COLCHESTER, Conn., Aug. 14, 2007 LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire — On August 14, 2007, Scott+Scott, LLP, filed a class action against Countrywide Financial Corp. (“Countrywide Financial” or the “Company”) (NYSE:CFC) and certain officers and directors in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The action is on behalf of Countrywide Financial common stock purchasers during the period October 24, 2006, through August 9, 2007, inclusive (the “Class Period”), for violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The complaint alleges that defendants made false and misleading statements and material omissions regarding the Company’s business and operations and that, as a result, the price of the Company’s securities was inflated during the Class Period, thereby harming investors.
If you purchased Countrywide Financial stock during the Class Period and wish to serve as a lead plaintiff in the action, you must move the Court no later than 60 days from today’s date. Any member of the investor class may move the Court to serve as lead plaintiff through counsel of its choice, or may choose to do nothing and remain an absent class member. If you wish to discuss this action or have questions concerning this notice or your rights, please contact Scott+Scott ([email protected], 800/404-7770, 860/537-5537) or visit the
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According to the complaint, during the Class Period, defendants made false and misleading statements regarding the changing quality of the Company’s mortgage loan portfolio. As late as April of 2007, the Company stated that credit rating agency Moody’s upgraded the rating of the Company’s banking segment and announced that its home loans segment was also under review for possible upgrade. Then, on June 12, 2007, the Company boasted of its position as the number one mortgage originator in the United States. These reassuring announcements served to conceal the alarming growth of loan delinquencies and the increasing likelihood of impairment charges, with resulting adverse impacts on the quality of the Company’s collateralized debt obligations (CDO’s), earnings and profits.
On July 24, 2007, the Company finally announced the shocking news, of over $417 million in impairment charges and implementation of a $292.9 million loan loss provision. On the news, the price of Countrywide Financial stock tumbled 10.4%, closing at $30.50 per share. Following this, on August 9, 2007, within four days of reassuring statements that purported the reliability and availability of liquidity to meet short-term needs, the Company adopted a new risk disclosure, warning of short-term liquidity issues. As a result, on that day, the price of Countrywide Financial stock fell again, losing $1.00 or 3.4%, to close at $27.86 per share, on heavy volume of over 48.6 million shares.
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