NYSE:HE Investor Alert: Lawsuit Alleges Misleading Statements by Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.

A lawsuit was filed on behalf of investors in Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HE) shares over alleged securities laws violations.


San Diego, CA -- (SBWire) -- 09/07/2023 --An investor, who purchased shares of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE: HE), filed a lawsuit over alleged violations of Federal Securities Laws by Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. in connection with certain allegedly false and misleading statements.

Investors who purchased shares of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE: HE) have certain options and for certain investors are short and strict deadlines running. Deadline: October 23, 2023. NYSE: HE investors should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 - 1554.

On August 4, 2023, four days before the devastating fire that swept Maui and leveled the city of Lahaina, the National Weather Service (NWS) warned Hawaii could experience "indirect impacts" from Hurricane Dora, including "strong and gusty trade wins" and "dry weather & high fire danger." The NWS issued a Red Flag Warning for portions of the Hawaiian Islands, including West Maui. The lawsuit alleges, "this destruction could have been avoided if Defendants had heeded the National Weather Service warnings and deenergized their power lines during the predicted high-wind event".

A few days later a series of severe wildfires broke out in Hawaii, predominantly on the island of Maui. The most destructive fire began in West Maui near the town of Lahaina on the morning of August 8, 2023. By that afternoon, intense winds had knocked down approximately 30 utility poles throughout Maui, resulting in at least 15 separate outages impacting more than 12,400 customers. Moreover, videos captured by local residents showed that downed power lines belonging to Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. appeared to have ignited at least several of the fires.

On August 13, 2023, The Washington Post reported that "Hawaiian Electric . . . did not deploy what's known as a 'public power shutoff plan,' which involves intentionally cutting off electricity to areas where big wind events could spark fires" and that a class-action lawsuit was filed against Hawaiian Electric alleging that its downed power lines caused the fires in Maui.

On August 16, 2023, the Wall Street Journal ("WSJ") reported that Hawaiian Electric is meeting with firms that specialize in restructuring advisory work, exploring options for the various financial and legal challenges that the Company faces as a consequence from the Maui wildfires.

Finally, on August 17, 2023, the WSJ reported that Hawaiian Electric had for years been aware of the threat posed by wildfire but waited years to act. Indeed, the WSJ stated that between 2019 and 2022 the Company spent less than $245,000 on wildfire-specific projects on Maui and did not seek state approval to raise utility rates to pay for broad wildfire safety improvements until 2022.

Shares of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE: HE) declined from $40.16 per share on July 26, 2023, to as low as $10.05 per share on August 17, 2023.

The plaintiff claims that between February 28, 2019 and August 16, 2023, the Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that Hawaiian Electric's wildfire prevention and safety protocols and procedures were inadequate to meet the challenges for which they were ostensibly designed, that accordingly, despite knowing the degree of risk that wildfires posed to Maui, the Company's inadequate safety protocols and procedures placed Maui at a heightened risk of devastating wildfires, and that as a result, the Company's public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.

Those who purchased shares of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE: HE) have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
Michael Daniels
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92108 San Diego
Phone: +1-(858)-779-1554
Fax: +1-(858)-605-5739

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