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Notice of Lead Plaintiff Deadline for Shareholders in the Volkswagen AG Class Action Lawsuit

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 30, 2021-- Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed in the Central District of California on behalf of purchasers of Volkswagen AG (OTC:VWAGY) publicly traded securities between March 29, 2021 and March 30, 2021, inclusive (the “Class Period”). The case is captioned Montag v. Volkswagen AG,No. 21-cv-03678. The Volkswagenclass action lawsuit charges Volkswagen and certain of its executives with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 permits any investor who purchased Volkswagen AG publicly traded securities during the Class Period to seek appointment as lead plaintiff in the Volkswagenclass action lawsuit. A lead plaintiff is generally the movant with the greatest financial interest in the relief sought by the putative class who is also typical and adequate of the putative class. A lead plaintiff acts on behalf of all other class members in directing the Volkswagenclass action lawsuit. The lead plaintiff can select a law firm of its choice to litigate the Volkswagen class action lawsuit. An investor’s ability to share in any potential future recovery of the Volkswagen class action lawsuit is not dependent upon serving as lead plaintiff. If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff of the Volkswagenclass action lawsuit or have questions concerning your rights regarding the Volkswagenclass action lawsuit, please provide your information here or contact counsel, Juan Carlos Sanchez of Robbins Geller, at 800/449-4900 or 619/231-1058 or via e-mail at jsanchez@rgrdlaw.com. Lead plaintiff motions for theVolkswagenclass action lawsuit must be filed with the court no later than June 29, 2021.

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (“Volkswagen”) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG. On March 29, 2021, Volkswagen published a “draft” of a press release announcing its purported name change to “Voltswagen” on its website for a short time. In response to the name change press release, multiple news agencies reported that they confirmed with Volkswagen insiders that the name change was real. As CNBC reported: “Volkswagen accidentally posted a press release on its website a month early on Monday announcing a new name for its U.S. operations, Voltswagen of America, emphasizing the German automaker’s electric vehicle efforts.” The price of Volkswagen AG’s American Depository Receipts (“ADRs”) rose more than 8% from March 29 to March 30, 2021.

The Volkswagen class action lawsuit alleges that, throughout the Class Period, defendants made false and misleading statements and failed to disclose that: (i) “Voltswagen” was never going to be used by Volkswagen, Volkswagen AG, or on any relevant vehicle; (ii) Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen, and their spokespeople purposefully misled reporters regarding the now-purported “joke” and/or “promotion”; and (iii) as a result, defendants’ public statements and statements to journalists were materially false and/or misleading at all relevant times.

Late on March 30, 2021, The Wall Street Journal published a “WSJ News Exclusive” which was entitled “No, Volkswagen Isn’t Rebranding Itself Voltswagen: German car maker says announcement by its U.S. operation was supposed to be an April Fools’ gag” and noting that “[i]nvestors have been clamoring for shares of companies involved in electric vehicles and have recently been pouring money into the stocks of established car makers with solid EV plans.” As ABC News also reported: “‘The Associated Press was repeatedly assured by Volkswagen that its U.S. subsidiary planned a name change, and reported that information, which we now know to be false,’ company spokeswoman Lauren Easton said.” The ABC News article added that “[t]he USA Todayreporter who was initially lied to was more blunt. ‘This was not a joke,’ reporter Nathan Bomey wrote on Twitter. ‘It was deception. In case you haven’t noticed, we have a misinformation problem in this country. Now you’re part of it. Why should anyone trust you again?’” On this news, the price of Volkswagen AG’s ADRs fell more than 5% over the next two full trading days, damaging investors.

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP is one of the world’s leading law firms representing investors in securities class action litigation. With 200 lawyers in 9 offices, Robbins Geller has obtained many of the largest securities class action recoveries in history. ISS Securities Class Action Services has ranked Robbins Geller as one of the top law firms in the world in both amount recovered and total number of class action settlements for shareholders every year since 2010. The SCAS 2020 Top 50 Report ranked Robbins Geller first for recovering $1.6 billion for investors last year, more than double the amount recovered by any other plaintiffs’ firm. Robbins Geller attorneys have helped shape the securities laws and have recovered tens of billions of dollars on behalf of aggrieved victims. Beyond securing financial recoveries for defrauded investors, Robbins Geller also specializes in implementing corporate governance reforms, helping to improve the financial markets for investors worldwide. Robbins Geller attorneys are consistently recognized by courts, professional organizations, and the media as leading lawyers in the industry. Please visit http://www.rgrdlaw.com for more information.

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
Juan Carlos Sanchez, 800-449-4900
jsanchez@rgrdlaw.com

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