Ryan & Maniskas, LLP ( www.rmclasslaw.com/cases/puda) announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of purchasers of the common stock of Puda Coal, Inc. (“Puda” or the “Company”) (AMEX:PUDA) between November 13, 2009 and April 11, 2011, 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 email@example.com or visit: www.rmclasslaw.com/cases/puda. The Complaint alleges that during the Class Period the Company violated federal securities laws by issuing material misrepresentations to the market concerning Puda’s operations and financial condition, thereby artificially inflating the price of the Company’s securities. On April 8, 2011, Puda issued a press release announcing that it was currently reviewing the allegations regarding improper share transactions by defendant Ming Zhao, which were published in an article entitled “Puda Coal Chairman Secretly Sold Half the Company and Pledged the Other Half to Chinese PE Investors” by a short-seller that same day. In reaction to the short-seller’s article and the Company’s press release, shares of the Company’s stock declined more than 34% on April 8, 2011, on extremely heavy trading volume. On April 11, 2011, Puda announced that it had unanimously ratified the Audit Committee's decision to launch a full investigation into the allegations raised in the short-seller’s article alleging various unauthorized transactions in the shares of a subsidiary company, Shanxi Coal. The April 11, 2011 press release noted that, “[a]lthough the investigation is in its preliminary stages, evidence supports the allegation that there were transfers by Mr. Zhao in subsidiary ownership that were inconsistent with disclosure made by the Company in its public securities filings. Mr. Zhao has agreed to a voluntarily [sic] leave of absence as Chairman of the Board of the Company until the investigation is complete.” In response to the above announcement, trading in the Company's stock was halted on April 11, 2011.
If you are a member of the class, you may, no later than June 13, 2011, 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.For more information about the case or to participate online, please visit: www.rmclasslaw.com/cases/puda or contact Richard A. Maniskas, Esquire toll-free at (877) 316-3218, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about class action cases in general or to learn more about Ryan & Maniskas, LLP, please visit our website: www.rmclasslaw.com.