SAN DIEGO, June 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP ("Robbins Geller") (http://www.rgrdlaw.com/cases/cbl/) today announced that a class action has been commenced by an institutional investor on behalf of purchasers of CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. ("CBL") (NYSE: CBL) common stock during the period between August 9, 2011 and May 24, 2016 (the "Class Period"). This action was filed in the Eastern District of Tennessee and is captioned International Union of Painters & Allied Trades District Council No. 35 Pension Plan v. CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., et al., No. 1:16-cv-00248.
If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than 60 days from May 27, 2016. If you wish to discuss this action or have any questions concerning this notice or your rights or interests, please contact plaintiff's counsel, Darren Robbins of Robbins Geller at 800/449-4900 or 619/231-1058, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a member of this proposed class, you can view a copy of the complaint as filed or join this class action online at http://www.rgrdlaw.com/cases/cbl/. Any member of the putative class may move the Court to serve as lead plaintiff through counsel of their choice. You do not have to move the Court to serve as lead plaintiff to participate in the proposed class action.
The complaint charges CBL and certain of its officers and directors with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. CBL purports to be a self-managed, self-administered, fully integrated real estate investment trust. Through its affiliate, CBL & Associates Limited Partnership (the "Operating Partnership"), CBL owns, develops, acquires, leases, manages and operates regional shopping malls, open-air and mixed-use centers, outlet centers, associated centers, community centers and office properties.
The complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, defendants falsified information on financial statements provided to banks when applying for financing arrangements, in particular by inflating its rental income and its properties' occupancy rates, and made numerous materially false and misleading statements and omissions to investors that misrepresented the Company's compliance with the financial covenants and restrictions imposed by the Company's lenders. In addition, the complaint alleges that defendants provided material non-public information about CBL to Senator Robert P. Corker, Jr. of Tennessee, allowing him to execute numerous well-timed trades in CBL stock that netted him substantial profits, while falsely stating to investors that the Company required its employees to comply with laws and regulations prohibiting the provision of material non-public information to selected individuals. As a result of these false statements and/or omissions, CBL common stock traded at artificially inflated prices during the Class Period, reaching a high of $26.95 per share.
The complaint further alleges that between November 3, 2015 and June 13, 2016, the truth regarding defendants' misconduct began to be revealed, as articles in The Wall Street Journal reported on Senator Corker's well-timed trades, as well as a pending FBI and SEC investigation regarding CBL's alleged misrepresentations regarding its financing arrangements. These disclosures caused CBL's stock price to decline, causing millions of dollars in losses to CBL investors, who relied on the accuracy of defendants' statements and suffered damages when the truth began to be revealed.
Plaintiff seeks to recover damages on behalf of purchasers of CBL common stock during the Class Period (the "Class"). The plaintiff is represented by Robbins Geller, which has extensive experience in prosecuting investor class actions including actions involving financial fraud.
Robbins Geller is widely recognized as one of the leading law firms advising U.S. and international institutional investors in securities litigation and portfolio monitoring. With 200 lawyers in 10 offices, Robbins Geller has obtained many of the largest securities class action recoveries in history and was ranked first in both total amount recovered for investors and number of securities class action recoveries in ISS's SCAS Top 50 Report for the last two years. Robbins Geller attorneys have shaped the law in the areas of securities litigation and shareholder rights and have recovered tens of billions of dollars on behalf of the Firm's clients. Robbins Geller not only secures recoveries for defrauded investors, it also strives to implement corporate governance reforms, helping to improve the financial markets for investors worldwide. Please visit rgrdlaw.com/cases/cbl/ for more information.
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