|By Marketwired .||
|February 21, 2014 03:20 PM EST||
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 02/21/14 -- Pomerantz LLP has filed a class action lawsuit against Barnes & Noble, Inc. ("Barnes & Noble" or the "Company")(NYSE: BKS) and certain of its officers. The class action, filed in United States District Court, Southern District of New York, and docketed under 14 cv 0406, is on behalf of a class consisting of all persons or entities who purchased or otherwise acquired Barnes & Noble securities between June 27, 2012 and December 5, 2013, both dates inclusive (the "Class Period"). This class action seeks to recover damages against Defendants for alleged violations of the federal securities laws pursuant to Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder.
If you are a shareholder who purchased Barnes & Noble securities during the Class Period, you have until March 10, 2014 to ask the Court to appoint you as Lead Plaintiff for the class. A copy of the Complaint can be obtained at www.pomerantzlaw.com. To discuss this action, contact Robert S. Willoughby at [email protected] or 888.476.6529 (or 888.4-POMLAW), toll free, x237. Those who inquire by e-mail are encouraged to include their mailing address, telephone number, and number of shares purchased.
Barnes & Noble is one of the nation's largest booksellers, providing customers easy and convenient access to books, magazines, newspapers and other content across its multi-channel distribution platform.
The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements, as well as failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company's business, operations, and prospects. Specifically, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) the Company engaged in improper accounting practices, including by inappropriately allocating expenses between the Company's NOOK and Retail segments; (2) the Company lacked adequate internal controls over financial reporting; and, (3) as a result of the foregoing, the Company's statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.
On June 25, 2013, the Company announced that it would not be able to file its annual report on time, and would need to evaluate its prior financial statements in order to provide investors with accurate financial statements.
On this news, the Company's shares fell $3.21 to close at $15.61 per share, a decline of more than 17%, on June 25, 2013.
On December 5, 2013, the Company announced in its Form 8-K, that, "on October 16, 2013, the SEC's New York Regional office notified the Company that it had commenced an investigation into: (1) the Company's restatement of earnings announced on July 29, 2013, and (2) a separate matter related to a former non-executive employee's allegation that the Company improperly allocated certain Information Technology expenses between its NOOK and Retail segments for purposes of segment reporting. The Company is cooperating with the SEC, including responding to requests for documents."
On this news, Barnes & Noble securities declined $1.96 per share, or over 11%, to close at $14.43 per share on December 6, 2013.
The Pomerantz Firm, with offices in New York, Chicago, Florida, and San Diego, is acknowledged as one of the premier firms in the areas of corporate, securities, and antitrust class litigation. Founded by the late Abraham L. Pomerantz, known as the dean of the class action bar, the Pomerantz Firm pioneered the field of securities class actions. Today, more than 70 years later, the Pomerantz Firm continues in the tradition he established, fighting for the rights of the victims of securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and corporate misconduct. The Firm has recovered numerous multimillion-dollar damages awards on behalf of class members. See www.pomerantzlaw.com.
Robert S. Willoughby