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            Thursday, July 12, 2007, Vol. 9, No. 136

                            Headlines

AIR FRANCE-KLM: Faces Air Shipping Services Price Fixing Suits
ALABAMA: Jefferson’s Reply to Occupational Tax Suit Due July 17
ALLIANCE SANITARY: Settles Penn. Landfill Pollution Suit for $3M
ALLIANZ LIFE: Certification Appeal in Annuities Lawsuit Denied
BANC OF AMERICA: Ex-Employee Files FLSA Violations Suit in Fla.

BANK OF AMERICA: Sept. 12 Hearing Set for Consumer Privacy Deal
BASKIN-ROBBINS: Calif. Suit Accuses Firm of Defrauding Consumers
CALIFORNIA: Disabled Cabbies File Suit Against Taxi Regulator
CALIFORNIA CULINARY: School Stands to Face Suit for False Ads
CANADIAN PACIFIC: N.D. Oil Spill Suit Settlement Gets Initial OK

CARL'S CARTS: Faces Labor Code Violations Lawsuit in Florida
CASEY’S GENERAL: JPML Consolidates “Hot Fuel” Cases in Kansas
CASEY’S GENERAL: Faces Assistant Managers’ Litigation in Mo.
COMPASS GROUP: Faces Labor Code Violations Suit in Florida
COUNTRYWIDE HOME: Lawsuit Asserts Financial Abuse of Old People

CREEKSIDE MUSHROOMS: Thai Pickers Sue Over Denied Overtime Wages
CSK AUTO: Reply to Amended Ariz. Securities Suit Due July 13
DUKE’S ORIGINAL: Tex. Lawsuit Alleges Labor Code Violations
EAST COAST: Fla. Lawsuit Aims to Collect Unpaid Overtime Wages
GLOBAL AERO: Faces Ga. Litigation Over World Air Acquisition

GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGNS: Faces Labor Code Violations Suit in Calif.
EMERALD CATERING: Faces Labor Code Violations Lawsuit in Fla.
HOGLA-KIMBERLY: Faces $6.6M Suit in Israel Over Titulim Premium
KING’S PLUMBING: Faces Labor Code Violations Suit in Florida
LOUISIANA: Water District Wins Suit Over “Contaminated” Water

MIDWEST GLOBAL: Ill. Suit Alleges Denial of Overtime Wages
MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC: Recalls Batteries Due to Laceration Hazard
NATURAL GAS LITIGATION: Sept. Fairness Hearing Set for $11M Deal
NOTRE DAME CEMETERY: Faces Suit over Delayed Burial Services
PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT: Faces Suit in Colo. Over Royalty Payments

POZEN INC: Reaches Settlement in N.C. Securities Fraud Lawsuit
QBEX INDUSTRIES: Fla. Suit Aims to Collect Unpaid Overtime Wages
RC2 CORP: Kaplan Fox Files Ill. Suit Over Recalled Railway Toys
SELECTIVE PUBLISHING: Ill. Suit Alleges Labor Code Violations
SPARKS STEAK: N.Y. Judge Allows Tip Pooling Lawsuit by Waiters

TARGET STORES: Cal. Employees Complain of Forced Overtime
TEXAS: Judge Okays Improvements to Medicaid for Poor Children
* David Bershad Pleads Guilty in Plaintiff Kickback Conspiracy


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AIR FRANCE-KLM: Faces Air Shipping Services Price Fixing Suits
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Air France-KLM Group, Air France, KLM and/or related entities, is a defendant
in a consolidated class action that was filed in the U.S., according to the
company’s July 9, 2007 Form 20-F filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007.

Initially, 140 class actions were filed.  Plaintiffs allege that defendants
engaged in a conspiracy to fix the price of air shipping services since Jan.
1, 2000 including various surcharges in air cargo services in violation of
antitrust laws.  

They consequently seek compensatory damages and treble monetary damages in
unspecified amounts, costs and attorney’s fees, as well as injunctive relief
amounting to triple amount of compensatory damages.

These actions have been transferred and consolidated before the U.S. District
Court of the Eastern District of New York.  The consolidated case is
currently in the pleading process, with the first consolidated amended
complaint filed by the plaintiffs in February 2007.

Air France-KLM -- http://www.airfranceklm-finance.com-- is an airline  
company.  The Company's core business is passenger transportation.  Its
activities also include cargo, aeronautics maintenance and other air-
transport related activities, including principally catering and charter
services.


ALABAMA: Jefferson’s Reply to Occupational Tax Suit Due July 17
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Jefferson County (Alabama) has a few days left to file a response to a class
action charging the county of illegally collecting occupational tax for seven
years after it was repealed, Eric Velasco of the Birmingham News reports.

The complaint asserts the occupational tax was repealed in a 1999 law that
took effect on April 1, 2000.  It further argues that the county has been
unlawfully collecting the tax since 2000.

