This excerpt taken from the UNH 8-K filed Apr 7, 2006.
Stock Option Review
The Companys proxy statement filed on April 7, 2006 includes the following disclosure under the heading Other Matters:
In light of recent focus by the Securities and Exchange Commission and others on stock option grant practices by publicly traded companies, the Companys Chairman and Chief Executive Officer recommended that the Board of Directors appoint a Committee comprised of independent directors to retain and work with outside legal counsel to review the Companys current and historic stock option grant practices. The Board of Directors accepted this recommendation and formed a Committee of independent directors. The Committee has engaged independent counsel to assist in its review. In response to a call from the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Company has advised the staff of the appointment of the Committee and counsel.
On March 29, 2006, a derivative action relating to the issues being reviewed by the Committee was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota naming as defendants all directors other than Donna Shalala, as well as the Company as a nominal defendant.
CAUTIONARY STATEMENT FOR PURPOSES OF THE SAFE HARBOR PROVISIONS OF THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995
UnitedHealth Group and its representatives may from time to time make written and oral forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PSLRA), including statements in this report, in presentations, press releases, filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, reports to shareholders and in meetings with analysts and investors. Generally the words believe, expect, intend, estimate, anticipate, project, will and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which generally are not historical in nature. These statements may contain information about financial prospects, economic conditions, trends and unknown certainties. We caution that actual results could differ materially from those that management expects, depending on the outcome of certain factors. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Some factors that could cause results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include:
This list of important factors is not intended to be exhaustive. A further list and description of some of these risks and uncertainties can be found in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including our annual reports on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Any or all forward-looking statements we make may turn out to be wrong. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent otherwise required by federal securities laws, we do not undertake to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.