SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Pomerantz Law Firm Announces the Filing of a Class Action against Eaton Corporation plc and Certain Officers – ETN
NEW YORK, Aug. 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pomerantz LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Eaton Corporation plc (“Eaton” or the “Company”) (NYSE:ETN) and certain of its officers. The class action, filed in United States District Court, Southern District of New York, and docketed under 16-cv-06393, is on behalf of a class consisting of all persons or entities who purchased or otherwise acquired Eaton securities between November 13, 2013 and July 28, 2014 inclusive (the “Class Period”). This class action seeks to recover damages against Defendants for alleged violations of the federal securities laws under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”).
If you are a shareholder who purchased Eaton securities during the Class Period, you have until September 23, 2016 to ask the Court to appoint you as Lead Plaintiff for the class. A copy of the Complaint can be obtained at www.pomerantzlaw.com. To discuss this action, contact Robert S. Willoughby at email@example.com or 888.476.6529 (or 888.4-POMLAW), toll free, ext. 9980. Those who inquire by e-mail are encouraged to include their mailing address, telephone number, and number of shares purchased.
Eaton is an Ireland-based manufacturer of engineered products marketed to customers in the industrial, agricultural, construction, aerospace, and vehicle markets. The Company’s products include hydraulic equipment, fluid connectors, electrical distribution equipment, and engine components.
For most of its 100-year history, Eaton was primarily a vehicle-component manufacturer. Since 2008, however, the Company has been making strategic shifts away from its vehicle business, while growing its electrical component businesses. Investors in Eaton expected the Company to further this strategic realignment and increase corporate value by spinning off at least part of its vehicle component manufacturing business.
In 2012, the Company engaged in a merger (the “Merger”) with Irish-headquartered Cooper Industries plc (“Cooper”), which reincorporated the Company in Ireland.
The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and/or misleading statements, as well as failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company’s business, operations, and prospects. Specifically, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: in response to questions regarding the effect of the Merger on the Company’s ability to spin-off its businesses, Eaton executives falsely assured investors and the market of the continued feasibility of divesting the Company’s automobile-part manufacturing business on a tax-free basis. This prospect was key to investors’ and analysts’ ability to value the Company. As a result, Eaton and its executives artificially inflated the price of Eaton stock.
On July 29, 2014, Eaton Chief Executive Officer Alexander M. Cutler, after years of misleading the market regarding its unfettered ability to undertake a tax-free spin-off, finally informed investors that, contrary to the Company’s prior assurances, Eaton could not, in fact, feasibly divest its vehicle business until late 2017 due to tax-law restrictions related to the Merger with Cooper. Defendant Cutler further revealed that the Company had been “well aware” of these restrictions “all along.”
On this news, the price of Eaton shares dropped from $76.75 per share to $70.51 per share, or 8.13%, erasing nearly $3 billion from the Company’s market capitalization.
The Pomerantz Firm, with offices in New York, Chicago, Florida, and Los Angeles, is acknowledged as one of the premier firms in the areas of corporate, securities, and antitrust class litigation. Founded by the late Abraham L. Pomerantz, known as the dean of the class action bar, the Pomerantz Firm pioneered the field of securities class actions. Today, more than 80 years later, the Pomerantz Firm continues in the tradition he established, fighting for the rights of the victims of securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and corporate misconduct. The Firm has recovered numerous multimillion-dollar damages awards on behalf of class members. See www.pomerantzlaw.com
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