If a judge rules the tax illegal and orders a refund, all those similarly
situated will be eligible for a refund.

Sam Hill represents plaintiffs Jessica Edwards and Janet Judge.  Both work in
Jefferson County.

State’s Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb still has not assigned a new judge for
the case.  The county’s Circuit Court judges have recused themselves saying
that there’s a conflict of interest, because they pay the tax too (Class
Action Reporter, July 06, 2007).

Attorney Bill Slaughter has until July 17 to file the county’s response to
the lawsuit.  He said he would seek a dismissal.

Plaintiffs’ counsel:

          Samuel M. Hill, Esq.
          Gardner, Middlebrooks, Gibbons, Kittrell & Olsen, P.C.
          2013 First Avenue, North Suite 400
          Birmingham, AL 35203-4140

County’s counsel:

          William M. Slaughter, Esq.
          Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC
          1400 Park Place Tower, 2001 Park Place North
          Birmingham, Alabama 35203
          Phone: 205-251-1000
          Fax: 205-324-1133


ALLIANCE SANITARY: Settles Penn. Landfill Pollution Suit for $3M
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Alliance and Waste Management Inc. reached a $3 million agreement to settle a
suit over noise, dust and odor pollution at the Alliance Sanitary Landfill
located at 398 S. Keyser Ave., on the border of Taylor, Old Forge and Ransom
Township, according to a report by Erin L. Nissley of TheTimesTribune.com.

The suit was filed by William and Cynthia Toman, of Old Forge, and Joseph and
Maureen Labrosky, of Taylor in September.  It accuses the owner of the
landfill of causing willful public and private nuisances.  The suit also
claims the operation of the landfill has decreased surrounding property
values.  The plaintiffs are asking the judge to award them up to $25,000
each.  The lawyers for the plaintiffs are asking the judge for up to $100,000
for costs and fees.

The settlement will compensate anyone who lived in or owned a home within
three-quarters of a mile of the landfill between Jan. 1, 2001 and Dec. 31,
2003.  Claims filing deadline is Aug. 3.  Those who filed suits against the
landfill prior to March 3, 2003 are ineligible, according to the report.

A fairness hearing is set Aug. 3.

Representing the landfill and its owners is Robert Fox.

Representing the plaintiffs is George:

         A. Reihner, Esq.
         Wright & Reihner, P.C.
         148 Adams Avenue, Scranton
         Pennsylvania 18503 (Lackawanna Co.
         Phone: 570-961-1166
         Fax: 570-961-1199  
         Web site: http://www.wrightreihner.com


ALLIANZ LIFE: Certification Appeal in Annuities Lawsuit Denied
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The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied an appeal by global insurance
giant Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America of a federal court's
certification of a class action alleging that the company's U.S. unit
fraudulently marketed some of its most widely sold annuity products,
according to the law firms representing purchasers of the products.

The certified class includes individuals who have bought the following
annuity products from Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America since
Feb. 9, 2000:

          -- BonusMaxxx,
          -- BonusMaxxx Elite,
          -- BonusDex,
          -- BonusDex Elite,
          -- 10% Bonus PowerDex Elite,
          -- MasterDex 10, and
          -- the InfiniDex 10.

The lawsuit -- filed on Feb. 9 2006 -- accuses Allianz Life of using
deceptive sales and marketing tactics to sell annuities to senior citizens.

Represented by Karl Cambronne of The Chestnut & Cambronne Law Firm,
plaintiffs in the suit are:

      -- Linda L. Mooney, and
      -- Lieselotte W. Thorpe

A report by The Minneapolis Star Tribune explains that an annuity is a
financial contract in which the purchaser agrees to pay a lump sum to an
insurer in exchange for regular payments that last the duration of the
contract or until the customer dies.

The lawsuits focus on an increasingly popular type of product known as a
deferred equity-indexed annuity, in which the buyer invests money tax-free in
an account tied to a stock market index, such as the Standard & Poor's 500.

The suit contends that Allianz promised customers immediate cash bonuses from
buying the annuities.  In reality, according to the suit those who decided to
access their money had to pay enormous "surrender penalties" to collect their
bonuses.

The plaintiffs' complaint alleges that Allianz violated Minnesota consumer
protection laws by enticing prospective and existing policyholders to
purchase two-tiered equity-index annuities by falsely marketing that the
insurance products offer large "up-front" bonuses that can overcome
investment losses, surrender penalties and income taxes suffered on previous
investments.

In May, Judge Ann D. Montgomery of the U.S. District Court for the District
of Minnesota certified the case that could include 400,000 purchasers of the
Allianz annuity products (Class Action Reporter, May 14, 2007).

Alan R. Perry, Jr., a partner at Page Perry, LLC, said, "We are gratified
that the Eighth Circuit has so quickly denied the Allianz appeal of the class
certification decision. We look forward to proving at trial that these
annuity products do not provide an 'up-front bonus' that offsets investment
losses, surrender charges or income taxes as stated in Allianz's marketing
literature."

