WILMINGTON, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rigrodsky & Long, P.A. announces that a complaint has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of all purchasers of the securities of Weatherford International, Ltd. (“Weatherford” or the “Company”) (NYSE:WFT) between March 2, 2011 and February 21, 2012 (the “Class Period”), alleging violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 against the Company and certain of its officers and directors (the “Complaint”).
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Weatherford, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, describes itself as one of the “largest providers of products and services that span the drilling, evaluation, completion, production and intervention cycles of oil and natural gas wells.” The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, defendants, inter alia, made materially false and misleading statements concerning the remediation of a material weakness in internal controls over its financial reporting and its restated financial statements for 2007 to 2010. Specifically, the Complaint alleges that defendants knew or recklessly failed to inform investors that Weatherford did not properly restate its financial statements from 2007 to 2010; the had not adequately remediated a material weakness in its internal controls over financial reporting of income taxes from 2007 to 2010; and Weatherford failed to properly record and/or report a $225 million in adjustments for financial statements from 2007 to 2010.
On February 21, 2012, the Company disclosed that it was going to adjust its previously reported financial results for the years 2010 and prior by approximately $225 million to $250 million in connection with its previous correction of errors identified in the Company’s accounting for income taxes. On this disclosure, Weatherford stock dropped approximately 13% on the next trading day, falling from a close of $17.79 per share on February 17, 2012 (the last trading day prior to the disclosure) to a close of $15.36 per share on February 21, 2012 (the first trading day after the disclosure), on very heavy trading volume.
If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than May 22, 2012. A lead plaintiff is a representative party acting 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. Your ability to share in any recovery is not, however, affected by the decision whether or not to serve as a lead plaintiff. Any member of the proposed class may move the court to serve as lead plaintiff through counsel of their choice, or may choose to do nothing and remain an absent class member.
While Rigrodsky & Long, P.A. did not file the Complaint in this matter, the firm, with offices in Wilmington, Delaware and Garden City, New York, regularly litigates securities class, derivative and direct actions, shareholder rights litigation and corporate governance litigation, including claims for breach of fiduciary duty and proxy violations in the Delaware Court of Chancery and in state and federal courts throughout the United States.
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