Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Transocean (NYSE:RIG) Has Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Them

Owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig involved with the BP (NYSE:BP) oil spill, Transocean (NYSE:RIG), had a class action lawsuit filed against them by Scott+Scott LLP, which includes their former CEO and the former CEO of GlobalSantaFe Corporation, which they merged with.

Their press release stated:

"The complaint in this action alleges that, on October 2, 2007, in advance of a planned shareholder vote regarding the proposed merger of Transocean and GlobalSantaFe, Defendants disseminated a proxy statement to the Class that contained untrue statements of material facts and omitted to state material facts necessary to make the statements that were made not misleading in violation of §14(a) of the Exchange Act and SEC Rule 14a-9 promulgated thereunder. Specifically, Transocean is
alleged to have misrepresented the quality of its drilling fleet and its safety practices. In fact, as was first revealed by the Deepwater Horizon disaster and its aftermath, Transocean was dramatically underinvesting in safety and exposing itself to a high risk of a catastrophic event. The false proxy induced the Class to approve the merger with Transocean for inadequate consideration, thereby harming the Class."

The lawsuit was filed against Transocean on September 30, 2010.

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