Notice of Proposed Settlement of NovaGold Resources Inc. Securities Class
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<p>NEW YORK, <span class="xn-chron">May 24</span> /CNW/ -- The following statement is being issued by Labaton Sucharow LLP; Sutts, Strosberg LLP; and Camp Fiorante Matthews regarding the NovaGold Resources, Inc. Securities Class Actions.</p>
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                               UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
                              SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
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    IN RE NOVAGOLD RE

SOURCES INC. SECURITIES LITIGATION ) MASTER FILE ) This Document Relates to: ) 1:08-CV-7041 (DLC) (JCF) ) All Actions ) ) ) </pre> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> Court File No.: CV-09-13833</p> <p> </p> <pre> ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE </pre> <p> </p> <p>BETWEEN</p> <p> </p> <pre> PHILIP ELLIOTT and WILLIAM KORMOS Plaintiffs and </pre> <p> </p> <pre> NOVAGOLD RE

SOURCES INC., et al. Defendants </pre> <p> </p> <pre> Proceeding under the Class Proceedings Act, 1992 </pre> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> Court File No.: VLC-S-S-097866</p> <p> </p> <p> IN THE SUPREME COURT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA</p> <p> </p> <p>BETWEEN</p> <p> </p> <pre> LINDA M. ELLIOTT Plaintiff AND: NOVAGOLD RE

SOURCES INC., et al. Defendants </pre> <p> </p> <pre> Proceeding under the Class Proceedings Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c.50 </pre> <p> </p> <p> </p> <pre> SUMMARY NOTICE OF PENDENCY AND PROPOSED SETTLEMENT OF CLASS ACTIONS ------------------------------------ </pre> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>TO: ALL PERSONS AND ENTITIES THAT:</p> <p> </p> <pre> (1) (i) PURCHASED NOVAGOLD RE

