BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY)
According to the law firm press release, BlackBerry is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. The Company provides platforms and solutions for access to email, voicemail, instant messaging, short message service, Internet and Intranet-based applications, and browsing through the development of integrated hardware, software, and services.
The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants published a series of materially false and misleading statements that Defendants knew and/or recklessly disregarded were materially false and misleading at the time of publication, and that omitted to reveal material information necessary to make Defendants’ statements, in light of such omissions, not materially false and misleading. Specifically, the Company failed to inform investors that, contrary to Defendants’ statements touting the Company’s new BlackBerry 10 line of smart phones and the financial strength of BlackBerry, the Company was not on the road to recovery and re-emerging as a lead player in the wireless communications industry, but instead, BlackBerry’s business, operations and financial situation was made even worse by the introduction of the BlackBerry 10 platform, which was poorly received by the market.
On September 20, 2013, BlackBerry announced the true state of the Company, which incurred massive charges due to unsold BlackBerry 10 devices and was forced to lay-off approximately 40% of its workforce. In relevant part, the release explained that the Company expects to report a primarily non-cash, pre-tax charge against inventory and supply commitments in the second quarter of approximately $930 million to $960 million, which is primarily attributable to BlackBerry Z10 devices.
On March 25, 2014, the Court issued an Order consolidating cases, appointing lead plaintiffs, and approving lead counsel.