October 26, 2011

Labaton Sucharow LLP Files a Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Investors in OmniVision Technologies, Inc.

NEW YORK (October 26, 2011)—Labaton Sucharow LLP filed a class action lawsuit on October 26, 2011 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.  The lawsuit was filed on behalf of purchasers of OmniVision Technologies, Inc. ("OmniVision" or the "Company") common stock between August 27, 2010 and October 13, 2011, inclusive (the "Class Period"). 

The action charges OmniVision and certain of its officers with violations of Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder.  The Complaint alleges that, throughout the Class Period, the Company's financial results were artificially inflated by virtue of the fact that the Company had concealed the loss of its exclusive contract with Apple Inc. ("Apple") to supply imaging sensors for Apple's celebrated iPhone. 

OmniVision is a designer and manufacturer of image sensors that are used in digital cameras to convert optical images into electronic signals.  OmniVision is one of the leading suppliers of complementary metal-oxide-semiconductors ("CMOS") sensors used in mobile telephones.  The Complaint alleges that OmniVision failed to disclose that: (a) it had lost its lucrative, high-profile, and exclusive contract with Apple; (b) competition was eroding its "leadership position" in the smartphone industry; (c) delays in the development of its 8-megapixel product line were threatening its prospects; and (d) it lacked a reasonable basis for its statements about its bright prospects in the smartphone market.

On August 25, 2011, OmniVision announced its results for the fiscal first quarter of 2012 and provided guidance for the fiscal second quarter of 2012 that was well below analyst expectations.  The Company also disclosed delays in the production of its new 8-megapixel product line.  Based on the Company's disappointing guidance, analysts recognized that OmniVision would not be the exclusive producer of camera components for Apple's new, fifth generation iPhone—the iPhone 4S—set for release in the fall of 2011.  As a result of these revelations, OmniVision's stock declined $7.55 per share, or 30.4 percent, to close at $17.27 per share on August 26, 2011 on extraordinary trading volume.

On October 14, 2011, the iPhone 4S became available for sale and for disassembly.  Based on a logo stamped on the inside of the camera sensor, experts determined that Sony—and not OmniVision—had supplied the CMOS sensor for the iPhone 4S.  In reaction to this news, OmniVision's stock fell $1.65 per share, or 9.3 percent, to close at $15.95 per share on October 14, 2011 on high trading volume.

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.

If you purchased OmniVision common stock during the Class Period, you may be able to seek appointment as Lead Plaintiff.  Lead Plaintiff motion papers must be filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California no later than December 27, 2011.  A lead plaintiff is a court-appointed representative for absent Class members. You do not need to seek appointment as lead plaintiff to share in any Class recovery in this action. If you are a Class member and there is a recovery for the Class, you can share in that recovery as an absent Class member.  You may retain counsel of your choice to represent you in this action.

If you would like to consider serving as lead plaintiff or have any questions about the lawsuit, you may contact one of our representatives, Rachel A. Avan, Esq. of Labaton Sucharow LLP, at (888) 753-2796 or (212) 907-0709, or via email at ravan@labaton.com.