BlackBerry Faces Shareholder Suit

TORONTO (October 5, 2013)—A shareholder has filed a class action lawsuit against BlackBerry, claiming the company misled investors about its future, including how the BlackBerry 10 smartphone line would fare against competitors.

The lawsuit seeks to represent thousands of shareholders who purchased BlackBerry stock from Sept. 27, 2012, to Sept. 20, 2013, a period during which the suit alleges executives misrepresented the state of BlackBerry's operations.

Marvin Pearlstein filed the lawsuit Friday in a Manhattan court.

BlackBerry's CEO Thorsten Heins and chief financial officer Brian Bidulka are also named as defendants.

BlackBerry declined to comment.

BlackBerry disclosed last month that it would book nearly a billion dollars in losses related primarily to the write down of unsold BlackBerry Z10 touchscreen smartphones.

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