VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire -08/17/12)- Silvercorp Metals Inc. ("Silvercorp" or the "Company") (SVM.TO)(SVM) reports that Supreme Court Justice Carol Edmead of the New York County Supreme Court yesterday granted motions to dismiss the defamation case Silvercorp filed last fall against short sellers and others responsible for publications falsely attacking Silvercorp.
Silvercorp disagrees with the decision where Justice Edmead ruled that the "short and distort" publications are statements of opinion and not statements of purported fact; in other words the defendants simply had the freedom to express their opinions pursuant to their constitutional rights. The Company has today filed an appeal in the Appellate Division of New York Supreme Court.
Despite this decision, Silvercorp believes that the action to date has succeeded in identifying the defendants that were initially anonymous and exposing certain of their activities. Justice Edmead's decision does not add any credibility or validity to the accusations originally leveled by the defendants.
All the accusations by the "short and distort" parties against Silvercorp have been proven false. The Company believes these accusations were solely intended to manipulate the market so that profits could be made from short selling. Since the attack Silvercorp has successfully completed a forensic review conducted by KPMG Forensic Inc., filed audited financial statements, filed an Annual Information Form for 2012, and filed new National Instrument 43-101 Technical Reports for all its properties to the satisfaction of the relevant regulatory authorities. Of note, is the 2012 Technical Report for the Company's flagship property, the Ying Mining District, where the contained silver in Proven and Probable Reserves increased by 36% as compared to the previous 2011 Technical Report.
For background on this matter, please refer to the Company's website at www.silvercorp.ca. Silvercorp is represented in this matter by the law firm of K & L Gates LLP and the Company will provide progress updates on this matter as appropriate.
Silvercorp is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and mining of high-grade silver-related mineral properties in China and Canada. Silvercorp is the largest primary silver producer in China through the operation of the four silver-lead-zinc mines at the Ying Mining District in the Henan Province of China. Silvercorp recently acquired the XBG and XHP silver-gold-lead-zinc mines nearby the Ying Mining District in Henan Province, further consolidating the region. Silvercorp has commenced production at its second production foothold in China, the BYP gold-lead-zinc project in Hunan Province, and is currently constructing the mill and related facilities in preparation for mining at the GC silver-lead-zinc project in Guangdong Province. In Canada, Silvercorp is preparing an application for a Small Mine Permit for the Silvertip high grade silver-lead-zinc mine project in northern British Columbia to provide a further platform for growth and geographic diversification. The Company's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (SVM.TO) and Toronto Stock Exchange (SVM.TO) and are included as a component of the S&P/TSX Composite and the S&P/TSX Global Mining Indexes.
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