NORCROSS, Ga., Jan. 05, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: GALT), the leading developer of therapeutics that target galectin proteins to treat fibrosis and cancer, announced that the United States District Court for Northern Georgia has dismissed all claims against it and certain officers, directors and shareholder 10X Fund L.P. alleged in a Consolidated Securities Class Action originally filed in July 2014 and all claims against certain officers and directors alleged in a Consolidated Shareholder Derivative Action originally filed in August 2014.
The Securities Class Action alleged that Galectin and the other named defendants violated certain federal securities laws during the purported class period of October 25, 2013 through July 28, 2014. In a detailed 23-page ruling, the Court concluded, among other things, that the allegations in the Amended Complaint “failed to state a claim for relief” and that “Defendants did not engage in impermissible actions to manipulate the price of its shares.”
The Shareholder Derivative Action was brought nominally on behalf of Galectin to recover damages based on allegations similar to those raised in the Securities Class Action. The Court dismissed the derivative suit for lack of standing and failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted.
The Court entered final judgments of dismissals in both actions, that is, dismissals "with prejudice", based on the Court’s finding that any further amendment of the complaints would be futile. Plaintiffs have the right to appeal the Court’s dismissals within 30 days. Based on the Federal Court’s rulings, Galectin intends to seek dismissal of a duplicative shareholder derivative action in Nevada that was filed after the federal actions.
The Company and the other named defendants are represented by King & Spalding LLP in these shareholder actions.
“We are very pleased with the Court’s dismissal of both actions,” said Peter G. Traber, M.D., president, chief executive officer and chief medical officer of Galectin Therapeutics. “We are gratified that these matters are now behind us as we continue to focus our efforts on our clinical programs in significant unmet medical needs, including non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) with advanced fibrosis and cirrhosis."
About Galectin Therapeutics
Galectin Therapeutics is developing promising carbohydrate-based therapies for the treatment of fibrotic liver disease and cancer based on the Company's unique understanding of galectin proteins, which are key mediators of biologic function. Galectin seeks to leverage extensive scientific and development expertise as well as established relationships with external sources to achieve cost-effective and efficient development. The Company is pursuing a development pathway to clinical enhancement and commercialization for its lead compounds in liver fibrosis and cancer. Additional information is available at www.galectintherapeutics.com.
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Jack Callicutt, Chief Financial Officer
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