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Case Status:    ONGOING    
On or around 01/14/2020 (Date of last review)

Filing Date: January 13, 2017

According to the Complaint, this action arises out of a stock and cash transaction by which South Korea-based Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., through its subsidiaries Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and Silk Delaware, Inc. (“Merger Sub,” collectively with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Samsung Electronics America, Inc., “Samsung”) will acquire each issued and outstanding share of Harman for $112.00 per share in cash (the “Proposed Transaction” or “Merger”). Both companies’ boards of directors have approved the deal.

The Complaint alleges there is strong evidence to indicate that the Proposed Transaction was, in large part, subject to a flawed and tainted process in which the Board negotiated only with Samsung and deliberately chose not to conduct any sort of market check before entering into the merger agreement or attempt to contact a single other potentially interested party during these negotiations. Additionally, the Board quickly relinquished any negotiating leverage it had with Samsung by agreeing to enter into a restrictive exclusivity period.

On January 26, 2017, this case was voluntarily dismissed. A related case filed under Docket 17-CV-00246 in the District of Connecticut continues.

On May 11, 2017, the Court issued an Order appointing Lead Plaintiff and Counsel. Lead Plaintiff filed an amended Complaint on July 12. On October 6, Defendants filed a Motion to Dismiss the amended Complaint. On October 3, 2019, the Court issued an Order granting in part and denying in part Defendants' Motion to Dismiss.


Sector: Consumer Cyclical
Industry: Audio & Video Equipment
Headquarters: United States


Ticker Symbol: HAR
Company Market: New York SE
Market Status: Public (Listed)

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COURT: D. Delaware
DOCKET #: 17-CV-00046
DATE FILED: 01/13/2017
CLASS PERIOD END: 01/13/2017
  1. Brodsky & Smith, LLC
  2. Rigrodsky & Long, P.A.
No Document Title Filing Date
COURT: D. Connecticut
DOCKET #: 17-CV-00246
DATE FILED: 07/12/2017
CLASS PERIOD END: 02/15/2017
  1. Johnson & Weaver LLP
    99 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor, Johnson & Weaver LLP, NY 10016
    212.802.1486 212.602.1592 ·
  2. Motley Rice LLC (Hartford)
    One Corporate Center; 20 Church St.; 17th Floor, Motley Rice LLC (Hartford), CT
    860.882.1681 860.882.1681 ·
  3. Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP (San Diego)
    655 West Broadway, Suite 1900, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP (San Diego), CA 92101
    619.231.1058 619.231.7423 ·
No Document Title Filing Date
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