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QuantumScape Corporation

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Case Summary

Company Name
QuantumScape Corporation
Stock Symbol
QS
Class Period
November 27, 2020 to December 31, 2020
Motion Deadline
March 7, 2021
Court
Northern District of California

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP filed a class action charging QuantumScape Corporation, certain of its executives and directors, and Volkswagen Group of America Investments, LLC (“VGA”) with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, seeking to represent purchasers or acquirers of QuantumScape securities between November 27, 2020 and December 31, 2020, inclusive (the “Class Period”).  The QuantumScape class action lawsuit was commenced on January 6, 2021 in the Northern District of California and is captioned Gowda v. QuantumScape Corporation, No. 21-cv-00070.

QuantumScape develops and commercializes solid-state lithium-metal batteries for electric vehicles (“EVs”).  QuantumScape was founded in 2010 and was taken public through a combination with a special purpose acquisition corporation, Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp. (“Kensington”), in a transaction completed on November 27, 2020.

The QuantumScape class action lawsuit alleges that throughout the Class Period, defendants made materially false and misleading statements about the strength of QuantumScape’s business, operations, and financial prospects.  Among other things, in connection with their claims that QuantumScape was “developing next generation battery technology for EVs and other applications,” defendants stated that they “believe[d] that [QuantumScape’s] technology [would] enable a new category of battery that meets the requirements for broader market adoption” and that the “lithium-metal solid-state battery technology that . . . QuantumScape is developing is being designed to offer greater energy density, longer life, faster charging, and greater safety when compared to today’s conventional lithium-ion batteries.”  Having overstated the value of QuantumScape’s business metrics and financial prospects, QuantumScape was able to complete the combination with Kensington and to commence an underwritten secondary public stock offering (the “SPO”) of its publicly traded securities “at market price,” registering for resale more than 300 million shares of QuantumScape publicly traded securities by insiders beginning on December 31, 2020, including several QuantumScape senior executives and QuantumScape’s controlling shareholder VGA.

Only by virtue of a stock research report published by Seeking Alpha on January 4, 2021 would the investment community learn the truth.  The market prices of QuantumScape publicly traded securities have since fallen precipitously on those disclosures, with the price of QuantumScape’s Class A common stock declining more than 62% from its Class Period high of more than $131 per share on December 22, 2020 to close down at $49.96 per share on January 4, 2020, including a precipitous one-day decline of more than $34 per share, or 41%, on January 4, 2020, on unusually high trading volume of more than 82 million shares traded, or four times the average daily volume over the already volatile preceding ten trading days.

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 permits any investor who purchased QuantumScape securities during the Class Period to seek appointment as lead plaintiff in the QuantumScape class action lawsuit.  A lead plaintiff is generally the movant with the greatest financial interest in the relief sought by the putative class who is also typical and adequate of the putative class.  A lead plaintiff acts on behalf of all other class members in directing the QuantumScape class action lawsuit.  The lead plaintiff can select a law firm of its choice to litigate the QuantumScape class action lawsuit.  An investor’s ability to share in any potential future recovery of the QuantumScape class action lawsuit is not dependent upon serving as lead plaintiff. If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff of the QuantumScape class action lawsuit or have questions concerning your rights regarding the QuantumScape class action lawsuit, please provide your information here or contact plaintiff’s counsel, Mary K. Blasy of Robbins Geller, at 800/449-4900 or 631/454-7719 or via e-mail at mblasy@rgrdlaw.com.  Lead plaintiff motions for the QuantumScape class action lawsuit must be filed with the court no later than March 8, 2021.

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP is one of the world’s leading law firms representing investors in securities class action litigation.  With 200 lawyers in 9 offices, Robbins Geller has obtained many of the largest securities class action recoveries in history.  For seven consecutive years, ISS Securities Class Action Services has ranked the Firm in its annual SCAS Top 50 Report as one of the top law firms in the world in both amount recovered for shareholders and total number of class action settlements.  Robbins Geller attorneys have helped shape the securities laws and have recovered tens of billions of dollars on behalf of aggrieved victims.  Beyond securing financial recoveries for defrauded investors, Robbins Geller also specializes in implementing corporate governance reforms, helping to improve the financial markets for investors worldwide.  Robbins Geller attorneys are consistently recognized by courts, professional organizations and the media as leading lawyers in the industry.

