Fire & Police Pension Ass’n of Colo. v. Abiomed, Inc., No. 14-1502 (1st Cir. 2015)Annotate this Case
Plaintiffs here were a class of entities and individuals who purchased the stock of Abiomed, Inc. Plaintiffs brought suit against Abiomed and two of its officers (collectively, Defendants), alleging that Defendants committed securities fraud by making false and misleading statements that caused Plaintiffs to purchase Abiomed stock at artificially inflated prices. The district court granted Defendants’ motion to dismiss, concluding that Plaintiffs had plausibly alleged that Defendants made false or misleading statements that had a material effect on Abiomed’s stock price but that Plaintiffs failed to adequately plead scienter, as is required for pleadings in securities fraud cases. The First Circuit affirmed, holding that the district court did not err in concluding that Plaintiffs failed to sufficiently allege that Defendants made the allegedly false or misleading statements with the “conscious intent to defraud or a ‘high degree of recklessness.’”
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on February 25, 2015.