SOURCE: Bernstein Liebhard LLP

August 23, 2010 15:08 ET

Bernstein Liebhard LLP Announces Filing of Action on Behalf of Investors in American Public Education, Inc.

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 23, 2010) -  Bernstein Liebhard LLP today announced that a class action has been filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia on behalf of purchasers (the "Class") of American Public Education, Inc. ("APEI" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: APEI) common stock during the period February 22, 2010 and August 5, 2010 (the "Class Period"). 

APEI and certain of its officers are charged with making a series of materially false and misleading statements related to the Company's business and operations in violation of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

In particular, the complaint alleges that despite extensive positive statements by defendants in press releases and SEC filings during the Class Period regarding the Company's operational performance and future growth projections, including predictable revenue growth of between 36% and 39% for 2010, these statements were false because: (1) defendants had propped up the Company's results by fraudulently inducing students to enroll in APEI's scholastic and educational programs and engaged in other manipulative recruiting tactics; (2) defendants had materially overstated the Company's growth prospects by failing to properly disclose that defendants had engaged in illicit and improper recruiting activities, which also had the effect of artificially inflating the Company's reported results and future growth prospects; and (3) APEI did not maintain adequate systems of internal operational or financial controls, which would have permitted APEI's reported operational statements and foreseeable growth prospects to be true, accurate or reliable.

It was only on August 5, 2010 that investors finally began to learn the truth about APEI after the United States General Accounting Office ("GAO") issued a report that concluded that for-profit educational institutions like APEI had engaged in an illegal and fraudulent course of action designed to recruit students and over-charge the federal government for the cost of such education. Following these disclosures, shares of the Company collapsed -- falling over $12.00, or almost 30% in the single trading day as this news reached the market.

Plaintiff seeks to recover damages on behalf of all Class members who purchased or otherwise acquired shares of APEI during the Class Period. If you purchased or otherwise acquired APEI shares during the Class Period, and either lost money on the transaction or still hold the shares, you may wish to join in this action to serve as lead plaintiff. In order to do so, you must meet certain requirements set forth in the applicable law and file appropriate papers no later than October 12, 2010.

A "lead plaintiff" is a representative party that acts on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. In order to be appointed lead plaintiff, the court must determine that the class member's claim is typical of the claims of other class members, and that the class member will adequately represent the class. Under certain circumstances, one or more class members may together serve as lead plaintiff. Your ability to share in any recovery is not, however, affected by the decision whether or not to serve as a lead plaintiff. You may retain Bernstein Liebhard LLP, or other counsel of your choice, to serve as your counsel in this action.

If you are interested in discussing your rights as an APEI shareholder and/or have information relating to the matter, please contact Joseph R. Seidman, Jr. at (877) 779-1414 or seidman@bernlieb.com.

Bernstein Liebhard has pursued hundreds of securities, consumer and shareholder rights cases and recovered almost $3 billion for its clients. It has been named to The National Law Journal's "Plaintiffs' Hot List" in each of the last seven years.

You can obtain a copy of the complaint from the clerk of the court for the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.

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