District Court Finds Failure to Disclose All Relevant Information Renders Statements Misleading


The U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s complaint for securities fraud brought under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5. The complaint alleged that defendant Sturm Ruger, a company that designs, manufactures, and sells firearms, failed to disclose problems with its transition to a “lean manufacturing” model, and thereby misled plaintiffs into purchasing the company’s stock at an artificially inflated value. After the announcement in late 2006 of its new manufacturing strategy, the company’s share price rose, eventually trading at a high of over $13 per share in March 2007. However, after two positive quarters, sales fell dramatically in the third quarter of 2007, as a result of the company’s inability to produce its products at the necessary rate, and, not surprisingly, the company’s stock price also suffered.

In their complaint, the plaintiffs pointed to a number of statements in the company’s filings that they asserted were materially misleading because they did not reflect the “actual financial position of the company.” The defendants moved to dismiss the complaint, arguing that the allegedly false statements upon which the securities fraud claims are based were not actionable, because the statements were (i) puffery and mere expressions of corporate optimism, (ii) forward-looking statements accompanied by reasonable cautionary language; or (iii) accurate. The district court agreed that a number of the statements were not actionable because they constituted mere puffery or forward-looking statements subject to the safe-harbor provisions in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.

Please see full article below for more information.

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP | Attorney Advertising

Written by:


Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on:

Readers' Choice 2017
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:

Sign up to create your digest using LinkedIn*

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.

Already signed up? Log in here

*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.