/raid1/www/Hosts/bankrupt/CAR_Public/000823.MBX              C L A S S   A C T I O N   R E P O R T E R

             Wednesday, August 23, 2000, Vol. 2, No. 164


APPONLINE.COM, INC: Holzer & Holzer Files Securities Suit in New York
AT&T BROADBAND: Alters Late Fee Structure for Customers In 17 States
BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE: FORD Will Halt Production to Free up Tires
BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE: Will Ship Tires from Japan for Replacement
CHOLESTECH CORP: CA Ct Dismisses Securities Suit with Leave to Amend
DRKOOP.COM INC: SEC Investigates on Possible Securities Laws Violations

DRKOOP.COM INC: Secures New Financing and Management
ELSCINT LTD: Haifa Ct Rejects Investors’ Claim as Class Action
FIRSTWORLD COMMUNICATIONS: Berger & Montague Files Securities Suit in CO
HOLOCAUST VICTIMS: Slave Labor Representatives Ask for Admin Costs
NEW YORK: Minority Students Suit over Substandard Upstate Schools Okayed

PROPERTY TAXES: Lawyers Seek 1/3 of $18M Settlement; Hearing on Sept 5
PUBLISHERS CLEARING: Illinois Gets $1.4 Mil from $18.4 Mil Settlement
SALLY COFFELT: Court Filing Fee To Fund Arbitration Challenged
SHONEY'S, INC: Reports on Settlement for Employees' Lawsuits for OT Pay
TENFOLD CORPORATION: Cauley & Geller Files Securities Suit in Utah

TENFOLD CORPORATION: Milberg Weiss Files Securities Suit in Utah
VISUAL NETWORKS: Cohen, Milstein Files Securities Suit in Maryland
WISCONSIN ENERGY: Shareholders Sue over $104.5 Mil Ruling on Pollution
WWII VICTIMS: Mitsui, Mistubishi to Face Lawsuit for Forced Labor
ZIASUN TECHNOLOGIES: Investor's Lawsuit Filed 1997 in CA Still Pending


APPONLINE.COM, INC: Holzer & Holzer Files Securities Suit in New York
Holzer & Holzer filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District
Court for the Eastern District of New York on behalf of all persons who
purchased or otherwise acquired the common stock of AppOnline.com, Inc.
(AMEX: AOP; OTCBB: AOPL) between June 1, 1999 and June 30, 2000, inclusive
(the "Class Period").

The complaint alleges that defendants violated the federal securities laws
by disseminating false and misleading information about the Company's
business, operations and financial condition, which caused the price of the
Company's common stock to be artificially inflated throughout the Class
Period. The complaint alleges that on August 14, 2000 AppOnline common
stock closed at $.08 per share, down roughly 98.5% from its Class Period
high of $5.50 per share.

The complaint alleges that defendants, among other things, violated various
banking rules and regulations. The complaint alleges that on May 24, 2000
Newsday reported that the Fair Housing Administration (the "FHA") had fined
Island Mortgage Network, Inc. ("Island"), a subsidiary of AppOnline, for
making loans that did not comply with FHA standards and had been based on
allegedly false documentation and incomplete or incorrect information.
Then, on June 30, 2000, New York State Banking Regulators suspended
Island's mortgage banking license for allegedly making loans it could not
fund and for failing to provide regulators with access to its files, the
complaint alleges.

Contact: HOLZER & HOLZER, Atlanta Corey D, Holzer, Esq., 888/508-6832

AT&T BROADBAND: Alters Late Fee Structure for Customers In 17 States
As part of settlement of class action lawsuit, AT&T Broadband announced
restructuring of its late fees on unpaid customer bills in 17
states.Company also is offering customers credits against flat $5 late fee
payments made in last 4 years. Covering 5.8 million customers, settlement
will reduce flat $5 late fee to $2.95 for bills unpaid for 30 days and
additional $2 on bills unpaid after 45 days.AT&T Broadband spokeswoman
couldn't estimate company's financial liability as result of settlement.

Under credit offering, current customers who have paid $5 late fee bill
will have choice of 2 pay-per-view or one month of premium channels such as
HBO and Showtime.Former customers who have paid late fee are eligible for
$6.95 check.Company is running notices on offerings in local newspapers and
in customer bills, spokeswoman said.AT&T had begun negotiations with
plaintiff last summer and settlement was reached recently, she said.

AT&T Broadband will continue to charge flat $5 late fee until settlement
receives final approval of court, spokeswoman said. States covered by
settlement are Ala., Del., Colo., Fla., Ga., Ida., Ill., Ind., La., N.M.,
Ore., Pa., Tenn., Tex., Utah, Va., Wyo.-- Dinesh Kumar (Communications
Daily, August 22, 2000)

BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE: FORD Will Halt Production to Free up Tires
Ford Motor Co. will halt production at three truck plants, including its
New Jersey operation in Edison, for more than a week to free up 70,000
tires for use as replacements in a recall of 6.5 million Firestone tires.

Along with plants in Minnesota and Missouri, the Edison facility will close
from Monday to Sept. 8 so that 15-inch tires used in the production of Ford
Explorer/Mercury Mountaineer sport-utility vehicles and Ford Ranger pickups
can be sent to Ford and Lincoln/ Mercury dealers. The plants 6,000 workers,
including 1,645 in Edison, will still get paid.

Ford makes Ranger, Ranger Electric, and Mazda B Series trucks 1 in Edison.

Ford CEO Jac Nasser was scheduled to explain the announcement in a TV ad
running Monday night during ABC's"Monday Night Football."

"You have my personal guarantee that all of the resources of Ford Motor
Company are directed to resolve this situation,"Nasser says in the ad.

Bridgestone/Firestone has recalled all P235/75R15 ATX and ATX II tires, and
15-inch Wilderness AT tires made at a plant in Decatur, Ill.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 62
deaths and more than 100 injuries that could be linked to those tires.

Martin Inglis, vice president for Ford North America, said the plant
shutdown would cut about 25,000 vehicles from Ford's production, 10,000
Rangers and 15,000 Explorers/Mountaineers. Not all of those vehicles would
have received tires that can be used as replacements for the tires under
the recall, but Inglis said there was no way to schedule production without

Inglis also said the move would affect Ford's earnings, but declined to say
by how much. He said by mid-September, the tire industry should have ramped
up production enough to provide more replacement tires.

