|Company:||General Growth Properties Inc|
|Class Period:||Apr-30-08 to Oct-26-08|
|Lead Plaintiff Deadline:||Jan-2-09|
|Court:||Northern District of Illinois|
The complaint charges General Growth and certain of its officers and directors with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. General Growth is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust.
The complaint alleges that during the Class Period, defendants made false and misleading statements about General Growth's access to financing. Specifically, defendants represented that General Growth had the ability to refinance billions of dollars in debt that was coming due in the fall of 2008 and spring of 2009 on acceptable terms. In fact, General Growth did not have access to such financing. Further, defendants failed to disclose that the Company's President/Chief Operating Officer and its Chief Financial Officer had received loans from the Chief Executive Officer's family trust in violation of the Company's own Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.
On September 22, 2008, the Company announced that it was pursuing a comprehensive evaluation of its financial and strategic alternatives. On October 3, 2008, the Company suspended its dividend and then, on October 27, 2008, announced it was marketing for sale its portfolio of retail properties in Las Vegas. On this series of disclosures, General Growth's stock price collapsed, falling from $21.42 on September 19, 2008 to less than $2.00 per share on October 27, 2008, or nearly 95% from its Class Period high of $43.83 per share.
If you acquired the securities of the defendants during the Class Period you may, no later than the Lead Plaintiff Deadline shown above, request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff through counsel of your choice. You may also choose to remain an absent class member. A lead plaintiff must meet certain requirements.