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TMCNet:  Equity Alert: Johnson & Weaver, LLP Files Class Action Complaint Against Certain Officers and Directors of Yelp, Inc.; Investors Encouraged to Contact the Firm

[August 09, 2014]

Equity Alert: Johnson & Weaver, LLP Files Class Action Complaint Against Certain Officers and Directors of Yelp, Inc.; Investors Encouraged to Contact the Firm

SAN DIEGO --(Business Wire)--

Shareholder rights law firm Johnson & Weaver, LLP, who filed the initial class action complaint alleging violations of the federal securities laws against Yelp (News - Alert), Inc. (NYSE:YELP) and certain of its officers and directors, reminds investors that they have until October 6, 2014 to file a motion seeking to be appointed lead plaintiff.

If you purchased Yelp common stock securities between October 29, 2013 and April 3, 2014, (the "Class Period") we encourage you to contact our firm. The case is pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Additional Information about the Lawsuit:

Yelp operates as an online local guide that connects people primarily with boutiques, mechanics, restaurants, and dentists. The Company states that reviews of these businesses that appear on its website are written by people using Yelp to share their everyday local business experiences, giving voice to consumers and bringing "word of mouth" online.

The complaint alleges that during the Class Period, defendants made materially false and misleading statements concerning the Company's true business and financial condition, including butnot limited to the true nature of the so-called "firsthand" experiences and reviews appearing on the Company's website, the robustness of its processes and algorithms purportedly designed to screen unreliable reviews, and the Company's forecasted financial growth prospects and the extent to which they were reliant upon undisclosed business practices, including but not limited to requiring business customers to pay to suppress negative reviews. Defendants' false and misleading statements during the Class Period caused the Yelp's stock to trade at artificially inflated prices, reaching a high of over $98.00 per share on March 4, 2014, and allowed Company insiders to sell more than 1.16 million shares of Yelp stock at prices as high as $98.99 per share for insider trading proceeds of more than $81.5 million.


According to the complaint, as the true facts concerning the Company's business practices began to be revealed to the market through a series of articles and disclosures starting on March 31, 2014, the Company's stock price declined, falling from a close of $80.18 per share on April 1, 2014 to a close of $65.76 per share on April 4, 2014.

Plaintiff seeks to recover damages on behalf of all purchasers of Yelp common stock during the Class Period. If you wish to serve as a lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than October 6, 2014. If you wish to discuss this action, have any questions concerning this notice, or your rights or interests, please contact lead analyst Jim Baker (jimb@johnsonandweaver.com) at 619-814-4471. If you email, please include your phone number.

Johnson & Weaver, LLP is a nationally recognized shareholder rights law firm with offices in California, New York and Georgia. The firm represents individual and institutional investors in shareholder derivative and securities class action lawsuits. For more information about the firm and its attorneys, please visit http://www.johnsonandweaver.com.


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