Lululemon sued for fraud over sheer yoga pants, CEO exit

Tue Jul 2, 2013 5:33pm EDT
 
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* Shareholder faults athletic wear retailer's disclosures

* Yoga pants were deemed too sheer

By Jonathan Stempel

July 2 (Reuters) - Lululemon Athletica Inc has been hit with a U.S. lawsuit accusing it of defrauding shareholders by hiding defects in yoga pants whose sheerness led to a costly recall, and concealing talks that led to the sudden departure of its chief executive.

The lawsuit in the U.S. district court in Manhattan was filed by a shareholder on Tuesday, three weeks after Lululemon Chief Executive Christine Day announced her surprise exit after 5-1/2 years at the helm, calling it a personal decision.

It is separate from a May lawsuit filed in Delaware Chancery Court that accused Lululemon directors of boosting possible executive bonuses just before the recall.

Lululemon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Day stepped down three months after the athletic wear retailer recalled women's yoga pants containing its proprietary Luon fabric after determining the pants were too sheer.

The Vancouver, British Columbia-based company has said that recalling the stretchy, snug-fitting black pants could reduce profit this year by up to $40 million. It returned the pants to store shelves last month.   Continued...