Diane A. Nygaard, of The Nygaard Law Firm, said, "Allianz has reaped billions
of dollars in premiums, while policyholders are locked into a product with
indefinite surrender penalty periods and an annuitization requirement that
Allianz knew or should have known will not likely ever occur. This ruling by
the Eighth Circuit moves us another step closer to a trial that will show the
true nature of these products and the marketing practices at the heart of
this case."

The suit is "Mooney v. Allianz Life Insurance Company of North
America, Case No. 0:06-cv-00545-ADM-FLN," filed in the U.S.
District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Representing the plaintiff is:

         Karl L. Cambronne, Esq.
         Chestnut & Cambronne
         222 S. 9th St., Ste. 3700
         Minneapolis, MN 55402
         Phone: 612-339-7300
         Fax: 612-336-2940
         E-mail: kcambronne@chestnutcambronne.com

Representing the defendants is:

         David A. Applebaum
         Leonard Street and Deinard, PA
         150 S. 5th St., Ste. 2300
         Minneapolis, MN 55402
         Phone: 612-335-1943
         Fax: 612-335-1657
         E-mail: david.applebaum@leonard.com


BANC OF AMERICA: Ex-Employee Files FLSA Violations Suit in Fla.
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Banc of America Investment Services, Inc. faces a purported class action in
the U.S. District Court for the District of South Florida alleging violations
of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Eric Hands, a former employee of the company, filed the suit on July 5,
2007.  He brought the suit on behalf of himself and on behalf of other,
former and current employees of the company similarly situated for overtime
compensation and relief under FLSA.

The asserted class for the action includes all current and former employees
similarly situated to the plaintiff, which included all financial advisors or
brokers, however titled, employed by the company who provided financial
advisor, stock brokerage and other investment services of a non-exempt nature
in furtherance of the business of one defendant, and shoe worked in excess of
forty hours during one or more work weeks on or after July 2004.

The suit generally states that the plaintiff and other employees regularly
worked overtime hours and were not paid overtime compensation at the lawful
rate for all of the overtime hours worked, based in part upon company’s
custom and practice of misclassifying plaintiff and those similarly situated
as exempt, and failing to compensate them in accordance with the criteria for
a valid exemption, among other violations of the FLSA.

The suit is “Handis v. Banc of America Investment Services, Inc., Case No.
9:07-cv-80592-DMM,” filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern
District of Florida under Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks.

Representing the plaintiffs is:

         Hal B. Anderson, Esq.
         Shavitz Law Group
         1515 S. Federal Hw., Suite 404
         Boca Raton, FL 33432
         Phone: 561-447-8888
         Fax: 561-447-8831
         E-mail: hal.anderson@shavitzlaw.com


BANK OF AMERICA: Sept. 12 Hearing Set for Consumer Privacy Deal
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The San Francisco Superior Court will hold a fairness hearing on Sept. 12,
2007 at 1:30 p.m. for the proposed settlement in the matter, “Consumer
Privacy Cases, J.C.C.P.No.4211,” which names Bank of America as a defendant.

The court will hold the fairness hearing at the San Francisco Superior Court,
400 McAllister Street, Department 304, San Francisco, California 94102-4514.

Deadline for the submission of a request for exclusion is on Aug. 15, 2007.

Filed in 1999 by certain individuals and a privacy organization, the suit
claims that Bank of America improperly disclosed customers’ confidential
information to third parties, and misrepresented the scope and nature of its
customer privacy policy.  The time period involved is from Sept. 9, 1995 to
May 31, 2007.

The settlement will provide benefits to anyone who, at any time between Sept.
9, 1995 and May 31, 2007, had:

      -- a Bank of America non-business checking or savings
         account;

      -- a non-business loan with Bank of America secured by
         residential real estate (i.e., a mortgage loan); or

      -- a Bank of America branded consumer credit card and a
         California mailing address for purposes of
         communicating with Bank of America.

For more details, contact:

         Bank of America Privacy Litigation
         Settlement Administrator
         P.O. Box 4098
         Portland, OR 97208-4098
         Phone: 1-800-462-2317
         Web site: https://www.bankprivacycase.com


BASKIN-ROBBINS: Calif. Suit Accuses Firm of Defrauding Consumers
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Baskin-Robbins is facing a class-action complaint filed June 29 in the U.S.
Superior Court of California accusing it of violating a permanent injunction
by shorting customers who buy pints, quarts and half-gallons of ice cream,
the CourtHouse News Service reports.

A San Diego Superior Court judge enjoined Baskin-Robbins from this in 1986.  
The complaint in that action alleged the sale of ice cream and other
commodities in a lesser quantity than advertised to its consumers, and was
jointly filed by the City Attorney of San Diego and the Attorney General of
the State of California, providing statewide effect for the judgment.

