SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. (SEAS) - Get Report is currently under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for statements delivered by company executives regarding the documentary "Blackfish," according to Orlando's News 6.
The acting chief of the DOJ's Fraud Section Sandra Moser confirmed that her division is launching a crimiinal investigation into SeaWorld.
The motion filed by Moser seeks to intervene in a 2014 lawsuit brought forward by SeaWorld investors who claim that company executives lied about the adverse impact that the documentary "Blackfish" was having on theme park attendance and revenue.
The DOJ is urging a judge to suspend depositions in the civil litigation until November 30, because the process of lawyers questioning witnesses as part of the lawsuit "may implicate and negatively affect the ongoing criminal investigation," according to the report.
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