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“[Robbins Geller] performed a very high-quality legal work in the context of a thorny case in which the state of the law has been and is in flux. They achieved an exceptionally significant recovery for the class. And the court agrees . . . That it was, in fact, a spectacular result for the class.”

Honorable Jorge L. Alonso, Northern District of Illinois
Jaffe v. Household International, Inc., No. 02-C-05893, Transcript at 65 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 20, 2016)

“The extraordinary amount of recovery . . . is all the more exceptional when viewed in light of the risk [of continued litigation]. . . . Class Counsel’s exceptional decision to provide nearly seven years of legal services to Class Members on a pro bono basis evidences not only a lack of collusion, but also that Class Counsel are in fact representing the best interests of Plaintiffs and the Class Members in this Settlement. Instead of seeking compensation for fees and costs that they would otherwise be entitled to, Class Counsel have acted to allow maximum recovery to Plaintiffs and Class Members. Indeed, that Eligible Class Members may receive recovery of 90% or greater is a testament to Class Counsel’s representation and dedication to act in their clients’ best interest.”

Honorable Gonzalo P. Curiel, Southern District of California
Low v. Trump Univ., LLC, No. 3:10-cv-00940-GPC-WVG, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49739, at *14-*15, *40-*41 (S.D. Cal. Mar. 31, 2017)

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“[T]his is a case that has been litigated if not fiercely, zealously throughout.”

Honorable Gonzalo P. Curiel, Southern District of California
Low v. Trump University LLC and Donald J. Trump, No. 10-cv-0940 GPC-WVG, and Cohen v. Donald J. Trump, No. 13-cv-2519-GPC-WVG, Transcript at 7 (S.D. Cal. Mar. 30, 2017)

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“It was complicated, it was drawn out, and a lot of work clearly went into this [case] . . . .  I think there is some benefit to the shareholders that are above and beyond money, a benefit to the company above and beyond money that changed hands.”

Honorable Kevin H. Sharp, Middle District of Tennessee
In re Community Health Sys., Inc. Sholder Litig., No. 3:11-cv-00489, Transcript at 10 (M.D. Tenn. Jan. 17, 2017)

“I kept throwing the case out, and you kept coming back. . . . And it’s both remarkable and noteworthy and a credit to [Robbins Geller] that you did so. . . . [Y]ou persuaded the Sixth Circuit.  As we know, that’s no mean feat at all. . . . [The class is] a lot better off than if you hadn’t been as tenacious and as dedicated.”

Honorable James G. Carr, Northern District of Ohio
Plumbers & Pipefitters Nat’l Pension Fund v. Burns, No. 3:05-cv-7393-JGC, Transcript at 4, 14 (N.D. Ohio Nov. 18, 2016)

“Counsel, thank you for your papers.  They were, by the way, extraordinary papers in support of the settlement, and I will particularly note Professor Miller’s declaration in which he details the procedural aspects of the case and then speaks of plaintiffs’ cousel’s success in the Second Circuit essentially changing the law. I will also note what counsel have said, and that is that this case illustrates the proper functioning of the statute. . . . Counsel, you can all be proud of what you’ve done for your clients. You’ve done an extraodinarily good job.”

Honorable Loretta A. Preska, Southern District of New York
NECA-IBEW Health & Welfare Fund v. Goldman Sachs & Co., No. 1:08-cv-10783, Transcript at 10-11 (S.D.N.Y. May 2, 2016)

“[You] were gladiators . . . . Looking at the benefit obtained, the effort that you had to put into it, [and] the complexity in this case . . . I appreciate the work that you all have done on this.”

Honorable Kevin H. Sharp, Middle District of Tennessee
Schuh v. HCA Holdings, Inc., No. 3:11-CV-01033, Transcript at 12-13 (M.D. Tenn. Apr. 11, 2016)

“[Y]our extraordinary efforts [and] . . . excellent lawyering . . . really does signal that the best is yet to come for your clients and for your prodigious labor as professionals. . . . I wish more citizens in our country could have an appreciation of what this [settlement] truly represents.”

