According to the law firm press release, General Cable is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for use in the energy, industrial, construction, specialty and communications markets. The Company additionally engages in the design, integration, and installation on a turn-key basis for products such as high and extra-high voltage terrestrial and submarine systems.
The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and/or misleading statements, as well as failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company’s business, operations, and prospects. Specifically, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (i) General Cable paid millions of dollars in bribes to government officials in foreign countries, including Angola, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Indonesia, India, and Thailand, in order to secure business; (ii) the foregoing conduct was in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1997 (the “FCPA”); (iii) General Cable’s revenues were therefore in part the product of illegal conduct, and, as such, subject to disgorgement and unlikely to be sustainable; (iv) the foregoing conduct, when it became known, would subject the Company to significant regulatory scrutiny and financial penalties; and (v) as a result of the foregoing, the Company’s statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.
On February 22, 2017, this case was transferred to the Eastern District of Kentucky, and assigned Docket 17-cv-00025.
On November 7, 2017, the Court appointed Lead Plaintiff and Counsel. Lead Plaintiff filed a consolidated Complaint on January 19, 2018. On March 26, Defendants filed a Motion to Dismiss the consolidated Complaint. On April 30, 2019, the Court issued an Order granting Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff's 10(b) claim.