A permanent injunction was issued in that case pursuant to Business and
Professions Code Sections 17203 and 17535 that enjoins and restricts
defendant from:

     (a) representing that specific volumetric quantities, such
         as pint, quart or half-gallon, of hand-packed ice
         cream, or other commodities, are delivered when
         purchased by customers, when in truth, less than the
         represented quantity is so delivered;

     (b) representing that specific quantities of hand-packed
         ice cream, or other commodities, are sold by volume,
         when in truth such are sold by weight, or vice-versa;

     (c) violating California Business and Professions Code
         Section 12024 by selling commodities in less quantity
         than represented to be;

     (d) making, or causing to be made, orally or in writing,
         any untrue or misleading statement, in violation of
         Business and Profession Code Section 17500, et. seq.,
         in connection with the sale of ice cream or any other
         commodity based upon or utilizing measurements
         calculated in weight or volume.

But the company admitted it did it again, and signed a consent judgment in
May this year with the San Diego City Attorney and the State of California,
and agreed to pay $491,164 in fines and costs, the suit states.

Defendant has statutory, contractual and common law duties to provide it
customers with the quantity of goods they pay for. Defendant breached the
duties owed to their customers by making untrue or misleading statements
about the quantity of hand-packed ice cream.

Named plaintiff Hoyt Christopher claims Baskin-Robbins has been defrauding
customers and falsely advertising since at least June 2003.

He brings this action pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure Section
382, on behalf of similarly situated people in California for injuries
suffered as a result of defendant's wrongful conduct.

Plaintiff want the court to rule:

     (a) whether the class members engaged in a commercial
         transaction with defendant for the purchase of hand-
         packed ice cream offered for sale by defendant;

     (b) whether defendant made fraudulent statements to the
         class members concerning the quantity of hand-packed
         ice cream sold;

     (c) whether defendant made statements to the class members
         concerning the quantity of hand-packed ice cream that
         were untrue or misleading in violation of Section 17500
         of the California Business and Professions Code;

     (d) whether defendant engaged in acts of Unfair Competition
         within the meaning of Business and Professions Code
         Sections 17200 et. seq. by advertising commodities
         which were sold by defendants in less quantity than
         they represented them to be;

     (e) whether defendant violated a permanent injunction
         issued pursuant to sections 17203 and 17535 of Business
         and Professions Code Section permanently enjoining them
         from, among other things, making or causing to be made,
         misleading statements in connection with the sale of
         ice cream or any other commodity based upon or which
         utilizes measurements calculated in weight or volume,
         and by selling commodities in less quantity than
         represented to be;

     (f) whether the class members have suffered damages;

     (g) whether the class is entitled to declaratory relief;
         and

     (h) whether the class is entitled to an award of reasonable
         attorneys' fees and costs of suit.

Plaintiff prays for relief as follows:

     -- compensatory damages according to proof;

     -- special damages according to proof;

     -- restitution and disgorgement according to proof;

     -- for injunctive relief against defendant to prevent
        future wrongful conduct;

     -- prejudgment interest at the maximum legal rate;

     -- punitive and exemplary damages according to proof;

     -- costs of the proceedings;

     -- reasonable attorney's fees; and

     -- all such other and further relief as the court deems
        just.

The suit is "Christopher vs. Basin-Robbins, USA, LLC., Case No. 37-2007-
00069556-CU-BT-CTL," filed in the Superior Court of California, County of San
Diego.

Representing plaintiffs are:

          James R. Patterson
          Matthew J. O'Connor
          Harrison Patterson & O'Connor LLP
          402 West Broadway, Suite 1905
          San Diego, CA 92101
          Phone: (619) 856-6990
          Fax: (619) 756-6991

          - and -
          
          James M. Lindsay
          Gene J. Stonebarger
          Lindsay & Stonebarger
          A Professional Corporation
          620 Coolidge Drive, Suite 225
          Folsom, CA 92630
          Phone: (916) 294-0002
          Fax: (916) 294-0012


CALIFORNIA: Disabled Cabbies File Suit Against Taxi Regulator
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The City and County of San Francisco Taxi Commission is accused of
discriminating against disabled cabbies by refusing to grant full-time
permits to drivers who can work only part time.

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of
California by William Slone and Michael Merrithew against the Taxi
commission, city and County of San Francisco, and Executive Director Heidi
Machen.  

The plaintiffs are citizens of California and post-Proposition K taxicab
permit/medallion holders in the city and county of San Francisco.  Mr. Slone
is disabled due to wasting lung disease that requires him to be connected to
oxygen 24-hours a day and, therefore, unable to operate his taxicab vehicle
personally.  Mr. Merrithew is physically disabled and unable to operate his
taxicab vehicle personally.

