Washington D.C. 20549







Pursuant to section 13 or 15(d)

of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)

August 13, 2018



Civista Bancshares, Inc.

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)




Ohio   001-36192   34-1558688

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)



File Number)


( IRS Employer

Identification No.)

100 East Water Street, P.O. Box 5016, Sandusky, Ohio 44870

(Address of principle executive offices)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (419) 625-4121


(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)



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Item 8.01.

Other Events.

This Current Report on Form 8-K is being filed to disclose certain information regarding the dismissal of previously disclosed litigation related to the proposed transactions contemplated by the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of March 11, 2018, by and between Civista Bancshares, Inc. (“Civista”), Civista Bank, United Community Bancorp (“United Community”), and United Community Bank, pursuant to which United Community will merge with and into Civista (the “Merger”).

As previously disclosed, on June 28, 2018, Paul Parshall, a purported stockholder of United Community, filed a putative class action lawsuit in the Superior Court for the State of Indiana, Dearborn County, captioned Parshall v. United Community Bancorp, et al. (Case No. 15D02-1806-PL-000048), against United Community, the members of United Community’s Board of Directors, United Community Bank, Civista and Civista Bank on behalf of all of United Community’s public stockholders. The lawsuit had sought relief that included preliminary and permanent injunction against the consummation of the Merger, rescission or rescissory damages if the Merger is completed, costs and attorney’s fees.

Mr. Parshall filed a voluntary notice of dismissal. On August 13, 2018, the court entered an order dismissing the lawsuit, with prejudice as to Mr. Parshall and without prejudice as to the putative class.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.



Civista Bancshares, Inc.

Date: August 17, 2018   

/s/ James E. McGookey

   James E. McGookey, General Counsel,
   Senior Vice President and Secretary