Although Adelphia Communications did not officially exist until 1986, the company entered its inaugural year of business with a considerable head start over other fledgling cable operators. The family realized that they needed to produce financial statements that accounted for the large sums of missing funds. The overhead slide used during Adelphia's last presentation to analysts and investors prior to bankruptcy misrepresented that Adelphia's rebuild is 70% complete, when in fact it is only approximately 65% complete. Not only did the Rigas family exploit their employees, but they also damaged the reputation of their employees. Rigas and Brown conveyed Adelphia's inflated earnings to investors and analysts in conference calls and press releases, including those press releases that contained earnings reports.
Oren Cohen thought there was something about the family's spending that didn't add up. Defendants, directly and indirectly, have made use of the means or instruments of transportation or communication in, and the means or instrumentalities of interstate commerce, or of the mails, or of the facilities of a national securities exchange, in connection with the transactions, acts, practices, and courses of business alleged herein. Rigas, first entered the business during its nascence in 1952 when he started his first cable system in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, with his brother Gus Rigas. Coudersport had missed nearly every economic boom in rural Pennsylvania. The settlement awaits approval by U. Rating agencies and shareholders demanded that Adelphia reduce this massive debt load.
Sixth Claim for Relief Controlling Person Liability for Adelphia's Violations of Sections 13 a , 13 b 2 A , and 13 b 2 B of the Exchange Act and Rules 12b-20, 13a-1, and 13a-13 thereunder Against J. Yet as the cable industry grew up, the Rigases operated as if they were a million miles away from prying investors. § 77q a , Sections 10 b and 13 b 5 of the Exchange Act, 15 U. Rigas or members of his family. It was time to call Adelphia again. Transferring Co-Borrowing Credit Facility Debt Through the Sale of Digital Converters 49. The Adelphia scandal is morally wrong because the Rigas family coerced and exploited employees, harmed all stakeholders as well as stockholders, and had a negative impact on the cable industry as a whole.
John Rigas and his sons would become famous in the cable industry for taking huge risks and leveraging Adelphia to the hilt. § 78m b 5 , and Rules 13b2-1 and 13b2-2, 17 C. Timothy and Michael Rigas were executive vice presidents of Adelphia Communications. The leadership of most organizations stresses the need to adopt ethical behaviors and corporate social responsibility. One officer in each of the following: Human Resource, Finance, Customer Care, Marketing, Programming, Media Services, Chief Accounting Officer, and Information Technology.
Though the company was heavily indebted after the succession of major purchases, analysts were looking favorably on Adelphia as late as January 2002, noting that the company was well positioned for acquisition or merger with another major cable company. John and the boys came to be considered savvy businessmen. The new employer may look down on them for this, even if they had nothing to do with the scandal. Adelphia had actual ratios of 11. The independent directors now running the company say they discovered that under the Rigases, nothing was as it seemed.
Included among them were: a. Because those transactions did not generate any cash proceeds, and because the Adelphia debt simply had been shifted to the books of co-borrower Rigas Entities, those statements were false and misleading: a. There was no coal to mine, no oil beneath the surface. It was built as the home of the. Knowing that Adelphia's liabilities were understated on its financial statements, T. The Defendants made untrue statements of material fact in, among other things, Commission filings including Form 10-Ks, Form 10-Qs, the Registration Statements, and other public statements.
The remaining two served about 4,000 people in three small towns in the northern tier. Ellen Rigas and her husband have paid the back rent on the apartment to Adelphia. Nevertheless, with Brown's assistance, the Rigases never disclosed the above transactions and dealings and caused to be prepared and signed, various Commission filings, including but not limited to, Forms 10-Ks, Forms 10-Qs, and Registration Statements, as alleged above, which similarly did not disclose the above transactions and dealings. Sometimes people in Coudersport even wondered whether all the spending was legitimate. The complete lack of independent oversight gave the family carte blanche to rob the company blind. §§ 78m a , 78m b 2 A and 78m b 2 B , and Rules 12b-20, 13a-1 and 13a-13, 17 C.
It's hard to top newsmakers like that, but for my money, the Rigas family of pulled it off and then some. For a man who wanted to be accepted, the offer meant a great deal. This was one in a series of similar fraud cases of 2002. There was no basis for including these subscribers because, as Internet customers, they did not fit within Adelphia's definition of a basic cable subscriber. Townspeople flocked to the Masonic temple every year for Adelphia's Christmas party. By 1992 Adelphia had transformed itself through acquisition and internal growth into the tenth largest television cable systems operator in the country —up from the 25th slot the company occupied in 1986 —but in terms of cash flow the firm placed second to no one. Bruce Cahilly once drove out to John's house to seek payment for some legal work.
They focus our attention on problems in ways that no speaker or reformer ever could. There were times when he lay awake worrying. Rigas had ownership interests in the Rigas Entities that participated in the fraudulent stock transactions while Brown oversaw the books and records of those same Rigas Entities. Brown prepared or caused to be prepared, and T. He was one of the pioneers who had started stringing wires and urging customers to throw away their rabbit ears in the early 1950s.