According to the law firm press release, HD Supply is one of the largest industrial distributors in North America. The Company provides a broad range of products and services to approximately 500,000 professional customers in the maintenance, repair and operations, infrastructure and power and specialty construction sectors. The Company is incorporated in Delaware and maintains its principal executive offices in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Complaint brings forth claims for violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Complaint alleges that, throughout the Class Period, Defendants made 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: (1) HD Supply's full year 2017 growth and operational leverage targets were unattainable; (2) the operational recovery of its Facilities Maintenance supply chain was not going according to plan; (3) the Company was exploring the sale of its Waterworks segment; (4) Defendant, with full knowledge of the undisclosed materially adverse facts alleged herein, embarked on a selling spree of personal holdings of HD Supply stock that netted him over $54 million in proceeds; and (5) as a result of the foregoing, Defendants' statements about HD Supply's business, operations, and prospects were false and misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis.
Lead Plaintiff and Counsel were appointed on October 19, 2017. Lead Plaintiff filed a consolidated Complaint on November 16. On December 21, Defendants filed a Motion to Dismiss the consolidated Complaint. On September 19, 2018, the Court issued an Order granting in part and denying in part Defendants' Motion to Dismiss.
On January 30, 2020, the parties entered into a Stipulation and Agreement of Settlement. The Court granted preliminary approval of the Settlement on February 21.