Item 3. Legal Proceedings
The following proceedings are being reported pursuant to Item 103 of Regulation S-K:
Federal Securities Law Class Actions
On May 17, 2016 and May 24, 2016, Target Corporation and certain present and former officers were named as defendants in two purported federal securities law class actions filed in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. The actions subsequently were consolidated under the caption In re: Target Corporation Securities Litigation, Case No. 0:16-cv-01315-JNE-BRT. The plaintiffs filed a Consolidated Amended Class Action Complaint (Consolidated Complaint) on November 14, 2016, alleging violations of Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Rule 10b-5 relating to certain prior disclosures of Target about its expansion of retail operations into Canada (Canada Disclosure).Target, its former chief executive officer, its present chief operating officer, and the former president of Target Canada are named as defendants in the Consolidated Complaint. The plaintiff seeks to represent a class consisting of all purchasers of Target common stock between March 20, 2013 and August 4, 2014. The plaintiff seeks damages and other relief, including attorneys’ fees, based on allegations that the defendants misled investors about the performance and prospects of Target Canada and that such conduct affected the value of Target common stock. On February 10, 2017, Target and the other defendants moved to dismiss the Consolidated Complaint. That motion has not yet been heard or decided. Target intends to vigorously defend this consolidated action.
ERISA Class Actions
On July 12, 2016 and July 15, 2016, Target Corporation, the Plan Investment Committee and Target’s current chief operating officer were named as defendants in two purported Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) class actions filed in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. The actions subsequently were consolidated under the caption In re: Target Corporation ERISA Litigation, Case No. 0:16- cv-02400-JNE-BRT. The plaintiffs filed an Amended Class Action Complaint (Amended Complaint) on December 14, 2016, alleging violations of Sections 404 and 405 of ERISA relating to the Canada Disclosure. Target, the Plan Investment Committee, and seven present or former officers are named as defendants in the Amended Complaint. The plaintiffs seek to represent a class consisting of all persons who were participants in or beneficiaries of the Target Corporation 401(k) Plan or the Target Corporation Ventures 401(k) Plan (collectively, the Plans) at any time between February 27, 2013 and May 19, 2014 and whose Plan accounts included investments in Target stock. The plaintiffs seek damages, an injunction and other unspecified equitable relief, and attorneys’ fees, expenses, and costs, based on allegations that the defendants breached their fiduciary duties by failing to take action to prevent Plan participants from continuing to purchase Target stock during the class period at prices that allegedly were artificially inflated. On February 24, 2017, Target and the other defendants moved to dismiss the Amended Complaint. That motion has not yet been heard or decided. Target intends to vigorously defend this consolidated action.
The following governmental enforcement proceedings relating to environmental matters are reported pursuant to instruction 5(C) of Item 103 of Regulation S-K because they involve potential monetary sanctions in excess of $100,000:
On February 27, 2015, the California Attorney General sent us a letter alleging, based on a series of compliance checks, that we have not achieved compliance with California’s environmental laws and the provisions of the injunction that was part of a settlement reached in 2011. Representatives of Target have had a series of meetings with representatives of the Attorney General’s Office and certain California District Attorneys’ Offices to discuss the allegations and attempt to resolve the matter. No formal legal action has been commenced, nor has any specific relief been sought, to date.
For a description of other legal proceedings, see Note 19 of the Financial Statements.