Biovail Corporation (NYSE: BVF and TSX: BVF), an Ontario-based specialty pharmaceutical company, has announced the tentative settlement of the securities class action pending against the company in Ontario Superior Court. The case, originally filed in September 2005, relies on the same factual basis as an earlier class action brought by U.S. plaintiffs and stems from allegations that Biovail made false financial projections.
The settlement agreement provides for the plaintiffs in the Canadian suit to share in the $138 million settlement already agreed upon in the U.S. securities class action. The 10b-5 Daily has posted previously on the settlement of the U.S. case and the company’s attempt to sue short sellers of its stock. Press coverage of the Canadian settlement can be found in the The Globe and Mail.