According to Legato Systems, Inc.’s FORM 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2003, on or about July 26, 2001, a class action lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of New York naming OTG Software, Inc. (now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Legato), officers of OTG who signed the registration statement in connection with OTG’s initial public offering, and the managing underwriters of the initial public offering as defendants. All of the actions brought against OTG have been consolidated, and are being heard along with other similar actions brought against approximately 300 other issuers, issuers’ officers and underwriters in the Southern District of New York. On July 19, 2002, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss the complaint. On February 19, 2003, the Court denied defendants motion with respect to the claims asserted against OTG. On June 26, 2003, the plaintiffs announced the terms of a settlement in principle with the issuer defendants. Under the terms of the settlement, Legato would not have to pay any of its own funds to plaintiffs, and all of its attorneys fees and costs beginning on June 1, 2003, would be paid by OTG’s directors and officers liability insurance carriers. A committee of the Company’s Board of Directors has approved the settlement proposal, but before the settlement is final, it is subject to a number of conditions, including approval by a sufficient number of other issuers, agreement on a formal stipulation of settlement, and approval by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
The complaint charges defendants with violations of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 for issuing a Registration Statement and Prospectus (the"Prospectus") that contained materially false and misleading information and failed to disclose material information. The complaint alleges that the Prospectus was false and misleading because it failed to disclose (i) the Underwriter Defendants' agreement with certain investors to provide them with significant amounts of restricted OTG shares in the IPO in exchange for exorbitant and undisclosed commissions; and (ii) the agreement between the Underwriter Defendants and certain of itscustomers whereby the Underwriter Defendants would allocate shares in the IPO to those customers in exchange for the customers' agreement to purchase OTG shares in the after-market at pre- determined prices.