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Facebook Sued After Stock Plunge

Facebook Sued After Stock Plunge Facebook Sued After Stock Plunge

Facebook Inc and its chief executive Mark Zuckerberg were sued on Friday in what could be the first of many lawsuits over a disappointing earnings announcement by the social media company that wiped out about $120 billion of shareholder wealth. The complaint filed by shareholder James Kacouris in Manhattan federal court accused Facebook, Zuckerberg and Chief Financial Officer David Wehner of making misleading statements about or failing to disclose slowing revenue growth, falling operating margins and declines in active users, reported Reuters. Kacouris said the marketplace was “shocked” when “the truth” began to emerge on Wednesday from the Menlo Park, California-based company. He said the 19% plunge in Facebook shares the next day stemmed from federal securities law violations by the defendants. The lawsuit seeks class-action status and unspecified damages. A Facebook spokeswoman declined to comment. Shareholders often sue companies in the United States after unexpected stock price declines, especially if the loss of wealth is large. Facebook shares fell another 0.8% on Friday, closing at $174.89 on the Nasdaq.

 

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