Securities & Investment Fraud

BofI Holding, Inc. Securities Class Litigation

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Lieff Cabraser serves as Lead Counsel for a proposed class of shareholders in BofI Holding, Inc. (“BofI”) in a securities fraud lawsuit against BofI and certain of BofI’s senior executives and directors. BofI is a San Diego, California-based holding company of BofI Federal Bank, a federal savings bank that provides online banking services and products under brands such as “Bank of Internet” and “NetBank.”

The class action, in which the Houston Municipal Employees Pension System has been appointed Lead Plaintiff, alleges that throughout the Class Period of September 4, 2013 through February 3, 2016, defendants touted BofI’s purportedly conservative loan-underwriting standards and compliance with legal and regulatory obligations while, in fact, secretly manipulating BofI’s financials, engineering lucrative related-party transactions between BofI and senior officials, and flouting banking and consumer protection laws and other laws. The action alleges additional wrongdoing at BofI, including maintaining undisclosed lending partnerships pursuant to which BofI originated high-risk loans and reaped millions of dollars in origination fees and the ability to report growth in loan originations and improved efficiency without accounting for the attendant risks.

When investors learned that Defendants were allowing BofI to engage in far riskier practices than Defendants represented, the price of BofI common stock, which traded as high as $142.54 per share during the Class Period, fell significantly, to $63.98 per share (pre-split adjusted) by the end of the Class Period, thereby causing Lead Plaintiff and other Class Members to suffer damages.

On October 13, 2015, The New York Times reported that a former internal auditor at BofI filed an action against BofI alleging widespread misconduct at the Company, including by BofI’s Chief Executive Officer, defendant Gregory Garrabrants, who allegedly abused his powerful position at the Company for personal gain. Numerous other former BofI employees have also provided accounts of serious wrongdoing at BofI.

The case is Houston Municipal Employees Pension System v. BofI Holding, Inc., et al., No. 3:15-cv-02324 (S.D. Cal.). A copy of the consolidated amended complaint is available here.

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About Lieff Cabraser

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, with offices in San Francisco, New York, Nashville, and Seattle, is a nationally recognized law firm committed to advancing the rights of investors and promoting corporate responsibility.

The National Law Journal has recognized Lieff Cabraser as one of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ law firms for fourteen years. In compiling the list, the National Law Journal examines recent verdicts and settlements and looked for firms “representing the best qualities of the plaintiffs’ bar and that demonstrated unusual dedication and creativity.” Best Lawyers and U.S. News named Lieff Cabraser as a “Law Firm of the Year” for 2016, and Benchmark Litigation included our firm in its 2016 “Top 10 Plaintiffs Firms” listing.

Petrobras Securities Litigation

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Janus Overseas Fund, et al. v. Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras, et al., No. 1:15-cv-10086-JSR (S.D.N.Y.); Dodge & Cox Global Stock Fund, et al. v. Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras, et al., No. 1:15-cv-10111-JSR (S.D.N.Y.).

Lieff Cabraser represented several funds managed by Janus and several funds managed by Dodge & Cox in individual securities cases arising from the massive fraud at Petrobras, a state-run semi-public energy and oil-production company headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Plaintiffs sought recovery under the federal securities laws for damages they suffered on transactions in Petrobras securities during the period December 29, 2010 through July 28, 2015 (the “Relevant Period”), due to a pervasive and long-running scheme of bribery and corruption at Petrobras.

Plaintiffs alleged that beginning around 2005 and continuing through the Relevant Period, the Company engaged in a scheme whereby contractors paid bribes to Petrobras executives and others in exchange for the award of lucrative oil and gas construction contracts. Some of the bribes were passed on to Brazilian politicians and political parties. The Company then paid the contractors inflated amounts under the contracts in order to repay them for the bribes. When the fraud was finally revealed beginning in May 2014, it sent shockwaves through the Brazilian government and economy, and caused Petrobras’s market capitalization to plummet. Authorities estimate the scheme has diverted up to, or more than, $28 billion from the Company’s coffers.

Lieff Cabraser’s cases were part of consolidated proceedings before Judge Jed S. Rakoff in the Southern District of New York. The parties reached settlements in the cases in October of 2016.

Flotek Industries, Inc. Securities Class Litigation

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Introduction

Securities fraud class action litigation has been filed on behalf of investors in Flotek Industries, Inc. (“Flotek” or the “Company”) (NYSE: FTK). If you purchased or otherwise acquired the securities of Flotek between October 23, 2014 and November 19, 2015, inclusive (the “Class Period”), you may move the court for appointment as lead plaintiff by no later than January 11, 2016.

