The information contained on this website is only a summary of the information presented in more detail in the Notice of (I) Pendency of Class Action and Proposed Settlement; (II) Settlement Fairness Hearing; and (III) Motion for Attorneys' Fees and Litigation Expenses. Because this website is just a summary, you should review the Notice for additional details.
Summary of the Action and Settlement
This website relates to a proposed Settlement of claims in a pending securities class action brought by investors against Bumble, certain of its senior executives, directors, and shareholders, and the underwriters of Bumble’s SPO. The Defendants are (i) Bumble; (ii) Bumble co-founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd, and Bumble CFO Anuradha Subramanian (collectively, the “Executive Defendants”); (iii) Bumble directors Ann Mather, Christine L. Anderson, R. Lynn Atchison, Sachin J. Bavishi, Matthew S. Bromberg, Amy M. Griffin, Jonathan C. Korngold, Jennifer B. Morgan, Elisa A. Steele, and Pamela A. Thomas-Graham (collectively, the “Director Defendants”); (iv) shareholders Blackstone Inc. and Stephen A. Schwarzman and BX Buzz ML-1 Holdco L.P., BX Buzz ML-1 GP LLC, BXG Buzz Holdings L.P., BXG Holdings Manager L.L.C., Blackstone Growth Associates L.P., BXGA L.L.C., BX Buzz ML-2 Holdco L.P., BX Buzz ML-2 GP LLC, BCP Buzz Holdings L.P., BCP VII Holdings Manager – NQ L.L.C., Blackstone Management Associates VII NQ L.L.C., BMA VII NQ L.L.C., BX Buzz ML-3 Holdco L.P., BX Buzz ML-3 GP LLC, BSOF Buzz Aggregator L.L.C., Blackstone Strategic Opportunity Associates L.L.C., Blackstone Holdings II L.P., Blackstone Holdings I/II GP L.L.C., BX Buzz ML-4 Holdco L.P., BX Buzz ML-4 GP LLC, BTO Buzz Holdings II L.P., BTO Holdings Manager L.L.C., Blackstone Tactical Opportunities Associates L.L.C., BTOA L.L.C., Blackstone Holdings III L.P., Blackstone Holdings III GP L.P., Blackstone Holdings III GP Management L.L.C., BX Buzz ML-5 Holdco L.P., BX Buzz ML-5 GP LLC, Blackstone Buzz Holdings L.P., BTO Holdings Manager—NQ L.L.C., Blackstone Tactical Opportunities Associates—NQ L.L.C., BTOA—NQ L.L.C., BX Buzz ML-6 Holdco L.P., BX Buzz ML-6 GP LLC, Blackstone Tactical Opportunities Fund—FD L.P., Blackstone Tactical Opportunities Associates III—NQ L.P., BTO DE GP—NQ L.L.C., BX Buzz ML-7 Holdco L.P., BX Buzz ML-7 GP LLC, Blackstone Family Investment Partnership—Growth ESC L.P., BXG Side-by-Side GP L.L.C., and Blackstone Group Management L.L.C. (collectively, the “Blackstone Defendants”); and (v) the underwriters for Bumble’s SPO, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Blackstone Securities Partners L.P., Evercore Group L.L.C., Jefferies LLC, RBC Capital Markets, LLC, BMO Capital Markets Corp., BTIG, LLC, Cowen and Company, LLC, Mizuho Securities USA LLC, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc., AmeriVet Securities, Inc., C.L. King & Associates, Inc., Drexel Hamilton, LLC, Loop Capital Markets LLC, R. Seelaus & Co., LLC, Samuel A. Ramirez & Company, Inc., Siebert Williams Shank & Co., LLC, and Telsey Advisory Group LLC (collectively, the “Underwriter Defendants,” and together with Bumble, the Executive Defendants, the Director Defendants, and the Blackstone Defendants, “Defendants”).
Lead Plaintiff alleges that Defendants violated the federal securities laws by making or allowing to be made materially false and misleading statements and omissions concerning Bumble’s business and financial performance in the SPO offering documents.