"The action will help us close the gap between supply and demand," Inglis

The recall of Bridgestone/Firestone tires has created an apparent
nationwide shortage of 15-inch tires, even as Ford has authorized more than
30 brands to replace recalled Firestone tires.

Meanwhile, a safety group that pushed for recalls of the Ford Pinto and
14.5 million Firestone 500 tires in the 1970s filed a lawsuit Monday to
force Bridgestone/ Firestone Inc. and Ford Motor Co. to widen the recall
beyond those 15-inch truck tires.

The Center for Auto Safety contends that all Firestone radial ATX, ATX II,
and Wilderness AT tires are defective and should be recalled.

Ford and Bridgestone/Firestone maintain that data on complaints filed by
consumers suggest that only the tires under recall have shown a spike in
problems with treads separating while vehicles are in motion.

Most of the recalled tires were installed on Ford trucks, including the
popular Explorer sport-utility vehicle.

Clarence Ditlow, director of the Center for Auto Safety, said the group
filed suit because it believed it could move faster 1 than the federal
government to force a wider recall.

"We need to take all possible actions to get this defect remedied," Ditlow

Limiting the recall to one size and one plant made no sense, Ditlow said.
If the problem is with the Decatur plant, where Ford and
Bridgestone/Firestone have said many of the recalled tires were made, then
other tire lines made at the plant should also be recalled, he said. If the
problem is a design defect, all the sizes in that design should be

A spokesman for Ford said the company would look at the group's data, but
reiterated that the companies data show only the models recalled have been
linked to problems.

"We'd be happy to review the data, if any, that Mr. Ditlow used in
determining that other tires should be recalled,"said Ford spokesman Jon
Harmon. "All the data Ford, Firestone, and NHTSA has seen indicates the
recalled population of tires are the ones needing to be recalled, and the
other tires are performing very well.

"It would be irresponsible to recall perfectly good tires, because it would
delay getting safe tires to customers who need them," Harmon said.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. Several
attorneys around the country have filed lawsuits seeking class-action
status to represent consumers hurt by the recall. Attorneys general in
several states have also said they were investigating the tires and the

Meanwhile, Ford told analysts in a conference call Monday that Explorer
sales had slowed slightly since the recall began, and would likely be down
for the month.

George Pipas, Ford's director of sales analysis, said the recall might be a
reason for the decline, but new incentives on SUVs from other automakers
might also be a contributing factor. He also noted that Explorer was at 97
percent of its sales objective for the month, better than other Ford cars
and trucks.

"It's impossible to tease out the impact of one factor versus another,"he
said."It's still doing very well, but the sales pace has declined somewhat
since earlier this month." (The Record (Bergen County, NJ), August 22,

BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE: Will Ship Tires from Japan for Replacement
Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. will ship tires from its Japanese manufacturing
plants to expedite the replacement of 6.5 million tires recalled in the
United States, company officials announced. The first shipment was
scheduled to leave today August 23 on a Thai Airways flight, and at least
10 more are planned through Sunday.

A spokeswoman said the company had not determined how many tires would be
flown from Japan, but she said the shipments would continue as long as
needed. The recall created an apparent shortage of 15-inch replacement
tires. Bridgestone/Firestone Chief Executive Officer Masatoshi Ono said in
a statement that the company wanted to complete the recall sooner than its
spring target. ''With this assistance from our parent company, our own
stepped-up production in the U.S., and the support of other tire
manufacturers as well as Ford, we are confident that we can beat that
schedule,'' he said.

The announcement comes one day after Ford Motor Co. said it will
temporarily halt production at three plants to make more than 70,000
replacement tires available to consumers.

Earlier this month, Bridgestone/Firestone recalled all P235/75R15 ATX and
ATX II tires as well as Wilderness AT tires in the same size made at a
Decatur, Ill., plant. Most of the tires were standard equipment on Ford
trucks and sports utility vehicles, including the Explorer.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it was
investigating 62 deaths and more than 100 injuries possibly linked to the
tires. NHTSA said consumers have reported tread separation and blow outs on
tires, sometimes at high speeds.

The recall is expected to cost Bridgestone/Firestone about $350 million.

Several attorneys have filed lawsuits seeking class-action status to
represent consumers affected by the recall. Attorneys general in several
states also are investigating the safety of the tires and the expediency of
the recall. (AP Online, August 22, 2000)

CHOLESTECH CORP: CA Ct Dismisses Securities Suit with Leave to Amend
On February 5, 1999, a complaint entitled Ree v. Pinckert, et al., No.
C99-0562 (MMC) was filed in the United States District Court for the
Northern District of California. The Action is a putative class action and
the complaint alleges that Cholestech and an officer, Mr. Pinckert,
violated the federal securities laws by misleading investors during the
time period of July 30, 1997 - June 26, 1998, concerning the Company's
business and its future prospects.

On June 24, 1999, plaintiffs filed an amended complaint, which expanded the
putative class period to June 28, 1996, through June 26, 1998. The amended
complaint's substantive allegations and purported causes of action remain
based on allegations that the Company misled shareholders concerning the
Company's business and its future prospects. The complaint does not specify
alleged damages. On September 20, 1999, defendants filed a motion to
dismiss plaintiff's amended complaint.

On March 28, 2000, Judge Maxine M. Chesney, United States District Judge
for the Northern District of California granted defendant's motion to
dismiss pursuant to rule 12(B)(6) with leave for plaintiffs to amend. The
Company intends to defend the case vigorously. The Company says it does not
believe that the defendants in the class action engaged in any wrongdoing,
and that the outcome of this matter will not result in a material adverse
effect, but reminds investors that there can be no assurance that the
lawsuit will be resolved in the Company's favor. The company says in its
report filed with the SEC that the action is in its preliminary stages and
a trial date has not been set.

DRKOOP.COM INC: SEC Investigates on Possible Securities Laws Violations
Drkoop.com Inc. said the Securities and Exchange Commission is
investigating whether the company, co-founded by former U.S. Surgeon
General C. Everett Koop, violated federal securities laws.

The SEC asked the health information Web site to voluntarily provide
information regarding allegations made in several lawsuits against the
company, said drkoop.com in the company's quarterly report.

The company's shares have fallen about 95 percent from their high in July
1999. In the quarterly report, the Austin, Texas-based company announced
that it had received a letter from the SEC seeking information. "This
letter states that the SEC's request for information should not be
construed as an indication by the SEC that any violation of the federal
securities laws has occurred," the company said.

