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             Wednesday, June 30, 2004, Vol. 6, No. 128

                          Headlines


ADECCO SA: Gets Subpoena From U.S. Agencies Over Delayed Results
ARGENTINA: Hagens Berman Files NY Lawsuit Over $88 Billion Bonds
CALIFORNIA: Talks Continue With ACLU On School Performance Suit
CANADA: Businessman Planning Suit Against Possible Jetski Ban
CARPET DRYCLEAN: Enters Consent Judgment Over Unsolicited Calls

DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION: OK Court Allows Air Bag Lawsuit
EXXON DEALERSHIP: Garden Group Announces Settlement Deadline
HUNGARIAN JEWS: U.S. Seeks Suit Dismissal, Denies Responsibility
LAETRILE VENDOR: NY Trader Sentenced Over Illegal Cancer Drug
M&P FINE: Recalls Asian Noodle Bowl Due To Undeclared Soybeans

MASSACHUSETTS: Faces Suit Over Public Defender Statutory Rates
MENORAH GARDENS: Plaintiffs Given More Time To Opt Out or Join
MICROSOFT CORPORATION: AZ Court Okays Antitrust Suit Settlement
NASH FINCH: MN Court Dismisses Shareholder, Derivative Lawsuits
ORACLE CORPORATION: Court Hears Appeal of Stock Suit Dismissal

ROYAL DUTCH: SEC Questions Employees Over Disclosure of Reserves
UNITED STATES: Oglala Sioux Sue Interior Dept Over Royalties
UNITED STATES: Guantanamo Prisoners To Appeal Detention, Status
UNITED STATES: Ruling In Dura Case To Affect Claims
WELLS FARGO: Advocacy Group Launches Unfair Trade Practices Suit


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SHAW GROUP: Lasky & Rifkind Lodges Securities Lawsuit in E.D. LA

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ADECCO SA: Gets Subpoena From U.S. Agencies Over Delayed Results
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The Swiss temporary employment company, Adecco S.A. announced
that several regulatory agencies are conducting inquiries
related to the company's delayed financial results for 2003, the
Associated Press WorldStream reports.

One of the agencies, the Securities and Exchange Commission is
conducting an informal inquiry concerning events leading up to
the company's January announcement that it wouldn't deliver 2003
results on time. In a filing Monday with the Securities and
Exchange Commission, Adecco also said that the U.S. Department
of Justice issued a grand jury subpoena for "a variety" of its
records. Adecco said its response to the Justice Department's
inquiry has been delayed while the company provides information
to the SEC.

According to Monday's filing the Swiss Stock Exchange and Swiss
Federal Banking Commission are also opening investigations into
Adecco's accounting problems.

Also in Monday's filing, Adecco said eight class-action lawsuits
have been filed in the United States against the company and
some of its current and former officers and directors.

There had been speculation that Ernst & Young had ended its ties
to Adecco, but the audit firm signed off on Monday's financial
report for Adecco's year ended December 28, 2003.


ARGENTINA: Hagens Berman Files NY Lawsuit Over $88 Billion Bonds
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The law firm of Hagens Berman on behalf of a group of
bondholders initiated a proposed class-action suit against the
Argentine government, bringing the fight over the country's
default of $88 billion in bonds to the U.S. courts. Once
approved by the court, the proposed class would cover more than
five hundred thousand investors primarily from Italy, Germany,
France and the United States who purchased the government-issued
bonds.

This move will almost certainly raise the stakes in the standoff
between Buenos Aires and the bondholders. If successful, the
case would allow bondholders to seize Argentine government
assets in the United States and use those assets to repay
bondholders.

Filed in U.S. District Court in New York, the complaint states
that the moratorium on foreign debt declared by Argentina on
December 23, 2001 and its subsequent lack of payment on bonds
constitutes a default of the bond agreement made between the
government and its bondholders. This is the first major suit
seeking a global settlement for all purchasers of Argentine
bonds. The complaint seeks compensation for damages sustained by
bondholders and payment of the cost of suit fees incurred by
bondholders.

"The majority of these investors were individuals investing
their retirement funds, not savvy institutional investors
seeking a quick profit," said Steve Berman, lead attorney
representing the bondholders. "But just because they're small,
doesn't mean that they are powerless. This suit proves that, and
we intend to use the power of the class-action mechanism to turn
these investors into a nation state that can stand up to
Argentina."

During the late 1990s thousands of individual investors helped
revive and stabilize Argentina's struggling economy by
purchasing government-issued bonds, with the promise that the
Argentine government would make payments on the debt securities
in U.S. dollars in New York. However, when the government
declared a moratorium, it reneged on its agreement to pay the
full principal and interest as detailed in various bond
agreements, according to the suit.

"The Argentine government made a clear and binding agreement
with bondholders to pay principal and interest at due times,"
said Berman. "The government's moratorium and unwillingness to
negotiate with bondholders on the issue made it evident that it
did not intend to honor its contract, and that we in turn would
have to use litigation to get their attention."

If the court finds that the Argentine government illegally
defaulted on the bonds, its commercial assets in the United
States, including bank accounts and state-owned companies, could
be seized and used to compensate class members.

The proposed class includes all investors who purchased and held
Argentine bonds prior to December 23, 2001.

The Argentine government's default is the largest in history,
with the aforesaid bond debt alone totaling $99.4 billion
including interest. Argentina's default has had a widespread
effect on the personal finances of investors around the world,
and many bondholders have suffered extreme financial loss due to
their trust that the Argentine government would uphold its
agreement, the suit claims.

Since defaulting on its foreign debt in 2001, Argentina has
sought to negotiate with various creditors. However, according
to Berman, the government has been unwilling to participate in
good faith negotiations, despite an agreement with the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) to do so. Recently, Argentina
offered new securities that would leave investors with a loss of
75 cents per $1 of defaulted debt. Economic analyst for
Austrian-based Raiffeisen Research, Gintaras Shlizhyus, says
that without pressure from investors and the IMF the Argentine
government is unlikely to improve its offer. According to
Shlizhyus, Argentina has showed a resolute "unwillingness to
pay" bondholders and may not do so "unless forced to a table
with a gun to its head."

For more details, contact Steve Berman of Hagens Berman by Mail:
1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2929, Seattle, WA 98101 by Phone:
206-623-7292 by Fax: Fax 206-623-0594 by E-mail:
steve@hagens-berman.com or visit their Web site:
http://www.hagens-berman.comOR Mark Firmani of Firmani &
Associates, Inc. by Mail: 2505 2nd Avenue, Suite 700, Seattle,
WA 98121 by Phone: 206-443-9357 or by E-mail: mark@firmani.com


CALIFORNIA: Talks Continue With ACLU On School Performance Suit
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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is in negotiations to
settle a class action filed by the American Civil Liberties
Union (ACLU), over budget allocations for low-performing
schools, the Associated Press reports.

The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of hundreds of school children
in 18 different school districts, seeking reform of the state's
oversight and management of school districts.  In response,
then-Gov. Gray Davis countersued the school districts to force
them to fix allegedly shoddy classrooms, provide current
textbooks and hire credentialed teachers as required under state
law.

The lawsuit further alleged that the districts fell short in
several areas, including:

     (1) schools that are overcrowded and in deplorable
         condition, with leaky roofs, poor plumbing, rodent and
         insect infestations;

     (2) insufficient or out-of-date textbooks;

     (3) large numbers of uncredentialed teachers or high
         turnover of teachers

"There were decades of neglect," Mark Rosenbaum, an ACLU
attorney involved with the lawsuit, told AP.  "These were
schools in name only."

If the suit is settled, it could mean an allocation of $138
million for low-performing schools in this year's budget.  Those
schools could use the money to buy textbooks and instructional
materials if the state and the American Civil Liberties Union
agree that poor and minority students are being neglected.

That Schwarzenegger is even considering setting aside money to
settle the Williams case, a four-year-old class action lawsuit,
is a good sign, Kevin Gordon, executive director of the
California Association of School Business Officials, told AP.
"There's no question that the governor and most of the education
community are really committed to see this settled," Gordon
said.

Education advocates feared the suit could lead to the state
micromanaging schools, or a one-size-fits-all approach to ensure
poor or minority children aren't getting left behind, he added.
"It's a delicate situation because we don't want a state rodent
monitor or statutes that require ambient temperatures in
classrooms be at a certain level," he said.  "On the other hand
. they have very compelling evidence that poor and minority
students are getting shortchanged."

Rosenbaum and other attorneys involved in the case have been
ordered not to discuss details of the settlement negotiations,
but the two sides will return to court in San Francisco on
Wednesday to report to a judge on the progress of those talks.
The administration and plaintiffs are trying to figure out how
much money to set aside in the 2004-05 budget should a
settlement be reached in the next year, several sources close to
the negotiations confirmed, the Associated Press states.


