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Ronald and Maxine Linde Foundation v. Funko, Inc

United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle

March 5, 2018

THE RONALD AND MAXINE LINDE FOUNDATION, Individually and On Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated, Plaintiff,
v.
FUNKO, INC.; BRIAN MARIOTTI; RUSSELL NICKEL; KEN BROTMAN; GINO DELLOMO; ADAM KRIGER; RICHARD MCNALLY; CHARLES DENSON; DIANE IRVINE; GOLDMAN SACHS & CO.; J.P. MORGAN SECURITIES LLC; MERRILL LYNCH, PIERCE, FENNER & SMITH INCORPORATED; ACON INVESTMENTS, L.L.C.; and FUNDAMENTAL CAPITAL, LLC, Defendants.

          HAGENS BERMAN SOBOL SHAPIRO LLP By Steve W. Berman, Karl P. Barth, Dawn D. Cornelius, ROBBINS GELLER RUDMAN & DOWD LLP Samuel H. Rudman (PHV to be filed), James I. Jaconette (PHV to be filed) Brian E. Cochran (PHV to be filed), Corey D. Holzer (PHV to be filed) Holzer & Holzer, LLC Attorneys for Plaintiff

          SAVITT BRUCE & WILLEY LLP By Stephen C. Willey, Of Counsel LATHAM & WATKINS LLP Benjamin Naftalis (pro hac vice) Kevin McDonough (pro hac vice) Attorneys for Defendants Funko, Inc.; Brian Mariotti; Russell Nickel; Ken Brotman; Gino Dellomo; Adam Kriger; Richard McNally; Charles Denson; and Diane Irvine

          SIDLEY AUSTIN LLP By Attorneys for Defendants Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC; J.P. Morgan Securities LLC; and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated

          AEGIS LAW GROUP, LLP By Michael K. Ross, Attorneys for Defendant ACON Investments, L.L.C.

          SAVITT BRUCE & WILLEY LLP By Stephen C. Willey, REED SMITH LLP James L. Sanders (PHV to be filed) Attorneys for Defendant Fundamental Capital, LLC

          STIPULATION AND ORDER EXTENDING TIME TO ANSWER, MOVE, OR OTHERWISE RESPOND PENDING REMAND PROCEEDINGS

          RICARDO S. MARTINEZ CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         Plaintiff The Ronald and Maxine Linde Foundation (“Plaintiff”) and Defendants, by and through their undersigned counsel of record, hereby stipulate and agree as follows:

         1. On January 18, 2018, Plaintiff filed the complaint in this putative class action (the “Complaint”) in the Superior Court of Washington in and for King County against Funko, Inc., Brian Mariotti, Russell Nickel, Ken Brotman, Gino Dellomo, Adam Kriger, Richard McNally, Charles Denson, and Diane Irvine (collectively, the “Funko Defendants”); Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC; J.P. Morgan Securities LLC; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated; ACON Investments, L.L.C.; and Fundamental Capital, LLC (collectively, the “Additional Defendants, ” and together with the Funko Defendants, the “Defendants”).

         2. The Complaint alleges violations of Sections 11, 12, and 15 of the federal Securities Act of 1933, 15 U.S.C. § 77a, et seq.

         3. On February 23, 2018, the Funko Defendants removed this action to this Court, along with two additional cases arising out of the same allegations and asserting substantially the same causes of action as this case. See Baskin v. Funko, Inc., et al., 2:18-cv-00281-RSM; Surratt v. Funko, Inc., et al., 2:18-cv-00283-RSM.

         4. Although the Funko Defendants identified all three removed actions as “related to” Lowinger v. Funko, Inc., et al., 2:18-cv-00201-RSM, which the Funko Defendants removed to this Court on February 7, 2018, the cases were assigned to different judges.

         5. On March 2, 2018, this action was reassigned to Judge Ricardo S. Martinez, as related to Lowinger v. Funko, Inc., et al., 2:18-cv-00201-RSM.

         6. Plaintiff intends to file a motion to remand this action to the Superior Court of Washington in and for King County.

         7. There have been no prior extensions of time for Defendants to answer, move or otherwise respond ...


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