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Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C. Reminds Investors That Class Action Lawsuits Have Been Filed Against Icahn, and Beyond Meat and Encourages Investors to Contact the Firm

NEW YORK, May 19, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C., a nationally recognized shareholder rights law firm, reminds investors that class actions have been commenced on behalf of stockholders of Icahn Enterprises L.P. (NASDAQ: IEP), and Beyond Meat Inc. (NASDAQ: BYND). Stockholders have until the deadlines below to petition the court to serve as lead plaintiff. Additional information about each case can be found at the link provided.

Icahn Enterprises L.P. (NASDAQ: IEP)

Class Period: August 2, 2018 - May 9, 2023

Lead Plaintiff Deadline: July 10, 2023

Throughout the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and/or misleading statements, as well as failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company’s business, operations, and prospects. Specifically, Defendants failed to disclose to investors: (1) that Icahn Enterprises was inflating its net asset value; (2) that the Company was using money taken in from new investors to pay out dividends to old investors; (3) that, as a result, the Company would become the subject of criminal and/or regulatory scrutiny; and (4) that as a result of the foregoing, Defendant’s positive statements about the Company’s business, operations, and prospects were materially misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis.

For more information on the Icahn class action go to:

Beyond Meat Inc. (NASDAQ: BYND)

Class Period: May 5, 2020 and October 13, 2022 (Common Stock Only)

Lead Plaintiff Deadline: July 10, 2023

Beyond Meat is a Los Angeles-based producer of plant-based meat substitutes. This matter arises from Defendants’ material misrepresentations and omissions concerning the Company’s ability to produce plant-based meats at scale to the specifications of its key customers, who the Company refers to as “partners.”

Throughout the Class Period, Beyond Meat misled investors by boasting about the success of its product tests with its large-scale partnerships, including prominent food retailers like McDonalds, Starbucks, KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell. Beyond Meat assured investors and partners that it would “ensure manufacturability” through “extensive testing,” and that it was capable of manufacturing the unique plant-based meat products at commercial scale. Further, Beyond Meat blamed any delays in launching these large-scale partnerships on Covid-19.

Certain Beyond Meat executives profited enormously from the scheme described herein by selling hundreds of thousands of shares of their personally held Company stock at artificially inflated prices during the Class Period. For instance, Defendant Nelson sold 440,000 shares of Beyond Meat stock during the Class Period for over $58.3 million in proceeds.

The truth began to emerge on October 22, 2021, when Beyond Meat announced that the Company was reducing its third quarter net revenues outlook by up to $34 million, or 25%. As part of the announcement, Beyond Meat also revealed that the Company’s expenses and inventories were continuing to rise. As a result of these disclosures, the price of Beyond Meat stock declined by $12.82 per share, or nearly 12%, from $108.62 per share to $95.80 per share.

Then, on November 10, 2021, Beyond Meat announced a $1.8 million write-off of unsold inventory. As a result of this disclosure, the price of Beyond Meat stock declined by $12.55 per share, or nearly 13%, from $94.48 per share to $81.93 per share.

However, Beyond Meat continued to assure investors of the success of its partnerships. For example, on November 10, 2021, Defendant Brown claimed that the Company “overcame numerous technical challenges” and blamed its poor financial results on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Then, on November 17, 2021, an article was published in Bloomberg highlighting the delays in production and execution challenges Beyond Meat was facing. Former employees reported that there were “significant internal problems” stemming from “confusion and misalignment . . . [and] belated decision-making” that corresponded with exacerbated production delays. As a result of these disclosures, the price of Beyond Meat stock declined by $3.01 per share, or more than 3.5%, from $83.48 per share to $80.97 per share.

On December 9, 2021, after the market closed, multiple media sources reported that Taco Bell had cancelled a planned product test due to ongoing quality concerns. As a result of these disclosures, the price of Beyond Meat stock declined by $5.58 per share, or nearly 8%, from $70.09 per share to $64.51 per share.

On October 14, 2022, Beyond Meat announced the departure of several top executives, including the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, Chief Growth Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. As a result of these disclosures, the price of Beyond Meat stock declined by $1.43 per share, or over 9.6%, from $14.78 per share to $13.35 per share.

As a result of Defendants’ wrongful acts and omissions, and the resulting decline in the market value of Beyond Meat’s stock, Plaintiff and other Class members have suffered significant losses and damages.

For more information on the Beyond Meat class action go to:

About Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C.:

Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C. is a nationally recognized law firm with offices in New York, California, and South Carolina. The firm represents individual and institutional investors in commercial, securities, derivative, and other complex litigation in state and federal courts across the country. For more information about the firm, please visit Attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee similar outcomes.

Contact Information:

Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C.
Brandon Walker, Esq.
Marion Passmore, Esq.
(212) 355-4648

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