CANADA: Businessman Planning Suit Against Possible Jetski Ban
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A Maroochydore jetski company owner plans to file a lawsuit
against the Noosa Council in Canada, over its draft Noosa River
Plan, banning jetskis from the river, the Sunshine Coast Daily
reports.

The Council recommended the banning of recreational jetskis on
the river as a medium priority because of noise and amenity
disturbances and safety concerns from excessive speed and
aggressive riding.  "There is an incompatibility between this
type of activity and the Noosa recreation experience - that is
the enjoyment of the area's scenic qualities and its tranquil
natural environment," the plan says.

Owner Rod Kamp sent an eight-page submission to the council,
saying that they were "serious about protecting its rights are
registered licensed waterway users."  Mr. Kamp is allegedly
backed by personal watercraft manufactures and "wealthy Noosa
landowners."

"We have an unrestricted budget for legal costs and believe that
it is an issue of principle," Mr. Kamp told the Sunshine Coast
Daily.  He added that noise, speed, dispersing of fish schools
and the "recreation experience" issues were not backed by
sufficient research.

"They have based their opinions on unsubstantiated claims and
the complaints on a small minority of `serial complainers' which
they have no record of," he told the Sunshine Coast Daily.  "I
strongly suggest that the best answer for the small percentage
of non-compliant personal watercraft users is vigilant
policing."

Noosa Mayor Bob Abbot immediately rejected the claim that the
plan was without evidence.  "For him to say that about our
research and to threaten us, that is his decision, but we have
had significant support for this proposal," he told Sunshine
Coast Daily.  "If he wants to resolve this through legal action
he's not only fighting council, he's fighting the community."


CARPET DRYCLEAN: Enters Consent Judgment Over Unsolicited Calls
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North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced that Carpet
DryClean, Inc. of Raleigh has agreed to stop using illegal
recorded messages in its sales calls to Triangle residents and
to abide by all telemarketing laws.

"Not only are these prerecorded calls illegal and annoying, but
they cause real problems for seniors who depend on their phone
as a lifeline," said AG Cooper.  "Simply hanging up doesn't end
these calls, so we went to court to make this company stop."

Under terms of a consent judgment approved today by Wake County
Superior Court Judge Robert H. Hobgood, the Company and its
owner and manager Preston E. Laughinghouse must stop using
automatically dialed, prerecorded telemarketing pitches and will
pay $25,000 to the state.  The Company has also agreed to
dispose of the equipment it used to make pre-recorded
telemarketing calls and to comply with all laws that govern
telemarketing, including North Carolina's Do Not Call law.  In
addition, the company will pay a penalty of $5,000 per illegal
call for any future violations of the judgment.

As alleged in the complaint filed by Cooper in October 2002,
Carpet DryClean began promoting its carpet cleaning service
through telemarketing sometime in or before 1999.  The company
automatically dialed telephone numbers and then played a lengthy
recorded sales pitch that often filled up consumers' answering
machines or voice mail.  Prerecorded marketing calls are illegal
in North Carolina unless a live operator first asks if the
consumer wants to hear the taped message.  Consumers who
received these calls from Carpet DryClean reported that no live
person introduced the sales pitch and that the recording did not
disconnect when they hung up the phone.

At one point, consumers reported that the Company's message
failed to disclose information about how to contact the company
at the beginning of the recorded message.  That forced people
who wanted to be taken off the Carpet DryClean call list to
listen to the entire, lengthy sales pitch.  In many cases,
consumers who waited through the message, contacted the company
and asked to be removed from the call list continued to receive
calls.

The Attorney General was assisted by the Better Business Bureau
of Eastern North Carolina in collecting consumer complaints
about calls from Carpet DryClean.  A total of 52 consumers have
complained about the calls.

To cut down on telemarketing calls, consumers can sign up for
the Registry by visiting www.nocallsnc.com or by calling 1-888-
382-1222 from the number they wish to register.  A total of 1.9
million North Carolina numbers have been placed on the list
since it began in July 2003. Consumers who have signed up can
report telemarketers who call them to AG Cooper's office by
calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM toll-free within the state or by going
to the website.

"People across our state have taken steps to keep telemarketers
from bothering them at home," said AG Cooper, "But if the
telemarketers keep calling, we want to hear about it so that we
can put a stop to these unwanted calls."

For more details, contact Noelle Talley, Public Information
Officer, N.C. Department of Justice by Phone: (919) 716-6484 or
(919) 716-6413 by Fax: (919) 716-0803 or by E-mail:
ntalley@ncdoj.com.


DAIMLERCHRYSLER CORPORATION: OK Court Allows Air Bag Lawsuit
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Oklahoma Supreme Court refused to stop a U.S. class-action
lawsuit over the safety of minivan air bags, ruling that
DaimlerChrysler Corporation could face a lawsuit by up to 1
million owners of 1996 and 1997 minivans, in Oklahoma court but
under a Michigan law, AP Online reports.

Lawyers for two van owners had filed the lawsuit, claiming that
front passenger seat air bags in the minivans deploy in low-
speed accidents and with excessive force, potentially hurting
children or small adult passengers.

A judge who supported giving the case U.S. class-action status
noted that it would cost $300 to $500 to replace air bags in
each vehicle, and that no individual van owner would find an
attorney willing to handle such a small case.  The Oklahoma
Supreme Court ruled last year that the lawsuit could go forward,
under Michigan law because that's where DaimlerChrysler is
based.

The carmaker's Washington attorney, Miguel Estrada, said that
such a trial would be unconstitutional, AP reports.

The case is DaimlerChrysler Corp. v. Ysbrand and Cooney, 03-
1342.  For more details, contact Miguel Estrada of Gibson, Dunn
& Crutcher LLP by Mail: 1050 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, District of Columbia 20036-5306 by Phone:
202-955-8500 by Telecopier: 202-467-0539 or by E-mail:
mestrada@gibsondunn.com


EXXON DEALERSHIP: Garden Group Announces Settlement Deadline
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The Garden Group, Inc., Settlement Administrator issued the
following statement to all current or former direct served Exxon
dealers:

If you owned or operated a direct served Exxon station between
March 1, 1983 and August 28, 1994, you may be a member of a
class, which won a jury verdict against Exxon Corporation, and
you may be entitled to recover money.

You may also be eligible if you acquired or inherited an Exxon
dealer's rights.

For more details, contact The Garden Group, Inc., Settlement
Administrator by Phone: 1-866-808-3595 or visit the following
sites: http://www.exxondealerclassaction.comor
http://www.prnewswire.com/broadcast/12370/consumer.shtml


HUNGARIAN JEWS: U.S. Seeks Suit Dismissal, Denies Responsibility
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In response to claims of Army wrongdoing and a decades-long
cover-up alleged in a lawsuit filed three years ago over lost
riches of Hungarian Jews during World War 2, the Justice
Department has asked a federal judge to throw out the lawsuit,
the AP Online reports.

Justice spokesman Charles Miller also reiterated in court papers
that the United States bears no responsibility for the lost
riches that were supposedly plundered after the collapse of Nazi
Germany. The government instead acknowledged "the immeasurable
and tragic losses" suffered by Jews in the Holocaust but
minimized the holdings of Hungarian Jews on the Nazi "Gold
Train" intercepted by U.S. forces in 1945.

The dismissal request claims, among other things, that the
Hungarian government assumed responsibility for the claims in
two treaties and the claims are too old to pursue in court.

But according to Sam Dubbin, attorney for Hungarian Holocaust
survivors and their families, argued that the government "is
callously blaming the victims and using legal technicalities
that our nation has opposed all over the world when it comes to
justice for Holocaust survivors."

The families claim $50 million to $120 million in gold, jewels,
art and other valuables was taken from 800,000 Hungarian Jews by
Nazi Germany and later by the U.S. Army, from generals on down
from the train that wound its way through Hungary and Austria.

The American government had denied the train even existed until
a 1999 report on Holocaust assets by a commission named by
President Clinton.

The government's renewed move to erase the claims comes weeks
before a Washington attorney is due to launch mediation. It also
comes in the wake of a request in May by a bipartisan group of
17 U.S. senators urging "a fair and expeditious resolution."

About 30,000 Hungarian Jews and their survivors seek a trial on
class-action claims of large-scale looting and official denials
about the train.

For more details, contact Samuel J. Dubbin of Dubbin & Kravetz,
LLP by Mail: 220 Alhambra Circle (Coral Gables) - Suite 400,
Miami, Florida 33134 (Miami-Dade Co.) by Phone: 305-357-9004 by
Fax: 305-357-9050 or by E-mail: sdubbin@dubbinkravetz.com


LAETRILE VENDOR: NY Trader Sentenced Over Illegal Cancer Drug
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Jason Vale, president of the New York-based Christian Brothers
Contracting Corporation, was sentenced on June 18, 2004 to 63
months in prison and 3 years of supervised release by a United
States District Court in the Eastern District of New York.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the sentencing
as the outcome of its investigative efforts by the Office of
Criminal Investigations, conducted jointly with the United
States Attorney's Office (USAO) for the Eastern District of New
York and the New York Division of the United States Postal
Inspection Service (USPIS), to bring to justice a businessman
who had victimized cancer patients by heavily advertising and
selling Laetrile, a highly toxic product that has not shown any
effect on treating cancer.

