Pomerantz LLP is appointed Lead Counsel in a class action lawsuit against Corinthian Colleges (“Corinthian” or the “Company”)(NASDAQ: COCO) and certain of its officers. The class action, filed in United States District Court, Southern District of New York, and docketed under 13 CV 4308, is on behalf of a class consisting of all persons or entities who purchased or otherwise acquired securities of Corinthian between August 23, 2011 and June 10, 2013 both dates inclusive (the “Class Period”). This class action seeks to recover damages against the Company and certain of its officers and directors as a result of alleged violations of the federal securities laws pursuant to Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder.
Corinthian is a publicly traded, for-profit education company headquartered in Santa Ana, CA. Corinthian operates a total of 105 campuses in 25 States, along with an online division, and offers diploma and degree programs in health care, business, criminal justice, transportation technology and maintenance, construction trades, and information technology. Approximately 34 percent of Corinthian students are enrolled online, and 64 percent are enrolled in diploma (non-degree) programs.
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: (i) defendants manipulated federal student loan and grant programs in order to appear to be in compliance with new federal regulations enacted in June 2011; (ii) defendants’ predatory and deceptive recruiting and enrollment practices violated federal regulations enacted beginning in June 2011; and (iii) the Company engaged in systemic grade falsification at the Company’s campuses in order to appear to be in conformance with the new regulations enacted beginning in 2011.
On June 10, 2013, the Company disclosed that the SEC was conducting an investigation into the Company, and that the SEC has requested documents and communications related to student recruitment, attendance, completion, placement, and defaults on loans, along with information on other corporate and financial matters. On this news, Corinthian securities declined $0.32 per share or nearly 11.47%, to close at $2.47 per share on June 11, 2013.