WEST HAVEN, CONNECTICUT -- Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 -- NanoViricides, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NNVC) announces that it has filed a special proceeding in the Supreme Court of the State of New York to compel Seeking Alpha to disclose the identity of the person who wrote and published a defamatory, malicious, and libelous article about the Company on February 11, 2014, on the Seeking Alpha website. The writer identified self as a short seller in the article. The Company believes that the writer and/or others with whom the writer was in contact, had established and maintained a significant short position in the Company's common stock, and that these parties in collusion profited from the drop in the Company's share price that occurred subsequent to the posting of the article, at the expense of the Company's shareholders and the Company's position.
The said article published on the "Seeking Alpha" website by the anonymous write who called self "Pump Terminator"contained patently false, malicious, and defamatory statements, and constituted a premeditated, unsupported attack on the Company with the intent to injure and disparage the Company and its shareholders, and manipulate the market for the Company's stock and the Company's financial position.
The Company intends to commence an action against Pump Terminator, and anyone else that we discover to be responsible in connection with the article, to recover the damages caused to the Company and its shareholders. The Company also intends to provide the information it discovers to the relevant regulatory authorities for potential criminal investigation into the activities of the short seller and associates. The Company has already filed a complaint with the regulatory authorities regarding this matter. In addition, the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE") has notified the Financial Regulatory Authority ("FINRA") of potential market manipulation and unusual activity in the market for the Company's stock.
The Company previously requested that the website "Seeking Alpha" immediately remove the article from their site. As of today's date, Seeking Alpha has failed to comply with this simple request, thereby becoming a complicit agent in the criminal act(s) perpetrated by the article author and collaborators-in-action.
"Many investors were panicked into selling their positions or were forced out by market limit orders," said Eugene Seymour, MD, MPH, CEO of NanoViricides. "We noted a very suspicious and rapid rise in short selling activity in the days preceding the publication of the article. This suggested to us that there was collusion between the writer and others, or possibly that the writer alone was responsible for the entire short selling. This information has been forwarded to the appropriate regulatory authorities. We will aggressively pursue all available remedies against anyone responsible for such blatant market manipulation."About NanoViricides
FDA refers to US Food and Drug Administration. EMA refers to the European Union’s office of European Medical Agency.