"There is no scientific evidence that Laetrile offers anything
but false hope to cancer patients, some of whom have used it
instead of conventional treatment until it was too late for that
treatment to be effective," said Dr. Lester M. Crawford, Acting
FDA Commissioner, in a statement.  "This sentence sends a strong
message that we will not tolerate marketing of bogus medicines."

Following the investigation by FDA, the USAO, and the USPIS, the
U.S. District Court for Eastern District of New York placed Mr.
Vale's illegal sales and promotion of Laetrile - also known as
amygdalin, "Vitamin B-17", or apricot pits - under injunction in
April 2000.

Defying the court order, Mr. Vale set up a shell corporation in
Arizona, and continued to ship the product from the basement of
his own home to customers passed on to him by his New York firm.
For these activities, he was found guilty 11 months ago of three
counts of criminal contempt, and ordered held without bail
pending his sentencing.

Last week, the court also found that Mr. Vale, who had made at
least $500,000 from his illegal sales of Laetrile, had committed
fraud in his marketing of Laetrile.  In addition, Mr. Vale
defrauded the U.S. government by claiming that he qualified for
Legal Aid.  As a result, Mr. Vale was ordered to reimburse the
government $31,000 for the costs of his appointed defense
attorney.

M&P FINE: Recalls Asian Noodle Bowl Due To Undeclared Soybeans
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M&P Fine Foods dba Bento & Co, Lynnwood, WA is recalling its 12
ounce packages of Asian noodle bowl VEGETARIAN YAKISOBA and
Asian noodle bowl yakisoba w/vegetables because they contain
undeclared soybeans, wheat, yellow #5, and yellow #6. People who
have allergies to soybeans run the risk of serious or life-
threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled Asian noodle bowl VEGETARIAN YAKISOBA and Asian
noodle bowl yakisoba w/vegetables were distributed throughout
the Puget Sound, Washington area in retail stores, institutions,
and cafeterias.

The products come in a 12 ounce, clear plastic package with
"0629" or "0627" ink stamped on a sticker on the top of the
package.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this
problem.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the
soybeans, wheat, yellow #5 and yellow #6 containing products
were distributed in packaging that did not reveal their
presence. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was
caused by a temporary breakdown in the company's production and
packaging processes.

Production of the product has been suspended until FDA and the
company are certain that the problem has been corrected.

Consumers who have purchased 12-ounce packages of Asian noodle
bowl VEGETARIAN YAKISOBA and Asian noodle bowl yakisoba
w/vegetables are urged to return them to the place of purchase
for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the
company at 1-425-787-5864.


MASSACHUSETTS: Faces Suit Over Public Defender Statutory Rates
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The state of Massachusetts faces a sweeping lawsuit filed in the
Supreme Judicial Court, over the rate that the state pays its
public defenders, the Boston Globe reports.

Massachusetts currently pays its attorneys only $30 an hour in
most court-appointed cases, the lowest statutory rate in the
country.  As a result, the number of private lawyers who take
such cases has been reduced by more than 200 in the past five
years.  Therefore, children and poor people are struggling to
obtain lawyers in criminal and civil cases and the system
"teeters on the brink of collapse."

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of four minors who are in foster
care, the father of a child in foster care, and a criminal
defendant, all of whom have struggled to find a lawyer to
represent them.

Many judges, prosecutors, and defense lawyers agree that private
lawyers appointed to represent the children and the poor through
the Committee for Public Counsel Services are grossly underpaid.
The current hourly rates are $30 for district court cases, $39
for superior court cases, and $54 for murder cases. The $30 rate
is the lowest set by statute of any state in the nation, lawyer
Joshua Krumholz of Holland & Knight told the Boston Globe.  New
Jersey pays $25 an hour, he said, but the rate is set by the
state public defender agency.

The states public defender earlier recommended that court-
appointed lawyers be paid $60 an hour for district court cases,
$90 an hour for superior court cases, and $120 an hour for
murder cases.

The problem, Robert J. Zanello, a seasoned criminal defense
lawyer who often represents poor defendants in Superior Court,
told the Boston Globe, is that taxpayers are generally
unsympathetic to such people. "It's just a situation where the
government or state doesn't want to pay a fair rate . to lawyers
who represent people that society, as a whole, thinks, `They're
guilty,'" he said.

An earlier suit was filed by the state public defender agency
The suit was filed on behalf of children and poor litigants,
asks the Supreme Judicial Court to appoint a special master to
study the system statewide.

The SJC already plans to hear arguments tomorrow in a lawsuit
brought by the state public defender agency against district and
superior court judges in Hampden County, where 53 defendants
have been held in jail for as long as nearly three months
awaiting bail reviews because of a shortage of court-appointed
lawyers.  However, the suit only asks the SJC to address the
problem in that county.

The current suit says that the entire system is broken and needs
to be fixed.  "Our view is that there's a systemic failure, and
we're asking the court for systemic relief," Mr. Krumholz told
the Boston Globe.  "It's at the point of crisis." His firm has
been involved in similar suits in other states that led to
higher pay for some court-appointed lawyers, including in
Florida, Mississippi, Alabama."

Nicole St. Peter, a spokeswoman for Governor Mitt Romney, said
he does not comment on pending litigation, the Boston Globe
reports.


MENORAH GARDENS: Plaintiffs Given More Time To Opt Out or Join
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Families suing the Menorah Gardens cemetery chain in Palm Beach
County Circuit Court will have additional time to decide whether
to join or opt out of a $100 million settlement in a Broward
County class action case in the gravesite scandal, the Palm
Beach Post Online reports.

Under the settlement, families had a Thursday deadline. That
posed a dilemma for about 70 people with loved ones in Menorah
Gardens cemeteries who had separately sued Menorah and Service
Corp. International in 2002.

Their lawyers have argued that the terms of the December
settlement in the Broward County case might cap punitive damages
even for those who opted out of the class action lawsuit,
including their clients.

The lawyers asked Broward County Circuit Judge J. Leonard Fleet
to let them intervene before he holds hearings in mid-September
on whether to certify the terms of the class action settlement.
Fleet said the lawyers will have to wait until the hearing in
September.

But he said he will create a second deadline for clients in the
Palm Beach County case.

For more details, contact Lead Counsel Ervin A. Gonzalez of
Colson Hicks Eidson and Greenspoon, Marder by Mail: 255 Aragon
Ave., 2nd Floor, Coral Gables, FL 33134 by Phone: 305-476-7400
by Fax: 305-476-7444 or by E-mail: Ervin@colson.com OR The
Garden City Group, Inc. by Mail: P.O. Box 8856, Melville, NY
11747-8856 by Phone: 1-866-808-3581 or 1-866-476-7400 by E-Mail:
cemeteryclaimsinquiry@gardencitygroup.com or visit their Web
Site: www.cemeteryclaims.com


MICROSOFT CORPORATION: AZ Court Okays Antitrust Suit Settlement
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The Maricopa County Superior Court in Arizona granted
preliminary approval to the settlement proposed by Microsoft
Corporation for a class action, charging it with violating the
state's antitrust laws, the Associated Press reports.

The class action case before Judge O'Melia was brought by Brian
Goodwin, Marty Harper, Lori Berke and Kelly Flood of the Phoenix
office of Shughart Thomson & Kilroy PC.  Their case was later
consolidated with a similar one brought by San Diego attorneys
Len Simon, Mike Dowd and Frank Janacek of Lerach Coughlin Stoia
& Robbins LLP.

Maricopa County judge Michael O'Melia approved the settlement,
which could have a maximum value of 104.6 million, according to
attorney for the plaintiffs Brian Goodwin, AP reports.  Under
the settlement, the Company will provide vouchers to all class
members in Arizona who bought Microsoft operating systems or
software between January 1, 1996 and December 31, 2002.  The
members of the class will get vouchers worth $15 for operating
systems and $9 for applications.

The Company also agreed to give half of the unclaimed vouchers
to Arizona's public schools.  If people claim vouchers but fail
to use them, 50 percent of those unused vouchers also will go to
the schools.  The vouchers will go to those districts in which
50 percent or more of the students are eligible for free or
reduced-fee lunches, AP reports.

Notices will be published seeking members of the class, which
comprises around 7.8 million Microsoft licensees, one for each
product sold, before the final fairness hearing is held December
10, 2004.