The SEC, as a matter of course, does not comment on investigations. Company
officials were unavailable for comment.

At least four law firms have issued press releases saying they are filing
class-action lawsuits against drkoop.com. The company said it "believes
that the claims asserted in the lawsuits ... are without merit and intends
to defend these litigations vigorously." (The Detroit News, August 22,

DRKOOP.COM INC: Secures New Financing and Management
Ailing health Web site drkoop.com Inc. announced it has secured $20 million
in equity financing and hired new management. The new management team and
its investor group, including Prime Ventures, JF Shea Ventures,
Cramer-Rosenthal-McGlynn Inc. and RMC Capital, have invested $3.5 million
so far and could invest as much as $27 million, drkoop.com said.

Three officials from Prime Ventures, a technology venture capital fund,
were named to top jobs at drkoop.com. Richard M. Rosenblatt will replace
Donald Hackett as chief executive, Edward A. Cespedes was named president,
and Stephen Plutsky was named chief financial officer. Koop will remain
chairman and Hackett will remain a director after Tuesday's shakeup, the
company said.

Drkoop.com reported Monday that it lost $40.6 million, or $1.18 a share, in
the second quarter, compared with a loss of $11.4 million, or $1.28 a
share, a year earlier. Revenue more than doubled to $2.5 million. Those
figures matched Wall Street expectations.

The company also disclosed that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
has asked for information relating to several lawsuits that investors have
filed against the company, which was founded in 1997 by former U.S. Surgeon
General C. Everett Koop and others.

Drkoop.com's stock, which traded at $45 per share in July 1999, has lost
about 95 percent of its value since then, and several shareholders are
seeking class-action status in lawsuits claiming the company made false
promises when it began selling stock to the public last year.

In its SEC filing, drkoop.com said it could be forced to shut down soon
without new financing. The company said it has "has largely expended" the
$2 million in cash it had as of June 30. The company said it could secure
as much as $2.6 million in bridge financing enough to last two weeks if
they company maintained its first-half spending rate.

Analysts questioned whether the new financing would amount to anything more
than a brief reprieve for the company, which has found that advertising
revenue alone can't support the health-information Web site. "This is by no
means getting them out of the woods, and this does not take away the
fundamental problem which is drkoop's flawed business model," said Claudine
Singer, an analyst with Internet research firm Jupiter Communications. "But
it's great that they are replacing the management because part of the
frustration that the investors have is that they feel that the company has
been woefully mismanaged," Singer said. "It also gives them time to get
their ducks in a row and make them slightly more attractive for an
acquisition." (The Associated Press State & Local Wire, August 22, 2000)

ELSCINT LTD: Haifa Ct Rejects Investors’ Claim as Class Action
Elscint Ltd. (NYSE: ELT), a subsidiary of Elbit Medical Imaging Ltd.
(Nasdaq: EMITF) announced that on August 17, 2000, the District Court in
Haifa handed down a decision rejecting an application filed by certain
investors to have the claim recogised as a Representative Claim (class

In a press release dated November 3, 1999, Elscint announced that a
Statement of Claim, together with an application to have the claim
recogized as a class action, had been submitted to the court against
Elscint, EMI (the controlling shareholder of Elscint), Europe-Israel
(M.M.S.) Ltd. (the controlling shareholder of EMI), Control Centers Ltd.
(the controlling shareholder of Europe-Israel (M.M.S.) Ltd.), Marina
Herzlia Limited Partnership 1988 (which is controlled by Control Centers
Ltd.), Elron Electronics Industry Ltd. (the previous controlling
shareholder of EMI), and against 25 past and present office holders of the

The claim was submitted by a number of investors and others who hold shares
in Elscint Ltd., in which it is alleged that the minority shareholders of
Elscint have been discrimated against as a result of activities carried out
by the controlling shareholders of Elscint Ltd. and its Board of Directors.

The application for class action status was submitted on behalf of
shareholders in Elscint September 6, 1999, and that continued to hold such
shares on the date of the submission of the application (excluding the
respondents). The respondents filed a motion requesting that the
application be denied.

In its August 17 ruling the court decided to accept the motion filed by the
respondents, calling for the application to be struck out in limine, and
directed that the application be struck before the hearing for the
application on its merits. Rachel Lavine, Elscint's President, stated: "We
are very pleased by this court decision to have this application struck
out. Elscint remains confident that it acted lawfully at all times, and
that the Statement of Claim is based upon allegations which are baseless.
We shall continue to vigorously oppose the Statement of Claim before the

FIRSTWORLD COMMUNICATIONS: Berger & Montague Files Securities Suit in CO
The law firm of Berger & Montague, P.C. (http://home.bm.net),filed a class
action on August 11, 2000 in the United States District Court for the
District of Colorado on behalf of all persons or entities who purchased
FirstWorld Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: FWIS - news) common stock pursuant
to or traceable to the Company's Initial Public Offering ("IPO") on March
8, 2000.

The complaint charges FirstWorld and certain of its officers and directors,
together with its underwriters, with violations of the federal securities
laws for selling 10 million shares pursuant to a Prospectus/Registration
Statement which misrepresented FirstWorld's operations and its ability to
continue to execute its business plan.

In fact, the defendants failed to disclose the fact that at the time of the
IPO, the Company was planning to dramatically change its business model and
that the service the Company was then able to provide was suffering
innumerable deficiencies resulting from insufficient bandwidth capacity,
commercially unsuitable connectivity, poorly trained sales staff, and
deficient security.

On July 5, 2000, defendants revealed that they would dramatically change
FirstWorld's business plan and that due to deficiencies in FirstWorld's
infrastructure, FirstWorld would have to devote significant resources to
retrain its staff, increase bandwidth capacity, and install a
state-of-the-art security system to compensate for its present security
deficiencies, all of which would result in flat to declining revenues in
future quarters.

FirstWorld's stock reacted swiftly by nosediving more than $5 to$4-3/32 on
a huge volume of 6.4 million shares the following trading day, July 6,

Contact: Berger & Montague, P.C. Sherrie R. Savett, Esquire or Michael T.
Fantini, Esquire or Kimberly A. Walker, Investor Relations Manager Phone:
888/891-2289 or 215/875-3000 Fax: 215/875-5715 Website: http://home.bm.net

HOLOCAUST VICTIMS: Slave Labor Representatives Ask for Admin Costs
A Polish foundation representing Nazi-era slave laborers is pressing for
additional money to cover the administrative cost of distributing
compensation to the victims, a spokesman said. ''We will continue trying to
get the money from the Germans,'' said Mateusz Chachaj of the Polish-German
Reconciliation Foundation. ''It's not a closed matter for us.''