The purported class is composed of post-Proposition K taxicab permit holders
who now, or in the future, will suffer from physical or mental disabilities
and who have been or will be denied an accommodation for their disability by
defendants in violation of the Americans Disability Act.  Plaintiffs estimate
the class to include more than 150 individuals.

The Proposition K was passed on June 6, 1978 by San Francisco voters.  
Section 2 of the Proposition K enacted a "full-time driver pledge," requiring
each applicant for permit to declare under penalty of perjury, "his or her
intention actively and personally to engage as permitee driver under any
permit issued to him or her for at least four hours during any 24-hour period
on at least 75% of the business days during the calendar year."

Plaintiffs' requested accommodation under the ADA is to modify or waive the
enforcement of San Francisco Police Code Section 1081(f) "Full-Time Driving
Requirement" and Section 1090(a)(i) "Revocation of Permit" based solely upon
each plaintiffs' disability and only during the period of each plaintiffs'
disability, subject to annual review, while concurrently requiring each
plaintiff to comply with all other sections of the Police Code, including
the "continuous operation" requirement of arranging for the daily operation
of his taxicab under Police Code Section 1096(a).

The suit is “Slone et al. v. Taxi Commission, City & County of San Francisco
et al., Case No. 3:07-cv-03335-EDL,” filed in the U.S. District Court for the
Northern District of California, San Francisco division under Judge Elizabeth
D. Laporte.

Representing the plaintiffs is:

         Joseph M. Breall, Esq.
         Breall & Breall, LLP
         1255 Post Street, Suite 800
         San Francisco, CA 94109
         Phone: (415) 345-0545
         Fax: (415) 435-0538
         E-mail: jmbreall@breallaw.com


CALIFORNIA CULINARY: School Stands to Face Suit for False Ads
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Attorney Ray Gallo plans to file a class action against the California
Culinary Academy on behalf of students of the school, Sue Kwon of CBS5
reports.

The school allegedly gives potential students the impression the slots to
enroll in the school are limited, when it’s not; lets students pass subjects
easily, dragging down the school’s reputation, and thus limiting job
opportunities for graduates.

"They said we'll be making more than tuition and they'd place us in jobs and
alumni could come back and they don't have that," Matthew Jarvis said,
according to the report.

Mr. Gallo is interviewing former students to build a case.

The Career Education Corporation bought the school in 1999 and enrollment
went from a few hundred to 3,600 as of 2005.

           Ray Gallo, Esq.
           5757 W Century Blvd Ste 700
           Los Angeles, CA
          90045-6409
          Phone: (310) 338-1114


CANADIAN PACIFIC: N.D. Oil Spill Suit Settlement Gets Initial OK
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U.S. District Judge Dan Hovland of the District of North  
Dakota granted preliminary approval to a $7 million settlement of a class
action over a derailment and chemical spill at Minot in 2002, reports say.

Attorneys will get a third of the amount.  They estimate the rest will be
shared by about 2,000 or 3,000 people who were in Minot the day of the
derailment on January 18, 2002.  Thirty-one cars on the 112-car Canadian
Pacific Railway train derailed on the west edge of Minot and fire broke open
early on the morning of that day.   

Attorneys also will be setting up a Web site, www.minotsettlement.com, and a
toll-free number for people to call for information, according to KFYR-TV
News.

The suit is "Mehl, et al. v. Canadian Pacific RR, et al., Case  
No. 4:02-cv-00009-DLH-KKK,"on appeal from the U.S. District Court for the
District of North Dakota under Judge Daniel L. Hovland with referral to Judge
Karen K. Klein.

Representing the company is attorney Tim Thornton (E-mail: thodgson@SHTB-
law.com).  

Representing the plaintiffs is attorney:

         Gordon Rudd, Esq.
         651 Nicollet Mall Suite 501
         Minneapolis, MN
         55402
          Phone: (612)341-0400
          Fax: (612)341-0844
          Website: http://www.zimmreed.com


CARL'S CARTS: Faces Labor Code Violations Lawsuit in Florida
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Carl's Carts, Inc. is facing a labor class action filed in Tampa federal
court, according to CourtHouse News Service.

Plaintiff Christopher P. Stefanski alleges Labor Code violations against the
company.

The suit is “Stefanski v. Carl's Carts, Inc. et al., Case No. 8:07-cv-00932-
RAL-EAJ,” filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
under Judge Richard A. Lazzara with referral to Judge Elizabeth A. Jenkins.

Representing the plaintiff is:

         Stacey H. Cohen, Esq.
         Shavitz Law Group, PA
         Suite 404
         1515 S Federal Hwy
         Boca Raton, FL 33432
         Phone: 561/447-8888
         Fax: 561/447-8831
         E-mail: scohen@shavitzlaw.com


CASEY’S GENERAL: JPML Consolidates “Hot Fuel” Cases in Kansas
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“Hot fuel” cases against fuel retailers, including Casey’s General Stores,
Inc., were consolidated for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings
in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

Initially, the company was named as a defendant in five lawsuits brought in
the federal courts in Kansas and Missouri against a variety of gasoline
retailers.