"We're pleased by the opportunity to help schools all across
Arizona get the computers and software they need," Microsoft
general counsel Brad Smith said, AP reports.  Plaintiffs' lawyer
Brian Goodwin told AP the settlement is significant because it
established that consumers can bring antitrust actions under
Arizona state law.

The suit is styled "Charles I. Friedman, PC, The Power PEO, Inc.
v. Microsoft Corporation, Case No. CV2000-000722," was filed in
the Superior Court of Maricopa County, Arizona, under Judge
Michael O'Melia.  Attorneys Marty Harper, Lori Berke and Brian
Goodwin represent the plaintiffs, while Attorney William Maledon
is counsel for the defendant.  Final Fairness Hearing is set for
December 10,2004 at 10:00 am.


NASH FINCH: MN Court Dismisses Shareholder, Derivative Lawsuits
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Nash Finch Company (Nasdaq:NAFC), a leading national food
retailer and distributor, today announced that the United States
District Court for the District of Minnesota has dismissed with
prejudice the securities class action filed against the Company
and certain of its executive officers in June 2003, which
consolidated eight separate class actions previously filed in
late 2002 and early 2003.

The consolidated action alleged that the defendants violated the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by purportedly issuing false
statements about the Company's business and financial results in
connection with vendor promotions.

In addition, the consolidated shareholder derivative actions
that were filed in Minnesota state court against Nash Finch's
Board of Directors and certain officers have also been dismissed
with prejudice. The derivative actions arose out of the same set
of allegations as the federal action. The dismissals are subject
to appeal.


ORACLE CORPORATION: Court Hears Appeal of Stock Suit Dismissal
--------------------------------------------------------------
The United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral
arguments on plaintiffs' appeal of the dismissal of the
consolidated securities class action filed against Oracle
Corporation, its chief executive officer, its chief financial
officer and a former Executive Vice President.

The consolidated suit, filed in the United States District Court
for the Northern District of California, Chief was brought on
behalf of purchasers of the Company's stock during the period
from December 15, 2000 through March 1, 2001.  Plaintiffs
alleged that the defendants made false and misleading
statements about the Company's actual and expected financial
performance and the performance of certain of its applications
products, while certain individual defendants were selling
Oracle stock in violation of Federal securities laws.
Plaintiffs further alleged that certain individual defendants
sold Oracle stock while in possession of material non-public
information.

On March 12, 2002, the court granted the Company's and the
individual defendants' motion to dismiss the amended
consolidated complaint.  On April 10, 2002, plaintiffs
filed a first amended consolidated complaint and on September
11, 2002, the court granted defendants' motion to dismiss that
complaint.  On October 11, 2002, the plaintiffs filed a second
amended complaint.

In this second amended complaint, the plaintiffs added
allegations that the defendants engaged in accounting violations
and made misstatements about the Company's financial
performance, beginning on December 14, 2000 through March 1,
2001.  On March 24, 2003, the Court dismissed the second amended
complaint with prejudice.

Plaintiffs appealed that dismissal and, on August 11, 2003,
filed their appellate brief in the United States Court of
Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Defendants filed their response
on October 8, 2003 and plaintiffs filed their reply on November
26, 2003.  The Court of Appeals heard oral argument on
plaintiffs' appeal on April 12, 2004.


ROYAL DUTCH: SEC Questions Employees Over Disclosure of Reserves
----------------------------------------------------------------
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission questioned
thirty employees of Royal Dutch/Shell Group over the Company's
alleged improper disclosure of reserves, company executives told
the Agence France-Presse.

The SEC probe started informally after Shell first downgraded of
its proven oil and gas reserves in January.  That and subsequent
downgrades reduced the company's proven reserves at the end of
December 2002 by 4.47 billion barrels of oil equivalent, or
about 23 percent.  Reserves are the amount of oil and gas a
company expects to pump to the surface. They are a crucial
measure of an oil firm's performance and future value.

The oil giant faces several securities class actions filed in
New Jersey federal courts, alleging that Royal Dutch and Shell
Transport had classified and reported, in SEC filings and other
public documents, certain reserves as "proved reserves" from a
project off the western coast of Australia called the Gorgon
Joint Venture, and various projects in Nigeria.

In fact, unbeknownst to investors, the reserves did not meet SEC
and industry requirements necessary to be classified as
"proved," and were improperly reported as proved reserves in
Royal Dutch's and Shell Transport's financial reports, thereby
materially and artificially inflating a key measure of the
companies' financial position and competitive standing, an
earlier Class Action Reporter story (March 30, 2004) reports.

SEC officials probed the employees at the group's annual meeting
yesterday, held concurrently in The Hague and London.
Shareholders at the meeting were told that rebuilding Shell's
depleted reserves was "a major priority", AFP reported.


UNITED STATES: Oglala Sioux Sue Interior Dept Over Royalties
------------------------------------------------------------
The Oglala Sioux Tribe filed a federal lawsuit in the United
States District Court for the District of Columbia, against the
United States Interior Department, seeking a full accounting of
the land and money the department managed for the tribe, the
Associated Press reports.

The Tribal Council voted to start the suit.  According to Gary
Frischer, a legal consultant involved in the lawsuit, the Santee
Sioux Tribe, the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, the Yankton Sioux Tribe
and the Omaha Tribe also are pursuing the trust fund issue in
court.

The suit alleges that the defendants "have kept and continue to
keep the Tribe, as the trust beneficiary, uninformed as to the
trust property it owns, what income the trust property has
produced, and what disposition has been made of the income," AP
reports.

The suit is similar to a 1996 class action filed against the
Interior Department on behalf of more than 300,000 Indians
nationwide, seeking federal accounting for trust funds owed to
individual Indians.  The suit alleged that for more than 100
years, the government mismanaged or stole billions of dollars in
oil, gas, timber and grazing royalties.

A federal judge has ruled that the Interior Department breached
its trust responsibility and ordered the department to tally
what the Indians are owed.  The Department has said that it
would take at least five years to account for all the money.

The Oglala Sioux suit seeks a court order requiring federal
officials to give a full and complete accounting of land and
money held in trust for the tribe.  It asserts that the extent
of the tribe's loss is unknown because federal officials have
failed to maintain accurate records, lost or destroyed some
records and failed to disclose some information, AP reports.

Lydia Bear Killer, one of tribal council members who helped lead
the effort to file the lawsuit, told AP the attempt to get a
financial accounting started when some tribal members seized the
tribal council building in Pine Ridge several years ago.

Tribal members need to know what has happened to land and money
that the federal government holds in trust for the tribe, Bear
she said.  "Hopefully, this is one step that will bring the
people back together," she said. "We're concerned a full
historical accounting with assets and finances needs to happen
for the tribe."


UNITED STATES: Guantanamo Prisoners To Appeal Detention, Status
---------------------------------------------------------------
The United States Supreme Court ruled that the United States
government could not hold some 600 foreigners in Guantanamo,
Cuba as suspected terrorists, Seven News reports.

Australians David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib are two of the inmates
in Cuba, most of which were captured during the Afghan war in
2001 and have spent more than two years in secret detention
without access to lawyers.  Mr. Hicks and five others have been
slated to appear before a military tribunal.

The high court ruled that US courts had jurisdiction to hear
appeals by inmates, challenging their designation as "enemy
combatants" ineligible for usual US legal rights.  The ruling
was a turning point for the prisoners as well as a sharp setback
for the Bush administration's anti-terrorist policies that had
been criticized for short-circuiting civil liberties in the name
of national security.

Steven Shapiro, legal director of the American Civil Liberties
Union, told Seven News the ruling, along with a similar judgment
issued in the case of a Saudi-raised American held on US soil,
were "enormously important."

The court rejected "the government's really unprecedented claim
that because he was engaging in a war against terror, the
president as commander-in-chief can do whatever he wants,
whenever he wants to whomever he wants without any meaningful
review by any of the other branches of government", Mr. Shapiro
continued.

Lawyers for the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR), who
filed the complaint that produced the ruling, said their first
step would now be to ask the government for permission to visit
their clients.  In future proceedings, the government will be
obliged to justify the detentions, said the group, which
represents about a dozen inmates and remains in contact with the
families of some 50 others.

"It is now incumbent upon the United States to demonstrate on an
individual basis, through a fair process, that they have a right
to detain these people," CCR lawyer Joe Margulies told Seven
News.

"I suspect that most, if not all of them, are now going to seek
some sort of relief in the federal courts," Mr. Shapiro said.
"There may be some efforts to coordinate individual suits into a
single class-action habeas proceeding."


UNITED STATES: Ruling In Dura Case To Affect Claims
----------------------------------------------------
The United States Supreme Court is set to investigate a lower-
court ruling involving Dura Pharmaceuticals, over the
calculation of liabilities in securities fraud, FT.com reports.
The ruling might affect cause class action claims for billions
of dollars to be heavily scaled.

