Perrigo Haunted By Mylan Rejection As Securities Fraud Complaints Mount
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet & The Rose Sheet
Securities fraud complaint filed by Nationwide Mutual Funds alleges firm misled investors to fend off Mylan hostile takeover in 2015 before its share price began plummeting. It is latest of similar complaints filed against Perrigo in New Jersey federal court.
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