Class Period: November 27, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Press Release

ROBBINS GELLER RUDMAN & DOWD LLP FILES CLASS
ACTION SUIT AGAINST QUANTUMSCAPE CORPORATION

San Diego – January 6, 2021 – Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP (https://www.rgrdlaw.com/cases-quantumscape-class-action-lawsuit.html) today announced that it filed a class action seeking to represent purchasers of QuantumScape Corporation (NYSE:QS) publicly traded securities between November 27, 2020 and December 31, 2020 (the “Class Period”).  This action was filed in the Northern District of California and is captioned Gowda v. QuantumScape Corporation, No. 21-cv-00070.

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 permits any investor who purchased QuantumScape publicly traded securities during the Class Period to seek appointment as lead plaintiff in the QuantumScape class action lawsuit.  A lead plaintiff is generally the movant with the greatest financial interest in the relief sought by the putative class who is also typical and adequate of the putative class.  A lead plaintiff acts on behalf of all other class members in directing the QuantumScape class action lawsuit.  The lead plaintiff can select a law firm of its choice to litigate the QuantumScape class action lawsuit.  An investor’s ability to share in any potential future recovery of the QuantumScape class action lawsuit is not dependent upon serving as lead plaintiff.  If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff in the QuantumScape class action lawsuit, you must move the Court no later than 60 days from today.  If you wish to discuss the QuantumScape class action lawsuit or have any questions concerning this notice or your rights or interests, please contact plaintiff’s counsel, Mary K. Blasy of Robbins Geller, at 800/449-4900 or 631-454-7719 or via e-mail at mblasy@rgrdlaw.com.  You can view a copy of the complaint as filed at https://www.rgrdlaw.com/cases-quantumscape-class-action-lawsuit.html.

The QuantumScape class action lawsuit charges QuantumScape, certain of its officers and directors, and its controlling shareholder with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  QuantumScape develops and commercializes solid-state lithium-metal batteries for electric vehicles.

The complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, defendants made materially false and misleading statements and/or failed to disclose adverse information regarding the strength of QuantumScape’s business, operations and financial prospects.  Specifically, defendants failed to disclose that the Company’s battery technology was not sufficient for electric vehicle performance, as it would not be able to withstand the aggressive automotive environment; the Company’s battery technology likely provided no meaningful improvement over existing battery technology; and the successful commercialization of the Company’s battery technology was subject to much more significant risks and uncertainties than defendants had disclosed.  As a result of this information being withheld from the market, QuantumScape securities traded at artificially inflated prices during the Class Period, with the Company’s Class A common stock reaching a high of more than $131 per share, and the Company was able to complete a combination with Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp. and to commence an underwritten secondary public stock offering of its publicly traded securities “at market price,” registering for resale more than 300 million shares of QuantumScape publicly traded securities by insiders beginning on December 31, 2020, including several QuantumScape senior executives and its controlling shareholder.

Then on January 4, 2021, prior to the open of trading, Seeking Alpha published a research report entitled “QuantumScape’s Solid State Batteries Have Significant Technical Hurdles To Overcome.”  According to Seeking Alpha, defendants were concealing multiple known risks with QuantumScape’s solid state battery development and design that rendered the batteries “completely unacceptable for real world field electric vehicle performance.”  Specifically, the power of QuantumScape batteries “will only last for 260 cycles or about 75,000 miles of aggressive driving” and, because solid state batteries are temperature sensitive, “power and cycle tests at 30 and 45 degrees above would have been significantly worse if run even a few degrees lower.”  On this news, the price of QuantumScape’s Class A common stock fell to a close of $49.96 per share on January 4, 2021, a one-day decline of  41% and a decline of more than 62% from the stock’s Class Period high of more than $131 per share on December 22, 2020.

The plaintiff is represented by Robbins Geller, which has extensive experience in prosecuting investor class actions including actions involving financial fraud.

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP is one of the world’s leading law firms representing investors in securities litigation.  With 200 lawyers in 9 offices, Robbins Geller has obtained many of the largest securities class action recoveries in history.  For seven consecutive years, ISS Securities Class Action Services has ranked the Firm in its annual SCAS Top 50 Report as one of the top law firms in the world in both amount recovered for shareholders and total number of class action settlements.  Robbins Geller attorneys have helped shape the securities laws and have recovered tens of billions of dollars on behalf of aggrieved victims.  Beyond securing financial recoveries for defrauded investors, Robbins Geller also specializes in implementing corporate governance reforms, helping to improve the financial markets for investors worldwide.  Robbins Geller attorneys are consistently recognized by courts, professional organizations and the media as leading lawyers in the industry.  Please visit http://www.rgrdlaw.com for more information.

Contact:

            Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

            Mary K. Blasy, 800-449-4900 or 631-454-7719

            mblasy@rgrdlaw.com

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