Mobile TeleSystems PJSC : American Depositary Shares Securities Litigation
On or around 03/03/2021 (Date of order of final judgment)
Filing Date: March 19, 2019
According to the Complaint, Mobile TeleSystems purports to provide telecommunication services in Russia, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, and Armenia.
The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) Mobile TeleSystems and its subsidiary were involved in a scheme to pay $420 million in bribes in Uzbekistan; (2) consequently, Mobile TeleSystems knew or should have known it would be forced to pay substantial fines to the U.S. government after disclosing in 2014 that the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission were investigating its Uzbekistan operations; (3) Mobile TeleSystems’ level of cooperation with the U.S. government and remediation was lacking; (4) due to the aforementioned misconduct, Mobile TeleSystems would be forced to pay approximately $850 million in criminal penalties to the U.S. government; and (5) as a result, Defendants’ public statements were materially false and/or misleading at all relevant times.
On September 11, 2019, the Court issued an Order appointing Lead Plaintiff and Counsel. Lead Plaintiff filed an amended Complaint on November 13. On April 6, 2020, Lead Plaintiff filed a second amended Complaint. Defendants filed a Motion to Dismiss the second amended Complaint on May 21. On March 1, 2021, the Court issued an Order granting Defendants' Motion to Dismiss. Plaintiffs were not given leave to amend the Complaint. Lead Plaintiff filed a notice appealing the Court's Dismissal Order on March 31.
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