Facebook IPO Arbitration Claims Expected

Investors who bought shares in Facebook’s IPO at or near the offering price of $38.00 are now looking at losses as the stock trades in the $20.00 range.

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal titled “Facebook’s Next Fight: Suits, and More Suits,” over 50 lawsuits have been filed against Facebook by angry investors. Many more shareholders are expected to file arbitration claims against the brokers and securities firms from whom they bought the Facebook stock.

Facebook reported the following legal outlook in its 10Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2012:

“Beginning on May 22, 2012, multiple putative class actions, derivative actions, and individual actions were filed in state and federal courts in the United States and in other jurisdictions against us, our directors, and/or certain of our officers alleging violation of securities laws or breach of fiduciary duties in connection with our IPO and seeking unspecified damages. We believe these lawsuits are without merit, and we are vigorously defending these lawsuits. In addition, following our IPO, the events surrounding our IPO became the subject of government inquiries, and we have received requests for information in connection with certain of those inquiries.”

Options typically available to investors with a securities-related dispute include discussions with the brokerage firm involved, arbitration through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), or mediation.

Fort Lauderdale Securities Litigation and Arbitration Attorney

Contact Fort Lauderdale securities litigation and arbitration attorney Howard N. Kahn, Esq. if you or someone you know has a securities or broker dispute. He is an experienced securities litigation and arbitration attorney, and is available to assist individual investors, brokers, and brokerage firms involved in securities matters. You can reach him at 954-321-0176 or online.