Lawfuel – The Law Newswire – The Connecticut law firm of Schatz Nobel Izard, P.C., along with New York-based law firm Sarraf Gentile LLP, are actively pursuing a class action against Optionable, Inc. (“Optionable” or the “Company”) (OTCBB:OPBL) on behalf of all persons who purchased or otherwise acquired the common stock of Optionable between May 6, 2005 and May 10, 2007, inclusive, (the “Class Period”). The action is currently pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York at docket number 07-CV-3845.
The Complaint alleges that Optionable and certain of its officers and
directors violated Federal Securities laws by making misleading
statements concerning the Company’s business prospects and growth.
Specifically, throughout the Class Period, Defendants failed to
disclose the following facts: (i) Optionable was engaged in improper
deals with its biggest client, the Bank of Montreal (“BMO”); (ii)
Optionable’s business was extremely dependent upon BMO; and (iii)
Defendants were able to retain BMO only because they helped its star
options trader mismark options, falsify the trading price at which BMO
traded those options, and hide massive losses incurred by BMO as a
result of those trades.
On April 27, 2007, BMO announced that it had lost between $300 to $400
million on trades executed through Optionable. In response to this
disclosure, the Company’s stock dropped 33%. Then, on May 8, 2007, BMO
announced it was suspending all of its business relationships with
Optionable. Finally, on May 10, 2007, it was disclosed that Deloitte &
Touche LLP had conducted an audit of the trades that BMO had conducted
with Optionable and found there had been “serious mismarking of the
book of natural-gas options.” On this news, the price of Optionable
fell further to $0.84, representing a total drop of nearly 90%. During
the Class Period, Optionable stock traded as high as $9.10 per share.
Subsequent to the Class Period, on May 12, 2007, CEO Kevin Cassidy
If you are a member of the class, you may, no later than July 10, 2007,
request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff of the class. A
lead plaintiff is a class member that acts on behalf of other class
members in directing the litigation. Although your ability to share in
any recovery is not affected by the decision whether or not to seek
appointment as a lead plaintiff, lead plaintiffs make important
decisions which could affect the overall recovery for class members,
including decisions concerning settlement. The securities laws require
the Court to consider the class member(s) with the largest financial
interest as presumptively the most adequate lead plaintiff(s).
For more information about the case, its claims, and your rights,
please contact Schatz Nobel Izard, P.C. toll-free at (800) 797-5499, or
by e-mail: [email protected] or you may contact Sarraf Gentile LLP at
(212) 868-3610, or by e-mail: [email protected] To view a copy
of the complaint filed by Schatz Nobel Izard, P.C. and Sarraf Gentile
LLP or for more information about class action cases please visit: