NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bernstein Liebhard LLP today announced that a lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington on behalf of a class (the “Class”) of investors who purchased Itron, Inc. (“Itron” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: ITRI) securities between the period of April 28, 2010 and February 16, 2011, inclusive (the “Class Period”).
Itron provides products and services for the energy and water markets worldwide. Plaintiff alleges that the Company and certain of its executive officers issued false and misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) the Company improperly recognized revenue on a contract due to an extended warranty obligation; (2) the Company’s revenue and financial results were overstated during the Class Period; (3) the Company’s financial results were not prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); (4) the Company lacked adequate internal and financial controls; and (5), as a result of the above, the Company’s financial statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.
On February 16, 2011, Itron announced it was restating its financial results for the quarters ended March 31, June 30, and September 30, 2010, to correct improperly recognized revenue on a contract due to an extended warranty obligation. The Company’s restatement reduced total revenue for the first nine months of 2010 by $6.1 million, and both GAAP and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share were reduced by $0.11 over this same period. On this news, Itron shares declined $6.33 per share, to close on February 17, 2011, at $57.29 per share, on unusually heavy trading volume.
Plaintiff seeks to recover damages on behalf of all Class members who purchased or otherwise acquired shares of Itron during the Class Period. If you purchased or otherwise acquired Itron shares during the Class Period, and either lost money on the transaction or still hold the shares, you may wish to join in this action to serve as lead plaintiff. In order to do so, you must meet certain requirements set forth in the applicable law and file appropriate papers no later than April 25, 2011.
A “lead plaintiff” is a representative party that acts on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. In order to be appointed lead plaintiff, the court must determine that the class member’s claim is typical of the claims of other class members, and that the class member will adequately represent the class. Under certain circumstances, one or more class members may together serve as lead plaintiff. Your ability to share in any recovery is not, however, affected by the decision whether or not to serve as a lead plaintiff. You may retain Bernstein Liebhard LLP, or other counsel of your choice, to serve as your counsel in this action.
If you are interested in discussing your rights as a Itron shareholder and/or have information relating to the matter, please contact Joseph R. Seidman, Jr. at (877) 779-1414 or email@example.com.
Bernstein Liebhard has pursued hundreds of securities, consumer and shareholder rights cases and recovered almost $3 billion for its clients. It has been named to The National Law Journal’s “Plaintiffs’ Hot List” in each of the last eight years.
You can obtain a copy of the complaint from the clerk of the court for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.
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