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Underwriter Syndicate Wins Dismissal of Securities Class Action Relating to COVID-19 Disclosures

Paul, Weiss won the dismissal of a putative class action in the Eastern District of New York arising out of the January 2020 IPO of Lizhi Inc., a Chinese social audio platform. Paul, Weiss represented the underwriters of the IPO, led by Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

The plaintiff asserted claims under the Securities Act of 1933 and alleged that the defendants made materials misstatements and omissions in the IPO offering materials by failing to disclose the likely impact of COVID-19 on the issuer’s finances and operations. In her decision dismissing the complaint, Judge DeArcy Hall held that COVID-19 was not a known trend at the time of the January 2020 IPO, and that the plaintiff had failed to plausibly plead that the defendants had “actual knowledge” that COVID-19 would impact the company’s operations or revenue.

The Paul, Weiss team included litigation partner Susanna Buergel and counsel Daniel Sinnreich.

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