NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2008 (LAWFUEL) — On September 5, 2008,
Scott+Scott LLP filed a class action complaint against General Electric
Company (“GE” or the “Company”) (NYSE:GE) and certain officers and
directors in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
The action is brought on behalf of those purchasing GE common stock
during the period beginning March 12, 2008 and through April 10, 2008,
inclusive (the “Class Period”), for violations of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934.
If you purchased GE common stock during the Class Period and wish to
serve as a lead plaintiff in the action, you must move the Court no
later than September 29, 2008. 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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There is no cost or fee to you.
The complaint alleges that during the Class Period GE made materially
false and misleading statements regarding, among other things, the
Company’s 1Q08 earnings guidance, including earnings per share (“EPS”),
the performance of GE’s financial services division, the Company’s sale
of key real estate assets and the ability of the Company’s Consumer and
Industrial division and Healthcare division to sell certain products.
The complaint alleges that defendants provided a 1Q08 EPS guidance of
$.50-.53, and FY08 guidance of $2.42 “or greater.” This would represent
EPS growth of 10% at a minimum.
Despite repeated reassurance by GE directly to its investors, however,
the complaint alleges that the Company shocked the market and its
investors when it released its 1Q08 results on April 11, 2008. Instead
of reporting a 1Q08 EPS of $0.50-0.53 and improving on 1Q07 results, as
the Company had assured its investors that it would just weeks before,
GE reported a significantly lower 1Q08 EPS of $0.43, down 2% from the
As the market reacted to these disclosures, GE’s stock declined $4.70
per share from $36.75 to close at $32.05 per share on volume of over
366 million shares, representing a 13% drop that wiped out
approximately $47 billion in market value, at least one analyst is
quoted as stating, “The miss and cut to guidance raises credibility
concerns for GE.”
Indeed, the complaint alleges, it became clear at the end of the Class
Period, among other things, that defendants had failed to disclose that
GE’s financial services division was underperforming prior
representations, with the division’s investments materially declining
in value such that the Company would be required to record
mark-to-market losses and recognize certain asset impairments, and that
GE’s Consumer and Industrial and Healthcare Divisions were experiencing
an inability to sell certain products. Moreover, as alleged in the
complaint, the Company had been depending on selling real estate assets
of approximately $900 million that it had been unable to sell.
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