Judge dismisses L&L lawsuit

A DISTRICT court judge has thrown out a class action alleging Seattle-based coal miner L&L Energy violated federal securities laws.

Justin Niessner

The lawsuit was dismissed in a Washington state court due to lack of evidence and a lack of particulars in the official complaint.

“The record suggests that the plaintiff does not have the necessary evidence of intentional falsehood and loss causation: he has already had two opportunities to amend the complaint and some of the deficiencies identified in this order have been apparent from the outset,” the judge said.

“The court is loath to grant leave to amend where the particulars of the amendment are unknown and the existing record suggests futility.”

L&L said the lawsuit was based on internet reports published by short sellers and denied accusations contained in the reports.

“We are very pleased with the court’s favorable ruling supporting L&L’s motion to dismiss,” L7L chairman and chief executive Dickson Lee said.

“I congratulate management’s discipline to fight the false accusations while remaining focused on growing the company and shareholder value.”

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