Netflix Targeted with Shareholder Lawsuit

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Things are going from bad to worse for Netflix. It is now being sued by shareholders following plummeting stock prices. The streaming giant’s stock fell by $110.75 to $397.50 per share on January 21 and lost another $122.42 to close at $226.19 per share on April 20.

The lawsuit alleges Netflix misled statements to shareholders and failed to disclose details regarding its business and operations. It says Netflix admitted to over-forecasting paid net adds for Q4, resulting in the first drop in stock prices. The next drop followed after Netflix reported losing over 200,00 subscribers. The lawsuit can be found here.

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 failed to disclose to investors: (1) that Netflix was exhibiting slower acquisition growth due to, among other things, account sharing by customers and increased competition from other streaming services; (2) that the Company was experiencing difficulties retaining customers; (3) that, as a result of the foregoing, the Company was losing subscribers on a net basis; (4) that, as a result, the Company’s financial results were being adversely affected; and (5) that, as a result of the foregoing, Defendants’ positive statements about the Company’s business, operations, and prospects were materially false and/or misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis.

Sources: Variety, Deadline

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As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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