Form 8-K





Washington D.C. 20549






Current report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of

the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):

September 26, 2012



TriCo Bancshares

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




California   0-10661   94-2792841

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)



File No.)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

63 Constitution Drive, Chico, California   95973
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (530) 898-0300



Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):


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Item 8.01:     Other Events

On September 27, 2012, TriCo Bancshares (the “Company”) announced by press release that its principal subsidiary, Tri Counties Bank (the “Bank”), entered into a tentative settlement with a former employee who filed a class action lawsuit against the Bank in the Superior Court of California, Kern County on behalf of herself and a putative class of current and former Bank employees serving as assistant branch managers seeking undisclosed damages, alleging that the Bank improperly classified its assistant branch managers as exempt employees under California laws. As a result of this tentative settlement, and estimated related payroll taxes, the Bank recorded a $2,090,000 expense and accrued liability in anticipation of approval of the settlement by the court.

Item 9.01:     Financial Statements and Exhibits

(c) Exhibits

99.1    Press release, dated September 27, 2012, announcing legal settlement.


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.


Date: September 27, 2012     By:  

/s/ Thomas J. Reddish

      Thomas J. Reddish, Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial and
Accounting Officer