A spokesman for the 10 billion mark (dlrs 4.6 billion) German compensation
fund expressed surprise at the complaints from Warsaw, noting that the
Poles were at the lengthy negotiations that produced the agreement enacted
into law by the German parliament last month. ''Obviously the (parliament)
was thinking that the money that's going to the reconciliation foundations
is enough to pay the people as well as cover the administrative costs,''
Wolfgang Gibowski said from Berlin.

Other countries receiving money from the fund also were reluctant to join
Poland in seeking additional funds.

Czech Foreign Ministry spokesman Jan Sechter called the issue unclear. A
spokeswoman for the Czech-German Fund for the Future refused to comment.
''I don't think that agreements should be disregarded at this point'' after
being signed, said Gabor Sebes, director of the Jewish Heritage of Hungary
Public Endowment in Budapest. ''In the meantime those waiting for the
compensation keep dying at a terrible speed.''

During talks, groups representing Nazi slave laborers demanded that 200
million DM (dlrs 92 million) be set aside to cover salaries for lawyers and
administrative costs of payment distribution for an estimated 2 million
victims, mostly Central and Eastern Europeans.

The final law enacted does not earmark a specific amount to cover
administrative costs, but says that such costs are to come out of the
general fund.

Polish officials fear they will have to cover the cost from the money
marked for compensation, reducing each payment to some 450,000 victims
registered with the foundation by up to 3 percent, Chachaj said. ''Of this
money even one zloty should not go for other costs than compensation
payments,'' he said. ''It would not be fair to the victims.'' Chachaj said
the issue would be raised at the fund's first board meeting Aug. 31 in

After more than a year of tough negotiations, German companies agreed to
set up a compensation fund in exchange for protection from U.S.
class-action lawsuits. The German government and firms are splitting the
fund 50-50.

Slave laborers those sent to concentration camps under ''work to death''
conditions are expected to receive as much as 15,000 marks (dlrs 7,000)
each. Forced laborers deported to Germany to work could get as much as
5,000 marks (dlrs 2,300) each. (AP Worldstream, August 22, 2000)

NEW YORK: Minority Students Suit over Substandard Upstate Schools Okayed
New York A private right of action exists for disparate impact claims
brought by minority students over allegedly substandard upstate New York
schools under federal civil rights law, a Southern District judge has

In a case of first impression, Judge Lawrence M. McKenna declined to
dismiss an action brought by 33 students who allege that New York State
discriminates against upstate schools with a high percentage of minority
students. He also certified the suit, Ceaser v. Pataki, as a class
action.The lawsuit charges that New York state discriminates against as
many as 80,000 students in more than 150 "high-minority schools," schools
where at least 80 percent of students are black, Latino or otherwise

The students allege that the State is violating Title VI of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 by providing far fewer resources to those schools and by
failing to comply with legal mandates in a number of areas.

As part of their complaint, the plaintiffs state that the "academic
achievement of students in high-minority public schools in New York State
but outside of New York City is significantly lower than that of students
in low-minority schools in the State."

It attacks the method of administering State regulations that are meant to
ensure that all teachers are certified, that students receive remedial
instruction and have access to appropriate buildings, grounds and
libraries, and that students have the opportunity to take Regents courses
and to earn Regents degrees. Seeking an injunction against these "methods
of administration," the students' claim of disparate impact is grounded
upon a regulation issued by the former Department of Housing, Education and
Welfare, the predecessor to the Department of Education.

The regulation, 34 C.F.R. Section 100.3(b)(2), forbids methods of
administering the provision of services, financial aid or other benefits
that have the effect of discriminating against people because of their
race, color of national origin. Judge McKenna said the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the 2nd Circuit had yet to decide the issue of whether a
private right of action exists for disparate impact claims brought under
Title VI regulations, which apply to public educational facilities and
other entities receiving federal funding.

Under a claim of disparate impact, a plaintiff need only show that
statistically, a minority group suffers a harmful effect not shared by
non-minorities. No showing of an intent to discriminate is required. But
both the 11th and the 3rd Circuits have found that a private right of
action does exist, Judge McKenna said, adding that he was persuaded by the
reasoning of the 3rd Circuit in Powell v. Ridge. In Powell, the 3rd Circuit
found that to survive a motion to dismiss, "all the plaintiff must do is
plead that a facially neutral practice's adverse effects fall
disproportionately on a group protected by Title VI." "A method of
administration or discernible administrative policy may involve a policy of
inaction as easily as affirmative conduct," Judge McKenna said.

"The complaint adequately alleges that defendants have adopted a policy of
non-enforcement of legal mandates evident in five specific areas: certified
teachers, remedial instruction, school facilities and grounds, libraries
and Regents courses and diplomas."

"The complaint also adequately alleges that this policy has had a disparate
impact on high-minority schools."The class certified consists of all black,
Latino or otherwise non-Caucasian children attending New York State public
schools located outside New York City that the New York State Education
Department classifies as "high minority."

The state had argued that the application for class certification should
fail because of a lack of commonality, saying there were no common
questions of law because plaintiffs "appear not to assert one theory of
liability, but at least five, and there are genuine questions as to which
of these five theories of liability would properly be applicable to which
of the proposed 80,000 class members. "The state also argued that
certification would require "fact-specific inquiries concerning" the
different status of thousands of plaintiffs in more than 150 high-minority
schools at issue.

But Judge McKenna disagreed, saying, "As plaintiffs note, the pinpointing
of five specific areas of defendants' alleged policy of non-enforcement, or
the possibility that the policy does not affect every high-minority school,
'does not undermine the commonality of their claim that defendants have a
unitary policy of not enforcing and complying with certain educational
mandates.'"Christopher Dunn, Arthur Eisenberg and Donald Shaffer of the New
York Civil Liberties Union represent the plaintiffs. Assistant Attorney
General Clement Colucci is lead counsel for the state. This story
originally appeared in the New York Law Journal. (The Legal Intelligencer,
August 22, 2000)

PROPERTY TAXES: Lawyers Seek 1/3 of $18M Settlement; Hearing on Sept 5
Hundreds of taxpayers indicated they want to accept an offer by a group of
lawyers to mount a challenge on their behalf, free of charge, the lawyers

Three attorneys are seeking $6 million for their work in a successful
lawsuit that claimed Washington County residents were overcharged in their
tax bills.

