Tuesday, November 07, 2006

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Well, there goes the Eastman Kodak securities class action, and yes I mean with prejudice. Why? Because Judge Michael A. Telesca (W.D.N.Y.) says “that Kodak's warnings not only alerted investors of potential problems with changes in Kodak's products, but also informed investors that the company was then currently facing the very problems identified in the Complaint.”

So “because the ‘total mix’ of information available to potential investors clearly informed investors that Kodak's plans were subject to risks, and clearly informed investors of the nature of those risks, the allegedly false and misleading statements made by the defendants during the class period are not material, in that based on a totality of the information, the risks that plaintiffs claim were concealed were disclosed, and no reasonable investor would have been misled.”

You can read In re Eastman Kodak, issued November 1, 2006, at 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79879.

Nugget: "Therefore, the court, while bound to accept plaintiffs' factual allegations as true, is not required to accept the plaintiffs' conclusions or inferences based on those facts."

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