Bragar Eagel & Squire, PC reminds investors that class action lawsuits have been filed… | Nation/World
NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bragar Eagel & Squire, PC, a nationally recognized shareholder rights law firm, reminds investors that class action lawsuits have been filed on behalf of shareholders of Carvana Co. (NYSE: CVNA), Kiromic BioPharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: KRBP), Tuya, Inc. (NYSE: TUYA) and LifeStance Health Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: LFST). Shareholders have until the deadlines below to ask the court to serve as lead plaintiff. Additional information on each case can be found at the link provided.
Carvana Co. (NYSE: CVNA)
Course period: May 6, 2020 – June 24, 2022
Lead Applicant Deadline: October 3, 2022
On June 24, 2022, Barron’s published an article titled “Carvana sought to disrupt auto sales. It Delivered Undriveable Cars”, detailing, among other things, that: “[i]In its haste to take market share from its competitors, Carvana was selling cars faster than it could register them to their new owners” and “at one point formed an ad hoc unit known as the ‘group working on “unusable cars”; “[i]In other cases…Carvana sold cars before it had title to the vehicles, an action that is illegal in many states where the company does business”; and “State regulators across the United States have submitted [Carvana] to suspensions or increased monitoring of registration delays and its practice of issuing multiple temporary license plates from states where it has dealer licenses, instead of quickly issuing permanent licenses. For example, the article stated that “Pennsylvania officials suspended [Carvana’s] license to issue temporary permits to its two vending machine towers in that state… citing late submissions of documents, “incorrect issuance and verification of Pennsylvania temporary plates in other states” and other violations.
At this news, Carvana’s share price fell about 21% over the next two trading days, hurting investors.
The Carvana Class Action alleges that, throughout the Class Period, the Defendants made false and misleading statements and failed to disclose that: (i) Carvana faced serious ongoing problems with documentation, registration and title with many of its vehicles; (ii) as a result, Carvana was issuing unusually frequent temporary plates; (iii) thus, Carvana violated laws and regulations in many existing markets; (iv) as a result, Carvana risked its ability to continue operations and/or expand operations in existing markets; (v) as such, Carvana was exposed to an increased risk of investigation and government action; (vi) Carvana was in discussions with state and local authorities regarding the aforementioned business tactics and issues; and (vii) Carvana was facing pending and pending regulatory action, including license suspensions, terminations and probation in several states and counties, including Arizona, Illinois, Pennsylvania, in Michigan and North Carolina.
For more information on the Carvana class action, go to: https://bespc.com/cases/CVNA
Kiromic BioPharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: KRBP)
Class Period: June 25, 2021 through August 13, 2021 or pursuant to the Company’s IPO on July 2, 2021
Lead Applicant Deadline: October 4, 2022
The complaint alleges that the offering documents did not disclose that the FDA had, prior to the filing of the registration statement and prospectus, imposed a clinical hold and, in fact, contained statements indicating that it would not l had not done. As the Offering closed on July 2, 2021, more than thirty (30) days after the Company submitted IND applications for its two immunotherapy product candidates, investors have been assured that no suspension clinical trial had been issued and clinical trials would begin. The Company had, however, received communications from the FDA on June 16 and 17, 2021, informing it that the FDA was placing the IND applications for its two product candidates on clinical hold. The offering documents did not disclose this information, instead stating that clinical trials were scheduled to take place in the third quarter of 2021. The clinical trials did not take place in the third quarter of 2021, and it likely did not. been given the imposition of a clinical hold by the FDA.
For more information on the Kiromic class action, please visit: https://bespc.com/cases/KRBP
Tuya, Inc. (NYSE: TUYA)
Class Period: In accordance with the Company’s IPO on March 18, 2021
Lead Applicant Deadline: October 11, 2022
According to the complaint, the company made false and misleading statements to the market. Tuya’s China-based customers engaged in a scheme to manipulate reviews and product listings on Amazon, in violation of the commerce platform’s terms of service. A consumer survey that took place before the IPO revealed fake scams organized by the company’s customers, which included 200,000 fake Amazon accounts that posted 13 million fake reviews. The company faced significant business difficulties if its customer base was banned from selling on the Amazon platform. Based on these facts, the Company’s public statements were false and materially misleading throughout the IPO period. When the market learned the truth about Tuya, investors suffered damage.
For more information on the Tuya class action, please visit: https://bespc.com/cases/TUYA
LifeStance Health Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: LFST)
Recourse period: in accordance with the company’s initial public offering on June 11, 2021
Lead Applicant Deadline: October 11, 2022
On or about June 11, 2021, LifeStance completed its IPO, issuing 46 million shares at $18 per share.
On August 11, 2021, LifeStance announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2021, which ended just days after the IPO. The company reported a net loss of $70 million and also disclosed that its operating expenses more than tripled in the second quarter. LifeStance said it experienced a “recent and significant shift in clinician retention levels.”
On this news, the Company’s share price fell $10.16, or 46%, to close at $11.71 per share on August 12, 2021, hurting investors.
Then, on November 8, 2021, LifeStance released its third quarter 2021 financial results, revealing that “[c]retention of linicians [had] stabilized at around 80% annualized in the third quarter” and that the company needed to increase spending on “improving clinician engagement and continued support for workplace and work life flexibility “.
As a result of this news, the company’s stock price fell $3.10, or 24%, to close at $9.73 per share on November 9, 2021, further hurting investors.
Then, on March 10, 2022, LifeStance released its fiscal year 2021 results, indicating that a recent study had shown that three-quarters of mental health patients preferred in-person services and that through 2021, telehealth tended to decline. Additionally, the Company said it will reduce the number of brick-and-mortar facilities it builds in the immediate future in order to increase its profitability.
At the time the lawsuit was filed, LifeStance common stock was trading up to 73% below the IPO price.
The complaint filed in this class action alleges that the defendants made materially false and/or misleading statements, and failed to disclose material adverse facts regarding the company’s business, operations and prospects. Specifically, the defendants failed to disclose to investors: (1) that the number of virtual visits clients undertook using LifeStance declined as COVID-19 related lockdowns were lifted, capping outpatient revenue growth /virtuals of the company; (2) that the percentage of in-person visits customers were undertaking using LifeStance increased as COVID-19 lockdowns were lifted, resulting in a substantial increase in the Company’s operating expenses; (3) that LifeStance had lost a large number of physicians to burnout and as a result its physician retention rate had fallen significantly below the 87% stated in the registration statement and the company had engaged additional costs to integrate new physicians who were less productive than the outgoing physicians they replaced; and (4) as a result, defendants’ positive statements about the company’s business, operations and prospects were materially misleading and/or lacked reasonable basis at all relevant times.
For more information on the LifeStance class action, go to: https://bespc.com/cases/LFST
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