Fayetteville attorney Jack Butt and eight other lawyers said Monday they
have filed 200 formal responses from taxpayers who object to the fees and
that up to 100 more are waiting to be processed.

Property owners have until Aug. 30 to file written notice objecting to the
amount of attorneys' fees.

The case began in 1997 when a group of taxpayers led by Jeanne M. Hicks of
Fayetteville sued nine school districts and five municipalities for
overcharging property owners between 1994 and 1999.

The 14 defendants have settled the cases, pending court approval, for a
total of $18.6 million. Of that amount, one third is to go to lawyers who
brought the initial action. The plaintiffs were represented by Fayetteville
attorneys Dale Evans and David Nixon and Kent Hirsch of Springdale.

A judge has yet to give final approval to the settlements, including the
fees. A hearing is scheduled Sept. 5.

"We do not question the right of anyone, including the attorneys who
brought this suit, to challenge any action they believe improper," Butt
said at a Monday news conference. "We simply believe that the compensation
received should be in proportion to the real benefit, if any, and that it
be according to the law."

Butt said the highest fee ever upheld by the Arkansas Supreme Court in a
class-action lawsuit was 15 percent of the total settlement, which is less
than half of the 33 percent that these plaintiffs' attorneys hope to get.

If the amount of work done by the plaintiffs' attorneys had been charged at
an hourly rate, the fee probably would be closer to $1.2 million, Butt

After Butt announced his challenge, Evans said plaintiffs' attorneys spent
three years handling the case. Evans said the team won $18 million that
taxpayers would not have gotten back and noted that taxes will be lowered
because millages are to be rolled back. (The Associated Press State & Local
Wire, August 22, 2000)

PUBLISHERS CLEARING: Illinois to Get $1.4 Mil from $18.4 Mil Settlement
Illinois will get $1.4 million in a multistate settlement with sweepstakes
promoter Publishers Clearing House, Attorney General Jim Ryan announced

About 1,500 people in Illinois will get some of their money back from
magazine subscription orders they falsely believed would help them win. The
company agreed to pay a total of $18.4 million to 24 states.

"Thousands of Illinoisans were losing thousands of dollars chasing phony
dreams," Ryan said in a statement. "This settlement should ensure that the
company plays it straight with consumers."

Illinois filed suit against the sweepstakes company in Cook County Chancery
Court in January. Prosecutors said the company's promotions, which often
included large fake checks for millions of dollars and personalized letters
telling consumers they may have already won, violated consumer fraud laws.

Prosecutors said thousands of people bought magazines and merchandise in
the hopes that it would increase their chances of winning millions of

"The states were concerned about the way some of the advertising was
worded, not about the integrity of our contest," Deborah Holland, the
company's executive vice president, said in a statement. "The fact that the
company faithfully awards its prizes was not questioned."

CEO Robin Smith said the company was "delighted to resolve the matter."

The company settled a similar class-action lawsuit in February for $30
million. Claimants who received money from that suit are still eligible
under Tuesday's settlement, but their previous award will be deducted from
any money they receive, Ryan spokesman Dan Anders said.

A third-party arbitrator will begin contacting eligible Illinois consumers
about settlement money in a few weeks, Anders said.

Among the settlement's provisions:

  * $1.4 million will go to about 1,500 people who placed merchandise
     orders of at least $2,500 in 1997, 1998 or 1999.

  * Illinois will get $102,000 to cover costs.

  * The company can no longer lead customers to believe they already are

  * Mailings cannot include fake checks or be labeled "high priority."

  * Future mailings must include easy-to-read sweepstakes facts about
     odds and rules.

  * The company must make it clear that buying magazines will not
     increase the consumer's chance of winning.

(The Associated Press State & Local Wire, August 22, 2000)

SALLY COFFELT: Court Filing Fee To Fund Arbitration Challenged
The Lake County Circuit Court's practice of charging all civil litigants a
filing fee to fund its mandatory arbitration system is unconstitutional
because only certain groups of litigants can utilize the system, a Lake
County woman charged in papers filed with the Illinois Supreme Court.

In a petition for leave to appeal filed last week, attorneys for Laura
Mellon asked the high court to reverse the 2d District Appellate Court's
decision that since the system functioned as part of a unified court
system, the legislature may impose a fee on any, or all, litigants in the
circuit courts to fund the system."

Mellon's attorneys argued in the petition that the lower court decision was
too broad and, if left standing, would overturn a vast body" of case law
that required a connection of a benefit obtainable by the person being

The issue presented by Ms. Mellon's case is an important issue of first
impression affecting every litigant who files a non-arbitrable petition, in
every county in Illinois that has adopted a mandatory arbitration program
under Illinois law, Lake County and Cook County," the attorneys wrote.
Thus, this case impacts a substantial number of people in the State of
Illinois, not just the parties in this case."

A similar challenge to the mandatory arbitration fee is pending before the
1st District Appellate Court. That case is Rose, et al. v. Pucinski, No.

Counties which have similar fees, according to Illinois Supreme Court
spokesman Joseph R. Tybor, include: Cook, Ford, McLean, Will, Kane, Boone,
Winnebago, DuPage, McHenry, St. Clair, Rock Island, Whiteside, Henry and

The law at issue, 735 ILCS 5/2-1009A of the Code of Civil Procedure, allows
counties that are authorized by the Illinois Supreme Court to utilize
mandatory arbitration to charge and collect an $ 8 arbitration fee. Cook
County, under the law, can charge $ 10.

Mellon sued Lake County Circuit Clerk Sally Coffelt and state Treasurer
Judy Baar Topinka after the Lake County Circuit Court charged her an $ 8
fee to file a civil action for guardianship of her niece and nephew.
Mellon's attorneys argued the law violated the equal protection, due
process, free access and uniformity clauses of the state Constitution.
Mellon also filed a motion for class certification.

Lake County Circuit Judge Wallace B. Dunn granted the defendants' motion to
dismiss. Mellon's motion for class certification was never ruled on. Laura
Mellon v. Sally Coffelt, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Lake County, and
Judy Baar Topinka, Treasurer of the State of Illinois, No. 98-CH-915.

