Chitwood Harley Harnes LLP Announces Certification of a Securities Class
Action Lawsuit Against Diamond Foods, Inc.
SAN FRANCISCO -- June 28, 2013
Chitwood Harley Harnes LLP announces that a “Class” comprised of investors
(individuals and entities) who purchased publicly traded securities of Diamond
Foods, Inc. (“Diamond”) from October 5, 2010 through February 8, 2012 (the
“Class Period”) has been certified by the United States District Court for the
Northern District of California in a lawsuit against Diamond and two of its
former executives (“Defendants”).
The lawsuit claims that Defendants deliberately understated commodity costs –
specifically, the costs of walnuts – by improperly accounting for payments
made to walnut growers. This understatement of costs increased apparent
profits and artificially inflated Diamond’s share price during a period in
which Diamond was seeking to use its stock to acquire Pringles, a snack chip
brand owned by Procter & Gamble Co. The action alleges that Defendants’
conduct violated the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Court denied
Defendants’ motions to dismiss the claims but has not ruled on the merits of
the claims or the defenses asserted by either side in the lawsuit (with the
exception of having dismissed claims against Diamond’s auditor).
Those who wish to remain members of the Class do not have to do anything at
this time and will be informed about any claims process that results from the
trial or any proposed settlement. Class members will be bound by all orders
and judgments of the Court.
Class members may exclude themselves from the Class. To do so, they must mail
a written request for exclusion to Diamond Foods, Inc. Securities Litigation,
c/o KCC Class Action Services, P.O. Box 6159, Novato, CA 94948-6159 by
September 17, 2013. The request for exclusion must: (1) state the name and
address of the person or entity requesting exclusion; (2) specify the number
and type of Diamond Foods, Inc. securities purchased and sold from October 5,
2010, through February 8, 2012, and specify the dates of these purchases and
sales; (3) state that the person or entity “requests exclusion from the Class
in the Diamond Foods, Inc. Litigation;” and (4) be signed by the person or
entity requesting exclusion.
Class members who exclude themselves from the Class cannot participate in any
recovery for the Class, and will not be bound by any court orders or
The lawsuit is entitled In re Diamond Foods, Inc. Securities Litigation, Case
No. 3:11-cv-05386 WHA. For more information, including a more detailed Notice,
the Class Action Complaint and the Court’s Order Granting Class Certification,
visit http://classaction.kccllc.net/DiamondFoods or write to Class Counsel:
Chitwood Harley Harnes LLP, c/o Ze’eva Kushner Banks, 1230 Peachtree Street
NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30309; Telephone: 1-888-873-3999.
Chitwood Harley Harnes LLP
Ze’eva Kushner Banks, 1-888-873-3999
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.