The opinion of the court was delivered by: The Honorable Joel A. Pisano United States District Judge
MEMORANDUM OF APPROVAL OF PAYMENT
WHEREAS, these consolidated securities law class actions were filed in this Court on behalf of a worldwide putative class of all persons and entities who, between April 8, 1999 and March 18, 2004, purchased securities issued by defendants N.V. Koninklijke Nederlandsche Petroleum Maatschappij, a Dutch corporation headquartered in The Netherlands, and The "Shell" Transport and Trading Company, p.l.c., an English corporation headquartered in England (collectively, "Shell"); and
WHEREAS, the Court and Shell recognize that the Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System's and the Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System's efforts (as Lead Plaintiff) and Bernstein Liebhard & Lifshitz, LLP's efforts (as Lead Counsel) in vigorously pursuing through litigation the Non-U.S. Purchasers' claims for more than three years, in satisfaction of their fiduciary obligations to the proposed class, were a substantial factor in Shell's decision to enter into a settlement agreement to resolve the claims of the Non-U.S. Purchasers in an action filed in the Amsterdam Court of Appeals in The Netherlands (the "NonU.S. Settlement") and that the Non-U.S. Settlement will confer a significant benefit upon NonU.S. Purchasers; and
WHEREAS, Shell has agreed to pay Lead Counsel a fee of $27 million to compensate Lead Counsel for its role in achieving this significant benefit for the Non-U.S. Purchasers; and
WHEREAS, Lead Counsel informs the Court that the agreed-upon fee represents 7.7 percent of the approximately $350 million Shell has agreed to pay the Non-U.S. Purchasers in the Non-U.S. Settlement; and
WHEREAS, Shell and Lead Plaintiff have requested that this Court approve the payment of the agreed-upon fee to Lead Counsel in recognition of its vigorous pursuit of the claims asserted on behalf of the Non-U.S. Purchasers; and
WHEREAS, the agreed-upon fee appears reasonable; NOW, THEREFORE:
1. Given the efforts expended by Lead Plaintiff and Lead Counsel in the exercise of their fiduciary duties on behalf of the Non-U.S. Purchasers, the Court hereby approves the $27 million fee Shell has agreed to pay to Lead Counsel.
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