MONTREAL, March 5, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX: SNC) announced today that it has become aware that a "Motion to Authorize the Bringing of a Class Action and to Obtain the Status of Representative" (the "Motion") has been filed with the Superior Court of Québec in the Judicial District of Québec. The Company, its current directors and certain current officers, as well as certain former employees of the Company have been named as Defendants.
The Motion seeks authorization of the Court to bring a class action in connection with alleged misrepresentations on behalf of all persons who acquired securities of the Company from March 13, 2009 to February 28, 2012 and, if so authorized, various declarations and compensatory damages of $250 million are sought. The Company denies all liability in respect of the claims alleged in the Motion and intends to vigorously oppose the Motion.
SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure, and in the provision of operations and maintenance services. SNC-Lavalin has offices across Canada and in over 40 other countries around the world, and is currently working in some 100 countries. www.snclavalin.com
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENT
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SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.
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SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.
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