for payment of Litigation Expenses in an amount not to exceed $250,000. The Court will determine the amount of any award of attorneys’ fees or Litigation Expenses. Such sums as may be approved by the Court will be paid from the Settlement Fund before the Settlement Fund is distributed to the Settlement Class.

  • Each Settlement Class Member will be bound by all determinations and judgments in this lawsuit, whether favorable or unfavorable, unless such person or entity mails or delivers a letter requesting exclusion addressed to: SEB Investment Management AB et al. v. Align Technology, Inc. et al., EXCLUSIONS, c/o JND Legal Administration, P.O. Box 91328, Seattle, WA 98111. The request for exclusion must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2022. You will not be able to exclude yourself from the Settlement Class after that date. Each letter requesting exclusion must: (i) state the name, address, and telephone number of the person or entity requesting exclusion, and in the case of entities, the name and telephone number of the appropriate contact person; (ii) state that such person or entity “requests exclusion from the Settlement Class in SEB Investment Management AB et al. v. Align Technology, Inc. et al., Case No. 18-CV-06720-LHK (N.D. Cal.)”; (iii) state the number of shares of Align common stock that the person or entity requesting exclusion (A) owned as of the opening of trading on May 23, 2018 and (B) purchased/acquired and/or sold during the Settlement Class Period (i.e., between May 23, 2018 and October 24, 2018, inclusive), as well as the dates, number of shares, and prices of each such purchase/acquisition and/or sale; and (iv) be signed by the person or entity requesting exclusion or an authorized representative. A letter requesting exclusion shall not be valid and effective unless it provides all the information called for in this paragraph and is postmarked within the time stated above, or is otherwise accepted by the Court.

    If you do not want to be part of the Settlement Class, you must follow these instructions for exclusion even if you have pending, or later file, another lawsuit, arbitration, or other proceeding relating to any Lead Plaintiff’s Released Claim against any of the Released Defendants’ Parties. Excluding yourself from the Settlement Class is the only option that will allow you to be part of any other current or future lawsuit against Defendants or any of the other Released Defendants’ Parties concerning the Lead Plaintiff’s Released Claims. Please note, however, if you decide to exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, you may be time-barred from asserting the claims covered by the Action by a statute of repose. In addition, Defendants and the other Released Defendants’ Parties will have the right to assert any and all defenses they may have to any claims that you may seek to assert.

    If you ask to be excluded from the Settlement Class, you will not be eligible to receive any payment from the Net Settlement Fund.

    Align has the right to terminate the Settlement if valid requests for exclusion are received from persons and entities entitled to be members of the Settlement Class in an amount that exceeds an amount agreed to by the Parties.

  • Settlement Class Members do not need to attend the Final Approval 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 Final Approval Hearing.

    Please Note: The date and time of the Final Approval Hearing may change without further written notice to the Settlement Class. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid situation that creates the possibility that the Court may decide to conduct the Final Approval Hearing by video or telephonic conference, or otherwise allow Settlement Class Members to appear at the hearing by video or phone, without further written notice to the Settlement Class.  In order to determine whether the date and time of the Final Approval Hearing have changed, or whether Settlement Class Members must or may participate by phone or video, it is important that you monitor the Court’s docket and this website, before making any plans to attend the Final Approval Hearing. Any updates regarding the Final Approval Hearing, including any changes to the date or time of the hearing or updates regarding in-person or remote appearances at the hearing, will be posted to this website. If the Court requires or allows Settlement Class Members to participate in the Final Approval Hearing by telephone or video conference, the information for accessing the telephone or video conference will be posted to this website.

    The Final Approval Hearing was held on April 28, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. PST, via videoconference only before Judge Vince Chhabria. This proceeding was held via a Zoom webinar. Webinar Access: All counsel, members of the public and media had access through the webinar information at https://www,cand.uscourts.gov/vc. The Court reserves the right to approve the Settlement, the Plan of Allocation, Lead Counsel’s request for an award of attorneys’ fees and Litigation Expenses, and/or any other matter related to the Settlement at or after the Final Approval Hearing without further notice to the members of the Settlement Class. The Settlement was approved.

    Any objection to the proposed Settlement must be in writing and submitted only to the Court. If you submit a timely written objection, you may, but are not required to, appear at the Final Approval Hearing, either in person or through your own attorney. If you appear through your own attorney, you are responsible for hiring and paying that attorney. All written objections and supporting papers must: (i) clearly identify the case name and number (SEB Investment Management AB et al. v. Align Technology, Inc. et al., Case No. 18-CV-06720-LHK (N.D. Cal.)); (ii) be submitted to the Court either by mailing them to the Clerk of the Court at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Robert F. Peckham Federal Building  & United States Courthouse, 280 South 1st Street, 2nd Floor, San Jose, CA 95113, or by filing them in person at any location of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California; and (iii) be filed or postmarked no later than March 31, 2022.

