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Case Status:    ONGOING    
On or around 01/04/2021 (Date of last review)

Filing Date: August 08, 2018

Plaintiff's law firm issued a press release on August 8, 2018, announcing the law suit. According to the press release, the complaint charges Nielsen and certain of its officers with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Nielsen describes itself as a leading global performance management company providing its clients with a comprehensive understanding of what consumers watch and what they buy and how those choices intersect.

The Complaint alleges that during the Class Period, Nielsen repeatedly assured investors that its measurement and analytics services continued to be viable and strong. In addition, according to the Company, because privacy was built into its business processes, the enactment of the European General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) would not impact its business, nor limit necessary access to large data sets provided by its partners like Facebook. Accordingly, despite business challenges in certain geographic regions, as late as June 5, 2018, Defendants stated the Company’s 2018 financial outlook for revenue earnings and free cash flow of $800 million remained on track.

The Complaint alleges that Defendants’ Class Period representations concerning the Company’s current business and financial condition, including its forecasted financial results, were each materially false and misleading when made, because Defendants failed to disclose the following true facts that were known to Defendants or recklessly disregarded by them: (a) the Company recklessly disregarded its readiness for, and the true risks of, privacy-related regulations and policies, including the GDPR, on its current and future financial and growth prospects; (b) the Company’s financial performance was far more dependent on Facebook and other third-party large data set providers than previously disclosed, and privacy policy changes affected the scope and terms of access Nielsen would have to third-party data; and (c) access to Facebook and other third-party provider data was becoming increasingly restricted for Nielsen and its clients. As a result of these material misrepresentations and omissions, Nielsen stock traded at artificially inflated prices of as high as $34.00 per share during the Class Period.

On April 22, 2019, the Court issued an Order consolidating cases and appointing Lead Plaintiff and Counsel. Lead Plaintiff filed an amended Complaint on June 21. On July 12, Lead Plaintiff filed a corrected amended Complaint. Lead Plaintiff filed a second amended Complaint on September 27. Defendants filed a Motion to Dismiss the second amended Complaint on November 26. On January 4, 2021, the Court issued an Order granting in part and denying in part Defendants' Motion to Dismiss. Plaintiffs were given leave to amend the Complaint.


Sector: Services
Industry: Business Services
Headquarters: United Kingdom


Ticker Symbol: NLSN
Company Market: New York SE
Market Status: Public (Listed)

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COURT: S.D. New York
DOCKET #: 18-CV-07143
JUDGE: Hon. John F. Keenan
DATE FILED: 08/08/2018
CLASS PERIOD END: 07/25/2018
  1. Johnson Fistel, LLP
  2. Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP (Melville)
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COURT: S.D. New York
DOCKET #: 18-CV-07143
JUDGE: Hon. John F. Keenan
DATE FILED: 09/27/2019
CLASS PERIOD END: 07/25/2018
  1. Labaton Sucharow LLP
  2. Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP (New SF Office)
No Document Title Filing Date
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