Honorable Karen M. Humphreys, District of Kansas
Bennett v. Sprint Nextel Corp., No. 2:09-cv-02122-EFM-KMH, Transcript at 8, 25 (D. Kan. Aug. 12, 2015)

“[P]laintiffs’ attorneys were able [to] achieve the big success early” in the case and obtained an “excellent result.” The “extraordinary” settlement was because of “good lawyers . . . doing their good work.”

Honorable Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr., Western District of North Carolina
Nieman v. Duke Energy Corp., No. 3:12-cv-456, Transcript at 21, 23, 30 (W.D.N.C. Aug. 12, 2015)

“Without the quality and the toughness that you have exhibited, our society would not be as good as it is with all its problems. So from me to you is a vote of thanks for devoting yourself to this work and doing it well. . . . You did a really good job. Congratulations.”

Honorable Alvin K. Hellerstein, Southern District of New York
Jones v. Pfizer Inc., No. 1:10-cv-03864, Transcript at 42-43 (S.D.N.Y. July 30, 3015)

“[T]here is no question in my mind that this is a very good result for the class and that the plaintiffs’ counsel fought the case very hard with extensive discovery, a lot of depositions, several rounds of briefing of various legal issues going all the way through class certification.”

Honorable J. Paul Oetken, Southern District of New York
Fort Worth Emps.’ Ret. Fund v. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., No. 1:09-cv-0307, Transcript at 7-8 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 4, 2015)

“[T]he highly favorable result achieved for the Class . . . [was through] diligent prosecution . . . [and] quality of legal services.”

Honorable William J. Haynes, Jr., Middle District of Tennessee
Garden City Emps.’ Ret. Sys. v. Psychiatric Solutions, Inc., No. 3:09-cv-00882, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 181943, at *6-*7 (M.D. Tenn. Jan. 16, 2015)

“The standing and ability of counsel cannot be questioned. . . . The benefits achieved by plaintiffs’ counsel in this case cannot be ignored.”

Vice Chancellor John W. Noble, Delaware Chancery Court
In re Gardner Denver, Inc. Sholder Litig., No. 8505-VCN, Transcript at 26-28 (Del. Ch. Sept. 3, 2014)

“[N]o other law firm was willing to serve as lead counsel. Lack of competition not only implies a higher fee but also suggests that most members of the securities bar saw this litigation as too risky for their practices.”

Honorable Frank H. Easterbrook, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Silverman v. Motorola Sols., Inc., 739 F.3d 956, 958 (7th Cir. 2013)

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“The representation that [Robbins Geller] provided to the class was significant, both in terms of quality and quantity.”     

Honorable Amy J. St. Eve, Northern District of Illinois
Silverman v. Motorola, Inc., No. 07 C 4507, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63477, at *11 (N.D. Ill. May 7, 2012), aff’d, 739 F.3d 956 (7th Cir. 2013)

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“[T]he experience, ability, and reputation of the attorneys . . . is not disputed; it is one of the most successful law firms in securities class actions, if not the preeminent one, in the country.”

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“[I]n the face of extraordinary obstacles, the skills, expertise, commitment, and tenacity of [Robbins Geller] in this litigation cannot be overstated. Not to be overlooked are the unparalleled results, . . . which demonstrate counsel’s clearly superlative litigating and negotiating skills.”

“Lead Counsel are to be commended for their zealousness, their diligence, their perseverance, their creativity, the enormous breadth and depth of their investigations and analysis, and their expertise in all areas of securities law on behalf of the proposed class.”

“‘[A] lion’ at the securities bar . . . [Robbins Geller has an] outstanding reputation, experience, and success in securities litigation nationwide.”

“Lead Counsel’s fearsome reputation and successful track record undoubtedly were substantial factors in . . . obtaining these recoveries.”

