August 29, 2007
Labaton Sucharow Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Semtech Corp.
NEW YORK (August 29, 2007) – Labaton Sucharow filed a class action lawsuit on August 10, 2007 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, on behalf of persons who purchased or otherwise acquired publicly traded securities of Semtech Corp. ("Semtech" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: SMTC) between September 11, 2002 and July 19, 2006, inclusive, (the "Class Period"). The lawsuit was filed against Semtech and certain officers and directors ("Defendants").
Labaton Sucharow is aware that other press releases have been issued on behalf of law firms that have "announced" the filing of the complaint. Labaton Sucharow is aware of no other complaint has been filed except for the one referenced above.
If you are a member of this class you can view a copy of the complaint and join this class action online at http://www.labaton.com/en/cases/Newly-Filed-Cases.cfm
The complaint alleges that Defendants violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder. Specifically, the complaint alleges that Defendants artificially inflated Semtech's previously reported financial results through an improper stock option backdating scheme that was perpetrated at the highest levels of the Company. Defendants carried out this scheme by intentionally manipulating the grant date of stock options awarded to themselves and other officers and directors of the Company, selecting dates on which Semtech's stock was trading at a much lower price than the actual date of grant. In public disclosures, however, Defendants falsely claimed that the grants were dated and priced as of the date of the actual grant.
On July 20, 2006, Semtech revealed that it expected to record material amounts of additional compensation expense and restate its financial results from fiscal 2002 through 2006, and that its prior financial statements should not be relied upon. Semtech's share price fell in reaction to the announcement, falling from $13.19 to $12.37 per share. Semtech shares continued to fall in reaction to the news on July 21, 2006, closing at $11.60 per share.
Labaton Sucharow LLP, with offices in New York, New York and Wilmington, Delaware, is one of the country's premier law firms representing institutional investors in class action and complex securities litigation, as well as consumers and businesses in class actions seeking to recover damages for anticompetitive practices. The Firm has been a champion of investor and consumer rights for over 45 years, seeking recovery of current losses and necessary governance reforms to protect investors and consumers. Labaton Sucharow has been recognized for its excellence by the courts and its peers. More information about Labaton Sucharow is available at www.labaton.com.
If you bought Semtech securities between September 11, 2002 and July 19, 2006, inclusive, you may qualify to serve as Lead Plaintiff. Lead Plaintiff papers must be filed with the court no later than October 19, 2007. If you would like to consider serving as lead plaintiff or have any questions about the lawsuit, please contact one of our representatives at 800-321-0476.