Gould v. Winstar Commc'n, Inc., No. 10-4028 (2d Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Based on GT’s audit of the financial statements of its client, Winstar, plaintiffs (Winstar stockholders) claimed that GT committed securities fraud under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 15 U.S.C. 78j(b), and made false and misleading statements in an audit opinion letter, 15 U.S.C. 78r. The district court dismissed. The Second Circuit remanded, finding that triable questions of fact exist as to whether GT acted with scienter in making alleged misrepresentations in its audit opinion letter, whether plaintiffs purchased Winstar’s stock in actual reliance on those representations, and whether plaintiffs suffered losses as a result.
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on August 29, 2012.