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Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP: Investor Class Action Filed Against Canoo Inc. f/k/a Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. IV for Securities Fraud Violations

Notice is hereby given that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of those who purchased or acquired Canoo Inc. (“Canoo”) (NASDAQ: GOEV; GOEVW), f/k/a Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. IV (“Hennessy Capital”) (NASDAQ: HCAC; HCACW; HCACU) securities between August 18, 2020 and March 29, 2021, inclusive (the “Class Period”).
 

Canoo investors may receive additional information about the case by clicking the link "Submit Your Information" above.


Canoo Holdings Ltd. (“Canoo Holdings”) was an electric vehicle (“EV”) company that touted a “unique business model that defies traditional ownership to put customers first.”  It announced a delivery vehicle (to launch in 2022), pickup truck (to launch in 2023), and van, all of which are built on the same underlying technological platform. Hennessy Capital was a special purpose acquisition company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination. On or about December 21, 2020, Canoo Holdings became a public entity via merger with Hennessy Capital, with the surviving entity named Canoo (the “Merger”). 

The Class Period commences on August 18, 2020, when Hennessy Capital and Canoo Holdings issued a joint press release announcing the Merger.  In its press release, Canoo Holdings touted its engineering services line and the Hyundai partnership for the co-development of a future EV platform.

On September 18, 2020, Canoo filed its Registration Statement on a Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The Registration Statement was subsequently amended on October 23, 2020 and November 27, 2020. Canoo also filed its Prospectus on a Form 424b3 with the SEC on December 4, 2020.  On December 21, 2020, stockholders voted at a special meeting to approve the Merger.

On March 29, 2021, after the market closed, Canoo held a conference call in connection with its fourth quarter 2020 financial results which were released the same day. During the call, defendant, Tony Aquila, a director of Canoo since the closing of the Merger, revealed that Canoo would no longer focus on its engineering services line.  The same day, Canoo also announced that Paul Balciunas, who served as the Chief Financial Officer of Canoo following the close of the Merger, had resigned, effective April 2, 2021.  Following this news, Canoo’s stock price fell $2.50, or 21.19%, to close at $9.30 per share on March 30, 2021.

The complaint alleges that, throughout the Class Period, the defendants failed to disclose to investors that: (1) Canoo had decreased its focus on its plan to sell vehicles to consumers through a subscription model; (2) Canoo would deemphasize its engineering services business; (3) contrary to prior statements, Canoo did not have partnerships with original equipment manufacturers and no longer engaged in the previously announced partnership with Hyundai; and (4) as a result of the foregoing, the defendants’ positive statements about Canoo’s business, operations, and prospects were materially misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis.

If you are a member of the class described above, you may no later than June 1, 2021 move the Court to serve as lead plaintiff of the class, if you so choose.


A lead plaintiff is a representative party that acts on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. In order to be appointed lead plaintiff, the Court must determine that the class member’s claim is typical of the claims of other class members, and that the class member will adequately represent the class. Your ability to share in any recovery is not, however, affected by the decision whether or not to serve as a lead plaintiff. Filling out the online form above or communicating with any counsel is not necessary to participate or share in any recovery achieved in this case.  Any member of the purported class may move the court to serve as a lead plaintiff through counsel of his/her choice, or may choose to do nothing and remain an inactive class member.

If you wish to discuss this action or have any questions concerning this notice or your rights or interests with respect to these matters, please contact Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP:  James Maro, Esq. (484) 270-1453 or Adrienne Bell, Esq. (484) 270-1435; toll-free at (844) 887-9500; or via e-mail at info@ktmc.com.  If you would like additional information about the suit, please click on the link "Submit Your Information" above and fill out the form as promptly as possible.
 

Please complete this form relating to your transactions for Canoo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOEV; GOEVW), f/k/a Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. IV (NASDAQ: HCAC; HCACW; HCACU) securities between August 18, 2020 and March 29, 2021, inclusive (the “Class Period”).

You may also contact James Maro, Esq. (484) 270-1453 or Adrienne Bell, Esq. (484) 270-1435; or toll free at (844) 887-9500; or you may submit your information via email at info@ktmc.com; or you may click here to print a PDF of this form.

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