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Honorable Melinda Harmon, Southern District of Texas
In re Enron Corp. Sec. Litig., 586 F. Supp. 2d 732, 789-90, 797 (S.D. Tex. 2008)

“The quality of representation in this case was superb. Lead Counsel, [Robbins Geller], are nationally recognized leaders in complex securities litigation class actions. The quality of the representation is demonstrated by the substantial benefit achieved for the Class and the efficient, effective prosecution and resolution of this action. Lead Counsel defeated a volley of motions to dismiss, thwarting well-formed challenges from prominent and capable attorneys from six different law firms.”

Honorable Algenon L. Marbley, Southern District of Ohio
In re Cardinal Health Inc. Sec. Litigs., 528 F. Supp. 2d 752, 768 (S.D. Ohio 2007)

“Lead Counsel are highly skilled attorneys with great experience in prosecuting complex securities action[s], and their professionalism and diligence displayed during [this] litigation substantiates this characterization. The Court notes that Lead Counsel displayed excellent lawyering skills through their consistent preparedness during court proceedings, arguments and the trial, and their well-written and thoroughly researched submissions to the Court. Undoubtedly, the attentive and persistent effort of Lead Counsel was integral in achieving the excellent result for the Class.”

Honorable Garrett E. Brown, Jr., District of New Jersey
In re AT&T Corp. Sec. Litig., MDL No. 1399, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46144, at *28-*29 (D.N.J. Apr. 25, 2005), aff’d, 455 F.3d 160 (3d Cir. 2006)

“The services provided by Lead Counsel [Robbins Geller] were efficient and highly successful, resulting in an outstanding recovery for the Class without the substantial expense, risk and delay of continued litigation. Such efficiency and effectiveness supports the requested fee percentage.”

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“Cases brought under the federal securities laws are notably difficult and notoriously uncertain. . . . Despite the novelty and difficulty of the issues raised, Lead Plaintiffs’ counsel secured an excellent result for the Class.”

“Based upon Lead Plaintiff’s counsel’s diligent efforts on behalf of the Class, as well as their skill and reputations, Lead Plaintiff’s counsel were able to negotiate a very favorable result for the Class. . . . The ability of [Robbins Geller] to obtain such a favorable partial settlement for the Class in the face of such formidable opposition confirms the superior quality of their representation . . . .”

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Honorable Richard Owen, Southern District of New York
In re Doral Fin. Corp. Sec. Litig., No. 1:05-md-01706, Order at 4-5 (S.D.N.Y. July
17, 2007)

‘“Few plaintiffs’ law firms could have devoted the kind of time, skill, and financial resources over a five-year period necessary to achieve the pre- and post-Merger benefits obtained for the class here.’ . . . [Robbins Geller is] both skilled and experienced, and used those skills and experience for the benefit of the class.”

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“Class Counsel are highly skilled and specialized attorneys who use their substantial experience and expertise to prosecute complex securities class actions. In possibly one of the best known and most prominent recent securities cases, Robbins Geller . . . served as sole lead counsel – In re Enron Corp. Sec. Litig., No. H-01-3624 (S.D. Tex.). See Report at 3. The Court has previously noted that the class would ‘receive high caliber legal representation’ from class counsel, and throughout the course of the litigation the Court has been impressed with the quality of representation on each side.”

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Honorable James O. Browning, District of New Mexico
Lane v. Page (Westland Development Company, Inc.), 862 F. Supp. 2d 1182, 1253-54 (D.N.M. 2012)

“[T]his was an exquisitely well-briefed case; it was also an extremely well-argued case, and we thank counsel for their respective jobs here in the matter.”

Honorable D. Brooks Smith, Third Circuit Court of Appeals
In re Merck & Co., Inc. Sec., Derivative & ERISA Litig., Transcript at 35:37-36:00 (3d Cir. Apr. 12, 2007)

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“I would finally like to congratulate counsel on their efforts to resolve this case, on excellent work – it was the best interest of the class – and to the exhibition of professionalism. So I do thank you for all your efforts.”

Honorable Elihu M. Berle, California Superior Court
Liberty Mutual Overtime Cases, No. JCCP 4234, Transcript at 20:1-5 (Cal. Super. Ct., Los Angeles Cty. May 29, 2014)

“I want to especially thank counsel for this argument. This is a very complicated case and I think we were assisted no matter how we come out by competent counsel coming well prepared. . . . It was a model of the type of an exercise that we appreciate. Thank you very much for your work . . . you were of service to the court.”

