Sonn Law Group is investigating claims related to Linn Energy. Linn Energy, LLC (NASDAQ:LINE) is an oil and natural gas company headquartered in Houston, Texas. The Company’s mission is to acquire, develop and maximize cash flow from a growing portfolio of long-life oil and natural gas assets, according to its website. Linn Energy stock recently closed at $1.06 per share, down significantly from a 52-week high of $14.93, according to NASDAQ. LinnCo (NASDAQ:LNCO) was created to enhance Linn Energy’s ability to raise additional equity capital to execute on its acquisition and growth strategy. LinnCo stock recently closed at $0.88, down substantially from a 52-week high of $14.52, according to NASDAQ.
In October 2015, the Board of Directors announced that it would suspend Linn Energy’s distribution and LinnCo’s dividend effective September 30, 2015. This first time Linn Energy had cut its payout since going public in 2006. Linn is the largest energy producer set up to pay available cash to shareholders and avoid corporate taxes and had consistently paid healthy dividends since it went public in 2006, according to The Wall Street Journal. As a result, financial advisors may have recommended Linn stock or notes to retirees and other fixed income investors, who are now suffering sizeable investment losses.
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