Virgin Galactic Sees Departure of Chief Legal Officer & Director of Safety as Company Fights Lawsuits

Michelle Kley (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

Virgin Galactic has seen the departures of its director of safety and chief legal officer over the past month.

Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel Michelle Kley is leaving Virgin Galactic as of July 19 after two years and seven months with the company. She will become chief legal officer at Volta, a company that runs an electric vehicle charging network.

Her departure comes as Virgin Galactic battles lawsuits from unhappy shareholders who claim to have lost money since the company went public more than 2.5 years ago.

Kley joined Virgin Galactic as executive vice president, chief legal officer, general counsel and secretary in December 2019. She previously served as senior vice president, chief legal officer, general counsel and secretary at Maxar Technologies from July 2016 to March 2019.


Astra Space Faces Class Action Lawsuits

Rocket 3.3 makes a wobbly liftoff from Kodiak Island after losing a first stage engine. (Credit: Space webcast)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

Astra Space, whose first attempt to orbit satellites failed on Feb. 10, is facing class action lawsuits alleging that the small-satellite launch provider and its officers made false and misleading statements about the company’s capabilities. Astra Space went public last July in a merger with Holicity Inc., a blank check special purpose acquisition company.


Robbins LLP Informs Investors of Class Action Against Redwire Corporation (RDW) f/k/a Genesis Park Acquisition Corp.

SAN DIEGO (Robbins LLP PR) — Shareholder rights law firm Robbins LLP informs investors that a class action was filed on behalf of all persons and entities that purchased Redwire Corporation (NYSE: RDW) between August 11, 2021 and November 14, 2021. The complaint alleges violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Redwire purports to offer mission critical space solutions and high reliability components for the next generation space economy.

If you suffered a loss due to Redwire Corporation’s misconduct, click here.

There Were Material Weaknesses in Redwire Corporation’s (RDW) Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting

According to the complaint, Genesis Park Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, combined with certain entities to become Redwire on September 2, 2021. On November 10, 2021, Redwire announced it would postpone the release of its third quarter earnings results. The Company “was notified by an employee of potential accounting issues at a business subunit,” and the Audit Committee was investigating the allegations. On this news, Redwire’s stock price fell $1.92, or 16%, to close at $9.99 per share on November 10, 2021. Then, on November 15, 2021, Redwire stated it could not timely file its quarterly report for the period ended September 30, 2021. Due to the investigation, “the Company has not been able to finalize its financial statements or its assessment of effectiveness of its disclosure controls and procedures and any impact” on the report. On this news, the Company’s stock price fell over 8% over two consecutive trading sessions to close at $10.32 per share on November 16, 2021, harming investors.

If you purchased shares of Redwire Corporation (RDW) between August 11, 2021 and November 14, 2021, you have until February 15, 2022, to ask the court to appoint you lead plaintiff for the class.

All representation is on a contingency fee basis. Shareholders pay no fees or expenses.