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Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against Walter Energy, Inc.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against Walter Energy, Inc.21:30 EST Wednesday, March 07, 2012 BENSALEM, Pa. (Business Wire) -- Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of purchasers of the common stock of Walter Energy, Inc. (“Walter Energy” or the “Company”) (NYSE:WLT) between April 20, 2011 and September 21, 2011, inclusive (the “Class Period”), seeking to pursue remedies under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama. Walter Energy produces and exports metallurgical coal for electric utility and industrial customers primarily in the United States. The Complaint alleges that defendants misrepresented or failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company's business and financial prospects, including that: (1) the Company was experiencing so-called “squeeze” events in Alabama and lower coal transportation rates in Canada that significantly reduced the Company's coal production; (2) the Company's commitment to ship more than 700,000 tons of coal in the second quarter at first quarter sales prices would result in a material adverse effect on Walter Energy's average sales prices and operating results during the second quarter; (3) the Company was experiencing a significant decline in its margins and profitability; and (4), based on the foregoing, defendants lacked a reasonable basis for their positive statements about the Company and its business and financial prospects during the Class Period. No class has yet been certified in the above action. Until a class is certified, you are not represented by counsel unless you retain one. If you purchased Walter Energy common stock between April 20, 2011 and September 21, 2011, you have certain rights, and have until March 26, 2012 to move for lead plaintiff status. To be a member of the class you need not take any action at this time, and you may retain counsel of your choice. 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 Howard G. Smith, Esquire, of Law Offices of Howard G. Smith, 3070 Bristol Pike, Suite 112, Bensalem, Pennsylvania 19020 by telephone at (215) 638-4847, Toll Free at (888) 638-4847, or by email to howardsmith@howardsmithlaw.com, or visit our website at http://www.howardsmithlaw.com. Law Offices of Howard G. SmithHoward G. Smith, Esquire(215) 638-4847(888) 638-4847howardsmith@howardsmithlaw.comwww.howardsmithlaw.com