RRD Resolves Claim for Mootness Fee with Patodia and One68 Plaintiffs


CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (“RRD” or “Company”) today announced the resolution of a claim for a mootness fee in a lawsuit filed by certain plaintiffs during the Company’s Sale transaction.

On November 5, 2021, a putative class action complaint was filed in Delaware Chancery Court (the “Chancery Court”) by Ram Patodia and One68 Global Master Fund, LP (“Plaintiffs”), against R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (“RRD” or the “Company”), its current directors, Atlas River Acquisition Sub Inc., Atlas River Parent Inc. (collectively, the “Atlas Defendants”), and Computershare Trust Company, N.A. in the action styled Patodia, et al. v. Esteves, et al., C.A. No. 2021-0955-KSJM (Del. Ch.) (the “Patodia Action”). Plaintiffs alleged breaches of fiduciary duty against RRD’s directors based on their alleged failure to obtain the highest price reasonably available for the Company’s stockholders in connection with a definitive merger agreement the Company entered into with the Atlas Defendants (“the Atlas Merger Agreement”), and for employing certain defensive measures that prevented the Company from entering into a value-maximizing merger agreement. Plaintiffs also alleged that the Atlas Defendants aided and abetted the Company’s directors’ breach of fiduciary duty. Plaintiffs sought various remedies, including an injunction enjoining the defensive measures that prevented the Company from maximizing value for the Company’s stockholders.

After the Patodia Action was filed, RRD terminated the Atlas Merger Agreement and entered into an all-cash merger with affiliates of Chatham Asset Management, LLC, pursuant to which RRD’s stockholders would receive $10.85 per share in cash for each share of RRD common stock on December 14, 2021 (the “Chatham Merger”).

On March 8, 2022, the Chancery Court approved a stipulation under which Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the Patodia Action with prejudice as to themselves only, but without prejudice as to any other putative class member. The Chancery Court retained jurisdiction solely for the purpose of adjudicating the anticipated application of Plaintiffs’ counsel for an award of attorneys’ fees and reimbursement of expenses in connection with the benefits conferred by Plaintiffs’ prosecution of the Patodia Action.

Defendants and/or the Company subsequently agreed to pay $775,000.00 to Plaintiffs’ counsel for attorneys’ fees and expenses in full satisfaction of the claim for attorneys’ fees and expenses in the Patodia Action. The Chancery Court has not been asked to review, and will pass no judgment on, the payment of the attorneys’ fees and expenses or their reasonableness.

About RRD

RRD is a leading global provider of multichannel business communications services and marketing solutions. With 25,000 clients and 32,000 employees across 28 countries, RRD offers the industry’s most comprehensive offering of solutions designed to help companies—from Main Street to Wall Street—optimize customer engagement and streamline business operations across the complete customer journey. RRD offers a comprehensive portfolio of capabilities, experience and scale that enables organizations around the world to create, manage, deliver, and optimize their marketing and business communications strategies.

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Deb Steiner, Chief Administration Officer
Telephone: 312-326-7168
E-mail: media.info@rrd.com

Source: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company