SOURCES INC. ("NOVAGOLD") COMMON STOCK ON THE AMERICAN STOCK EXCHANGE ("AMEX") DURING THE PERIOD FROM OCTOBER 25, 2005 TO AND INCLUDING JANUARY 16, 2008 (THE "CLASS PERIOD"); (ii) ARE UNITED STATES RESIDENTS THAT PURCHASED NOVAGOLD COMMON STOCK ON THE TORONTO STOCK EXCHANGE ("TSX") DURING THE CLASS PERIOD; OR (iii) ARE UNITED STATES RESIDENTS THAT PURCHASED PUBLICLY TRADED NOVAGOLD COMMON STOCK BY ANY OTHER MEANS DURING THE CLASS PERIOD (THE "U.S. CLASS"); </pre> <p> </p> <pre> (2) ARE RESIDENTS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA AND PURCHASED NOVAGOLD COMMON STOCK ON THE TSX OR AMEX DURING THE CLASS PERIOD (THE "BRITISH COLUMBIA CLASS"); AND </pre> <p> </p> <pre> (3) PURCHASED NOVAGOLD COMMON STOCK ON THE TSX DURING THE CLASS PERIOD AND ALL PERSONS IN CANADA WHO PURCHASED NOVAGOLD COMMON STOCK ON THE AMEX DURING THE CLASS PERIOD (THE "ONTARIO CLASS"). </pre> <p>YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED, by the Orders of the <span class="xn-location">United States</span> District Court for the Southern District of New York (the "U.S. Court"), the Supreme Court of British Columbia (the "British Columbia Court") and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (the "Ontario Court") (collectively, the "Courts") that the above-captioned actions have been certified as class actions for settlement purposes only and that a settlement for C$28 million (approximately US$26,600,000) has been proposed by the parties. Settlement Hearings will be held before the U.S. Court, the British Columbia Court and the Ontario Court. The U.S. Settlement Hearing will be held at the <span class="xn-person">Daniel Patrick Moynihan</span> <span class="xn-location">United States</span> Courthouse, Courtroom 11B, of the <span class="xn-location">United States</span> District Court for the Southern District of New York, 500 <span class="xn-person">Pearl Street</span>, New York, NY 10007-1312, at <span class="xn-chron">2:00 p.m.</span>, on <span class="xn-chron">September 10, 2010</span>. The British Columbia Settlement Hearing will be held at the Supreme Court of British Columbia at <span class="xn-chron">10:00 a.m.</span>, on <span class="xn-chron">August 6, 2010</span>. The Ontario Settlement Hearing will be held at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice at <span class="xn-chron">1:00 p.m.</span>, on <span class="xn-chron">August 4, 2010</span>. Each hearing will determine: whether the proposed settlement should be approved as fair, reasonable, and adequate; whether the Class should be certified and a class representative and class counsel be appointed; whether the request of Counsel for the U.S. Class in the U.S. Action should be approved for an award not to exceed C$5,975,000 (approximately US$5,700,000), or approximately 21.3% of the Gross Settlement Fund, plus interest, and reimbursement of litigation expenses incurred in connection with the prosecution of the U.S. Action in an amount not to exceed C$275,000 (approximately US$261,700), plus interest; whether the request of Counsel for the British Columbia Class and Counsel for the Ontario Class in the Canadian Actions should be approved for an award of attorneys' fees, not to exceed C$1,025,000 (approximately US$975,400), or approximately 3.7% of the Gross Settlement Fund, plus interest and applicable taxes, and reimbursement of litigation disbursements incurred in connection with the prosecution of the Canadian Actions in an amount not to exceed C$45,000 (approximately US$43,000), plus interest; and whether the U.S. Lead Plaintiff's request to the U.S. Court to reimburse it for costs and expenses it incurred in representing the U.S. Class should be approved in an amount not to exceed C$1050.90 (US$1,000). The Courts may change the dates of the hearings without providing another notice.</p> <p/> <p>IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE CLASSES DESCRIBED ABOVE, YOUR RIGHTS MAY BE AFFECTED AND YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO SHARE IN THE NET SETTLEMENT FUND. If you have not yet received the full printed Notice of Class Actions and Proposed Settlement and a Proof of Claim and Release form ("Proof of Claim"), you may obtain copies of these documents by contacting the Claims Administrator:</p> <p/> <p> </p> <p> </p> <pre> NovaGold Resources Inc. Securities Litigation c/o The Garden City Group, Inc. Claims Administrator PO Box 9299 Dublin, OH 43017-4699 (Toll Free) (866) 887-1306 www.novagoldclassaction.com </pre> <p>Inquiries, other than requests for information about the status of a claim, may be made to U.S. Lead Counsel, British Columbia Class Counsel, or Ontario Class Counsel:</p> <p/> <p> </p> <pre> U.S. Lead Counsel: ------------------ </pre> <p> </p> <pre> Joseph A. Fonti, Esq. Labaton Sucharow LLP 140 Broadway New York, NY 10005 888-753-2796 </pre> <p> </p> <pre> info@labaton.com www.labaton.com </pre> <p> </p> <pre> British Columbia Class Counsel: ------------------------------- </pre> <p> </p> <pre> Reidar Mogerman, Esq. Camp Fiorante Matthews #400-856 Homer Street Vancouver, BC, Canada V6B 2W5 604-689-7555 </pre> <p> </p> <p><a href="mailto:info@cfmlawyers.ca">info@cfmlawyers.ca</a></p> <p> </p> <pre> Ontario Class Counsel --------------------- </pre> <p> </p> <pre> Jay Strosberg, Esq. Sutts, Strosberg LLP 600 - 251 Goyeau Street Windsor, Ontario N9A 6V4 877-214-4517 </pre> <p> </p> <pre> novagold@strosbergco.com www.strosbergco.com/novagold </pre> <p>To participate in the proposed settlement and be eligible to receive a recovery, you must submit a Proof of Claim postmarked, or received, on or before <span class="xn-chron">September 15, 2010</span>. If you are a Class Member and do not exclude yourself from the Class that you are a member of, you will be bound by the Judgments entered by the Courts. To exclude yourself from your Class, you must submit a request for exclusion postmarked, or received, on or before <span class="xn-chron">July 14, 2010</span>. (If you are a member of more than one Class, your exclusion request will automatically exclude you from each Class that you are a member of.) Any objections to the Settlement of the U.S. Action must be filed with the U.S. Court and served on U.S. Lead Counsel, on or before <span class="xn-chron">July 14, 2010</span>. Any objections to the settlement of the Canadian Actions must be submitted to the Claims Administrator, on or before <span class="xn-chron">July 14, 2010</span>. If you are a Class Member and do not timely submit an acceptable Proof of Claim, you will not share in the Settlement but you nevertheless will be bound by the applicable Judgments of the Courts.</p> <p/> <p> </p> <pre> By Order of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, and the Ontario DATED: May 24, 2010 Superior Court of Justice

For further information: For further information: Colin Holmes, Esq. of Labaton Sucharow LLP, +1-888-753-2796

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