NEW YORK, March 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Milberg LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon on behalf of purchasers of Galena Biopharma, Inc. ("Galena" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: GALE) common stock during the period between November 6, 2013 and February 14, 2014 (the "Class Period").
The complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, defendants violated the federal securities laws by disseminating false and misleading statements to the investing public. As a result of defendants' false statements, Galena's stock traded at artificially inflated prices during the Class Period, reaching a high of $7.48 per share on January 16, 2014. While Galena's stock price was artificially inflated, its Chief Executive Officer was able to sell $3.8 million worth of his Galena stock.
On February 12, 2014, Adam Feuerstein published an article on TheStreet.com claiming Galena was engaging in a misleading brand awareness campaign aimed at boosting its stock price. Additionally, the article represented that Galena paid investor relations firm The DreamTeam Group ("DreamTeam") to publish articles under aliases promoting the Company's stock without disclosing who paid for them. On this news, Galena's stock price dropped $0.85 per share to close at $4.34 per share on February 12, 2014, a one-day decline of 16% on volume of nearly 24 million shares.
Subsequently, on February 14, 2014, Galena issued a letter to its shareholders acknowledging that the Company had engaged DreamTeam. On this news, Galena's stock price dropped another $0.63 per share to close at $3.73 per share on February 14, 2014, a one-day decline of 14% on volume of nearly 41 million shares, and a decline of 50% from the stock's Class Period high.
If you purchased Galena shares during the Class Period you may, no later than May 5, 2014, request that the Court appoint you lead plaintiff. A lead plaintiff is a class member that directs the litigation. Your share in any recovery will not be affected by serving as a lead plaintiff. You do not need to be a lead plaintiff to recover. You may retain Milberg LLP, or other attorneys, for this action, but do not need to retain counsel to recover. If this action is certified as a class action, class members will be automatically represented by Court-appointed counsel. The complaint in this action was not filed by Milberg.
SOURCE Milberg LLP