Mellon appealed the trial court's decision, raising all four claims, but
the 2d District, on May 17, affirmed. Laura Mellon v. Sally Coffelt, Clerk
of the Circuit Court of Lake County, and Judy Baar Topinka, Treasurer of
the State of Illinois, No. 2-99-0243.

We hold that, because the system functions as part of a unified court
system, the legislature may impose a fee on any, or all, litigants in the
circuit courts to fund the system," Justice Fred A. Geiger, joined by
Justices Robert D. McLaren and Michael J. Colwell, wrote.

The justice wrote that, as to Mellon's uniformity and equal protection
claims, the defendants had submitted a legally sufficient justification for
imposing the fee on the members of the proposed class who filed litigation
in Lake County.

The uniformity clause provides, In any law classifying the subjects or
objects of non-property taxes or fees, the classes shall be reasonable and
the subjects and objects within each class shall be taxed uniformly." Ill.
Const. 1970, Article IX, section 2.

The litigants paying the fee all use the same court system, namely, the
same judges, clerk's office, buildings, law library, and all the
corresponding litigation support in the circuit court," the justices wrote.
We cannot say as a matter of law that imposing the fee upon litigants who
do not use the system bears no reasonable relationship to the object of the

Because the uniformity clause imposed more stringent limitations than the
equal protection clause in the legislature's authority to classify the
subjects and objects of taxation, the justices wrote, the fee inherently
fulfills the requirements of the equal protection clause," quoting Allegro
Services Ltd. v. Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority, 172 Ill.2d at
250 (1996), which quoted Geja's Cafe v. Metropolitan Pier & Exposition
Authority, 153 Ill.2d 239, 247 (1992).

The free access clause, the 2d District justices wrote, qualifies the due
process standard by imposing the additional requirement that court filing
fees relate to the operation and maintenance of the court system.
Therefore, the justices wrote, legislation that survives scrutiny under the
free access clause necessarily satisfies the due process clause.

The justices rejected Mellon's free access and due process claims, relying
on 1989 Appellate Court decision that upheld a surcharge to a court filing
fee used to fund alternative dispute resolution. The 1st District Appellate
Court in Wenger v. Finley, 185 Ill.App.3d 907 (1989), deferred to the
legislature, which had found that there was a compelling need for the
dispute resolution centers and that the centers could make a substantial
contribution to the operation and maintenance of the courts.

In this case, we similarly defer to the legislature's judgment in
determining that the system may operate to expedite cases within the court
system," the justices wrote. We accept this unrebutted rationale for the

In her petition for leave to appeal, Mellon's attorneys argued the 2d
District failed by distinguishing from one appeals court decision and not
from another.

The Illinois Supreme Court in Crocker v. Finley struck down a $ 5 tax
imposed upon those filing petitions for dissolution of marriage that was
used to fund a domestic violence shelter program. The high court, applying
the rational relation test, held that the relationship between filing a
petition for divorce and domestic shelters was too remote. Crocker v.
Finley, 99 Ill.2d 444 (1984).

But in another decision, the high court upheld a $ 1 fee on every litigant
for the maintenance of a county law library as constitutional. Ali v.
Danaher, 47 Ill.2d 231 (1970).

Mellon's attorneys, in the argument" section of the petition, referred to
the Crocker decision, but cited the 1st District's decision in Wenger.
Apparently referring to Crocker, the attorneys argued that the 2d District
should not have distinguished that decision from Mellon's case.

On the other hand, the attorneys argued that the 2d District should have
distinguished from the high court's decision in Ali v. Danaher.

In this line of precedents it's clear that the litigation fees presented an
opportunity for the person taxed to benefit from the tax, even of they did
not avail themselves of the benefit," attorneys for Mellon wrote in the
petition. The court's holding below wrongly upholds any charge on any
litigant as long as it benefits the court system and ignores the case law
that requires a nexus to the benefit obtainable by the person being

Counsel to Mellon is Clinton A. Krislov and Kenneth T. Goldstein, both of
the Chicago firm Krislov & Associates Ltd.; Richard D. Grossman of The Law
Office of Richard D. Grossman, in Chicago; and Gary L. Schlesinger of the
Law Offices of Gary L. Schlesinger in Libertyville.

The case is Laura Mellon v. Sally Coffelt, Clerk of the Circuit Court of
Lake County, and Judy Baar Topinka, Treasurer of the State of Illinois, No.
90018. (Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, August 21, 2000)

SHONEY'S, INC: Reports on Settlement for Employees' Lawsuits for OT Pay
In its report filed with the SEC, Soney's, Inc. reveals several lawsuits
over employees' overtime pay, settled late last year.

                                Belcher I

On December 1, 1995, five current and/or former Shoney's Restaurant
managers or assistant restaurant managers filed the case of "Robert
Belcher, et al. v. Shoney's, Inc." ("Belcher I") in the U.S. District Court
for the Middle District of Tennessee claiming that the Company had violated
the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. After granting
provisional class action status, on December 21, 1998, the Court granted
plaintiffs' motion for partial summary judgment on liability. On January
21, 1999, the Court denied the Company's motion to reconsider or certify
the order for interlocutory appeal. As a result of the Court's ruling on
liability, the Company recorded a charge of $3.5 million in the fourth
quarter of fiscal 1998. On January 21, 1999, the Court also ordered the
parties to mediate in an attempt to determine whether this case, Belcher II
and Edelen (discussed below) could be resolved through settlement.

On March 20, 1999, the parties agreed to the material terms of a global
settlement of Belcher I, Belcher II and Edelen. Under the agreement, in
exchange for the dismissal of the three cases with prejudice and a release
by the plaintiffs relating to the subject matter of the cases, the Company
agreed to pay $18 million in three installments as follows: $11 million
upon Court approval of the settlement and dismissal of the cases, $3.5
million on October 1, 1999 and $3.5 million on March 1, 2000. The
settlement required the Company to record an additional charge of $14.5
million for the quarter ended February 14, 1999 (in addition to the $3.5
million previously recorded in the fourth quarter of fiscal 1998). On July
7, 1999, the Court entered final judgment approving the settlement and
dismissing with prejudice the Belcher I action against the Company. In
accordance with the approved settlement of Belcher I, Belcher II, and
Edelen, the Company paid $11 million, $3.5 million and $3.5 million into a
qualified settlement fund on July 14, 1999, October 1, 1999 and March 1,
2000, respectively.

