Misconduct Allegations Against YRC Worldwide Inc. Basis of New Securities Class Action

By Garrett Bradley, Esq. and Guillaume Buell, Esq.

Published on April 19, 2019

On January 2, 2019, a class action complaint for violations of the federal securities laws was filed against YRC Worldwide Inc. The complaint alleges that the Defendants misrepresented and failed to disclose the following adverse facts pertaining to the Company’s business, operational and financial results, which were known to Defendants or recklessly disregarded by them. Specifically, Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) from 2005 to at least 2013, YRC Worldwide’s units systematically overcharged the federal government for freight carrier services; (2) this alleged misconduct caused the Department of Defense to overpay by millions of dollars for shipments that were lighter, and thus cheaper, than the weights for which the government was charged; (3) consequently, this alleged misconduct would subject YRC Worldwide to enhanced government scrutiny and liabilities, including potentially owing treble damages under the False Claims Act; and (4) as a result, the Company’s public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times. 

YRC Worldwide provides various transportation services primarily in North America. It operates as a holding company with two reporting segments: YRC Freight (longer haul trucking) and Regional Transportation (regional and next-day delivery markets). The Company is incorporated in Delaware and has facilities throughout the United States, including Albany, New York. The Company’s securities are traded on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “YRCW.” 

The lawsuit, with its focus on misconduct allegations, is a federal securities class action on behalf of a class consisting of all persons and entities other than Defendants who purchased or otherwise acquired the publicly traded securities of YRC Worldwide from March 10, 2014 through December 14, 2018, both dates inclusive (the “Class Period”). Plaintiff seeks to recover compensable damages caused by Defendants’ violations of the federal securities laws and to pursue remedies under Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder. 

Thornton Law Firm is investigating the merits of this matter. Any interested investors may contact the firm’s securities litigation attorneys via email at shareholder@tenlaw.com or calling (617) 720-1333. 

Thornton’s securities litigators have extensive experiencing litigating under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Congress passed both these laws to protect investors from securities fraud. The basic purpose of the 1934 and 1933 regulatory statutes is to protect investor confidence in the securities markets. 

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