Rigrodsky & Long, P.A. announces that a complaint has been filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on behalf of all persons or entities that purchased the securities of Lime Energy Co. (“Lime Energy” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ CM: LIME) between May 13, 2010 and July 17, 2012, inclusive (the “Class Period”), alleging violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 against the Company and certain of its officers and directors (the “Complaint”). If you purchased shares of Lime Energy during the Class Period and wish to discuss this action or have any questions concerning this notice or your rights or interests, please contact Timothy J. MacFall, Esquire or Peter Allocco of Rigrodsky & Long, P.A., 825 East Gate Boulevard, Suite 300, Garden City, NY at (888) 969-4242, by e-mail to email@example.com, or at: http://www.rigrodskylong.com/investigations/lime-energy-co-lime. Lime Energy, a Delaware corporation headquartered in Huntersville, North Carolina, is a leader in planning and delivering clean energy solutions that assist their clients in the achievement of their energy efficiency and renewable energy goals. The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, defendants made materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company’s business operations, financial condition and prospects. Specifically, the Complaint alleges (1) that the Company was improperly recording revenue; (2) that, as a result, the Company’s revenue and financial results were overstated; (3) that, as such, the Company’s financial statements were not prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”); (4) that the Company lacked adequate internal and financial controls; and (5) that, as a result of the foregoing, the Company’s financial statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times. As a result of defendants’ false and misleading statements, the Company’s stock traded at artificially inflated prices during the Class Period.
According to the Complaint, Lime Energy filed a Form 8-K on July 17, 2012 disclosing that the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors determined that the Company’s consolidated financial statements on Form 10-K for the periods ending December 31, 2010 and December 31, 2011 and quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2012 may no longer be relied upon. The Audit Committee made that determination based on the results of a partial internal review conducted by the Company’s management which was concluded on July 13, 2012.The Company further stated that based on the results of that partial internal review, the Company’s management and the Audit Committee believe that some portion of the Company’s revenue was improperly recorded. In some cases, it appears that non-existent revenue may have been recorded. In other cases, it appears that revenue may have been recorded earlier that it should have been. Further, the Company disclosed that at the time of the filing, it could not make a reliable estimate of the magnitude of the misreported revenue or the effects on the affected financial statements. Lastly, the Company stated that it expects that the misreporting may potentially require restatement of all of the affected financial documents. On this news, shares of the Company declined over 44%, closing at $1.12 per share on July 17, 2012, on volume of over 2 million shares. If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than September 18, 2012. A lead plaintiff is a representative party acting 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. Your ability to share in any recovery is not, however, affected by the decision whether or not to serve as a lead plaintiff. Any member of the proposed class may move the court to serve as lead plaintiff through counsel of their choice, or may choose to do nothing and remain an absent class member.
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