                                Belcher II

On January 2, 1996, five current and/or former Shoney's hourly and/or
fluctuating work week employees filed the case of "Bonnie Belcher, et al.
v. Shoney's, Inc." ("Belcher II") in the U.S. District Court for the Middle
District of Tennessee. The plaintiffs claimed that the Company violated the
Fair Labor Standards Act by either not paying them for all hours worked or
improperly paying them for regular and/or overtime hours worked. This case
also was provisionally certified as a class action.

As noted above in the description of Belcher I, on March 20, 1999, the
parties agreed to a global settlement of this case, Belcher I and Edelen.
On July 7, 1999, the Court entered an order preliminarily approving the
settlement with respect to the Belcher II plaintiffs. On August 20, 1999,
the Court entered an order for final judgment approving the settlement and
dismissing with prejudice the Belcher II action against the Company.


On December 3, 1997, two former Captain D's restaurant general managers or
assistant managers filed the case "Jerry Edelen, et al. v. Shoney's, Inc.
d/b/a Captain D's" ("Edelen") in the U.S. District Court for the Middle
District of Tennessee. Plaintiffs' claims in this case are very similar to
those made in Belcher I. On March 28, 1998, the Court granted provisional
class action status.

As noted above in the description of Belcher I, on March 20, 1999, the
parties agreed to a global settlement of this case, Belcher I and Belcher
II. On July 7, 1999, the Court entered final judgment approving the
settlement and dismissing with prejudice the Edelen action against the

TENFOLD CORPORATION: Cauley & Geller Files Securities Suit in Utah
The Law Firm of Cauley & Geller, LLP has filed a class action in the United
States District Court for the District of Utah on behalf of all individuals
and institutional investors that purchased the securities of Tenfold
Corporation (Nasdaq:TENF) between January 18, 2000 and August 14, 2000,
inclusive (the "Class Period")

The complaint charges Tenfold and certain of its officers and directors
with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The complaint
alleges that defendants made false and misleading statements with respect
to Tenfold's ability to deliver its products as promised. The complaint
also alleges that defendants made false and misleading statements
concerning the revenues to be derived from the Company's software sales and
the quality of its receivables. These statements and omissions artificially
inflated the price of Tenfold stock to a Class Period high of $70. During
this period, defendants sold 508,000 shares of Tenfold stock for proceeds
of $26.5 million.

Contact: Cauley & Geller, LLP Sue Null, 888/551-9944

TENFOLD CORPORATION: Milberg Weiss Files Securities Suit in Utah
Milberg Weiss announced that a class action has been commenced in the
United States District Court for the District of Utah on behalf of
purchasers of TenFold Corporation ("TenFold") (Nasdaq:TENF) common stock
during the period between January 18, 2000 and August 14, 2000 (the "Class

The complaint charges TenFold and certain of its officers and directors
with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. TenFold describes
itself as a leading provider of large-scale e-business applications for
customers in banking, communications, energy, healthcare, insurance,
investment management and other industries. The complaint alleges that
defendants made false and misleading statements with respect to TenFold's
ability to deliver applications on target, that worked and were on time.
Defendants also made false and misleading statements concerning the
revenues to be derived from its software sales and the quality of its
receivables. Further, TenFold concealed the fact that: (a) the quality of
its receivables was rapidly deteriorating; (b) the length of its sales
cycle was exploding; (c) it failed and/or was unable to produce a stable
environment to conduct acceptance tests; (d) it falsely represented
"completion dates" in order to induce customers to sign contracts; and (e)
its customers were canceling contracts and/or refusing to pay for delivered
product which defendants were booking as revenue and receivables. These
statements and omissions artificially inflated the price of TenFold stock
to a Class Period high of $70. This upsurge in TenFold's stock price caused
by defendants' alleged false and misleading statements allowed defendants
to sell 508,000 shares of TenFold stock for proceeds of $26.5 million.

Defendants' scheme began to unravel on July 10, 2000 when TenFold disclosed
preliminary results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2000, which were
well below expectations. After this announcement, the price of TenFold's
stock fell nearly 40% to $10-1/4 per share on volume of about 6.6 million
shares, more than 25 times the three-month daily average. The full extent
of defendants' scheme was not revealed until August 14, 2000, when the
Company announced its actual results for the second quarter ending June 30,
2000. In that press release, the Company announced that its net loss for
the quarter would be$(6.5) million, or $ (0.19) per share, well below the
projections in the July 10, 2000 press release.

Contact: Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP William Lerach,
800/449-4900 wsl@mwbhl.com

VISUAL NETWORKS: Cohen, Milstein Files Securities Suit in Maryland
The law firm of Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, P.L.L.C., has announced
that, on behalf of its client, it has filed a class action lawsuit on
behalf of all persons who purchased the common stock of Visual Networks,
Inc. (Nasdaq: VNWK) between February 7, 2000 through July 5, 2000
inclusive. The suit, filed on July 13, 2000, in the United States District
Court for the District of Maryland, seeks to recover under the federal
securities laws for damages sustained by members of the proposed Class.
Visual Networks and its CEO/Chairman of the Board are named in the suit,
which alleges the defendants issued false and misleading statements and
made material omissions concerning, among other things, Visual Networks'
acquisition and integration of Avesta Technologies Inc. ("Avesta") and the
effects thereof on Visual Networks' operating results, including but not
limited to its revenues, sales and earnings.

Specifically, the Complaint alleges that the defendants misrepresented that
the integration of Avesta would be completed within three to four months,
would create synergies of $5 - 12 million and lead to 50% increases in
revenues for 2000 and 2001. In fact, the defendants knew or were reckless
in not knowing that such representations were false. Moreover, when the
purported benefits of the acquisition failed to materialize after the
transaction closed, the defendants failed to inform the investing public as
such. To the contrary, when information relating to the adverse effects of
the transaction started to emerge, the defendants made a series of
affirmative misrepresentations to allay these concerns. However, shortly
thereafter the market's concerns proved accurate and the defendants were
forced to disclose revenue and earnings shortfalls which they explained
were the result of difficulties encountered in integrating Avesta.

Contact: Ari Karen, akaren@cmht.com or Lisa M. Mezzetti, 888-240-0775 or
202-408-4600, both of Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, P.L.L.C.

