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DreamWorks Animation Hit With Investor Class Action Lawsuit

Plaintiff alleges that DreamWorks “made false and/or misleading financial statements, and failed to disclose material adverse facts about the company's business, operations, prospects and performance.”

Charles Paddock has filed a class action lawsuit against DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. on behalf of himself and all other shareholders in the publicly-traded company, according to a report by The Wrap. The lawsuit was filed on Friday in the U.S. District Court in Central California.

Paddock alleges that DreamWorks “made false and/or misleading statements, and failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company's business, operations, prospects and performance.” The suit details the period of time surrounding the film Turbo, which was released in the summer of 2013. After it underperformed, the company waited until February 2014 to take a $13.5 million write-down.

It was the third write-down for the company, after disappointing returns for Rise of the Guardians and Mr. Peabody & Sherman. The company's most recent release, the sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2, has performed better, though with $167 million domestic, it is notably off from the $217 million the original earned in 2010.

The lawsuit claims that the company was misleading its investors by failing to disclose that it had waited so long to take a write-down for Turbo, leading to an overstatement of Dreamworks’ net income for the 2013 fiscal year. This allegedly resulted in “materially false and misleading” financial statements.

The suit further details the conference call DreamWorks held with analysts on July 29, 2014. During this call, the company stated that it was currently cooperating with an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission for the Turbo write-down. As a result of this call, which also detailed the second quarterly loss in a row, the company's stocks fell 12 percent on July 30, according to the suit, to close at $19.98.

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