NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - SHAREHOLDER LAWSUIT FILED (DEADLINE TO PRESERVE RIGHTS)
Class Challenges Acquisition of WMS INDUSTRIES
By STEVE TWEEDY
(CN) - OfficeMax shareholders are challenging a takeover of the company by Office Depot in a shareholder class action lawsuit.
According to shareholder Chen Yang, who owns over 10,000 shares, the deal undercuts the company's true value. "Each of the individual defendants breached their fiduciary duties owed to OMX and its stockholders in furtherance of their plan to protect and advance their own interests, at the expense of and to the detriment of OMX and its public stockholders," the complaint states. "Among other things, the individual defendants have agreed to sell the company at an unfairly low price."
Yang said OMX directors and executive "have clear and material conflicts of interest and are acting to better their own interests and the interests of OMX's other senior managers and directors at the expense of the company and its public shareholders."
"Defendants have initiated a process to sell OMX that undervalues the company and vests them with benefits that are not shared equally by 'OMX's public shareholders - a clear effort to take advantage of the temporary depression in 'WMS's stock price," the complaint states. "In addition, by agreeing to the proposed transaction. Defendants have capped the price of OMX at a price that does not adequately reflect the company's true value."
The prominant law firm Tripp Levy PLLC represents the class. Tripp Levy PLLC 877-772-3975
while I am not a big fan of lawyers, I have to agree with the lawsuit here. OMX has over $500 million on its books or close to $5.43 per share in cash. Shareholders of OMX should get that, not Office Depot or BC Partners. The stock just keeps going down. We are not being treated with a fair valuation for our shares.