    Additionally, any objection must: (i) identify the name, address, and telephone number of the person or entity objecting and be signed by the objector; (ii) state with specificity the grounds for the Settlement Class Member’s objection, including any legal and evidentiary support the Settlement Class Member wishes to bring to the Court’s attention and whether the objection applies only to the objector, to a specific subset of the Settlement Class, or to the entire Settlement Class; and (iii) must include documents sufficient to prove membership in the Settlement Class, including the number of shares of Align common stock that the objecting Settlement Class Member (A) owned as of the opening of trading on May 23, 2018 and (B) purchased/acquired and/or sold during the Settlement Class Period, as well as the dates, number of shares, and prices of each such purchase/acquisition and sale.  You may not object to the Settlement, Plan of Allocation, or Lead Counsel’s request for attorneys’ fees and Litigation Expenses if you exclude yourself from the Settlement Class or if you are not a Settlement Class Member.

    If you wish to appear and speak about your objection at the Final Approval Hearing, you must state that you intend to appear at the hearing in your objection or send a letter stating that you intend to appear at the Final Approval Hearing in SEB Investment Management AB et al. v. Align Technology, Inc. et al., Case No. 18-CV-06720-LHK (N.D. Cal.) to the Clerk of Court at the address set forth in ¶ 52 in the Notice so that it is postmarked on or before March 31, 2022. Persons who intend to object and desire to present evidence at the Final Approval 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.

    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 request for attorneys’ fees and Litigation Expenses. Settlement Class Members do not need to appear at the Final Approval Hearing or take any other action to indicate their approval.

  • If you do nothing, all of your claims against Defendants and the other Released Defendants’ Parties will be released, and you will not receive any payment from the Settlement because it is necessary that you submit a Claim Form in order to be eligible to share in the Settlement proceeds.

  • If you purchased or otherwise acquired shares of Align common stock between May 23, 2018 and October 24, 2018, inclusive, for the beneficial interest of persons or entities other than yourself, you must either (i) within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of the Notice, request from the Claims Administrator sufficient copies of the Notice and Claim Form (the “Notice Packet”) to forward to all such beneficial owners and within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of those Notice Packets forward them to all such beneficial owners; or (ii) within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of the Notice, provide a list of the names, addresses, and, if available, email addresses of all such beneficial owners to SEB Investment Management AB et al. v. Align Technology, Inc. et al, c/o JND Legal Administration, P.O. Box 91328, Seattle, WA 98111. If you choose the second option, the Claims Administrator will send a copy of the Notice Packet to the beneficial owners you have identified on your list. Upon full compliance with these directions, such nominees may seek reimbursement of their reasonable expenses actually incurred, by providing the Claims Administrator with proper documentation supporting the expenses for which reimbursement is sought. Copies of the Notice and the Claim Form may also be obtained from the Important Documents page on this website, by calling the Claims Administrator toll-free at 1-833-677-1108, or by emailing the Claims Administrator at info@AlignSecuritiesLitigationSettlement.com.

  • The Notice summarizes the proposed Settlement. For the full terms and conditions of the Settlement, please review the Stipulation on the Important Documents page of this website. A copy of the Stipulation and additional information regarding the Settlement can also be obtained by contacting Lead Counsel at the contact information set forth above, by accessing the Court docket in this case, for a fee, though the Court’s PACER system at https://ecf.cand.uscourts.gov, or by visiting the office of the Clerk of the Court for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Robert F. Peckham Federal Building & United States Courthouse 280 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113, Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays. Additionally, copies of any related orders entered by the Court and certain other filings in this Action will be posted on the Important Documents page of this website.

    All inquiries concerning the Notice and the Claim Form should be directed to:

    SEB Investment Management AB et al. v. Align Technology, Inc. et al.
    c/o JND Legal Administration
    P.O. Box 91328
    Seattle, WA 98111
    1-833-677-1108
    info@AlignSecuritiesLitigationSettlement.com

    and/or
     

    Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP
    Johnston de F. Whitman, Jr., Esq.
    280 King of Prussia Road
    Radnor, PA 19087
    1-610-667-7706
    -and-
    Jennifer L. Joost, Esq.
    One Sansome Street, Suite 1850
    San Francisco, CA 94104
    1-415-400-3000
    info@ktmc.com

    PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR WRITE THE COURT, THE CLERK’S OFFICE, DEFENDANTS, OR DEFENDANTS’ COUNSEL REGARDING THE NOTICE

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