BENSALEM, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of investors who purchased U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. (“USPh” or the “Company”) (NYSE: USPH) securities between May 8, 2014 and March 16, 2017, inclusive (the “Class Period”). USPh investors have until May 30, 2017 to file a lead plaintiff motion.
Investors suffering losses on their USPh investments are encouraged to contact the Law Offices of Howard G. Smith to discuss their legal rights in this class action at 888-638-4847 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On March 16, 2017, the Company disclosed that its historical accounting for redeemable non-controlling interests of acquired partnerships was incorrect, and that the error would result in the reporting of a material weakness in internal controls over financial reporting. The Company further disclosed that, because of the error, the Company’s previously issued financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, and all quarters within 2014 and 2015, and the first three quarters of 2016 should no longer be relied upon, and that the Company would restate certain figures for the affected periods. On this news, the price of USPh common stock fell $3.85 per share, or 5.2%, to close at $69.90 per share on March 16, 2017, on unusually heavy trading volume. The stock price continued to decline in the following trading days, falling $1.75 per share (2.5%) on March 17, 2017, $0.25 per share (0.3%) on March 20, 2017, and $3.15 per share (4.6%) on March 21, 2017, to close at $64.75 per share on March 21, 2017.
The complaint filed in this lawsuit 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 failed to disclose: (1) that the Company had a material weakness in its internal controls over accounting and financial reporting; (2) that the Company improperly accounted for redeemable non-controlling interests of acquired partnerships in violation of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”); (3) that, as a result, the Company’s financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, and all quarters within 2014 and 2015, and the first three quarters of 2016 contained material errors; and (4) that, as a result of the foregoing, Defendants’ statements about USPh’s business, operations, and prospects, were false and misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis.
If you purchased shares of USPh during the Class Period you may move the Court no later than May 30, 2017 to ask the Court to appoint you as lead plaintiff. To be a member of the Class you need not take any action at this time; you may retain counsel of your choice or take no action and remain an absent member of the Class. If you wish to learn more about this action, or if you have any questions concerning this announcement or your rights or interests with respect to these matters, please contact Howard G. Smith, Esquire, of Law Offices of Howard G. Smith, 3070 Bristol Pike, Suite 112, Bensalem, Pennsylvania 19020 by telephone at (215) 638-4847, toll-free at (888) 638-4847, or by email to email@example.com, or visit our website at http://www.howardsmithlaw.com.
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