The complaints generally allege that the Company, along with numerous other
retailers, has misrepresented gasoline volumes dispensed at its pumps by
failing to compensate for expansion that occurs when fuel is sold at
temperatures above 60F. Fuel is measured at 60F in wholesale purchase
transactions and computation of motor fuel taxes in Kansas and Missouri.

The complaints all seek certification as class actions on behalf of gasoline
consumers within those two states, and one of the complaints also seeks
certification for a class consisting of gasoline consumers in all states.

The actions generally seek recovery for alleged violations of state consumer
protection or unfair merchandising practices statutes, negligent and
fraudulent misrepresentation, unjust enrichment, civil conspiracy, and
violation of the duty of good faith and fair dealing; several seek injunctive
relief and punitive damages.

These actions are part of a number of similar lawsuits that have been filed
in recent weeks in at least 21 states against a wide range of defendants that
produce, refine, distribute, and/or market gasoline products in the United
States.

On June 18, 2007, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered that
all of the pending hot fuel cases be transferred to U.S. District Court for
the District of Kansas and assigned to the Judge Kathryn H. Vratil for
coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings, including rulings on
discovery matters, various pretrial motions, and class certification.

Casey’s General Stores, Inc. -- http://www.caseys.com/-- operates  
convenience stores under the name Casey’s General Store in nine Midwest
states, primarily Iowa, Missouri and Illinois.


CASEY’S GENERAL: Faces Assistant Managers’ Litigation in Mo.
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Casey’s General Stores, Inc. faces a purported class action filed by two
former assistant managers of the company in the U.S. District Court for the
Northern District of Iowa.

On May 30, 2007, a complaint was filed against the Company in the U.S.
District Court for the Northern District of Iowa by two former employees, in
which the claim is made that Casey’s failed to properly pay overtime
compensation properly to two or more of its assistant managers.

Specifically, plaintiffs claim that the assistant managers were treated as
nonexempt employees entitled to overtime pay, but that the Company did not
properly record all hours worked and failed to pay the assistant managers
overtime pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 per week.

The action purports to be a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards
Act (essentially equivalent to a class action) brought on behalf of
all “persons who are currently or were employed during the three-year period
immediately preceding the filing of [the] complaint as ‘Assistant Managers’
at any Casey’s General Store operated by [the] Defendant (directly or through
one of its wholly owned subsidiaries), who worked overtime during any given
week within that period, and who have not filed a complaint to recover
overtime wages.”

The complaint seeks relief in the form of back wages owed all members of the
class during the three-year period preceding the filing of the complaint,
liquidated damages, attorneys fees, and costs.

The suit is “Jones et al. v. Casey's General Stores Inc., Case No. 5:07-cv-
04043-MWB,” filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of
Iowa under Judge Mark W. Bennett with referral to Judge Paul A. Zoss.

Representing the plaintiffs is:

         Jon E. Heisterkamp, Esq.
         Peters Law Firm PC
         PO Box 1078, 233 Pearl Street
         Council Bluffs, IA 51502-1078
         Phone: 712 328 3157
         Fax: 328 9092
         E-mail: jeheisterkamp@yahoo.com


COMPASS GROUP: Faces Labor Code Violations Suit in Florida
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Compass Group USA is facing a labor-related class action complaint filed July
3 in West Palm Beach Federal Court, according to CourtHouse News Service.

Plaintiff Richard Pagan alleges Labor Code violations.

The suit is "Pagan v. Compass Group, U.S.A., Inc., Case No. 9:07-cv-80591-
WPD," filed in the U.S. District Court for the South District of Florida
under Judge William P. Dimitrouleas.

Representing the plaintiff is:

         Robert Scott Norell, Esq.
         Robert S. Norell PA
         7350 NW 5th Street
         Plantation, FL 33317-1605
         Phone: 954-617-6017
         Fax: 617-6018
         E-mail: robnorell@aol.com


COUNTRYWIDE HOME: Lawsuit Asserts Financial Abuse of Old People
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Countrywide Home Loans, Countrywide Financial Corp. and Fidelity National
Title Co. are facing a class-action complaint alleging fraud and elder abuse,
the CourtHouse News Service reports.

The complaint accuses the companies of “falsely representing to individuals
that if they provided their good credit as a co-borrower (Secondary Co-
Borrowers to borrower(s) who could not alone qualify for a loan (Primary Co-
Borrowers)), that once the loan was funded and escrow closed, that all the
Secondary Co-Borrowers had to do to be relieved from all of the loan
obligations and liabilities ... was to execute a quitclaim deed or grant
deed.”

Plaintiffs demand punitive damages for misrepresentation, elder abuse,
unlawful business practices and other charges.

