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Allergan to shareholders: Ignore Pershing Square

Allergan advised its stockholders to refrain from taking any action in response to Pershing Square Capital Management's proposal to replace a majority of the Botox maker's board.

A vial of Allergan’s Botox is arranged next to boxes for a photograph at a doctor's office in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
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A vial of Allergan’s Botox is arranged next to boxes for a photograph at a doctor's office in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

William Ackman's Pershing Square has been pushing for a special meeting of Allergan shareholders to consider the removal of six directors and the appointment of its slate of nominees.

"We believe Pershing Square's attempt to replace a majority of the Allergan Board is a further effort to support Valeant in its bid to acquire Allergan at a grossly inadequate price," Allergan said on Friday.

The company has been trying to fight off a $53 billion hostile offer from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International and activist investor William Ackman since late April.

Allergan is expected to unveil details of its plan to remain a stand-alone company when it releases second-quarter results this month.

The company has said it is considering acquisitions of its own, additional spending cuts or taking on debt to buy back shares.

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—By Reuters

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