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RCI HOSPITALITY INVESTIGATION INITIATED by Former Louisiana Attorney General: Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC Investigates the Officers and Directors of RCI Hospitality Holdings Inc. - RICK

April 17, 2021 GMT

NEW ORLEANS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 16, 2021--

Former Attorney General of Louisiana, Charles C. Foti, Jr., Esq., a partner at the law firm of Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC (“KSF”), announces that KSF has commenced an investigation into RCI Hospitality Holdings Inc. (NasdaqGS: RICK).

On December 11, 2018, the Company disclosed that it was unable to timely file its annual report for the FYE September 30, 2018 due to “delays in completing the audit of its financial statements for the year ended September 30, 2018.” Then, on May 10, 2019, the Company disclosed an informal inquiry by the SEC into its financial statements after a “series of negative articles” alleged that the company had omitted certain related party transactions, and that it had established a special committee to conduct an internal, independent review of those matters.

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On July 18, 2019, the Company disclosed that its independent auditor, BDO USA, LLP, had resigned based on what BDO found to be an insufficient review process and failure to take appropriate remedial action. On July 22, 2019, the Company disclosed that the special committee had concluded that its FY 2018 10-K needed be supplemented to include previously undisclosed information. On September 24, 2019, the Company disclosed that the SEC’s informal inquiry had transitioned into a formal investigation. Finally, on September 22, 2020, the Company disclosed it had reached a settlement of a civil administrative proceeding with the SEC that included a civil penalty in the amount of $400,000.

The Company has been sued in a securities class action lawsuit for failing to disclose material information, violating federal securities laws. Recently, the court presiding over the case denied the Company’s motion to dismiss, allowing the case to move forward.

KSF’s investigation is focusing on whether RCI’s officers and/or directors breached their fiduciary duties to its shareholders or otherwise violated state or federal laws.

If you have information that would assist KSF in its investigation, or have been a long-term holder of RCI shares and would like to discuss your legal rights, you may, without obligation or cost to you, call toll-free at 1-877-515-1850 or email KSF Managing Partner Lewis Kahn ( lewis.kahn@ksfcounsel.com ), or visit https://www.ksfcounsel.com/cases/nasdaqgs-rick/ to learn more.

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About Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC

KSF, whose partners include former Louisiana Attorney General Charles C. Foti, Jr., is one of the nation’s premier boutique securities litigation law firms. KSF serves a variety of clients – including public institutional investors, hedge funds, money managers and retail investors – in seeking to recover investment losses due to corporate fraud and malfeasance by publicly traded companies. KSF has offices in New York, California and Louisiana.

To learn more about KSF, you may visit www.ksfcounsel.com.

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CONTACT: Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC

Lewis Kahn, Managing Partner

lewis.kahn@ksfcounsel.com

1-877-515-1850

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA LOUISIANA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: LEGAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

SOURCE: Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC

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