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Facebook must face lawsuit over IPO

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Facebook, Inc., its CEO Mark Zuckerberg and banks must face a lawsuit accusing the social media company of misleading investors about its financial condition before its $16 billion IPO, a federal judge Robert Sweet said.

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In a decision made public, U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet in Manhattan said investors could pursue claims that Facebook omitted material information from its registration statement. The investors had alleged, among other things, that Facebook should have disclosed internal projections on how increased mobile usage and product decisions might reduce company's future revenue.

Judge Sweet ruled that investors could also pursue claims accusing Nasdaq OMX Group Inc of concealing technology problems that resulted in difficulties in processing trades on Facebook's first day of trading.


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