Dr Reddy’s chairman, COO added as defendants in US lawsuit
New Delhi: Dr Reddy’s Laboratories on Monday said its chairman Satish Reddy, chief operating officer (COO) Abhijit Mukherjee and US subsidiary have been included as defendants in the class action lawsuit filed against it by investors.
Last year in August, the company had said “a law firm representing a purported investor in the company filed a purported class action lawsuit against the company, its CEO and CFO in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey alleging violation of the US federal securities laws.” Later on in November, the company said it was served a securities class action lawsuit in the US by the lead plaintiff.
“We would like to inform you that an amended complaint has been filed by the lead plaintiff, wherein our Chairman, COO and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary in the US have been added as defendants,” Dr Reddy’s Labs said in a BSE filing.
As intimated earlier, the company believes that the asserted claims are without merit and intends to vigorously defend itself against the allegations, it added. The lawsuit filed at the District Court for New Jersey seeks damages to compensate the class of investors for a ‘purported decline’ in the company’s share price allegedly caused by the misstatements or omissions.
The company had stated that the lawsuit represented a class of investors who purchased or otherwise acquired the company’s publicly traded shares on the New York Stock Exchange between 17 June 2015 through 10 August 2017. The lawsuit alleged that the company made materially false and/or misleading statements or omissions in connection with its corporate quality system, it had added.
The allegation is specifically in connection with a warning letter from the USFDA dated 6 November, 2015 and a letter from Regierung von Oberbayern in Germany, dated 10 August, 2017, Dr Reddy’s had said. Shares of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories were trading at Rs2,199.50 a piece in the afternoon trade, down 0.60% from the previous close on BSE.