Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why did I get the Notice?

    The Court directed that the Notice be mailed to you because you, someone in your family, or an investment account for which you serve as a custodian may have purchased or otherwise acquired HD Supply common stock during the Settlement Class Period. The Court has directed us to send you the Notice because, as a potential Settlement Class Member, you have a right to know about your options before the Court rules on the proposed Settlement. Additionally, you have the right to understand how this class action lawsuit may generally affect your legal rights. If the Court approves the Settlement and the Plan of Allocation (or some other plan of allocation), the Claims Administrator selected by Lead Plaintiffs and approved by the Court will make payments pursuant to the Settlement after any objections and appeals are resolved.

    A copy of the Notice can be found here.

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  2. What is this case about?

    On July 11, 2017, this Action was commenced in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, styled City of Hollywood Police Officers’ Retirement System v. HD Supply Holdings, Inc., et al., Case No. 1:17-CV-02587-ELR, alleging violations of Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder.

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  3. Who is included in the Settlement Class? Are there exceptions to being included in the Settlement Class?

    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 means the class certified in the Court’s order dated February 21, 2020, and consists of:

    All persons and entities who purchased or otherwise acquired the publicly traded HD Supply common stock of HD Supply, Inc. from November 9, 2016, through June 5, 2017, and were damaged thereby.

    Excluded from the Settlement Class are (1) Defendants; (2) members of the Immediate Family of each Individual Defendant; (3) any person who was an Officer or director of HD Supply during the Settlement Class Period; (4) any firm or entity in which any Defendant has or had a controlling interest during the Settlement Class Period; (5) any person who participated in the wrongdoing alleged; (6) any affiliates, parents, or subsidiaries of HD Supply during the Settlement Class Period; and (7) the legal representatives, agents, affiliates, heirs, beneficiaries, successors-in-interest, or assigns of any excluded person or entity, in their respective capacity as such. Also excluded from the Settlement Class are those persons or entities who or which file valid and timely requests for exclusion in accordance with the Preliminary Approval Order.

    If you are still not sure whether you are included, you can call 1-833-935-1377 for more information.

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  4. What are Lead Plaintiffs' reasons for the Settlement?

    Lead Plaintiffs and Lead Counsel believe that the claims asserted against Defendants have merit. They recognize, however, the expense and length of continued proceedings necessary to pursue their claims against Defendants through further motion practice, trial, and appeals, as well as the very substantial risks they would face in establishing liability and damages. Lead Plaintiffs and Lead Counsel recognized that Defendants had numerous avenues of attack that could preclude a recovery. For example, among other things, Defendants would assert that the statements were not materially false and misleading, and that even if they were, they were not made with the requisite state of mind to support the securities fraud claim alleged. Even if the hurdles to establishing liability were overcome, the amount of damages that could be attributed to the allegedly false statements would be hotly contested. Lead Plaintiffs would have to prevail at several stages – including, without limitation, motions for summary judgment, trial, and if they prevailed on those, on the appeals that were likely to follow. Thus, there were very significant risks attendant to the continued prosecution of the Action.

    In light of these risks, the amount of the Settlement, and the immediacy of recovery to the Settlement Class, Lead Plaintiffs and Lead Counsel believe that the proposed Settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate, and in the best interests of the Settlement Class. Lead Plaintiffs and Lead Counsel believe that the Settlement provides a substantial benefit to the Settlement Class, namely $50,000,000.00 in cash (less the various deductions described in the Notice), as compared to the risk that the claims in the Action would produce a smaller, or no, recovery after summary judgment, trial, and appeals, possibly years in the future.

    Defendants have denied each and all the claims and contentions asserted against them in the Action and deny having engaged in any wrongdoing or violation of law of any kind whatsoever. Defendants have agreed to the Settlement solely to eliminate the burden and expense of continued litigation. Accordingly, as noted above, the Settlement may not be construed as an admission of any wrongdoing by Defendants.

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  5. What might happen if there were no Settlement?

    If there were no Settlement and Lead Plaintiffs failed to establish any essential legal or factual element of their claims against Defendants, neither Lead Plaintiffs 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.

