Shares of Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: LGND) continued to plunge today, December 17, 2018, falling as much as 52 percent since September 30, 2018, and hitting a 52-week low.
Fr. Emmanuel Lemelson has published five research reports, issued 16 articles/press releases, posted 66 tweets, given 13 interviews, and written two letters to Congress, making nearly 1,000 distinct allegations of accounting and securities fraud perpetrated by the company.
On July 13, 2018, Fr. Emmanuel released a letter he provided members of The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and the SEC Office of the Inspector General, further outlining extensive alleged abuses of accounting, pharmaceutical reimbursement and classification guidelines and regulations by Ligand Pharmaceuticals. In the letter, Lemelson urged the Committees in both the House and the Senate to commence an investigation into these alleged abuses, as well as the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) failure to stop them.
On July 27, 2018 Ligand was sued for $3.8 billion by investors in eight bond funds, including Citadel,1 this followed multiple class-action lawsuits, alleging securities fraud, filed against Ligand beginning in 2016.2 According to the complaint, Ligand unfairly modified the agreement and never filed the required amendment with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to deny investors more than $3.8 billion in payouts. If the investors prevail the company could be forced into bankruptcy.
On August 14, 2014, Lemelson Capital Management, LLC published a report outlining the risk of the bond offering, questioned the representations made by the company, and pointing out that the offering may eventually lead to solvency risks.
- Lemelson's full July 13, 2018 letter to Congress is available online here
- His December 2016 letter to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, regarding the company, is available online here
- To read Fr. Emmanuel's original 2014 reports on Ligand Pharmaceuticals, click here and here
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