Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, a national investor-rights law firm, reminds investors of the Oct. 15, 2013, lead plaintiff deadline in a securities class action lawsuit against ECOtality, Inc., (NASDAQ:ECTY) and of the continuing investigation into whether ECOtality withheld critical information from investors. Investors are invited to inquire about their options with Hagens Berman attorneys by emailing ECTY@hbsslaw.com.
Investors who purchased ECTY common stock between April 16, 2013, and Aug. 9, 2013, (the “Class Period”) and suffered financial losses exceeding $100,000 may also contact Hagens Berman Partner Reed Kathrein, who is leading the firm’s investigation, by calling (510) 725-3000. More information is available online at http://hb-securities.com/investigations/ECTY.
On June 19, 2013, ECOtality closed an $8.2 million private placement of over 5 million shares of common stock priced at $1.60 and warrants exercisable at $2.04 per share.
Two months later, on Aug. 12, 2013, the company announced several previously undisclosed production and financial problems. ECOtality also revealed it had hired a restructuring adviser to evaluate the company’s options, including a possible bankruptcy filing that could be made “in the very near future.”Following the announcement the company’s stock price dropped more than 87 percent. The lawsuit alleges that ECOtality concealed major issues, including: defects and performance shortfalls in some of its charging systems, the inability to release products as scheduled and a lack of sufficient commercial sales and investor funding to sustain the company’s operations. Persons with non-public information may want to consider their options to help in the investigation or take advantage of the SEC whistleblower program. Under the new SEC whistleblower program, whistleblowers who provide original information may receive rewards totaling up to 30 percent of any successful recovery made by the SEC. About Hagens Berman Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, LLP is an investor-rights class-action law firm with offices in nine cities including the San Francisco Bay Area where this lawsuit has been filed. The Firm represents investors, whistleblowers, workers and consumers in complex litigation. More about the law firm and its successes can be found at www.hbsslaw.com. The Firm’s Securities Newsletter is at http://www.hb-securities.com/newsletter.