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ARGUED JANUARY 16, 2009

Before BAUER, FLAUM and WOOD, Circuit Judges.

This case involves the claims of a plaintiff class that believes the defendant corporation defrauded them. The class asserts that the corporation knew that it had flawed products, but in the face of that knowledge made false or misleading public statements about the products and about a pending merger. In addition, the plaintiffs charge, the individual defendants sold nearly $89 million in company stock during the period covered by the class’s allegations. The district court dismissed the case on the pleadings with prejudice, concluding that the class complaint failed to raise the strong inference of scienter required by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (“PSLRA”) and Rule 9 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The court also rejected the plaintiffs’ motion under FED. R. CIV. P. 59(e) to reconsider based on newly discovered evidence, and their related motion under FED. R. CIV. P. 15(a) to amend their complaint.

 
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