WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC is conducting an investigation to determine whether Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (“Ocean Power” or the “Company”) and certain of its officers and directors made false and misleading statements and/or omissions in violation of Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
A class action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey by another law firm on behalf of purchasers of the common stock of Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPTT) between January 14, 2014 and June 9, 2014 including those who purchased shares pursuant or traceable to the Company’s April 4, 2014 offering (the “Class Period”).
The claims in this case arise from the Company’s recent announcement that it had terminated its CEO for cause and had formed a special committee to investigate an agreement between Victorian Wave Partners Pty. Ltd (“Victorian Wave”) and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (“ARENA”), and related public statements concerning the project. Victorian Wave is a project-specific operating entity wholly-owned by the Company’s subsidiary Ocean Power (Australasia) Pty. Ltd. One of Ocean Power’s principal projects, which is conducted through Victorian Wave, is the development of an ocean wave-based power station off the coast of Portland, Victoria, Australia (the “Australian Project”). The complaint alleges that Ocean Power and Charles Dunleavy, its former CEO (“Defendants”), misrepresented and/or failed to disclose the true nature and circumstances of the agreement between Victorian Wave and ARENA and, as a result, Defendants’ statements concerning the Australian Project, and positive statements about the Company’s business, operations and prospects, were materially false and misleading or lacked a reasonable basis for being made during the relevant time period.
The Class Period ends on June 10, 2014 with the Company’s announcement that it had “terminated Charles F. Dunleavy as Chief Executive Officer and as an employee of the Company, effective June 9, 2014,” adding that Dunleavy had also been removed from his position as Chairman of the Board of Directors, and that a Special Committee had been appointed to investigate. The price of Ocean Power shares fell from $2.47 to $1.63 on June 10.
The termination and Special Committee investigation came on the heels of a report by TheStreetSweeper noting the Company’s misleading practice of “regurgitat[ing] old, misleading news that pops [its] stock price,” including purported “news” related to the agreement between Victorian Wave and ARENA that made it appear as though new funding had been obtained from ARENA.
Cohen Milstein encourages all investors who purchased Ocean Power common stock between January 14, 2014 and June 9, 2014 including those who purchased shares pursuant or traceable to the Company’s April 4, 2014 offering, or former employees with information concerning this matter to contact the firm.
If you are an Ocean Power shareholder and would like to discuss your right to recover for your economic loss, you may, without any cost or obligation, call Cohen Milstein’s Managing Partner, Steven J. Toll at (888) 240-0775 or (202) 408-4600, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than August 12, 2014 to request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff. A lead plaintiff is a representative party acting on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. To be appointed lead plaintiff, the Court must decide that your claim is typical of the claims of other class members, and that you will adequately represent the class. Your share in any recovery will not be enhanced or diminished by the decision whether or not to serve as a lead plaintiff. Any member of the proposed class may retain Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC or other attorneys to serve as your counsel in this action, or you may do nothing and remain an absent class member.
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC has significant experience in prosecuting investor class actions and actions involving securities fraud. The firm has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Palm Beach Gardens, and is active in major litigation pending in federal and state courts throughout the nation.
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If you have any questions about this notice or the action, or with regard to your rights, please contact either of the following:
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Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
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