Lawyers representing the Company have alleged that the law is
unclear when determining the potential for investors seeking
redress after accounting or other wrongdoing at a company causes
shares to fall.

The starting point for determining loss had traditionally been
the price of the shares just before a company admitted something
was wrong and made a public "corrective disclosure", Jeffrey
Barrack of Barrack Rodos & Bacine, the law firm leading the
class action in the WorldCom fraud case, told FT.com.

However, investors believe that shares often fall from much
higher peaks than that just before an adverse public
announcement.  The investor losses therefore should be
calculated from periods when the market was being deceived about
the true worth of a company and the share price was still
climbing.

The U.S.' Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has tended to be in
favor of the more expansive view of liability.  The Supreme
Court can either decide to take a position at the other end of
the argument, limiting the potential liabilities just to falls
from the share price at the point of public disclosure of
trouble.

Class action lawyers involved in high profile cases like Enron
are watching the case closely.  Some lawyers believe the Supreme
Court's deliberations could cause other banks on Wall Street to
wait and see if potential liabilities are cut, FT.com reports.


WELLS FARGO: Advocacy Group Launches Unfair Trade Practices Suit
----------------------------------------------------------------
Wells Fargo & Co. faces a potential class action to be filed by
the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now
(ACORN) in California State Court, alleging unfair and deceptive
lending practices, the San Mateo Daily Journal reports.

The national advocacy group for low-income people said in the
suit that the financial services firm misleads borrowers about
the real terms and conditions of loans and employs "bait-and-
switch" sales tactics.  The firm also allegedly failed to inform
borrowers with good credit that they can qualify for credit at
significantly better rates and fees than those charged by the
company.

ACORN also filed a suit against Fargo's Wells Fargo Financial
unit, of Des Moines, Iowa earlier this month, for alleged
violation of an Illinois law that prohibits loans with interest
rates above 8 percent from having fees greater than 3 percent.

Wells Fargo said Monday the allegations are "false and totally
contrary to (its) ethical standards and business practices," the
San Mateo Daily Journal reports.  The financial service company
also said the allegations are "deliberate attempts to distort
and misrepresent our business practices and procedures."


                 Meetings, Conferences & Seminars


* Scheduled Events for Class Action Professionals
-------------------------------------------------

July 16, 2004
PRODUCTS LIABILITY
ALI-ABA
Chicago
Contact: 215-243-1614; 800-CLE-NEWS x1614

July 22-23, 2004
ASBESTOS LITIGATION 101 CONFERENCE
Mealey Publications
The Westin Chicago River North, Chicago
Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

September 20-21, 2004
REINSURANCE SUMMIT
Mealey Publications
The Ritz-Carlton Boston Common, Boston
Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

September 20-21, 2004
NATIONAL ASBESTOS LITIGATION CONFERENCE
Mealey Publications
The Westin Hotel, Philadelphia
Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

September 21, 2004
E-DISCOVERY CONFERENCE
Mealey Publications
The Westin Hotel, Philadelphia
Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

September 21, 2004
PARALEGALS CONFERENCE
Mealey Publications
The Westin City Center, Dallas
Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

September 27-28, 2004
BAD FAITH CONFERENCE
Mealey Publications
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Philadelphia
Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

September 27-28, 2004
REINSURANCE ARBITRATIONS
American Conferences
New York
Contact: http://www.americanconference.com

September 29-30, 2004
CONSUMER FINANCE CLASS ACTIONS
American Conferences
New York
Contact: http://www.americanconference.com

October 4-5, 2004
INSURANCE COVERAGE DISPUTES CONCERNING CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS
CONFERENCE
Mealey Publications
The Westin Chicago River North, Chicago
Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

October 7-8, 2004
WELDING ROD LITIGATION CONFERENCE
Mealey Publications
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, West Palm Beach
Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

October 21, 2004
PARALEGALS CONFERENCE
Mealey Publications
The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta
Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

October 25-26, 2004
SILICA LITIGATION CONFERENCE
Mealey Publications
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, New Orleans
Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

October 26, 2004
PVC LITIGATION CONFERENCE
Mealey Publications
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, New Orleans
Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

November 4-5, 2004
CK039
CONFERENCE ON LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY PRODUCTS: CURRENT
SECURITIES,
TAX, ERISA, AND STATE REGULATORY ISSUES
ALI-ABA
Washington, D.C.
Contact: 215-243-1614; 800-CLE-NEWS x1614

November 8, 2004
ALL SUMS: REALLOCATION & SETTLEMENT CREDITS CONFERENCE
Mealey Publications
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Boston
Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

November 8, 2004
HRT LITIGATION CONFERENCE
Mealey Publications
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena, CA
Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

November 8-9, 2004
CALIFORNIA SECTION 17200 CONFERENCE
Mealey Publications
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena, CA
Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

November 9, 2004
ZYPREXA LITIGATION CONFERENCE
Mealey Publications
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena, CA
Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

November 9, 2004
ARTHRITIS DRUG LITIGATION CONFERENCE
Mealey Publications
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena, CA
Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

November 9, 2004
ANTI-SLAPP CONFERENCE
Mealey Publications
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena, CA
Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

November 11-12, 2004
ASBESTOS LITIGATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY
ALI-ABA
New Orleans
Contact: 215-243-1614; 800-CLE-NEWS x1614

December 2-3, 2004
TRIAL EVIDENCE IN THE FEDERAL COURTS: PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS
ALI-ABA
New York
Contact: 215-243-1614; 800-CLE-NEWS x1614

December 9-10, 2004
ASBESTOS PREMISES LIABILITY CONFERENCE
Mealey Publications
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena, CA
Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

December 9-10, 2004
CONSTRUCTION DEFECT & MOLD LITIGATION CONFERENCE
Mealey Publications
The Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas, Las Vegas
Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

January 19-21, 2005
CIVIL PRACTICE AND LITIGATION TECHNIQUES IN FEDERAL AND STATE
COURTS
ALI-ABA
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Contact: 215-243-1614; 800-CLE-NEWS x1614

March 3-5, 2005
LITIGATING MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CLAIMS
ALI-ABA
Scottsdale, Arizona
Contact: 215-243-1614; 800-CLE-NEWS x1614

March 9-11, 2005
CIVIL PRACTICE AND LITIGATION TECHNIQUES IN FEDERAL AND STATE
COURTS
ALI-ABA
Maui, Hawaii
Contact: 215-243-1614; 800-CLE-NEWS x1614

May 12-13, 2005
OPINION AND EXPERT TESTIMONY IN FEDERAL AND STATE COURTS
ALI-ABA
Boston Tuition
Contact: 215-243-1614; 800-CLE-NEWS x1614

May 19-20, 2005
DIGITAL DISCOVERY AND ELECTRONIC EVIDENCE
ALI-ABA
Chicago Tuition $
Contact: 215-243-1614; 800-CLE-NEWS x1614



TBA
FAIR LABOR STANDARDS CONFERENCE
Mealey Publications
Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

TBA
AIRLINE BANKRUPTCY LITIGATION CONFERENCE
Mealey Publications
Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

TBA
FASTFOOD INDUSTRY LIABILITY CONFERENCE
Mealey Publications
Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com



* Online Teleconferences
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June 05-30, 2004
DAMAGES IN TEXAS INSURANCE LITIGATION:
EVALUATING, PLEADING, AND PROVING
CLEOnline.Com
Contact: 512-778-5665; info@cleonline.com

June 05-30, 2004
NBI PRESENTS "EMERGING ISSUES IN CALIFORNIA
INDOOR AIR QUALITY AND TOXIC MOLD LITIGATION
CLEOnline.Com
Contact: 512-778-5665; info@cleonline.com

June 05-30, 2004
NBI PRESENTS "LITIGATING THE CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT IN FLORIDA
CLEOnline.Com
Contact: 512-778-5665; info@cleonline.com

ADVERSARIAL PROCEEDINGS IN ASBESTOS BANKRUPTCIES
LawCommerce.Com/Mealey's
Online Streaming Video
Contact: customerservice@lawcommerce.com

ASBESTOS BANKRUPTCY - PANEL OF CREDITORS COMMITTEE MEMBERS
LawCommerce.Com/Mealey's
Online Streaming Video
Contact: customerservice@lawcommerce.com

EXPERT WITNESS ADMISSIBILITY IN MOLD CASES
LawCommerce.Com/Mealey's
Online Streaming Video
Contact: customerservice@lawcommerce.com

INTRODUCTION TO CLASS ACTIONS AND LARGE RECOVERIES
Big Class Action
Contact: seminars@bigclassaction.com

NON-TRADITIONAL DEFENDANTS IN ASBESTOS LITIGATION
Online Streaming Video
LawCommerce.Com/Mealey's
Contact: customerservice@lawcommerce.com

PAXIL LITIGATION
Online Streaming Video
LawCommerce.Com/Mealey's
Contact: customerservice@lawcommerce.com

