The latest lawsuit was filed by investors, who argue problems at the Nasdaq prevented opening trade of Facebook for 30 minutes. According to The Wall Street Journal (6/12/12) Nasdaq has proposed $40 million to compensate firms that lost money because of the technology issues. But critics said $40 million was not sufficient to cover the losses. Plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit against the Nasdaq said they would urge the Securities and Exchange Commission to reject Nasdaq's proposal.
The lawsuit claims that issues on the day of Facebook's IPO were foreseeable and that the Nasdaq's negligence denied investors the chance to sell their shares while Facebook's value dropped throughout the day, causing massive losses. Included in the class are investors who bought shares in Facebook on May 18 and May 21 and whose orders regarding the purchase or sale of the shares were not processed right away.
Meanwhile, Facebook and the underwriters of its IPO face a lawsuit alleging they misled investors prior to May 18. The class action lawsuit alleges Facebook hid information about 2012 performance estimates in its registration statement and prospectus. ABC News (5/23/12) reports that the lawsuit was filed against Facebook's board, Morgan Stanley and other underwriters.
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Concerns have also been raised that some clients were told about the reduced performance estimates prior to Facebook's IPO. Regulators are now investigating whether some clients were given this information and why information about the performance estimates was not included in the prospectus.