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Litigation Release No. 20762 / September 30, 2008

SEC v. Luis E. Pallais and Rodedawg International Industries, Inc, Civil Action No. 08-CV-8384 (GBD) (S.D.N.Y.) (September 30, 2008)

Commission Charges Pink Sheet Company and its CEO with Issuing False Press Releases

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that today it filed a complaint in the Southern District of New York charging Rodedawg International Industries, Inc. ("Rodedawg Int'l") and its Chairman and CEO, Luis E. Pallais ("Pallais") with issuing numerous press releases containing false and misleading information about the company's business and its future prospects.

The complaint named the following defendants:

  • Rodedawg Int'l is a Nevada company with an office in Hayward, California. The securities of Rodedawg Int'l previously traded on the pink sheets under the ticker symbol "RWGI." The Commission suspended trading in Rodedawg's securities on March 8, 2007.
     
  • Pallais, age 48, is a resident of Hayward, California. Pallais has been Rodedawg Int'l's Chairman and CEO since its formation, and is responsible for operating and managing Rodedawg Int'l's business. Among other things, Pallais drafts and issues Rodedawg Int'l's press releases.

The complaint alleges the following. Rodedawg Int'l claims to be in the business of importing and selling various types of vehicles from China, including the Rodedawg, an amphibious vehicle that is being marketed as a hybrid between a sports utility vehicle and a boat. From late 2005 through early 2007, Rodedawg Int'l issued nearly thirty press releases touting the success of its ongoing business, when, in fact, it had no revenue or earnings. Some of these releases contained materially false information or omitted to disclose material information. For example, Rodedawg Int'l issued several press releases touting distribution agreements with foreign companies that supposedly required the distributors to order a minimum number of Rodedawg units. In fact, under the terms of these agreements, the distributors were not required to order a single vehicle.

The Commission complaint alleges that the defendants violated Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 thereunder. The Commission is seeking permanent injunctions against Rodedawg Int'l and Pallais, and disgorgement with pre-judgment interest thereon, civil penalties, an officer and director bar and a penny stock bar against Pallais.

SEC Complaint in this matter

 

http://www.sec.gov/litigation/litreleases/2008/lr20762.htm

Modified: 09/30/2008