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS INVOLVING BAYCOL
Online Streaming Video
LawCommerce.Com/Mealey's
Contact: customerservice@lawcommerce.com

RECOVERIES
Big Class Action
Contact: seminars@bigclassaction.com

SELECTION OF MOLD LITIGATION EXPERTS: WHO YOU NEED ON YOUR TEAM
Online Streaming Video
LawCommerce.Com/Mealey's
Contact: customerservice@lawcommerce.com

SHOULD I FILE A CLASS ACTION?
LawCommerce.Com / Law Education Institute
Contact: customerservice@lawcommerce.com

THE EFFECTS OF ASBESTOS ON THE PULMONARY SYSTEM
Online Streaming Video
LawCommerce.Com/Mealey's
Contact: customerservice@lawcommerce.com

THE STATE OF ASBESTOS LITIGATION: JUDICIAL PANEL DISCUSSION
Online Streaming Video
LawCommerce.Com/Mealey's
Contact: customerservice@lawcommerce.com

TRYING AN ASBESTOS CASE
LawCommerce.Com
Contact: customerservice@lawcommerce.com

THE IMPACT OF LORILLAR ON STATE AND LOCAL REGULATION OF TOBACCO
SALES
AND ADVERSTISING
American Bar Association
Contact: 800-285-2221; abacle@abanet.org

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The Meetings, Conferences and Seminars column appears in the
Class Action Reporter each Wednesday. Submissions via e-mail to
carconf@beard.com are encouraged.


                   New Securities Fraud Cases


GENTA INC.: Scott + Scott Launches Securities Fraud Suit in NJ
--------------------------------------------------------------
The law firm of Scott + Scott, LLC initiated a class action in
the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
on behalf of the purchasers of Genta Inc. ("Genta") (Nasdaq:
GNTA) securities between the period of March 26, 2001 and May 3,
2004.

Plaintiffs allege during this period, Genta and certain of its
officers and directors were in violation of the United States
Federal securities laws (Securities Exchange Act of 1934). Genta
is a biopharmaceutical company focused on anticancer therapy.
The Complaint charges that the Company misrepresented the
potential effectiveness of its development cancer drug,
Genasense to artificially inflate the price of Genta stock. More
specifically, the Complaint alleges that the Company repeatedly
touted positive clinical trial results for Genasense and
emphasized that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was
reviewing the drug for approval on an expedited basis. The
complaint alleges that the Company's statements about the
efficacy and safety of the drug were without any reasonable
basis in fact, such that there was no likelihood of FDA
approval.

On April 30, 2004, the public and market began to learn the
truth about Genasense when Reuters reported that an FDA Advisory
Committee had questioned the veracity and reliability of Genta
data concerning the effectiveness of Genasense. On May 3, 2004,
more detail was revealed about the Company's testing of this
drug. In response to this announcement, Genta shares fell from
$14.43 to $5.11 in the two trading days from April 30, 2004 to
May 3, 2004 on extremely heavy volume. The stock closed on
Friday at $2.38.

For more details, contact attorney Neil Rothstein of Scott +
Scott, LLC by Mail: 108 Norwich Avenue, Colchester, CT 06415 by
Phone: 860/537-3818, 1/800-404-7770 (EDT), 1/800-332-2259 (PDT)
or 1/619-233-4565 (California Office) by Fax: 860/537- 4432 by
E-mail: nrothstein@scott-scott.com or
GentaSecuritiesLitigation@scott-scott.com or visit their Web
site: http://www.scott-scott.com


HANGER ORTHOPEDIC: Lasky & Rifkind Lodges Securities Suit in NY
---------------------------------------------------------------
The law firm of Lasky & Rifkind, Ltd. initiated a lawsuit in the
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New
York, on behalf of persons who purchased or otherwise acquired
publicly traded securities of Hanger Orthopedic Group Inc.
("Hanger" or the "Company") (NYSE:HGR) between July 29, 2003 and
June 14, 2004, inclusive, (the "Class Period"). The lawsuit was
filed against Hanger, Thomas F. Kirk, George E. McHenry and Ivan
R. Sable ("Defendants").

The complaint alleges that Defendants violated Sections 10(b)
and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5
promulgated thereunder. Specifically, the complaint alleges that
in order to maintain the Company's standing and to meet
financial expectations, Hanger resorted to an illegal scheme to
over bill Medicaid and Medicare programs, the Veterans
Administration and private insurers. Unknown to investors,
Hanger improperly booked revenues by filling out false
prescriptions and adding items that were not prescribed for
existing patients in order to inflate bills to Medicaid and
Medicare.

On June 14, 2004, a news report carried on WNBC television
revealed that an employee had phoned the Company's compliance
hotline and informed the Company of the purported fraudulent
billing practices. On June 15, 2004, Hanger admitted that it had
begun an internal investigation into "billing irregularities."
Hanger shares dropped dramatically in response to the news,
falling 19% over two days to close at $12.75 per share on June
15, 2004.

For more details, contact Lasky & Rifkind, Ltd., by Phone:
800-495-1868 by E-Mail: investorrelations@laskyrifkind.com or
visit their website: www.laskyrifkind.com



HANGER ORTHOPEDIC: Schatz & Nobel Lodges Securities Suit in NY
--------------------------------------------------------------
The law firm of Schatz & Nobel, P.C. initiated a lawsuit seeking
class action status in the United States District Court for the
Eastern District of New York on behalf of all persons who
purchased the publicly traded securities of Hanger Orthopedic
Group, Inc. (NYSE: HGR) ("Hanger") between July 29, 2003 and
June 14, 2004, inclusive (the "Class Period"). Also included are
all those who acquired Hanger through its acquisitions of Brace
Shop Prosthetic, Rehab Designs, Advance Prosthetic Services, ADL
Prosthetic, Advanced Bio-Mechanics, and Northern Virginia
Orthotics.

The Complaint alleges that Hanger, a provider of orthotic and
prosthetic patient-care services, and certain of its officers
and directors issued materially false statements concerning the
Company's financial condition. Specifically, defendants, who
were under tremendous pressure to meet the expectations they
themselves had set, engaged in an illegal scheme to bilk the
Medicaid and Medicare programs, the Veterans Administration and
private insurers. Unbeknownst to investors, Hanger improperly
booked sales by filling out fake prescriptions and adding items
that were not prescribed for existing patients. This practice
not only artificially inflated Hanger's revenues and earnings,
it also jeopardized Hanger's status as a Medicare and Medicaid
provider, and its relationships with private insurers.

On June 14, 2004, after the close of trading, NBC News aired an
investigative report in which a Hanger employee described the
Company's allegedly fraudulent billing practices. The next day,
Hanger issued a news release over the PR Newswire in which it
admitted that the Company had initiated an investigation into
"billing irregularities." Hanger's shares fell to a closing
price of $12.75 on June 15, 2004.

For more details, contact Nancy A. Kulesa of Schatz & Nobel by
Phone: (800) 797-5499 by E-mail: sn06106@aol.com or visit their
Web site: http://www.snlaw.net


HANGER ORTHOPEDIC: Wolf Popper Lodges Securities Suit in E.D. NY
----------------------------------------------------------------
The law firm of Wolf Popper LLP initiated a securities fraud
lawsuit against Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc. ("Hanger")
(NYSE:HGR) and certain of its officers and directors, on behalf
of all persons who purchased Hanger securities on the open
market from July 29, 2003 through June 14, 2004. The action was
filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern
District of New York.

The complaint alleges that during the Class Period, defendants
materially misrepresented Hanger's financial results and
performance in press releases, SEC filings and public statements
by improperly recognizing revenue in contravention of generally
accepted accounting principles, the Company's revenue
recognition policy and numerous federal laws by improperly
billing Medicare for orthotic and prosthetic devices. This
scheme was perpetrated by the Company by, among other things,
forging prescriptions and recording sales for non-existent
patients, thereby materially inflating its reported revenues and
income.

Defendants' misrepresentations were revealed on June 14, 2004
when a news story on WNBC-TV reported on the Company's illegal
and fraudulent billing practices.

As a result of the news, shares of Hanger plummeted in trading
on June 15, 2004, closing at $12.75 per share on heavy trading
volume, compared to a closing price of $14.41 the previous day.

For more details, contact Renee L. Karalian, Esq. of Wolf Popper
LLP by Mail: 845 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022 by Phone:
(212) 451-9621 or (877) 370-7703 by Fax: (212) 486-2093 or
(877) 370-7704 by E-mail: irrep@wolfpopper.com or visit their
Web site: http://www.wolfpopper.com



KEY ENERGY: Federman & Sherwood Files Securities Suit in W.D. TX
----------------------------------------------------------------
The law firm of Federman & Sherwood initiated a class action
lawsuit in the Western District of Texas against Key Energy
Services, Inc. (NYSE: KEG). The complaint alleges violations of
federal securities laws, Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5, including
allegations of issuing a series of material misrepresentations
to the market which had the effect of artificially inflating the
market price.

