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Sherman v. Merlo

United States District Court, D. Rhode Island

December 6, 2017

ALISON SHERMAN, Derivatively on behalf of CVS HEALTH CORPORATION, Plaintiff,
v.
LARRY J. MERLO, DAVID M. DENTON, DAVID W. DORMAN, RICHARD J. SWIFT, C. DAVID BROWN II, JEAN-PIERRE MILLON, ANNE M. FINUCANE, TONY L. WHITE, WILLIAM C. WELDON, NANCY-ANN M. DEPARLE, RICHARD M. BRACKEN, and ALECIA A. DECOUDREAUX Defendants, and CVS HEALTH CORPORATION, a Delaware corporation, Nominal Defendant. ELIE FEGHALI, Derivatively on behalf of CVS HEALTH CORPORATION, Plaintiff,
v.
LARRY J. MERLO, DAVID M. DENTON, DAVID W. DORMAN, RICHARD J. SWIFT, C. DAVID BROWN II, JEAN-PIERRE MILLON, ANNE M. FINUCANE, TONY L. WHITE, WILLIAM C. WELDON, NANCY-ANN M. DEPARLE, RICHARD M. BRACKEN, and ALECIA A. DECOUDREAUX Defendants, and CVS HEALTH CORPORATION, a Delaware corporation, Nominal Defendant. ALAN BANCHALTER, Derivatively on behalf of CVS HEALTH CORPORATION, Plaintiff,
v.
LARRY J. MERLO, DAVID M. DENTON, DAVID W. DORMAN, RICHARD J. SWIFT, C. DAVID BROWN II, JEAN-PIERRE MILLON, ANNE M. FINUCANE, TONY L. WHITE, WILLIAM C. WELDON, NANCY-ANN M. DEPARLE, RICHARD M. BRACKEN, and ALECIA A. DECOUDREAUX, Defendants, and CVS HEALTH CORPORATION, a Delaware corporation, Nominal Defendant.

          MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

          WILLIAM E. SMITH CHIEF JUDGE

         This matter is before the Court on a joint motion (ECF No. 6) filed by Plaintiffs Alison Sherman, Elie Feghali, and Alan Banchalter (collectively, "Plaintiffs"); and Defendants Larry J. Merlo, David M. Denton, David W. Dorman, Richard J. Swift, C. David Brown II, Jean-Pierre Millon, Anne M. Finucane, Tony L. White, William C. Weldon, Nancy-Ann M. DeParle, Richard M. Bracken, Alecia A. DeCoudreaux (collectively, “Defendants"); and nominal defendant CVS Health Corporation ("CVS Health" or the "Company"). The joint motion asks the Court to consolidate, appoint lead counsel and liaison counsel, and stay the above-captioned actions pending the resolution of related actions. For the reasons cited therein, the Court hereby GRANTS the parties' joint motion and ORDERS as follows:

         1. The following actions shall be consolidated before this Court for all purposes, including pre-trial proceedings and trial (the "Consolidated Derivative Action"):

• Sherman v. Merlo, C.A. No. 17-378 WES
• Feghali v. Merlo, C.A. No. 17-399 WES
• Banchalter v. Merlo, C.A. No. 17-425 WES

         2. Every pleading filed in the Consolidated Derivative Action, or any separate action included herein, must bear the following caption:

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF RHODE ISLAND
IN RE CVS HEALTH CORPORATION DERIVATIVE LITIGATION
This Document Relates To:
ALL ACTIONS.
Lead C.A. No. 17-378 WES (Consolidated with C.A. Nos. 17-399 WES and 17-425 WES)
(Derivative Action)

         3. The files of the Consolidated Derivative Action will be maintained in one file under Lead C.A. No. 17-378 WES. This order granting consolidation applies to each case arising out of the same, or substantially the same, transactions or events as the Consolidated Derivative ...


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