Subject to Court approval, Lead Plaintiff, on behalf of itself and the Settlement Class, has agreed to settle the Action in exchange for $18,000,000 in cash (the “Settlement Amount”).
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 or entities who purchased or otherwise acquired the publicly traded Class A common stock of Bumble between September 10, 2021 and January 24, 2022, inclusive, directly in or traceable to the SPO, and were damaged thereby.
Excluded from the Settlement Class are: (i) Defendants and their Immediate Family Members, and each of their legal representatives, heirs, successors, or assigns; (ii) the Officers and directors of Bumble, the Blackstone Defendants, and the Underwriter Defendants during the Settlement Class Period and their Immediate Family Members, and each of their legal representatives, heirs, successors, or assigns; (iii) the subsidiaries of Bumble, the Blackstone Defendants, and the Underwriter Defendants; and (iv) any entity in which Defendants or any other excluded persons or entities, have or had a controlling interest, provided, however, that any Investment Vehicle shall not be excluded from the Settlement Class. Investment Vehicle means any investment company or pooled investment fund, including but not limited to, mutual fund families, exchange traded funds, fund of funds and hedge funds, in which Defendants or any other excluded persons or entities, or any of them, have, has or may have a direct or indirect interest, or as to which his, her, or its affiliates may act as an investment advisor, but in which any Defendant or any other excluded person or entity alone or together with its, his, or her respective affiliates is not a majority owner or does not hold a majority beneficial interest.
Please read the Notice to fully understand your rights and options. Copies of the Notice and Claim Form can be found in the menu at the top of this page.
Payments to eligible claimants will be made only after the completion of all claims processing. Please be patient, as this process will take some time to complete.
|YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THE SETTLEMENT:
|SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM POSTMARKED (IF MAILED), OR SUBMITTED ONLINE, NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 11, 2023.
||This is the only way to be eligible to receive a payment from the Settlement Fund
|EXCLUDE YOURSELF FROM THE SETTLEMENT CLASS BY SUBMITTING A WRITTEN REQUEST FOR EXCLUSION SO THAT IT IS RECEIVED NO LATER THAN JULY 12, 2023.
||If you exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, you will not be eligible to receive any payment from the Settlement Fund. This is the only option that allows you ever to be part of any other lawsuit against any of the Defendants or the other Defendants’ Releasees concerning the Released Plaintiff’s Claims.
|OBJECT TO THE SETTLEMENT BY SUBMITTING A WRITTEN OBJECTION SO THAT IT IS RECEIVED NO LATER THAN JULY 12, 2023.
||If you do not like the proposed Settlement, the proposed Plan of Allocation, or the request for an award of attorneys’ fees and Litigation Expenses, you may write to the Court and explain why you do not like them. You cannot object to the Settlement, the Plan of Allocation, or the fee and expense request if you exclude yourself from the Settlement Class.
|GO TO A HEARING ON AUGUST 4, 2023, AT 2:00 P.M., AND FILE A NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPEAR SO THAT IT IS RECEIVED NO LATER THAN JULY 12, 2023.
||Filing a Notice of intention to appear by July 12, 2023 may allow you to speak in Court, at the discretion of the Court, about the fairness of the proposed Settlement, the Plan of Allocation, and/or the request for attorneys’ fees and Litigation Expenses. If you submit a written objection, you may (but you do not have to) attend the hearing and, at the discretion of the Court, speak to the Court about your objection.
||If you are a member of the Settlement Class and you do not submit a valid Claim Form, you will not be eligible to receive any payment from the Settlement Fund. You will, however, remain a member of the Settlement Class, which means that you give up your right to sue about the claims that are resolved by the Settlement and you will be bound by any judgments or orders entered by the Court in the Action.
How do I obtain more information?
More detailed information about the Action and the Settlement is contained in the Notice. If you have questions, you may contact the Settlement Administrator by calling toll-free 844-798-0752; emailing info@BumbleSecuritiesLitigation.com; or mailing a letter to:
Bumble Securities Litigation
c/o JND Legal Administration
P.O. Box 91460
Seattle, WA 98111
Inquiries should NOT be directed to the Court or the Clerk of the Court.