The complaint further alleges Key Energy Services, Inc. deceived
investors and failed to meet Securities and Exchange Commission
deadlines for filing its annual reports because it had yet to
complete its review of "certain idle equipment" with a book
value of $55 million. The class period is from April 29, 2003
through June 4, 2004.

For more details, contact William B. Federman of FEDERMAN &
SHERWOOD by Mail: 120 N. Robinson, Suite 2720, Oklahoma City, OK
73102 by Phone: (405) 235-1560 by Fax: (405) 239-2112 by E-mail:
wfederman@aol.com or visit their Web site:
http://www.federmanlaw.com


KEY ENERGY: Lasky & Rifkind Lodges Securities Lawsuit in W.D. TX
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The law offices of Lasky & Rifkind, Ltd. initiated a class
action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the
Western District of Texas, on behalf of persons who purchased or
otherwise acquired publicly traded securities of Key Energy
Services, Inc. ("Key Energy" or the "Company") (NYSE:KEG)
between April 29, 2003 and June 4, 2004, inclusive, (the "Class
Period"). The lawsuit was filed against Key Energy, Francis D.
John, Richard J. Alario, James J. Byerlotzer and Royce W.
Mitchell ("Defendants").

The complaint alleges that Defendants violated the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934. The complaint alleges that Defendants
failed to disclose that the Company had materially overstated
its revenues, net income and earnings per share, that Defendants
failed to take $78 million in asset writedowns for idle
equipment, that Defendants failed to properly amortize goodwill,
and that the Company lacked adequate internal controls and was
unable to ascertain its true financial condition.

On March 15, 2004, Key Energy announced it had filed notice with
the SEC to delay the filing of its Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Shortly thereafter the Company announced it would miss the
extended filing deadline. Key Energy stated that as a result of
a continuing review, it believed that a write-down of $78
million in assets of idle equipment would be required, a
significant portion of which should have been recorded in prior
periods. As a result the Company expected to restate prior year
financial statements. On June 7, 2004, Key Energy announced that
it was withdrawing its earnings forecasts and that it had
received a notice of default under its 6.375% and 8.375% Senior
Notes. Shares of Key Energy reacted negatively to this news,
falling $0.95 or 9.88% on June 7, 2004 to $8.67 per share.

For more details, contact Lasky & Rifkind, Ltd., by Phone:
800-495-1868 by E-Mail: investorrelations@laskyrifkind.com or
visit their website: www.laskyrifkind.com


LIQUIDMETAL TECHNOLOGIES: Scott + Scott Files CA Securities Suit
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The law firm of Scott + Scott, LLC initiated a securities class
action at shareholder request in the United States District
Court for the Central District of California on behalf of
purchasers of Liquidmetal Technologies, Inc. ("Liquidmetal")
(Nasdaq: LQMTE) securities during the period between May 21,
2002 and March 30, 2004 (the "Class Period"), including those
who acquired shares pursuant to the Company's May 21, 2002
initial public offering ("IPO").

The complaint alleges Liquidmetal and certain of its officers
and directors with violations of the U.S. federal securities
laws (Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Securities Act of
1933). Liquidmetal is in the business of developing,
manufacturing and marketing products made from amorphous alloys.

The complaint alleges defendants caused Liquidmetal stock to
trade at artificially inflated prices when the Company issued
false and misleading financial statements. The true facts, which
were known to the company, were that Liquidmetal was recording
revenue on "contingent" contracts and such contingencies were
unfulfilled. Furthermore, the Company did not have the proper
internal controls and oversight to ensure the subsidiary
operations complied with applicable regulations. It is also
alleged that prior to the IPO, the Company was experiencing
adverse trends in the electronic casings business and was
actually manufacturing its own revenue by infusing capital in
customers in return for the customers' orders.

On February 20, 2004, Liquidmetal announced that it was required
to restate its financial statements for the third quarter of
2002 to the first quarter of 2003 and reverse reported income
attributable to one of its former suppliers of alloy ingots,
Growell Metal. Thereafter, on March 30, 2004, Liquidmetal
announced it would delay the filing of its 2003 Form 10-K due to
the additional time required to complete the previously
announced review and analysis relating to the Company's
restatement of results for prior periods.

On May 13, 2004, the Company filed a Form 8-K reporting that
Deloitte & Touche LLP had resigned as the Company's independent
auditors, effective May 6, 2004. On May 24, 2004, it was
announced that Liquidmetal named Stonefield Josephson as its
independent auditing firm. Liquidmetal CEO John Kang stepped
down pending an independent audit, aimed at "any outstanding
issues related to Kang's personal stock transaction with Growell
Metal Co.," the company said.

For more details, contact attorney Neil Rothstein of Scott +
Scott, LLC by Mail: 108 Norwich Avenue, Colchester, CT 06415 by
Phone: 860/537-3818, 1/800-404-7770 (EDT), 1/800-332-2259 (PDT)
or 1/619-233-4565 (California Office) by Fax: 860/537- 4432 by
E-mail: nrothstein@scott-scott.com or
LiquidmetalTechSecurities@scott-scott.com or visit their Web
site: http://www.scott-scott.com


MERIX CORPORATION: Schatz & Nobel Lodges Securities Suit in OR
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The law firm of Schatz & Nobel, P.C. initiated a lawsuit seeking
class action status in the United States District Court for the
District of Oregon on behalf of all persons who purchased the
publicly traded securities of Merix Corporation, (Nasdaq: MERX)
("Merix") between July 1, 2003 and May 13, 2004, inclusive (the
"Class Period").

The Complaint alleges that Merix, a manufacturer of electronic-
interconnect solutions for use in sophisticated electronic
equipment, and certain of its officers and directors issued
materially false statements concerning the Company's financial
condition. Specifically, defendants failed to disclose the
following:

     (1) that Merix over relied, in their financial projections,
         on the customers' future demand for premium-priced and
         reduced- lead-time products, which had previously
         accounted for 50% of the Company sales;

     (2) that Merix failed to adequately insulate itself from
         the softening demand, specifically with regard to
         supply needs of a major networking customer; and

     (3) that Merix failed to appreciate the market conditions,
         which did not support the Company's aggressive growth.

As a result of the foregoing, defendants lacked a reasonable
basis for their positive statements about the Company and their
earnings projections.

On May 13, 2004, after the close of the market, Merix revised
guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2004, ending on May
29, 2004. On this news, shares of Merix fell $4.64 per share or
30.29% to close at $10.68 on May 14, 2004.

For more details, contact Nancy A. Kulesa of Schatz & Nobel by
Phone: (800) 797-5499 by E-mail: sn06106@aol.com or visit their
Web site: http://www.snlaw.net


NBTY INC.: Lerach Coughlin Launches Securities Suit in E.D. NY
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The law firm of Lerach Coughlin Stoia & Robbins LLP commenced a
class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the
Eastern District of New York on behalf of purchasers of NBTY,
Inc. ("NBTY") (NYSE:NTY) securities during the period between
April 22, 2004 and June 16, 2004 (the "Class Period").

The complaint charges NBTY and certain of its officers and
directors with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934. NBTY is a vertically integrated manufacturer, marketer and
retailer of nutritional supplements in the United States, the
United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands and worldwide.

The complaint alleges that at the start of the Class Period,
defendants announced that the Company had experienced a "record"
quarter, in which its financial results exceeded analyst
expectations, causing the price of the Company's stock to rise
almost 5%. Defendants attributed the increased revenues, in
part, to "the Company's ability to more effectively target
market its customer base." As part of the same announcement,
defendants advised investors that they were confident that the
Company would continue to grow its revenue and market share.
Unbeknownst to investors, however, the financial results were
the result of a shift in the timing of a promotional mailing and
were not attributable to any long-term improvement at the
Company. As was ultimately disclosed by defendants at the end of
the Class Period, the Company's financial results in the third
quarter, which did not include this promotional campaign,
suffered from a slowdown in sales. Moreover, by at least the
start of the Class Period, defendants knew, but failed to
disclose, that sales at the Company's Vitamin World stores were
declining because customers were increasingly purchasing their
vitamins and other health supplements at mass market merchants,
such as drugstores and deep discounters, and not at specialty
health stores such as Vitamin World.

When this information was belatedly disclosed to the market on
June 17, 2004, shares of NBTY common stock fell $9.51 per share,
or 26%, to close at $26.99 per share, on extremely high trading
volume. Prior to the disclosure of this information, certain
defendants and other NBTY insiders sold 727,200 shares of their
personally held stock at artificially inflated prices for gross
proceeds of $26 million.

