NEW YORK, Aug. 2, 2007 LAWFUEL – The US Class Actions Newswire — The law firm of Seeger Weiss LLP announces that it filed a class action lawsuit today in the United States District Court for Eastern District of New York on behalf of purchasers of American Home Mortgage Investment Corporation (“AHM” or
“Company”) (NYSE:AHM) common stock in the open market between July 26,
2006 and July 27, 2007, inclusive (the “Class Period”). The complaint seeks remedies for the class under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”).
The complaint charges that defendants AHM, Michael Strauss and Stephen A. Hozie, violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5, by issuing a series of material misrepresentations to the market during the Class Period. AHM is a real estate investment trust (REIT), which engages in the investment and origination of residential mortgage loans in the United States. The Company primarily originates and sells securitized adjustable-rate mortgage loans, as well as engages in the sale of mortgage loans to institutional investors and servicing mortgage loans owned by others.
According to the complaint, during the Class Period, defendants disseminated or approved the materially false and misleading statements which they knew or deliberately disregarded were misleading in that they contained misrepresentations and failed to disclose material facts necessary in order to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading.
On June 28, 2007, American Home Mortgage issued a press release announcing that it will take “substantial charges for credit-related expenses in the second quarter.” The Company reported that the increase in losses was related to its practice of extending a three month timely payment warranty that the Company granted to loan buyers who purchased stated income loans. In response to this announcement, the price of American Home Mortgage stock declined from $20.91 per share to $18.38 per share on extremely heavy trading volume. Then, on July 27, 2007, after the close of the market, American Home Mortgage issued a press release announcing that its Board of Directors had determined to delay paying its dividend. In response to this announcement, on July 30, 2007, the NYSE halted trading in American Home Mortgage stock before the market opened. After the stock reopened for trading, it traded down even further, closing at less than $1.50 per share on July 31 and August 1, 2007.
Seeger Weiss is a New York based law firm that is active in major complex litigations and class actions pending in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Seeger Weiss has taken a leading role in many important actions on behalf of defrauded investors, consumers and others and has recovered millions of dollars for clients and class members.
If you are a member of the class described above, you may, no later than 60 days from July 31, move before the Court to serve as lead plaintiff of the class, if you so choose. 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 Seeger Weiss LLP, or other counsel of your choice, to serve as your counsel in this action.
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