Tel Aviv, Israel, July 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kitov Pharma Ltd. (Nasdaq: KTOV; TASE: KTOV.TA), an innovative biopharmaceutical company, today announced that it has entered into a Stipulation of Settlement with respect to the shareholder class action lawsuits pending against it in Cohen v. Kitov Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Ltd., et al., Civil Action No. 1:17-cv-00917-LGS (District Court for the Southern District of New York), and Ng, v. Kitov Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Ltd., et al., Case No. 17CIV00620 and Zulch v. Kitov Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Ltd., et al., Case No. 17CIV01173 (both in Superior Court for the State of California) (collectively, the “Actions”). As previously disclosed, these lawsuits were filed against the Company alleging violations of U.S. federal securities laws.
Under the terms of the proposed settlement, the classes in all of the Actions will receive aggregate consideration of $2.0 million. The settlement consideration, as well as ancillary expenses, is expected to be funded by Kitov’s insurance carriers. The Company expects that the proposed settlement will have no impact on the Company’s Statement of Operations.
The proposed settlement contains no admission of wrongdoing, and reiterates that Kitov has always maintained, and continues to believe, that it did not engage in any wrongdoing or otherwise commit any violation of federal or state securities laws or other laws, including, vigorous denials that the Company’s public statements were misleading; that it failed to disclose any material information from investors; or that it acted in any deceitful manner. Kitov has agreed to the proposed settlement on the basis of the advice and recommendations of its insurance carriers who are indemnifying Kitov for the expenses of conducting a defense in the Actions, as well as paying judgments which may be assessed as a result of the Actions. As such, Kitov believes that further litigation of the Actions would be protracted, burdensome, and expensive for Kitov as well as its insurers, and that it is desirable and beneficial that the claims asserted in the Actions be fully and finally settled and terminated in the manner of the proposed settlement, with no additional costs to Kitov.
“We are pleased to have reached this settlement, which we believe is beneficial to the Company and its shareholders, as it concludes this matter expeditiously,” said Isaac Israel, Kitov’s Chief Executive Officer. “Kitov is focused on maximizing the global commercial potential of CONSENSI™, which was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the simultaneous treatment of osteoarthritis pain and hypertension. In addition, we continue to advance our exciting investigational new drug candidate, NT219, a first-in-class small molecule currently in development for various oncology indications.”
When the proposed settlement becomes effective, the Company and its directors and officers will be released from the claims that were asserted or could have been asserted in the Actions by class members participating in the settlement.
The proposed settlement is subject to the completion of final documentation, preliminary and final Court approval by the District Court for the Southern District of New York and dismissal by the plaintiffs with prejudice of the Actions before the Superior Court for the State of California, funding of the $2.0 million in cash by the Company’s insurance carriers, and other customary closing conditions.
About Kitov Pharmaceuticals
Kitov Pharma (Kitov Pharma Ltd.; NASDAQ/TASE: KTOV) is an innovative biopharmaceutical drug development company. Leveraging deep regulatory and clinical-trial expertise, Kitov’s veteran team of healthcare and business professionals maintains a proven track record in streamlined end-to-end drug development and approval. Kitov’s flagship combination drug, Consensi™ achieved the primary efficacy endpoints for its Phase III and Phase III/IV clinical trials, and was approved by the FDA for patients suffering from osteoarthritis pain and hypertension. NT219, which is developed by its majority-owned subsidiary, TyrNovo Ltd., is a novel patented small molecule designed to overcome cancer drug resistance that is currently in pre-clinical development. By lowering development risk and cost through fast-track regulatory approval of novel late-stage therapeutics, Kitov plans to deliver rapid ROI and long-term potential to investors, while making a meaningful impact on people’s lives.
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