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  6. How are the Settlement Class Members affected by the Action and the Settlement?

    As a Settlement Class Member, you are represented by Lead Plaintiffs and Lead Counsel, unless you enter an appearance through counsel of your own choice at your own expense. You are not required to retain your own counsel, but if you choose to do so, such counsel must file a notice of appearance on your behalf and must serve copies of his or her appearance on the attorneys for this matter.

    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.

    If you are a Settlement Class Member and you wish to object to the Settlement, the Plan of Allocation, or Lead Counsel’s application for attorneys’ fees and reimbursement of Litigation Expenses, and if you do not exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, you may present your objections by following the instructions listed in the Notice.

    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. If the Settlement is approved, the Court will enter a judgment (the “Judgment”). The Judgment will dismiss with prejudice the claims against the Defendants.

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  7. How do I participate in the Settlement?

    The deadline to submit a claim was July 18, 2020.

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  8. How much will my payment be?

    The initial distribution took place on March 17, 2022. The second distribution took place on July 20, 2023, and the third distribution took place on May 24, 2024.

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  9. How will the attorneys be paid?

    Plaintiffs’ Counsel have not received any payment for their services in pursuing claims against the Defendants on behalf of the Settlement Class, nor have Plaintiffs’ Counsel been reimbursed for their out-of-pocket expenses. Before final approval of the Settlement, Lead Counsel will apply to the Court for an award of attorneys’ fees for all Plaintiffs’ Counsel in an amount not to exceed thirty percent (30%) of the Settlement Fund. At the same time, Lead Counsel also intends to apply for reimbursement of Litigation Expenses in an amount not to exceed $475,000, which may include an application for reimbursement of the reasonable costs and expenses incurred by Lead Plaintiffs directly related to their representation of the Settlement Class.

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  10. How do I exclude myself?

    The deadline to exclude yourself from the settlement was June 30, 2020.

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  11. When and where will the Court decide to approve the Settlement? How do I object to the Settlement?

    The Settlement Hearing was held on July 21, 2020, where the settlement was approved. The deadline to submit an objection was June 30, 2020.

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  12. What if I bought shares on someone else’s behalf?

    If you purchased or otherwise acquired HD Supply common stock during the Settlement Class Period for the beneficial interest of persons or organizations other than yourself, you must either (a) within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of this 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 (b) within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of this Notice, provide a list of the names and addresses of all such beneficial owners to HD Supply Securities Litigation, P.O. Box 3076, Portland, OR 97208-3076. If you choose the second option, the Claims Administrator will send a copy of the Notice and the Claim Form to the beneficial owners. Upon full compliance with these directions, such nominees may obtain reimbursement of their reasonable expenses incurred by providing the Claims Administrator with proper documentation supporting the expenses for which reimbursement is sought. Copies of the Notice and Claim Form may also be obtained from this website here, or by calling the Claims Administrator toll-free at 1-833-935-1377.

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  13. Who should I contact if I have questions?

    This website contains only a summary of the terms of the proposed Settlement. For more detailed information about the matters involved in this Action, you are referred to the papers on file in the Action, including the Stipulation, which are available by accessing the Court docket in this case, for a fee, through the Court’s Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system at, or by visiting the Office of the Clerk, Richard B. Russell Federal Building, 2211 United States Courthouse, 75 Ted Turner Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30303-3309, which may be inspected during regular office hours. Additionally, copies of the Stipulation and any related orders entered by the Court will be posted on this settlement website maintained by the Claims Administrator.

    Inquiries, other than requests for the Notice and Claim Form, should be made directed to:

    Lester R. Hooker, Esq.
    7777 Glades Rd., Suite 300
    Boca Raton, FL 33434
    (561) 206-6708


    HD Supply Securities Litigation
    P.O. Box 3076
    Portland, OR 97208-3076


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  14. What is the ticker and CUSIP for the relevant security?

    The CUSIP for the Settlement Class Period is 40416M105. The ticker symbol from November 9, 2016, through June 5, 2017 was HDS.

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