PayPal Holdings, Inc.
Class Period: Jul 20, 2015 to Apr 28, 2016
Lead Plaintiff Deadline: Feb 27, 2017
Summary of Case:
A securities class action has been filed against PayPal Holdings, Inc. ("PayPal" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:PYPL), eBay, Inc. ("eBay") (NASDAQ:EBAY) on behalf of a class consisting of all persons or entities who: (1) purchased or otherwise acquired eBay securities on the open market on or after December 19, 2013 (the "eBay Class Period") and subsequently received PayPal securities pursuant to eBay's spin-off of PayPal, effective as of July 17, 2015; and/or (2) purchased or otherwise acquired PayPal securities on the open market between July 20, 2015 and April 28, 2016, both dates inclusive (the "PayPal Class Period" and, together with the eBay Class Period, the "Class Period"). This case has been filed in the USDC - Northern District of California).
The Complaint alleges that PayPal, which was spun off from eBay in July 2015, operates as a technology platform company that enables digital and mobile payments on behalf of consumers and merchants worldwide. It enables businesses of various sizes to accept payments from merchant websites, mobile devices, and applications, as well as at offline retail locations through a range of payment solutions. The Company's platform allows customers to pay and get paid, transfer and withdraw funds to their bank accounts, and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in various currencies.
Between 2002 and 2015, PayPal operated as a subsidiary of eBay. eBay is a multinational e-commerce company providing consumer-to-consumer and business-to-consumer payment solutions via the internet.
In 2013, PayPal acquired the payment service provider Braintree, owner of the mobile payment service Venmo. Describing itself as a "digital wallet," Venmo is a mobile payment service that allows its users to transfer money to one another after providing Venmo with personal and bank account information necessary to create a user account.
On September 30, 2014, eBay announced that it would spin off PayPal and its services, including Venmo, into a separate publicly traded company. In July 2015, the companies completed the spin-off, pursuant to which each holder of eBay common stock as of the close of business on July 8, 2015 received one share of PayPal common stock for every one share of eBay common stock held.
The Complaint alleges that 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 made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (i) PayPal's Venmo service was engaged in unfair trade practices; (ii) the foregoing facts, when they became known, were likely to subject the Company to increased regulatory scrutiny and/or affect the profitability of PayPal's Venmo service; and (iii) as a result of the foregoing, PayPal's public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.
On April 28, 2016, post-market, PayPal disclosed receipt of a civil investigative demand on March 28, 2016 from the Federal Trade Commission, seeking documents related to the Company's Venmo peer-to-peer payment service in connection with potential unfair trade practices.
On this news, PayPal's share price fell $0.89, or 2.22%, to close at $39.18 on April 29, 2016.
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