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SunOpta, Inc. NASD: STKL



Company: SunOpta, Inc.
Ticker Symbol: NASD: STKL
Class Period: August 8, 2007 to January 25, 2008
Date Filed: Jan-28-08
Lead Plaintiff Deadline: Mar-28-08
Court: Southern District, NY
Allegations:
A class action lawsuit has been filed against SunOpta, Inc. ("SunOpta" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: STKL) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, on behalf of shareholders who purchased the common stock of the Company between August 8, 2007 and January 25, 2008, inclusive (the "Class Period"). No class has yet been certified in this action.

SunOpta and certain of the Company's officers and directors are charged with making a series of materially false and misleading statements related to the Company's business and operations in violation of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act").

On January 24, 2008, following the close of trading, defendants shocked investors after they published a release that revealed, for the first time, that the Company was performing well below expectations and that defendants expected to cause the Company to take a material restatement charge in the near term -- rending its prior reported financial statements and reports unreliable, false and materially misleading. SunOpta, which processes and produces organic foods, said it expected to post a profit of 12 cents to 14 cents per share for the year, citing issues within its fruit and BioProcess groups that led to pretax write-downs and provisions of $12 million to $14 million. Among problems the Company cited were inventories within the Company's Fruit Group's berry operations requiring write-down to net realizable value, whereby "preliminary estimates indicated that an adjustment in the range of $9 to $11 million for this issue and related items is necessary." Further, the Company disclosed a charge of "approximately $3 million pre-tax, related to difficulties in collecting for services and equipment provided to a customer under the terms of an existing equipment supply contract within the SunOpta BioProcess Group."

On this news, belatedly revealed on January 24, 2008, shares of SunOpta stock fell precipitously, collapsing over 40%, from a close of $9.50 per share to approximately $6.00 per share in the single trading day -- on very high trading volume of over 11.488 million shares traded.

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.

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