A host of macroeconomic factors continue to weigh on the U.S. economy, including rising interest rates, economic inflation, and supply chain and labor supply disruption. Geopolitical factors such as the War in Ukraine and now the Gaza war in Israel further complicate the picture. These various factors have serious ramifications for the operations of many businesses and for their financial performance. In some cases, the impact of these factors on companies can also translate into securities litigation. In the latest example of this phenomenon, the auto parts company Advance Auto Parts has been hit with a securities class action following a decline the price of the company’s share price after the company announced that its “strategic pricing initiative” was not sufficient to avert the impact of inflation and other macroeconomic factors on the company’s financial performance. A copy of the October 9, 2023, complaint filed against the company can be found here.Continue Reading Inflation Weighs on Company Performance, Leads to Securities Suit

At the beginning of the year, when I surveyed the D&O claims landscape and predicted the factors that I thought might drive D&O claims volume in 2023, one set of factors I projected might make significant contributions to the number of claims to be filed during the year were the number of macroeconomic challenges – for example, rising interest rates, economic inflation, labor supply disruption, and the war in Ukraine. The recent failure of Silicon Valley Bank and the ensuing securities litigation provides one illustration of how these macro factors can translate into D&O claims.

Now, in the latest illustration of these forces at work, investors have filed a securities lawsuit against the organic foods company United Natural Foods, following the company’s recent disappointing earnings announcement in which the company disclosed a decline in profitability, despite increasing sales, due to inflationary pressures. A copy of the March 20, 2023, lawsuit against United Natural Foods can be found here.Continue Reading Inflation Hits Organic Food Company’s Quarterly Results, Draws Securities Suit