SOURCE: Pomerantz, LLP

October 17, 2014 14:02 ET

SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Pomerantz Law Firm Announces the Filing of a Class Action against PDL BioPharma, Inc. and Certain Officers - PDLI

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Oct 17, 2014) -  Pomerantz LLP has filed a class action lawsuit against PDL BioPharma, Inc. ("PDL BioPharma" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: PDLI) and certain of its officers. The class action, filed in United States District Court, District of Nevada, and docketed under 14-cv-01526, is on behalf of a class consisting of all persons or entities who purchased PDL BioPharma securities between November 6, 2013 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 PDL BioPharma securities during the Class Period, you have until November 17, 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.

PDL BioPharma manages a portfolio of patents and royalty assets. The Company is involved in the humanization of monoclonal antibodies and the discovery of a new generation of targeted treatments for cancer and immunologic diseases. The Company was formerly known as Protein Design Labs, Inc. and changed its name to PDL BioPharma, Inc. in 2006.

The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements, and failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company's business, operations, prospects and performance. Specifically, during the Class Period, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) the Company was overstating its: (i) total revenues; (ii) royalty revenues; (iii) net income; and (iv) net cash provided by operating activities; (2) the Company was understating its operating expenses; (3) the Company failed to properly classify royalty and milestone payments due under an agreement with Depomed; and (4) as a result of the above, the Company's financial statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.

On August 8, 2014, the Company issued a press release announcing that it had filed a Form 12b-25 Notification of Late Filing with the SEC allowing for a five-day extension to file its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2014. According to the press release, the Company could not finalize its financial statements for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, due to additional time necessary to address SEC comments and finalize its review related to the change in the accounting treatment of the acquisition of Depomed royalty rights. As a result of the delay in filing the quarterly report, PDL BioPharma postponed its second quarter earnings release call, originally scheduled for Monday, August 11, 2014.

On September 16, 2014, after the market closed, the Company filed a Form 8-K with the SEC announcing that on September 11, 2014, PDL BioPharma was orally notified by its independent registered accounting firm, Ernst & Young LLP ("EY") that it was resigning effective September 11, 2014. The resignation was confirmed in a letter delivered to the Company on September 15, 2014.

On this news, PDL BioPharma's stock plummeted $1.17 per share to close at $8.48 per share on September 17, 2014, a one-day decline of over 12% on heavy trading volume.

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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