July 10, 2013
Ryan & Maniskas, LLP
) announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of
on behalf of investors who purchased Linn Energy, LLC ("Linn" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: LINE) stock between
April 28, 2011
July 1, 2013
, inclusive (the "Class Period").
For more information regarding this class action suit, please contact Ryan & Maniskas, LLP (
Richard A. Maniskas, Esquire
) toll-free at (877) 316-3218 or by email at
Linn is an independent natural gas exploration and production company. The Company develops and acquires various oil and gas properties in
the United States
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: (1) the Company engaged in improper accounting for its hedging strategy, including the failure to properly treat certain hedging costs invested in derivatives as expenses; (2) the Company was overstating the cash flow available for distribution to unit holders by improperly using non-GAAP financial measures to account for certain derivatives including put options on natural gas; (3) the Company's energy production was not increasing, despite its heavy capital expenditures; and (4) as a result of the foregoing, the Company's statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.
Through a series of articles, Barron's described the Company as "the country's most overpriced large energy producer" for using non Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") accounting to mask considerable weakness in its distributable cash flows, calling into question the sustainability of its dividend. Further, Barron's questioned the Company's accounting for its derivative contracts by, for example, excluding the cost of its puts from its cash flow, while including the gains. As a result of this news, Linn units declined
per unit or more than 5%, to close at
per unit on
May 6, 2013
If you are a member of the class, you may, no later than
September 9, 2013
, request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff of the class. 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 Ryan & Maniskas, LLP or other counsel of your choice, to serve as your counsel in this action.
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toll-free at (877) 316-3218, or by e-mail at
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