It's a good thing for shareholders and all concerned. Barron's has raised serious questions about the integrity of LNCO's hedging system and about LNCO's management. It's best to find out the truth NOW rather than a couple of years down the road. If management has been honest and forthcoming with the facts, then shareholders will recover. If management has been dishonest with it's shareholders, it's best to find that out now.
Shareholders should hope for the best and a good management, but shareholders should be impartial, at the present time, until all the facts have been presented/discovered. If management proves to have been honest, then LNCO shareholders will prosper and regain the short term 'inquiry' losses. If management is pulling 'slight of hand with their accounting techniques', shareholders need to know that too.
IMHO, I don't think there's any question about whether or not Linn's management is honest and forthright. What is at issue is whether their aggressive non-GAAP accounting can pass SEC regulations. And I don't think there actually ARE any that covers this particular issue - which may lead to additional regulations across the board for ALL companies using non-GAAP reporting.