October 16, 2013
Bernstein Liebhard LLP today announced that a class action has been commenced in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of all those who purchased the common stock of L&L Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: LLEN) (“L&L” or the “Company”) between September 11, 2012 and September 18, 2013, inclusive (the “Class Period”).
L&L, formerly known as L&L International Holdings, is a coal-mining company founded in 1995. L&L purports, through its subsidiaries, to engage in coal mining, clean coal washing, coal coking, and coal wholesaling businesses in China.
The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants made 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: (1) the Company improperly counted substantial revenue from operations that were already shut down; (2) the Company claimed acquisitions and divestitures of various properties through swap transactions that never occurred through the exchange of assets it never owned in the first place; (3) the Company lacked adequate internal and financial controls; and (4) that, as a result of the foregoing, the Company’s financial results were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.
On September 19, 2013, GeoInvesting published an article on Seeking Alpha disclosing that the Company has been “defrauding investors by booking substantial revenue from operations that have been idled for quite some time.” Specifically, GeoInvesting stated that the Company’s numerous acquisitions and divestitures through the years have amounted “to a bait and switch shell game” by utilizing “swap transactions that never occurred.” Moreover, the article concluded “that revenue of $77.6 million disclosed in L&L’s 2013 Form 10-K, generated from its Hong Xing coal washing factory, was actually close to zero, if it is not actually zero” as the factory “has been shut down since 2012.”
Plaintiffs seek to recover damages on behalf of all Class members who invested in L&L stock during the Class Period. If you invested in L&L stock as described above during the Class Period, and either lost money on the transaction or still hold the security, 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 November 22, 2013.
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.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP has pursued hundreds of securities, consumer and shareholder rights cases and recovered over $3 billion for its clients. It has been named to The National Law Journal’s “Plaintiffs’ Hot List” in each of the last ten years.
You can obtain a copy of the complaint from the clerk of the court for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.