In re Meredith Corporation Securities Litigation

Court: United States District Court, Southern District of Iowa, Central Division
Case Number: 4:19-cv-00294-CRW-RAW
Judge: Hon. Charles R. Wolle
Class Period: 01/31/2018 - 09/30/2019
Case Contacts: John C. Browne, Adam H. Wierzbowski, James M. Fee

This is a securities class action on behalf of all purchasers of the securities of Meredith Corporation (“Meredith” or “the Company”) between January 31, 2018 and September 30, 2019, inclusive (the “Class Period”).

Defendant Meredith, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, is an American media conglomerate that owns magazines, television stations, and websites, reaching over 175 million unduplicated American consumers. Meredith’s publications have a readership of more than 120 million, paid circulation of more than 40 million, nearly 135 million monthly unique website visitors, and broadcast television stations which reach 11 percent of United States households

The action seeks to pursue remedies against Meredith and several of its most senior executives for violations of the federal securities laws.  Plaintiffs allege that during the Class Period, Defendants issued materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company’s acquisition of Time, Inc. (“Time”). Specifically, Defendants failed to disclose: (i) that the Company’s financial reporting was deficient in its controls for establishing the fair value of the assets and liabilities that Meredith had acquired from Time; (ii) that integrating Time’s assets and elevating advertising revenue from the print and digital performance of Time’s assets would occur over a series of years and require additional investment spending; and (iii) that the substantial number of low margin magazine subscriptions inside the legacy Time brands would require additional investment spending. Defendants failure to disclose these defects caused harm to Plaintiff and the Class.

On November 25, 2019, the Hon. Charles R. Wolle appointed the City of Plantation Police Officers’ Pension Fund as the Lead Plaintiff, and Bernstein Litowitz Berger and Grossmann LLP as Lead Counsel, for the Class.

Plaintiff’s amended complaint was filed on March 9, 2020. The Court heard oral argument on Defendants Motion to Dismiss on October 7, 2020.

Other Cases of Interest

  • Wells Fargo & Company
    Northern District of California Salvatore J. Graziano, Adam H. Wierzbowski, Rebecca E. Boon, Michael Mathai
  • Boeing Company
    Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division John C. Browne, Gerald H. Silk, Adam Hollander, Abe Alexander, James M. Fee, Katherine M. Sinderson
  • Synchrony Financial
    District of Connecticut Salvatore J. Graziano, Jeroen van Kwawegen, Adam H. Wierzbowski, Kate Aufses, Matthew Traylor
  • Stericycle, Inc.
    District of Illinois Eastern Division John C. Browne, Adam H. Wierzbowski
  • Ryder System, Inc.
    Southern District of Florida Salvatore J. Graziano, John Rizio-Hamilton, Adam H. Wierzbowski, Avi Josefson, Hannah Ross, Michael D. Blatchley, Brenna Nelinson, Matthew Traylor
  • General Motors Company
    Eastern District of Michigan Salvatore J. Graziano, Gerald H. Silk, James A. Harrod, Adam H. Wierzbowski, Rebecca E. Boon
  • Facebook, Inc. (Securities)
    Northern District of California John C. Browne, Jeremy P. Robinson, Kate Aufses
  • Mohawk Industries, Inc.
    Northern District of Georgia John C. Browne, Jonathan D. Uslaner, Richard D. Gluck, Lauren M. Cruz, Alexander T. Payne
  • Facebook, Inc. (IPO)
    Southern District of New York Salvatore J. Graziano, John Rizio-Hamilton, Adam H. Wierzbowski, Jai K. Chandrasekhar