Audience Inc.

Audience Inc.


Bottini & Bottini, Inc. represents shareholders in securities class action on behalf of all persons who purchased or otherwise acquired Audience common stock pursuant or traceable to the Company’s registration statement and prospectus filed in connection with its May 9, 2012 initial public offering.

On September 13, 2012, Bottini & Bottini filed a First Amended Complaint, alleging claims under the Securities Act of 1933 against Audience and certain of its officers and directors and the Company’s underwriters. The Complaint alleges that Audience’s May 8, 2012 Registration Statement was negligently prepared and, as a result, contained untrue statements of material fact or omitted to state other facts necessary to make the statements made not misleading. The Complaint also alleges that the Company’s May 10, 2012 Prospectus, which was incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement and was utilized for the IPO, was inaccurate and misleading because it omitted facts necessary to make the statements made not misleading, and omitted material facts.

The Complaint asserts a violation of § 11 of the Securities Act against all Defendants because the Registration Statement for the IPO was inaccurate and misleading, contained untrue statements of material fact, omitted facts necessary to make the statements made not misleading, and omitted material facts. The Complaint also asserts a claim for control-person liability under § 15 of the Securities Act against Audience, the Insider Directors, and the Outside Directors.

By Order dated September 3, 2013, the Court denied Defendants’ motion to dismiss the complaint and Defendants’ motion to stay. Discovery has now begun.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012
Retention Agreement: 

This Retention Agreement governs the retention of Bottini & Bottini, Inc. (the “Attorneys”) by those institutions or individuals (the “Client”) who have authorized the Attorneys to prosecute claims arising out of their purchase of Audience Inc.'s stock.
WHEREAS the Client has authorized the Attorneys to prosecute claims relating to the securities of Audience Inc. (the “Litigation”);
WHEREAS the Litigation entails numerous complex factual and legal issues and entails considerable risk;
WHEREAS the Litigation requires the expenditure of substantial resources by the Attorneys retained to prosecute the Litigation;
WHEREAS the Client seeks to maximize their recovery while limiting the expenditure of their own resources; and
NOW, THEREFORE, the Client and the Attorneys AGREE AS FOLLOWS:
A. Upon execution by Client, Attorneys are retained to provide legal services for the purpose of seeking damages and other relief in the Litigation. Client provides authorization to seek appointment as Lead Plaintiff in the class action, while the Attorneys will seek to be appointed Class Counsel. If this occurs, the Litigation will be prosecuted as a class action.
B. Attorneys are authorized to prosecute the Litigation. The appointed Lead Plaintiffs will monitor, review and participate with counsel in the prosecution of the Litigation. The Attorneys shall consult with the appointed Lead Plaintiffs concerning all major substantive matters related to the Litigation, including, but not limited to, the complaint, dispositive motions and settlement. Because of potential differences of opinion between Clients concerning, among other things, strategy, goals and objectives of the Litigation, the Attorneys shall consult with the appointed Lead Plaintiffs as to the courses of action to pursue. The Client agrees to abide by the decisions of the appointed Lead Plaintiffs, which shall be final and binding on all Clients.
C. The Attorneys shall provide sufficient resources, including attorney time and capital for payment of costs and expenses, to vigorously prosecute the Litigation.
D. Any recovery will be divided among Clients based on the recognized loss by each Client as calculated by a damage allocation plan which will be prepared by a financial expert, provided to the appointed Lead Plaintiffs, be subject to the Court's approval and will account for such factors as size of stock ownership, date of purchase, date of sale and continued holdings, if any.
A. The Attorneys shall advance all expenses in the Litigation. The Client is not liable to pay any of the expenses of the Litigation, whether attorneys' fees or costs. Recovery of costs and other expenses is contingent upon a recovery being obtained. If no recovery is obtained, Client will owe nothing for costs and other expenses. In the event that an order is entered awarding costs and expenses in favor of defendants, Attorneys will be responsible for such costs and expenses, not the Client.
B. If there is a recovery in the Litigation, whether by settlement or judgment, the Attorneys shall be compensated via payment of a reasonable percentage of any recovery as approved by the Court, which amount shall include attorneys’ fees plus reasonable disbursements in the Litigation. “Disbursements” shall include, but not be limited to, costs of travel, telephone, copying, fax transmission, depositions, investigators, messengers, mediation expenses, computer research fees, court fees, expert fees, other consultation fees and paralegal expenses. Any recovery in the Litigation shall first be used to reimburse disbursements.
C. In the event that the Litigation is resolved by settlement under terms involving any “in-kind” payment, such as stock, the contingent fee agreement shall apply to such “in-kind” payment.
A. This Agreement may not be assigned by the Attorneys.
B. Client agrees to cooperate in the prosecution of the suit including providing documents to substantiate the Client's claim, and to cooperate in providing discovery information, including a deposition if necessary.
C. Client recognizes that the Attorneys are representing other Audience Inc. investors in the Litigation. The Client agrees that any conflicts caused by such representation are waived.
A. Client may terminate this Agreement as to any Attorneys, with or without cause and without penalty, by providing the Attorneys with written notice of termination. Attorneys may terminate this agreement with or without cause and without penalty, by providing client with written notice of termination if the Client fails to cooperate in the prosecution of this action or such other reason as may be approved upon application to the Court.
B. If the Attorneys are terminated for any reason, Attorneys shall be entitled (a) to be reimbursed, pursuant to §II above, for reasonable out-of-pocket costs and expenses that they incurred, but only if and when recovery is obtained, and (b) to be paid such compensation as might be payable to them in accordance with this Agreement, but only if and to the extent and at the time compensation is payable to the Attorneys from any recovery in the Litigation pursuant to §II above.
A. All notices to be given by the parties hereto shall be in writing and served by depositing same in the United States Post Office, postage prepaid and registered as follows:
The address set out in the Authorization to File Audience Inc. Claim form.

Bottini & Bottini, Inc.

7817 Ivanhoe Ave., Suite 102

La Jolla, California 92037

Attention: Francis A. Bottini, Jr.

B. Any actions arising out of this Agreement shall be governed by the laws of California, and shall be brought and maintained in the San Diego Superior Court, which shall have exclusive jurisdiction thereof.
C. This agreement, along with the signed Certification and Authorization of Named Plaintiff, sets forth the entire Agreement between the parties, and supersedes all other oral or written provisions.

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