Bernstein Liebhard LLP today announced that a class action has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of purchasers (the "Class") of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) ("Goldman" or the "Company") common stock during the period of October 15, 2009 and April 16, 2010, inclusive (the "Class Period"). Defendants are Goldman and certain of its officers and executives.
The complaint charges Goldman and certain of its officers and executives with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Goldman is a financial holding company that provides global banking, securities and investment management services in the United States and internationally.
The complaint alleges that, throughout the Class Period, defendants failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company's true financial condition, business and prospects. Specifically, the complaint alleges that defendants failed to disclose: (i) the Company had, in violation of applicable law, not fully disclosed the facts and circumstances concerning the formation and sale of the ABACUS 2007-AC1 deal to investors such that it had engaged in misleading conduct; (ii) the Company had, in fact, bet against its clients and constructed collateralized debt obligations that were likely, if not designed, to fail; and (ii) the Company had received a Wells Notice from the SEC about the ABACUS transaction but failed to inform shareholders of this fact.
After the market opened on April 16, 2010, it was revealed that Goldman's U.S. broker-dealer, GS&C, had been sued by the SEC "for making materially misleading statements and omissions in connection" with ABACUS 2007-AC1. As news of Goldman's misconduct reached the market, Goldman stock immediately plummeted $24.05, declining from $184.27 per share on April 15, 2010 to close at $160.70 per share on April 16, 2010.
Plaintiffs seek to recover damages on behalf of all Class members who purchased or otherwise acquired shares of Goldman during the Class Period. If you purchased or otherwise acquired Goldman shares during the Class Period, and either lost money on the transaction or still hold the shares, you may wish to join in the action to serve as lead plaintiff. In order to do so, you must meet certain requirements set forth in the applicable law and file appropriate papers no later than June 25, 2010.
A "lead plaintiff" is a representative party that acts on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. In order to be appointed lead plaintiff, the court must determine that the class member's claim is typical of the claims of other class members, and that the class member will adequately represent the class. Under certain circumstances, one or more class members may together serve as lead plaintiff. Your ability to share in any recovery is not, however, affected by the decision whether or not to serve as a lead plaintiff. You may retain Bernstein Liebhard LLP, or other counsel of your choice, to serve as your counsel in this action.
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You can obtain a copy of the complaint from the clerk of the court for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
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