Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of investors who purchased Wells Fargo & Company (“Wells Fargo” or the “Company”) (NYSE: WFC) common stock between February 24, 2021 and June 9, 2022, inclusive (the “Class Period”). Wells Fargo investors have until August 29, 2022 to file a lead plaintiff motion.
Investors suffering losses on their Wells Fargo investments are encouraged to contact the Law Offices of Howard G. Smith to discuss their legal rights in this class action at 888-638-4847 or by email to email@example.com.
On May 19, 2022, the New York Times published an article which alleged, among other things, that for many open positions, interviews were held with diverse candidates, but “that often, the so-called diverse candidate would be interviewed for a job that had already been promised to someone else.” The article also reported that the Company’s former executive in the wealth management division had been fired after complaining to his bosses about the practice.
On this news, Wells Fargo common stock fell $0.44, or 1%, over two trading sessions to close at $41.67 per share on May 20, 2022.
Then, on June 6, 2022, Reuters published an article reporting that, in response to the New York Times article, Wells Fargo paused its hiring policy that required recruiters to interview a diverse pool of candidates, and that it also planned to “conduct a review of its diverse slate guidelines.
Then, on June 9, 2022, the New York Times reported that federal prosecutors were investigating whether Wells Fargo violated federal laws by conducting fake job interviews in order to meet its Diverse Search Requirement. The same day, Wells Fargo responded that it was “conducting a review so that hiring managers, senior leaders and recruiters fully understand how the guidelines should be implemented.”
On this news, Wells Fargo common stock fell $3.68, or 8.2%, over two trading sessions to close at $38.99 on June 13, 2022, thereby injuring investors.
The complaint filed in this class action alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and/or misleading statements, as well as failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company’s business, operations, and prospects. Specifically, Defendants failed to disclose to investors that: (1) Wells Fargo had misrepresented its commitment to diversity in the Company's workplace; (2) Wells Fargo conducted fake job interviews in order to meet its Diverse Search Requirement; (3) the foregoing conduct subjected Wells Fargo to an increased risk of regulatory and/or governmental scrutiny and enforcement action, including criminal charges; (4) all of the foregoing, once revealed, was likely to negatively impact Wells Fargo's reputation; and (5) as a result, Defendants’ positive statements about the Company’s business, operations, and prospects were materially misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis at all relevant times.
If you purchased Wells Fargo common stock, have information or would like to learn more about these claims, or have any questions concerning this announcement or your rights or interests with respect to these matters, please contact Howard G. Smith, Esquire, of Law Offices of Howard G. Smith, 3070 Bristol Pike, Suite 112, Bensalem, Pennsylvania 19020, by telephone at (215) 638-4847, toll-free at (888) 638-4847, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at www.howardsmithlaw.com.
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