SOURCE: Pomerantz, LLP

October 17, 2014 13:55 ET

SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Pomerantz Law Firm Announces the Filing of a Class Action Against Education Management Corporation and Certain Officers - EDMC

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Oct 17, 2014) -  Pomerantz LLP has filed a class action lawsuit against Education Management Corporation ("EDMC" or the "Company")(NASDAQ: EDMC) and certain of its officers. The class action, filed in United States District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, and docketed under 14-cv-01287, is on behalf of a class consisting of all persons or entities who purchased EDMC securities between August 8, 2012 and September 16, 2014, inclusive (the "Class Period"). This class action seeks to recover damages against Defendants for alleged violations of the federal securities laws under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act"). 

If you are a shareholder who purchased EDMC securities during the Class Period, you have until November 18, 2014 to ask the Court to appoint you as Lead Plaintiff for the class. A copy of the Complaint can be obtained at www.pomerantzlaw.com. To discuss this action, contact Robert S. Willoughby at rswilloughby@pomlaw.com or 888.476.6529 (or 888.4-POMLAW), toll free, x237. Those who inquire by e-mail are encouraged to include their mailing address, telephone number, and number of shares purchased.

Education Management Corporation is a publicly traded, for-profit education company.

The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company's business, operational and compliance policies. Specifically, defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) EDMC was overstating revenue by not properly increasing its bad debt reserve upon student withdrawals; (2) EDMC was overstating goodwill; (3) EDMC manipulated federal student loan and grant programs in order to appear to be in compliance with new federal regulations enacted in June 2011; (4) EDMC's predatory and deceptive recruiting and enrollment practices violated federal regulations enacted beginning in June 2011 and (5) as a result of the foregoing, EDMC's public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.

On July 30, 2012, Senator Tom Harkin, chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (the "HELP Committee") completed a two-year investigation of the for-profit college industry, and issued a report (the, "Harkin Report") filled with troubling statistics and findings regarding the for profit college industry, and specifically about EDMC. After the Harkin Report was published, the Company's shares fell almost 8% or $0.32, to close at $3.77 on July 30, 2012.

On June 20, 2013, after the close of trading, the Company issued a press release and filed a Form 8-K with the SEC, announcing the termination of John M. Mazzoni, the President of The Art Institutes. On this news, the Company's shares fell over 10% or $0.71, to close at $6.22 on June 21, 2013. On the next trading day, the Company's shares fell over 12% or $0.75, to close at $5.47 on June 24, 2013. The total drop over two trading days was over 21% or $1.46.

On November 1, 2013, after the close of trading, the Company filed a Form 8-K with the SEC, announcing the termination of its Chairman, Todd S. Nelson. On this news, the Company's shares fell almost 5.5% or $0.80, to close at $13.78 on November 4, 2013.

On January 24, 2014, the Company filed a Form 8-K with the SEC, announcing that it received inquiries from twelve states regarding the Company's business practices. On this news, the Company's shares fell over 10% or $0.97, to close at $8.70 on January 27, 2013.

On September 16, 2014, after the close of trading, the Company filed a Form 12b-25 with the SEC, notifying the SEC that it would delay the filing of its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended June 30, 2014. As a result of this news, shares of EDMC fell $0.12 or almost 10%, to close at $1.10 on September 17, 2014.

The Pomerantz Firm, with offices in New York, Chicago, Florida, and San Diego, is acknowledged as one of the premier firms in the areas of corporate, securities, and antitrust class litigation. Founded by the late Abraham L. Pomerantz, known as the dean of the class action bar, the Pomerantz Firm pioneered the field of securities class actions. Today, more than 70 years later, the Pomerantz Firm continues in the tradition he established, fighting for the rights of the victims of securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, and corporate misconduct. The Firm has recovered numerous multimillion-dollar damages awards on behalf of class members. See www.pomerantzlaw.com.

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