You may retain Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, or other attorneys, as your counsel in the actions. Recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ law firms, Lieff Cabraser is committed to safeguarding the rights of investors and upholding the integrity of the market. We have significant experience and a successful track record of representing institutional and individual investors in securities and financial fraud litigation.

Flotek investors may choose to have Lieff Cabraser review their claim by completing the contact form below. You can also call Sharon M. Lee of Lieff Cabraser at 1-800-541-7358 to discuss the litigation.

Background on the Flotek Class Litigation

Flotek is a global diversified, technology-driven company that develops and supplies oilfield products, services and equipment to the oil, gas and mining industries, and other products that are sold in consumer and industrial markets.

The actions allege that, throughout the Class Period, defendants issued materially false and misleading statements to investors and/or failed to disclose that: (1) Flotek’s proprietary software application FracMax had data and process errors; (2) the reported production data from FracMax for three of the wells in the Company’s New York City Investor Presentation on September 11, 2015 were inaccurate; and (3) an application from the Company claiming to be FracMax available in the Apple iTunes Store does not work.

On November 9, 2015, the firm Bronte Capital published a report on Flotek asserting, among other things, that: (1) the production data of four proximate wells in Texas set forth in Flotek’s September 11, 2015 presentation to investors did not match the data of the Texas Railroad Commission; and (2) a version of FracMax available in the Apple iTunes Store does not work. On this news, the price of Flotek shares fell $3.50 per share, or 19.34%, from its closing price on November 6, 2015 to close at $14.60 per share on the next trading day, November 9, 2015, on extremely heavy trading volume.

On November 10, 2015, the Company issued a press release acknowledging data and process errors in its FracMax database and the understatement of production data in Company’s presentation on September 11, 2015. On this news, the price of Flotek shares fell $5.56 per share, or 38.1%, from its closing price on November 9, 2015, to close at $9.04 per share on November 10, 2015, on extremely heavy trading volume.

About Lieff Cabraser

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, with offices in San Francisco, New York, and Nashville, and Seattle, is a nationally recognized law firm committed to advancing the rights of investors and promoting corporate responsibility.

The National Law Journal has recognized Lieff Cabraser as one of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ law firms for thirteen years. In compiling the list, the National Law Journal examines recent verdicts and settlements and looked for firms “representing the best qualities of the plaintiffs’ bar and that demonstrated unusual dedication and creativity.” Best Lawyers and U.S. News have named Lieff Cabraser as a “Law Firm of the Year” for each year the publications have given this award to law firms.

National Century Financial Enterprises Financial Fraud

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Result: Settlements valued at over 70% of client’s $89 million in losses
Year: 2011

In re National Century Financial Enterprises, Inc. Investment Fraud Litigation

Lieff Cabraser attorneys Steven E. Fineman and Michael J. Miarmi served as outside counsel for the New York City Employees’ Retirement System, Teachers’ Retirement System for the City of New York, New York City Police Pension Fund, and New York City Fire Department Pension Fund in this multidistrict litigation arising from fraud in connection with NCFE’s issuance of notes backed by healthcare receivables.

The New York City Pension Funds suffered approximately $89 million in losses resulting from the massive NCFE fraud. Having successfully resolved their claims against numerous parties, the Funds maintain claims against several NCFE founders. To date, the Funds have recovered approximately 70% of their losses, primarily through settlements achieved on their behalf by Lieff Cabraser.

Qwest Communications International Direct Securities Fraud Litigation

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Result: Recoveries for clients in direct action were 13 times what they would have received in class case
Year: 2007

In re Qwest Communications International, Inc. Securities Fraud and “ERISA” Litigation (No. II)

Lieff Cabraser represented the New York State Common Retirement Fund, Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado, Denver Employees’ Retirement Plan, San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System, and over thirty BlackRock managed mutual funds in individual securities fraud actions (“opt out” cases) against Qwest Communications International, Inc., Philip F. Anschutz, former co-chairman of the Qwest board of directors, and other senior executives at Qwest.

In each action, the plaintiffs charged defendants with massively overstating Qwest’s publicly-reported growth, revenues, earnings, and earnings per share from 1999 through 2002. The cases were filed in the wake of a $400 million settlement of a securities fraud class action against Qwest that was announced in early 2006.

The cases brought by Lieff Cabraser’s clients settled in October 2007 for recoveries totaling more than $85 million, or more than 13 times what the clients would have received had they remained in the class.