For more details, contact William Lerach or Darren Robbins of
Lerach Coughlin Stoia & Robbins LLP by Phone: 800-449-4900 by E-
mail: wsl@lcsr.com or visit their Web site:
http://www.lcsr.com/cases/nbty/


SHAW GROUP: Lasky & Rifkind Lodges Securities Lawsuit in E.D. LA
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The law firm of Lasky & Rifkind, Ltd., initiated a lawsuit in
the United States District Court for the Eastern District of
Louisiana, on behalf of persons who purchased or otherwise
acquired publicly traded securities of The Shaw Group Inc.
("Shaw" or the "Company") (NYSE:SGR) between October 19, 2000
and June 10, 2004, inclusive, (the "Class Period"). The lawsuit
was filed against Shaw, Tim Barfield Jr., J.M. Bernhard, Jr.,
Richard F. Gill and Robert Belk ("Defendants").

The complaint alleges that Defendants violated Sections 10(b)
and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and Rule 10b-5
promulgated thereunder. The complaint alleges that Defendants
publicly disseminated results of Shaw's operations and financial
conditions were a misrepresentation because they contained
artificially inflated earnings, assets and income. These results
were not prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted
Accounting Principles ("GAAP") and deceived investors as to the
company's true financial performance. According to the
complaint, Defendants improperly established and drew upon
reserve accounts set up from a series of acquisitions, including
the acquisitions of Stone & Webster and the IT Group in May
2002. Moreover, the complaint alleges that Defendants
prematurely recognized revenues in violation of their own
revenue recognition policy as well as GAAP.

On June 10, 2004 Shaw announced that it had been notified by the
SEC that the SEC was conducting an inquiry that appeared to
focus on the Company's accounting for acquisitions. On this
news, shares of Shaw fell 12.4% to close at $10.75 per share.

For more details, contact Lasky & Rifkind, Ltd., by Phone:
800-495-1868 by E-Mail: investorrelations@laskyrifkind.com or
visit their website: www.laskyrifkind.com


SHAW GROUP: Lerach Coughlin Lodges Securities Lawsuit in E.D. LA
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Lerach Coughlin Stoia & Robbins LLP commenced a class action in
the United States District Court for the Eastern District of
Louisiana on behalf of purchasers of The Shaw Group, Inc. ("Shaw
Group") (NYSE:SGR) publicly traded securities during the period
between October 19, 2000 and June 10, 2004 (the "Class Period").

The complaint charges Shaw Group and certain of its officers and
directors with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934. Shaw Group is a global provider of services to the power,
process and environmental and infrastructure industries.

The complaint alleges that defendants made false and misleading
statements about Shaw Group's finances, prospects and
acquisitions. As a result of defendants' false statements, Shaw
Group's stock traded at artificially inflated prices, trading as
high as $62.37 in April 2001. Defendants took advantage of this
inflation, selling $54.3 million worth of their personal Shaw
Group holdings and accomplishing two secondary offerings of Shaw
Group stock, raising more than $215 million in net proceeds.

On June 14, 2004, it was revealed that the SEC was investigating
Shaw Group's accounting for purchases, causing its stock to fall
to $10.05 on volume of 4.2 million shares. According to the
complaint, the positive statements about Shaw Group's business
during the Class Period were false or misleading when issued.
The true but concealed facts were:

     (1) Shaw Group was prematurely recognizing income in
         violation of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
         by releasing acquisition-related contract reserves into
         earnings, boosting its profit by $200 million over
         three and a half years; and

     (2) Shaw Group's business was not performing as well as
         represented and a significant number of its contracts
         were not profitable, which it was concealing through
         accounting manipulations, including improperly
         accelerating revenue recognition under the percentage-
         of-completion method of accounting.

For more details, contact William Lerach or Darren Robbins of
Lerach Coughlin Stoia & Robbins LLP by Phone: 800-449-4900 by E-
mail: wsl@lcsr.com or visit their Web site:
http://www.lcsr.com/cases/nbty/



SHAW GROUP: Schatz & Nobel Lodges Securities Lawsuit in E.D. LA
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The law firm of Schatz & Nobel, P.C. initiated a lawsuit seeking
class action status in the United States District Court for the
Eastern District of Louisiana on behalf of all persons who
purchased the publicly traded securities of The Shaw Group, Inc.
(NYSE: SGR) ("Shaw") between October 19, 2000 and June 10, 2004,
inclusive (the "Class Period"). Also included are all those who
acquired Shaw through its acquisitions of Badger Technologies,
The IT Group, Stone & Webster, or Energy Delivery Services and
all those who purchased shares in the secondary offering on
October 23, 2003.

The Complaint alleges that Shaw, a provider of complete piping
systems and comprehensive engineering procurement and
construction services, and certain of its officers and directors
issued materially false statements concerning Shaw's financial
condition. Specifically, defendants inflated Shaw's reported
revenues and earnings by improperly establishing and drawing on
reserve accounts established in connection with a series of
large acquisitions, including the acquisitions of Stone &
Webster and The IT Group. Additionally, defendants prematurely
recognized revenue in violation of Shaw's own purported policies
and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and failed to
disclose the extent to which Shaw was vulnerable to changes in
power generation market conditions.

On June 10, 2004, Shaw announced that the SEC was conducting an
inquiry focused on Shaw's accounting for acquisitions. On this
news, Shaw stock, which had traded as high as $62.37, fell 12.4%
to a closing price of $10.75 on June 14, 2004. During the class
period, Company insiders sold shares of Shaw for proceeds in
excess of $80 million. Additionally, during the Class Period,
Shaw sold $490 million convertible zero coupon, liquid yield
option notes.

For more details, contact Nancy A. Kulesa of Schatz & Nobel by
Phone: (800) 797-5499 by E-mail: sn06106@aol.com or visit their
Web site: http://www.snlaw.net


SYNOVIS LIFE: Schatz & Nobel Lodges Securities Fraud Suit in MN
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The law firm of Schatz & Nobel, P.C., initiated a lawsuit
seeking class action status in the United States District Court
for the District of Minnesota on behalf of all persons who
purchased the publicly traded securities of Synovis Life
Technologies, (Nasdaq: SYNO) ("Synovis") between October 16,
2003 and May 18, 2004, inclusive (the "Class Period").

The Complaint alleges that Synovis and certain of its officers
and directors issued materially false statements concerning the
Company's financial condition. Specifically, defendants failed
to disclose that:

     (1) that Synovis' surgical business and interventional
         business were experiencing serious problems, as Synovis
         effectively failed to adequately adapt its business
         model to the reality of the highly competitive contract
         manufacturing business;

     (2) that the performance of Synovis' surgical business
         lagged because of disappointing sales of Synovis'
         flagship Peri-Strips product, due to reimbursement
         pressures, lack of trained gastric bypass surgeons, and
         a new competing product from Gore Medical; and

     (3) that the performance of the Company's interventional
         business suffered as Synovis' largest customers did not
         place the orders due to continued inventory build-up.

As a result of the foregoing, the defendants' fiscal 2004
projections were lacking in any reasonable basis when made.

On May 19, 2004, Synovis issued a press release which
drastically cut its guidance for fiscal 2004 stating that it
had, fallen behind its own expectations and had clearly not met
the expectations of the market. On this news, Synovis plummeted
36% per share to close at $9.25, on May 19, 2004.

For more details, contact Nancy A. Kulesa of Schatz & Nobel by
Phone: (800) 797-5499 by E-mail: sn06106@aol.com or visit their
Web site: http://www.snlaw.net


VICURON PHARMACEUTICALS: Lasky & Rifkind Lodges PA Stock Suit
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The law firm of Lasky & Rifkind, Ltd., initiated a lawsuit in
the United States District Court for the Eastern District of
Pennsylvania, on behalf of persons who purchased or otherwise
acquired publicly traded securities of Vicuron Pharmaceuticals
Inc. ("Vicuron" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:MICU) between January
6, 2003 and, inclusive, (the "Class Period"). The lawsuit was
filed against Vicuron, George F. Horner, III, Dov A. Goldstein
and Timothy J. Henkel ("Defendants").

The complaint alleges that Defendants violated the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934. The complaint alleges that Defendants
artificially inflated the price of Vicuron stock by concealing
negative information with respect to the safety and efficacy of
Anidulafungin, Vicuron's intravenous treatment of fungal
infections. The complaint alleges that Defendants concealed key
adverse information pertaining to the development and
commercialization of Anidulafungin.

On May 24, 2004, a partial disclosure of the contents of a
letter from the FDA detailed the failure of Vicuron to supply
data necessary to support its claims that the drug could be used
to treat esophageal candidasis. In reaction to this disclosure,
Vicuron shares plummeted $8.86 per share to $13.04, representing
a decline of over 40%.

For more details, contact Lasky & Rifkind, Ltd., by Phone:
800-495-1868 by E-Mail: investorrelations@laskyrifkind.com or
visit their website: www.laskyrifkind.com


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