Honorable J. Clifford Wallace, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Eclectic Properties East, LLC v. The Marcus & Millichap Co., No. 12-16526, Transcript (9th Cir. Mar. 14, 2014)

“[W]ell argued . . . and . . . well briefed . . . . I certainly appreciate having good lawyers who put the time in to be prepared . . . .”

Honorable Richard J. Sullivan, Southern District of New York
Anegada Master Fund Ltd. v. PxRE Grp. Ltd., No. 08-cv-10584, Transcript at 83 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 16, 2011)

“[Robbins Geller attorneys] have gotten very good results for stockholders . . . [and have] such a good track record.”

Vice Chancelor J. Travis Laster, Delaware Chancery Court
In re Compellent Technologies, Inc. S’holder Litig., No. 6084-VCL, Transcript at 20-21 (Del. Ch. Jan. 13, 2011)

“[A] commendable job of addressing the relevant issues with great detail and in a comprehensive manner . . . . The court respects [Robbins Geller’s] experience in the field of derivative [litigation].”

Honorable Carlos Murguia, District of Kansas
Alaska Electrical Pension Fund v. Olofson, No. 08-cv-02344-CM-JPO (D. Kan.) (Aug. 20, 2010 e-mail from court re: settlement papers)

“There is no doubt that the law firms involved in this matter represented in my opinion the cream of the crop of class action business law and mergers and acquisition litigators, and from a judicial point of view it was a pleasure working with them.”

Honorable Ira Warshawsky, New York Supreme Court
In re Aeroflex, Inc. S’holder Litig., No. 003943/07, Transcript at 25:14-18 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., Nassau Cty. June 30, 2009)

“As to the second prong, the Specialist Firms have not challenged, in this motion, the qualifications, experience, or ability of counsel for Lead Plaintiff, [Robbins Geller], to conduct this litigation. Given [Robbins Geller’s] substantial experience in securities class action litigation and the extensive discovery already conducted in this case, this element of adequacy has also been satisfied.”

Honorable Robert Sweet, Southern District of New York
In re NYSE Specialists Sec. Litig., 260 F.R.D. 55, 74 (S.D.N.Y. 2009)

“Plaintiffs’ lead counsel in this litigation, [Robbins Geller], has demonstrated its considerable expertise in shareholder litigation, diligently advocating the rights of Home Depot shareholders in this Litigation. [Robbins Geller] has acted with substantial skill and professionalism in representing the plaintiffs and the interests of Home Depot and its shareholders in prosecuting this case.”

Honorable Craig Schwall, Georgia Superior Court
City of Pontiac General Employees’ Ret. Sys. v. Langone, No. 2006-122302, Findings of Fact in Support of Order and Final Judgment at 2 (Ga. Super. Ct., Fulton Cty. June 10, 2008)

“First, I thank counsel. As I said repeatedly on both sides, we have been very, very fortunate. We have had fine lawyers on both sides. The issues in the case are significant issues. We are talking about issues dealing with consumer protection and privacy. Something that is increasingly important today in our society. . . . I want you to know I thought long and hard about this. I am absolutely satisfied that the settlement is a fair and reasonable settlement. . . . I thank the lawyers on both sides for the extraordinary effort that has been brought to bear here . . . .”

Honorable Daniel T.K. Hurley, Southern District of Florida
Kehoe v. Fidelity Fed. Bank & Tr., No. 03-80593-CIV, Transcript at 26, 28-29 (S.D. Fla. Dec. 7, 2007)

“I said this once before, and I’ll say it again. I thought the way that your firm handled this case was outstanding. This was not an easy case. It was a complicated case, and every step of the way, I thought they did a very professional job.”

Honorable Berry Ted Moskowitz, Southern District of California
Stanley v. Safeskin Corp., No. 99 CV 454, Transcript at 13 (S.D. Cal. May 25, 2004)

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