Securities Litigation Partner James (Josh) Wilson Encourages Investors Who Suffered Losses Exceeding $100,000 In Avaya To Contact Him Directly To Discuss Their Options
New York, New York--(Newsfile Corp. - February 16, 2023) - Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities law firm, is investigating potential claims against Avaya Holdings Corp. ("Avaya" or the "Company") AVYA and reminds investors of the March 6, 2023 deadline to seek the role of lead plaintiff in a federal securities class action that has been filed against the Company.
If you suffered losses exceeding $100,000 investing in Avaya stock or options between November 22, 2021 and November 29, 2023 and would like to discuss your legal rights, call Faruqi & Faruqi partner Josh Wilson directly at 877-247-4292 or 212-983-9330 (Ext. 1310). You may also click here for additional information: www.faruqilaw.com/AVYA.
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Avaya provides software products for business collaboration and contact center management. Since October 2019, Avaya has been engaged in a strategic collaboration with RingCentral, Inc., which has accelerated Avaya's transition to the cloud. The new operating system, Avaya Cloud Office by RingCentral ("ACO"), was supposed to allow Avaya to monetize its small to medium business customer base immediately while concomitantly allowing it to focus on the development of a next-generation cloud contact center.
But as the Avaya class action lawsuit alleges, defendants failed to disclose that: (1) the RingCentral partnership came with onerous requirements that were crippling Avaya's business metrics and financial prospects, including that Avaya granted RingCentral exclusive rights to certain products to its customers, meaning that Avaya had to discontinue certain of its own product offerings that had only recently begun achieving momentum, and that ACO conflicted with other Avaya product offerings, causing Avaya to have to alter those offerings, resulting in Avaya losing some important members of its executive team; (2) the arrangement with RingCentral had exposed Avaya to losses as RingCentral paid Avaya commissions up front, which would need to be returned if Avaya later missed on sales thresholds; and (3) Avaya had defective internal controls which prevented its senior executives from formulating accurate budgets and forecasts.
On July 28, 2023, Avaya announced the termination of its Chief Executive Officer James M. Chirico, Jr.. The Company also announced preliminary Q3 2023 financial results that included expected revenues and adjusted EBITDA well below previously given guidance and an unquantified but "significant" impairment charge. In addition, Avaya withdrew its 2023 guidance.
On this news, Avaya's stock price fell $1.19 per share, or 56.99%, to close at $0.90 per share on July 29, 2023.
Then, on August 9, 2023, Avaya announced that: (1) it determined there was substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern; (2) it would not timely file its financial statements for the quarter ended June 30, 2023; (3) its Audit Committee commenced internal investigations into circumstances surrounding the Company's financial results for the quarter; and (4) the Audit Committee also commenced an investigation into matters raised by a whistleblower.
On this news, Avaya's stock price fell $0.51 per share, or 45.54%, to close at $0.61 per share on August 9, 2023.
Finally, before the market opened on November 30, 2023, Avaya disclosed in a Current Report filed on Form 8-K with the SEC that "control deficiencies management had been reviewing represent material weaknesses in the Company's internal control over financial reporting" and that "management's assessment of ICFR included in Item 9A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year 2021 ended September 30, 2021, filed with the [SEC] on November 22, 2021 should no longer be relied upon." Specifically, the Form 8-K stated that the Company "did not design and maintain effective controls related to the information and communication component of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission framework," "did not design and maintain effective controls to ensure appropriate communication between certain functions within the Company," and "did not design and maintain effective controls over the ethics and compliance program."
On this news, Avaya's stock price fell $0.16 per share, or 14.28%, to close at $0.96 per share on November 30, 2023.
The court-appointed lead plaintiff is the investor with the largest financial interest in the relief sought by the class who is adequate and typical of class members who directs and oversees the litigation on behalf of the putative class. Any member of the putative class may move the Court to serve as lead plaintiff through counsel of their choice, or may choose to do nothing and remain an absent class member. Your ability to share in any recovery is not affected by the decision to serve as a lead plaintiff or not.
Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP also encourages anyone with information regarding Avaya's conduct to contact the firm, including whistleblowers, former employees, shareholders and others.
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