Plaintiff's law firm issued a press release announcing the lawsuit on August 9, 2018. According to the press release, Sinclair is the largest television station operator in the United States by both number of stations and total coverage. The Company owns more than 193 stations across the country, covering nearly 40% of American households.
The Complaint asserts 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 its proposed merger with Tribune Media Company (the “Sinclair/Tribune Merger”).
Specifically, Defendants allegedly made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (i) the Sinclair/Tribune Merger was not in compliance with FCC rules and regulations; (ii) Sinclair was not using its best efforts to eliminate any impediment to regulatory approval; (iii) Sinclair was engaging in non-arm’s length transactions with buyers connected to Sinclair’s controlling shareholders in order to skirt FCC ownership rules; and (iv) that, as a result of the foregoing, Defendant’s public statements were materially false and/or misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis.
On December 10, 2018, the Court issued an Order appointing Lead Plaintiff and Counsel. Lead Plaintiff filed an amended consolidated Complaint on March 1, 2019. Defendants filed a Motion to Dismiss the amended consolidated Complaint on May 3. On February 4, 2020, the Court issued an Order partially granting Defendants' Motion to Dismiss.