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               Tuesday, February 5, 2002, Vol. 4, No. 25

                            Headlines

AMERITRADE INC.: Appeals Court Allows Stock Quote Suit To Continue
APPLE COMPUTER INC.: Lawsuit Charges Firm With "Planned Obsolescence"
COMMONWEALTH EDISON: Faces Suit For 1999 Service Interruptions in IL
CONSECO INC.: Groups Say Settlement in PA Insurance Suit "Inadequate"
DOW CORNING: Australian Women To Sue After US Court Rejects Settlement

DVT LITIGATION: 20 New Zealanders To File Damage Suit Against Airlines
FOX ENTERTAINMENT: Extras Sue For Exposure To Carcinogenic Powder in CA
INDIANA: State Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Special Education Case
LOUISIANA: To Settle For $291M Suit Due To Program Damaging Oyster Beds
MICROSOFT CORPORATION: Lawyer's Group Asks Judge To Block Settlement

NEW YORK: Irondequoit Retirees Ask Federal Court To Rule In Their Favor
OKLAHOMA: Woman Sues Tulsa Police Department For Racial Discrimination
PRUDENTIAL LIFE: Escapes Damages, Ordered To Pay $66T To Settle Suit
SIX FLAGS: Denies Allegations in Racial Bias Suit in California  
SULZER MEDICA: Texas City Sues Subsidiary Over Aborted Move To Suburb

SULZER MEDICA: Expects Positive Settlement Development in Implants Suit
TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANIES: Firms Join Forces In "Right-Of-Way" Suit
TUBE TURNS: Faces Suit Relating To LA Exxon Mobil Coker Plant Explosion

                        Securities Fraud

COMPUTER ASSOCIATES: Settling Shareholder Derivative Suits in DE, NY
CRITICAL PATH: Milberg Weiss Commences Securities Suit in N.D. CA
DECODE GENETICS: Sued For Securities Laws Violations in S.D. New York
DYNACQ INTERNATIONAL: Charles Piven Lodges Securities Suit in S.D. TX
ENRON CORPORATION: Two Employees Sue Andersen, Former Enron Executives

ENRON CORPORATION: Collapse Costs Hawaii's Pension System $11.3 Million
GLOBAL CROSSING: Green Fauth Files Securities Suit in LA Court
IMMUNEX CORPORATION: Shareholders Sue Over American Homes Merger in WA
PNC FINANCIAL: Shareholder Files Suit After 2001 Earnings Restatement
SAGENT TECHNOLOGY: Asks CA State Court To Dismiss Derivative Suits

SAGENT TECHNOLOGY: CA Suits Could Adversely Affect Business Operations
TALARIAN CORPORATION: To Vigorously Oppose CA Suit Over Tibco Merger
TALX CORPORATION: Vigorously Opposing Securities Suit in E.D. Missouri
WILLIAMS COMPANIES: Federman Sherwood Lodges Securities Suit in N.D. OK

                           
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AMERITRADE INC.: Appeals Court Allows Stock Quote Suit To Continue
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The 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled recently that a Los Angeles
man's class action charging Omaha-based online discount brokerage
Ameritrade, Inc., with breaking its promises to provide customers with
"real-time" stock quotes, could continue in State Court.  The suit
potentially could involve thousands of customers across the country,
the Associated Press recently reported.

The 8th Circuit upheld an earlier ruling by US District Court Judge
Richard Kopf of Lincoln, who rejected the Company's argument that The
Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998 prohibits such
lawsuits against brokers.  Judge Kopf ruled that the lawsuit was a
contractual dispute and therefore not covered by the federal law.  

Los Angeles resident Mitchell Green filed the suit.  Mr. Green agreed
in 1998 to pay $20 a month for a Company service in order to get
real-time information on stocks and quotes.  He alleges that the
information on the options, agreements to buy or sell a
stock at a certain time or price, was "stale."

"Ameritrade tells people it provides this service, and it's not
provided," said attorney Mark Ozzello of Los Angeles, who is helping
represent Mr. Green.  "With respect to certain options, the quotes
given by Ameritrade are thousands of trades behind."  

Attorneys representing Ameritrade and company spokesman Matt Ord did
not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment.

Founded by Joe Ricketts of Omaha, Ameritrade exploded in growth in
1997, when it began offering rates as low as $8 a trade during