On January 28, 2020, U.S. magistrate judge Donald L. Cabell, ruled in favor of Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Lemelson, denying the SEC request for a protective order and granting Lemelson's request to depose The SEC on grounds of bias and selective enforcement, stating in part:
"..the court finds that the defendant here has asserted enough facts... to warrant discovery on his claim of selective enforcement and bias."
To read the full decision, click here or see below on Scribd.
For more background see:
- Motion to Dismiss here (October 25, 2018)
- Reply Brief here (November 21, 2018)
- Opposition to The Securities and Exchange Commission's motion for protective order here (January 7, 2020)
- Affidavit of Religious Affiliation here (March 30, 2020)
- Motion for Summary Judgement here (September 30, 2020)
Since the SEC announced its charges against Lemelson in late September 2018, Ligand's stock price has fallen as much as 80 percent (intra-day), destroying billions of dollars in shareholder value.
Ligand's Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: LGND) Stock Price Performance Since The SEC announced charges against Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Lemelson
On July 17, 2018, Fr. Emmanuel released a letter he provided members of The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and the SEC Office of the Inspector General, further outlining extensive alleged abuses of accounting, pharmaceutical reimbursement and classification guidelines and regulations by Ligand Pharmaceuticals. In the letter, Lemelson urged the Committees in both the House and the Senate to commence an investigation into these alleged abuses, as well as the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) failure to stop them.
Lemelson's full July 13, 2018 letter to Congress is available online here
His December 2016 letter to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, regarding the company, is available online here
The Ligand Reports:
- June 14, 2014 - Ligand Pharmaceuticals - Severe competitive threat to key royalty program and “going concern” risk drive 100 percent downside
- July 3, 2014 - Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: LGND): Appendix
- August 4, 2014 - Update: Lemelson Capital Further Increases Short Stake in Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: LGND) as LGND EPS Plunges 76 percent in Q2 2014
- August 14, 2014 - Lemelson Capital Says Ligand Pharmaceuticals’ (NASDAQ: LGND) $225M Debt Issuance Solidifies Company’s Insolvency, Substantially Raises Specter of Bankruptcy
- August 22, 2014 - Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: LGND): Institutional holders wasting no time dumping stock in response to mounting insolvency and bankruptcy risks
The Ligand Interviews:
- Rev. Emmanuel Lemelson of Lemelson Capital Management - #PreMarket Prep for June 19, 2014
- Rev. Emmanuel Lemelson, CIO of Lemelson Capital Management - #PreMarket Prep for August 13, 2014
- Rev Emmanuel Lemelson, CIO of Lemelson Capital Management - #PreMarket Prep for September 16, 2014
- Rev. Emmanuel Lemelson, CIO of Lemelson Capital Management - #PreMarket Prep for October 16, 2014
- Rev. Emmanuel Lemelson, Lemelson Capital Management - #PreMarket Prep for November 18, 2014
- Rev. Emmanuel Lemelson, CIO of Lemelson Capital Management - #PreMarket Prep for February 20, 2015
- Rev. Emmanuel Lemelson, Lemelson Capital Management CIO - #PreMarket Prep for March 24, 2015
- Rev. Emmanuel Lemelson, CIO of Lemelson Capital Management - #PreMarket Prep for April 27, 2015
- Rev. Emmanuel Lemelson, CIO of Lemelson Capital Management - #PreMarket Prep for June 5, 2015
- Rev. Emmanuel Lemelson, CIO of Lemelson Capital Management - #PreMarket Prep for August 12, 2015
- Listen to Fr. Emmanuel live discussing The Amvona Fund, LP and his recent letter to the US Senate
Letters to Congress Regarding Ligand:
- December 19, 2016 - Lantern Foundation Founder Urges Senate Committee to Commence Investigation into Ligand Pharmaceuticals
- July 13, 2018 - Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Lemelson Calls on Congress, Office of Inspector General to Investigate SEC Failures
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