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ProAssurance Corporation

Company NameProAssurance Corporation
Stock SymbolPRA
Class PeriodApril 26, 2019 to May 07, 2020
Lead Plaintiff Motion DeadlineAugust 17, 2020

On January 22, 2020, after the market closed, ProAssurance disclosed a $37 million charge to its loss reserves for fourth quarter 2019 due to "deteriorating loss experience, driven by a large national healthcare account."

On this news, the Company's stock price fell $4.18, or 11%, to close at $33.40 per share on January 23, 2020, thereby injuring investors.

On February 20, 2020, the Company announced its 2019 fourth quarter and full year results which revealed that the adverse development from this one large national healthcare account was actually $51.5 million, much higher than the initial estimate a month prior, of $37 million.

Then, on May 8, 2020, ProAssurance revealed that the large healthcare client would most likely not be renewing its policy and alternately exercise an option for tail coverage that would result in an additional $50 million in losses in the second quarter of 2020.  This loss, when combined with the $51.5 million adverse development, meant that the Company would suffer over $100 million in losses from a single account.

On this news, the Company’s stock price fell $4.38 per share, or over 22%, to close at $15.95 per share on May 8, 2020, thereby injuring investors.

The complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose: (1) that ProAssurance lacked adequate underwriting process and risk management controls necessary to set appropriate loss reserves in its Specialty P&C segment; (2) that ProAssurance failed to properly assess a large national healthcare account that experienced losses far exceeding the assumptions made when the account was underwritten; and (3) that as a result, ProAssurance was subject to a materially heightened risk of financial loss and reserve charges.

 

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