Representing plaintiffs is:

          George Bojic, Esq.
          Bojic & Livesay, LLP
          1400 N. Harbor Blvd., Suite 615
          Fullerton, CA 92835
          Phone: (714) 879-4200


CREEKSIDE MUSHROOMS: Thai Pickers Sue Over Denied Overtime Wages
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Mushroom-pickers from Thailand filed on July 9 a class action in the U.S.
District Court for Western District of Pennsylvania, alleging violations of
their rights under:

          -- the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C.
             Section 201 et seq.,

          -- the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law
             (WPCL), 43 P.S. SS260.1 et seq., and

          -- Pennsylvania state law

by the defendant mushroom farm which employed them in 2006 and 2007 in
Pennsylvania.

According to the complaint, Creekside Mushrooms recruited dozens of mushroom-
pickers from Thailand, worked them up to 70 hours a week at less than minimum
wage, and dismissed them owing 14 weeks back pay, the CourtHouse News Service
reports.

The 27 named plaintiffs worked in the U.S., “at least initially,” on H2A
visas. They say Creekside, based in Worthingon, Pa., paid them as much as 5
months late, causing them to default on loans and leaving them “without
enough food to eat.”

They bring this claim, pursuant to 29 U.S.C. Section 216(b), on behalf of all
citizens of the Kingdom of Thailand who:

          (1) were brought to the State of Pennsylvania in 2006
              or 2007 under the H2A visa program;
          (2) were employed by Defendant Creekside in 2006 and
              2007; and
          (3) were not paid wages as required by FLSA and WPCL.

Plaintiffs request the Court to:

          -- award Plaintiffs their unpaid minimum wages and an
             equal amount as liquidated damages together with
             costs of suit including reasonable attorneys fees,
             pursuant to 29 U.S.C. Section216(b);

          -- award Plaintiffs their unpaid wages and liquidated
             damages pursuant to 43 P.S. Section 260.3, and 43            
             P.S. Section 260.10;

          -- award Plaintiffs their actual, incidental, and
             consequential damages resulting from Defendant’s
             breach of implied contract; and

          -- award Plaintiffs litigation costs, expenses,
             translation costs, and attorney’s fees to the
             fullest extent permitted under federal and state
             law, and such other further relief as this Court
             deems just and proper.

The suit is “Luklam et al. v. Creekside Mushrooms Ltd., Case No. 2:07-cv-
00948-GLL,” filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of
Pennsylvania, under Judge Gary L. Lancaster.

Representing plaintiffs are:

          Margaret W. Schuetz
          Evalynn B. Welling
          Community Justice Project
          429 Forbes Avenue
          1705 Allegheny Building
          Pittsburgh, PA 15219
          Phone: (412) 434-6002
          E-mail: maggieschuetz@earthlink.net or
                  evalynnbwelling@earthlink.net


CSK AUTO: Reply to Amended Ariz. Securities Suit Due July 13
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CSK Auto Corp. has yet to respond to a second amended complaint in a
consolidated securities fraud class action filed against the company in the
U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, according to the company’s
July 9, 2007 Form 10-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission for the fiscal year ended Feb. 4, 2007.

On June 9 and 20, 2006, two shareholder class actions were filed against the
company and certain current and former officers, one of whom is also a
director.

The cases are:

      -- "Communications Workers of America Plan for Employees
         Pensions and Death Benefits v. CSK Auto Corporation, et
         al., No. Civ. 06-1503 PHX DGC;" and

      -- "Wilfred Fortier v. CSK Auto Corporation, et al., No.
         Civ. 06-1580 PHX DGC."

The cases were consolidated on Sept. 18, 2006, with the Communications
Workers case as the lead case.  The consolidated actions have been brought on
behalf of a putative class of purchasers of the company's stock between March
20, 2003 and April 13, 2006, inclusive.

The consolidated complaint, filed on Nov. 30, 2006, alleged that the
defendants violated Section 10(b) of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of
1934, as amended and SEC Rule 10b-5, promulgated thereunder, as well as
Section 20(a) of the Exchange Act.

The company and the individual defendants filed motions to dismiss, arguing
that the plaintiffs failed to adequately plead violations of the federal
securities laws.

On March 28, 2007, the court issued an order granting the motion to dismiss,
with leave to amend.  Plaintiffs filed an amended consolidated complaint on
April 26, 2007, alleging violations of the same federal securities laws and
adding additional factual allegations.

The amended consolidated complaint names as defendants the company and three
individuals:

      -- Maynard Jenkins, chairman of the board and chief
         executive officer;

      -- Martin Fraser, former president and chief operating
         officer; and

      -- Don Watson; former chief financial officer and former
         chief administrative officer.

