STEVENSON, MD -- (Marketwire) -- 09/16/11 -- Brower Piven, A Professional Corporation announces that a class action lawsuit has been commenced in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey on behalf of purchasers of the common stock of The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. ("A&P" or the "Company") (PINKSHEETS: GAPTQ) during the period between July 23, 2009 and December 10, 2010, inclusive (the "Class Period").
If you have suffered a net loss for all transactions in A&P common stock during the Class Period, you may obtain additional information about this lawsuit and your ability to become a lead plaintiff by contacting Brower Piven at www.browerpiven.com, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 410/415-6616, or at Brower Piven, A Professional Corporation, 1925 Old Valley Road, Stevenson, Maryland 21153. Attorneys at Brower Piven have combined experience litigating securities and class action cases of over 60 years.
No class has yet been certified in the above action. Members of the Class will be represented by the lead plaintiff and counsel chosen by the lead plaintiff. If you wish to choose counsel to represent you and the Class, you must apply to be appointed lead plaintiff no later than November 8, 2011 and be selected by the Court. The lead plaintiff will direct the litigation and participate in important decisions including whether to accept a settlement and how much of a settlement to accept for the Class in the action. The lead plaintiff will be selected from among applicants claiming the largest loss from investment in the Company during the Class Period. You are not required to have sold your shares to seek damages or to serve as a Lead Plaintiff.
The complaint accuses the defendants of violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by virtue of the Company's failure to disclose during the Class Period that A&P was facing increased low-cost competition from retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target Corp. which was negatively impacting the Company's business and financial condition; that the Company's acquisition of Pathmark was unfavorable because Pathmark's operations were in far worse condition than had been represented to investors; and that A&P was not operating according to internal expectations. After, on December 10, 2010, A&P revealed that the Company was performing so far below expectations and that its purported turnaround strategy was failing such that the Company would likely be forced to file for bankruptcy protection, the value of A&P shares declined significantly.
If you choose to retain counsel, you may retain Brower Piven without financial obligation or cost to you, or you may retain other counsel of your choice. You need take no action at this time to be a member of the class.
Charles J. Piven
Brower Piven, A Professional Corporation
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