Alex Brown Management Services Securities Fraud Lawsuits

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Result: Confidential settlement
Year: 2006

Albert, et al. v. Alex. Brown Management Services, Inc., et al.; Baker, et al. v. Alex. Brown Management Services, Inc., et al. Securities Fraud Litigation

In May 2004, on behalf of investors in two investment funds controlled, managed and operated by Deutsche Bank and advised by DC Investment Partners, Lieff Cabraser filed lawsuits for alleged fraudulent conduct that resulted in an aggregate loss of hundreds of millions of dollars.

The suits named as defendants Deutsche Bank and its subsidiaries Alex Brown Management Services and Deutsche Bank Securities, members of the funds’ management committee, as well as DC Investments Partners and two of its principals. Among the plaintiff-investors were 70 high net worth individuals. In the fall of 2006, the cases settled by confidential agreement.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Merger Securities Cases

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Result: Confidential settlement
Year: 2013

In two cases — DiNapoli, et al. v. Bank of America Corp., No. 10 CV 5563 (S.D.N.Y.) and Schwab S&P 500 Index Fund, et al. v. Bank of America Corp., et al., No. 11-cv- 07779 PKC (S.D.N.Y.) — Lieff Cabraser sought recovery on a direct, non-class basis for losses that a number of public pension funds and mutual funds incurred as a result of Bank of America’s alleged misrepresentations and concealment of material facts in connection with its acquisition of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.

Lieff Cabraser represented the New York State Common Retirement Fund, the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System, the Public Employees’ Retirement Association of Colorado, and fourteen mutual funds managed by Charles Schwab Investment Management. Both cases settled in 2013 on confidential terms favorable for our clients.

AOL Time Warner Alaska Attorney General Securities Fraud Class Action

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Result: Clients recovered 50 times what they would have received in a class case
Year: 2006

Alaska State Department of Revenue, et al. v. America Online, Inc., et al. Securities Fraud Litigation

In December 2006, a $50 million settlement was reached in a securities fraud action brought by the Alaska State Department of Revenue, Alaska State Pension Investment Board and Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation against defendants America Online, Inc. (“AOL”), Time Warner Inc. (formerly known as AOL Time Warner (“AOLTW”)), and Historic TW Inc. When the action was filed, the Alaska Attorney General estimated total losses at $70 million.

The recovery on behalf of Alaska was approximately 50 times what the state would have received as a member of the class in the federal securities class action settlement. The lawsuit, filed in 2004 in Alaska State Court, alleged that defendants misrepresented advertising revenues and growth of AOL and AOLTW along with the number of AOL subscribers, which artificially inflated the stock price of AOL and AOLTW to the detriment of Alaska State funds.

The Alaska Department of Law retained Lieff Cabraser to lead the litigation efforts under its direction. “We appreciate the diligence and expertise of our counsel in achieving an outstanding resolution of the case,” said Mark Morones, spokesperson for the Department of Law, following the announcement of the settlement.

Brooks Automation, Inc.

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Result: $7.75 million settlement
Year: 2008

In re Brooks Automation, Inc. Securities Fraud Litigation

Lieff Cabraser served as Court-Appointed Lead Counsel for lead plaintiff the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association and co-plaintiff the Sacramento County Employees’ Retirement System in a class action lawsuit on behalf of purchasers of Brooks Automation securities.

Plaintiffs charged that Brooks Automation and its senior corporate officers and directors violated federal securities laws by backdating company stock options over a six year period, and failed to disclose the scheme in publicly filed financial statements. Subsequent to Lieff Cabraser’s filing of a consolidated amended complaint in this action, both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the United States Department of Justice filed complaints against the Company’s former C.E.O., Robert Therrien, related to the same alleged practices.

In October 2008, the Court approved a $7.75 million settlement of the action.

FundAmerica

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Result: $13 million settlement
Year: 1990

Nguyen v. FundAmerica Securities Fraud Litigation

Lieff Cabraser served as Plaintiffs’ Class Counsel in this securities/RICO/tort action seeking an injunction against alleged unfair “pyramid” marketing practices and compensation to participants.

The District Court certified a nationwide class for injunctive relief and damages on a mandatory basis and enjoined fraudulent overseas transfers of assets. The Bankruptcy Court permitted class proof of claims. Lieff Cabraser obtained dual District Court and Bankruptcy Court approval of settlements distributing over $13 million in FundAmerica assets to class members.