WISCONSIN ENERGY: Shareholders Sue over $104.5 Mil Ruling on Pollution
Wisconsin Energy Corp. shareholders sued the company, Chairman Richard
Abdoo and five other officers Monday, blaming them for a $104.5 million
verdict against its Wisconsin Electric Power Co. subsidiary last year. The
ruling and the ability to obtain recovery from the insurance company was
previously reported in the CAR.

The verdict in one of the state's largest-ever pollution cases was the
result of negligence and a lack of due care and loyalty on the part of
Abdoo and the other officers, the lawsuit claims.

It asks that the officers and their liability insurers pay Wisconsin
Electric and indirectly the shareholders - - the difference between the
$104.5 million verdict and the lowest settlement figure the plaintiffs
offered in the 4-year-old case.

An attorney involved in the original lawsuit said Monday that Wisconsin
Electric could have resolved the legal action initially for less than $2.5

As it stands now, the utility has paid $110 million to the plaintiffs: the
City of West Allis and Giddings & Lewis Inc., a Fond du Lac company. The
higher amount was due to interest on the verdict.

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Patricia McMahon has prohibited Wisconsin
Electric from filing claims to have its insurers cover the cost of the
verdict because company officials falsely told the court that the utility
did not have insurance to cover punitive damages in the case. The verdict
has been appealed.

"My personal opinion here, but the failure of top WEPCO management to deal
with the case and get it settled and to let a case as dangerous as this go
to verdict, I could never understand," said J. Ric Gass, an attorney who
represented West Allis and Giddings & Lewis. "I'm not surprised that the
shareholders are raising the same questions that were in my mind," Gass

Such shareholder lawsuits are common in cases where investors believe the
negligent actions of corporate officials damaged a company, said Ed
Fallone, a law professor at Marquette University. But such actions are
rarely successful, he said.

And nearly all large corporations provide liability insurance to cover the
directors and officers in such cases.

"I would not expect Abdoo and any others to have any financial stake in
this," Fallone said. "I don't think Abdoo is sweating too much."

A Wisconsin Electric spokeswoman said Abdoo, who was paid $1.1 million last
year, would not comment on the suit.

The spokeswoman, Margaret Stanfield, said the board of Wisconsin Electric's
parent company, Wisconsin Energy Corp., had hired a Chicago law firm to
investigate how company officials handled the pollution case. The
investigators' recommendations for any action against the officers involved
would be considered by a special committee appointed by the board, she

The internal investigation was prompted by a letter from shareholder Edward
Burns, asking the company to take action against Abdoo and the other
officers. Burns is the only shareholder named as a plaintiff on Monday's
lawsuit, which was filed by attorney Robert Elliott.

The original case against Wisconsin Electric was filed in July 1996 and
claimed that the company dumped 26,000 tons of wood chips laced with
cyanide on two properties, one owned by West Allis and the other owned by a
company subsequently purchased by Giddings & Lewis.

In July 1999, a jury found the utility responsible for polluting the
properties and ordered it to pay $4.5 million for the cleanup and other
costs. The jury also ordered Wisconsin Electric to pay $100 million in
punitive damages. A decision on the appeal is expected next summer.
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 22, 2000)

WWII VICTIMS: Mitsui, Mistubishi to Face Lawsuit for Forced Labor
Five Chinese citizens and four U.S. residents plan to file a class-action
lawsuit in a Los Angeles court Tuesday seeking monetary compensation from
two Japanese corporate giants which they claim forced them into slavery
during World War II, a spokeswoman for the Chinese said. The amount the
plaintiffs are seeking was not specified.

The Chinese, who will hold a press conference in Beijing hours after the
lawsuit is filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court, are suing Mitsubishi
and Mitsui companies for punitive compensation, damages and unpaid wages
with accrued interest, said Wang Xuan, a spokeswoman for the plaintiffs.

Wang said the victims were subjected to starvation, torture and beatings
while working as forced laborers in Japan for the two companies. 'They were
put into trains like cattle,' she said. Li Taojing, a 78-year-old resident
of northern China's Hebei Province, said he lost a leg while working at a
Mitsui factory in Japan during the war.

Three of the Chinese plaintiffs say they worked for Mitsubishi, two for
Mitsui. The four Los Angeles plaintiffs, all of Chinese descent living in
the United States, claimed to work for Mitsui on China's Hainan Island
during the 1937-1945 Sino-Japanese War.

Wang, a self-described activist who lives in Japan, said her uncle died of
the plague at the Imperial Army's Unit 731 biological warfare center near
the northeastern Chinese city Harbin. She is currently acting as a
spokeswoman in a lawsuit against the Japanese government, which is making
its way through the Japanese court system. (Japan Economic Newswire, August
22, 2000)

ZIASUN TECHNOLOGIES: Investor's Lawsuit Filed 1997 in CA Still Pending
ZiaSun Technologies Inc. was a party cross-defendant in the matter of
George Joakimidis v. Bryant Cragun, et al., Superior Court of California,
County of San Diego, Case No. 730826. The Plaintiff alleges Unfair Business
Practices, Fraud and Breach of Contract against ZiaSun, alleging that in
October 1997 he invested in various corporations, including ZiaSun based on
representations of third parties other than ZiaSun. Plaintiff alleges that
the financial condition of these corporations were other than as
represented to him, that past officers and directors of these corporations
made misrepresentations during the course of attempting to settle their
dispute, and that these corporations breached the terms of the alleged
settlement. The Plaintiff is claiming damages of $45,000 and is also
seeking punitive damages. ZiaSun believes that the allegations are without
merit and will vigorously defend this matter. The matter is pending at
present time.


S U B S C R I P T I O N  I N F O R M A T I O N

Class Action Reporter is a daily newsletter, co-published by Bankruptcy
Creditors' Service, Inc., Princeton, NJ, and Beard Group, Inc.,
Washington, DC. Theresa Cheuk, Managing Editor.

Copyright 1999.  All rights reserved.  ISSN 1525-2272.

This material is copyrighted and any commercial use, resale or
publication in any form (including e-mail forwarding, electronic
re-mailing and photocopying) is strictly prohibited without prior
written permission of the publishers.

Information contained herein is obtained from sources believed to be
reliable, but is not guaranteed.

The CAR subscription rate is $575 for six months delivered via e-mail.
Additional e-mail subscriptions for members of the same firm for the
term of the initial subscription or balance thereof are $25 each.  For
subscription information, contact Christopher Beard at 301/951-6400.

                    * * *  End of Transmission  * * *