ECOtality’s Downward Fall Continues With a Class Action Suit

AUG 16 2013 BY MARK KANE 6

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Yesterday, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP Filed Class Action Suit against ECOtality, the charging firm that’s heading for bankruptcy as the DoE shut off its tap:

“On behalf of purchasers of ECOtality, Inc. (“ECOtality”) (NASDAQ:ECTY) common stock during the period between April 16, 2013 and August 9, 2013 (the “Class Period”).”

This is not at all unexpected, because buyers in this period lost most of their investments.

In June, ECOtality was thrilled because it raised “approximately $8.19 million in gross proceeds in a private placement of 5,123,423 shares of Common Stock priced at $1.60 per share to certain institutional investors”. But now, investors who sit at around $0.20-0.30 aren’t at all happy.

Robbins Geller stated:

“On August 12, 2013, before the opening of trading, ECOtality announced that the Company had hired a “restructuring” adviser to evaluate options, including new financing, a possible sale of the Company or bankruptcy filing. The Company’s Current Report filed with the SEC on Form 8-K that day emphasized, in pertinent part, that a bankruptcy filing could be made “in the very near future” following, among other things, disappointing sales and suspension of payments from the federal government. On this news, the price of ECOtality common stock, which had traded as high as $2.40 per share in intraday trading during the Class Period, plummeted more than 87% from that level to close at $0.30 per share when trading resumed on August 12, 2013.”

P”laintiff seeks to recover damages on behalf of all purchasers of ECOtality common stock during the Class Period (the “Class”). The plaintiff is represented by Robbins Geller, which has expertise in prosecuting investor class actions and extensive experience in actions involving financial fraud.”

Source: Business Wire

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With a majority of the public EVSEs in Dallas being Blink-branded units, I’m wondering what will happen to all of them?

Yep, same thing in the Portland area – most public ones are Blink. I’m wondering what will happen to them too.

They had stock? Dang, coulda shorted it.

If they didn’t oversee the whole SPX debacle of “free charger installation” (but pay the electrician $1100 to run 10′ of wire) scam, then maybe karma would have left them alone.

Win or lose, I’ll guess that this is a loser case for the investors. If they win a judgement, how much will they actually get? Don’t worry, though, as the “leaders of Ecotality payied themselves $300k plus annual salaries and huge stock options that they sold off with insider information will smile all the way to a nice relaxing beach somewhere.

I think they’ll get away with everything, and we’ll read about many of the same players in the next government grant money swindle.

With luck the assets will get sold to somebody with the ability/desire to keep it running (ChargePoint?).