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Lawsuit filed for Investors in shares of Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) over alleged Securities Laws Violations by Altria Group, Inc

10-08-2019 06:05 PM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

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A lawsuit was filed on behalf of investors in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) shares over alleged securities laws violations.

A lawsuit was filed on behalf of investors in Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) shares over alleged securities laws violations.

An investor, who purchased shares of Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO), filed a lawsuit against Altria Group, Inc over alleged violations of Federal Securities Laws.

Investors who purchased shares of Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) have certain options and for certain investors are short and strict deadlines running. Deadline: December 2, 2019. Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO investors should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 - 1554.

Richmond, VA based Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States.
On December 20, 2018, Altria Group, Inc announced that it had signed and closed a $12.8 billion investment in JUUL Labs, Inc. (“JUUL”), the purported U.S. leader in electronic vapor (colloquially called “e-vapor”) products, including e-cigarettes. According to the announcement the service agreements related to the transaction would accelerate JUUL’s mission to switch adult smokers to e-vapor products. Altria’s investment represented a 35% economic interest in JUUL, valuing the company at $38 billion, with JUUL purportedly remaining fully independent.
On April 3, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) announced its investigation into nearly three dozen cases of people suffering from seizures after “vaping” (the act of consuming e-vapor products through inhalation). Between 2010 and 2019, the FDA said it received thirty-five reports of people, especially children and young adults, experiencing seizures after using e-cigarettes.

On August 29, 2019, it was reported that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) was investigating whether JUUL used influencers and other marketing practices to appeal e-cigarettes to minors.

On August 30, 2019, both the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) announced that they were collaborating to investigate e-cigarette related cases of illnesses and “working tirelessly to investigate the distressing incidents of severe respiratory disease associated with use of e-cigarette products.”
On September 11, 2019, news sources reported that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump was preparing a ban on flavored e-cigarettes as federal agencies probed an outbreak of a lung problem that killed at least six people and reportedly led to the sickness of hundreds of others. President Trump and U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar reportedly both confirmed that a ban is possible after the vaping issues are investigated.

On September 12, 2019, during after-market hours, it was reported that, “[w]ithin weeks, New Jersey could become the latest state to restrict e-cigarette use, with the governor on Thursday launching a task force to find ways to curb vaping, linked by U.S. health officials to hundreds of respiratory illnesses and a half-dozen deaths.” Additionally, that same day, the CDC reported that as of September 11, 2019, 380 confirmed cases, and probably cases of lung disease associated with vaping, had been reported by thirty-six states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, with six total deaths confirmed in six states.

On September 24, 2019, it was reported that Philip Morris International had called off talks of a $200bn merger with Altria Group, Inc likely due to increasing public and governmental scrutiny of vaping and Altria’s partial ownership of industry-leading Juul Labs. Government investigations of Altria Group, Inc., focus on whether Altria Group / JUUL misled the public with respect to the safety of its e-cigarettes and whether they actively marketed these devices to minors.

Shares of Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) declined from $77.29 per share in June 2017 to as low as $39.30 per share on September 19, 2019.

The plaintiff claims that between December 20, 2018 and September 24, 2019, the Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that Altria Group, Inc had conducted insufficient due diligence into JUUL prior to the Company’s $12.8 billion investment, or 35% stake, in JUUL, that Altria Group, Inc consequently failed to inform investors, or account for, material risks associated with JUUL’s products and marketing practices, and the true value of JUUL and its products, that all of the foregoing, as well as mounting public scrutiny, negative publicity, and governmental pressure on e-vapor products and JUUL made it reasonably likely that Altria’s investment in JUUL would have a material negative impact on the Company’s reputation and operations, and that as a result, the Company’s public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.

Those who purchased shares of Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

Media Contact:
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Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
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San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: +1-(858)-779-1554
E-Mail: mail@shareholdersfoundation.com

About Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is a professional portfolio monitoring and settlement claim filing service, and an investor advocacy group, which does research related to shareholder issues and informs investors of securities class actions, settlements, judgments, and other legal related news to the stock/financial market. Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is in contact with a large number of shareholders and offers help, support, and assistance for every shareholder. The Shareholders Foundation, Inc. is not a law firm. Referenced cases, investigations, and/or settlements are not filed/initiated/reached and/or are not related to Shareholders Foundation. The information is provided as a public service. It is not intended as legal advice and should not be relied upon.

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