The amended consolidated complaint alleges that defendants issued false
statements before and during the class period about the company's income,
earnings and internal controls, allegedly causing the company's stock to
trade at artificially inflated prices during the class period.  It seeks
recovery of damages in an unspecified amount.

Plaintiffs filed their Second Amended Complaint on May 25, 2007, alleging
violations of Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5, promulgated
thereunder, and Section 20(a) of the Exchange Act against the same
Defendants, except for James Riley, whom the plaintiffs voluntarily
dismissed.

Defendants have until July 13, 2007 to respond to the Second Amended
Complaint and the Company anticipates that it will file a motion to dismiss
the Second Amended Complaint prior to that date.

The suit is "Communication Workers of America Plan for Employees' Pensions
and Death Benefits v. CSK Auto Corp., Case No. 2:06-cv-01503-DGC," filed in
the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona under Judge David G.
Campbell.

Representing the plaintiffs are:

         Ramzi Abadou, Esq.
         Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP
         655 W. Broadway, Ste. 1900
         San Diego, CA 92101
         Phone: 619-231-1058
         Fax: 619-231-7423
         E-mail: ramzia@lerachlaw.com

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         Francis Joseph Balint, Jr., Esq.
         Bonnett Fairbourn Friedman & Balint PC
         2901 N. Central Ave., Ste. 1000
         Phoenix, AZ 85012-3311
         Phone: 602-274-1100
         Fax: 602-274-1199
         E-mail: fbalint@bffb.com

Representing the defendants are

         Donald Wayne Bivens, Esq.
         Snell & Wilmer
         400 E. Van Buren
         Phoenix, AZ 85004
         Phone: 602-382-6549
         Fax: 602-382-6070
         E-mail: dbivens@swlaw.com

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         Gareth T. Evans, Esq.
         Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
         333 S. Grand Ave., 51st Floor
         Los Angeles, CA 90071
         Phone: 213-229-7734
         Fax: 213-229-6734
         E-mail: gevans@gibsondunn.com


DUKE’S ORIGINAL: Tex. Lawsuit Alleges Labor Code Violations
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4180 Belt Line, Ltd. d/b/a Duke’s Original Roadhouse is facing a class-action
complaint filed July 5 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District
of Texas, the CourtHouse News Service reports.

Named plaintiff Simon Kugelstadt alleges denial of overtime compensation, a
violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The suit is “Kugelstadt v. 4180 Belt Line Ltd., Case No. 3:07-cv-01204,”
filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas under
Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn.

Representing plaintiffs are:

          Richard J. Burch
          Bruckner Burch
          1000 Louisiana, Suite 1300
          Houston, TX 77002
          Phone: 713/877-8788
          Fax: 713/877-8065
          E-mail: rburch@brucknerburch.com

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          Robert R. Debes, Jr.
          Debes Law Firm
          17 South Briar Hollow Lane, Suite 302
          Houston, TX 77027
          Phone: 713/623-0900
          Fax: 713/623-0951
          E-mail: bdebes@debeslaw.com


EAST COAST: Fla. Lawsuit Aims to Collect Unpaid Overtime Wages
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East Coast Bistro, Inc. is facing a class-action complaint filed July 3 in
the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the CourtHouse
News Service reports.

Named plaintiff Elius Morival alleges denial of overtime compensation, a
violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The suit is “Morival v. East Coast Bistro, Inc. et al., Case No. 2:07-cv-
14197-KMM,” filed in the U.S. District Court for the Soutern District of
Florida under Judge K. Michael Moore with referral to Judge Frank J. Lynch,
Jr.

Representing plaintiffs is:

          Stacey Hope Cohen
          Shavitz Law Group
          1515 S Federal Highway, Suite 404
          Boca Raton, FL 33432
          Phone: 561-447-8888
          Fax: 447-8831
          E-mail: cohen@shavitzlaw.com


GLOBAL AERO: Faces Ga. Litigation Over World Air Acquisition
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Global Aero Logistics, Inc. faces a purported class action in a Georgia state
court in connection with its proposed acquisition of World Air Holdings,
Inc., according to the company’s June 28, 2007 Form 10-12G Filing with the
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The putative class-action complaint was filed on behalf of World’s public
stockholders against World and members of World’s board of directors.

The complaint alleges, among other things, breach of fiduciary duties by
World’s board of directors in connection with the proposed merger in that
World’s directors allegedly obtained for themselves improper personal
benefits, that World and its board of directors failed to achieve adequate
consideration in the merger for its stockholders, that the termination fee
payable in certain circumstances to the company is excessive, and that World
failed to disclose all material information concerning the merger in its
preliminary proxy statement.

The complaint also alleges that we aided and abetted such alleged breaches of
fiduciary duties by World’s board of directors.

Plaintiff seeks, among other things, compensatory and/or rescissory damages
and costs and disbursements of the action, including reasonable attorney’s
and expert’s fees and costs.

Global Aero Logistics, Inc., -- http://www.ata.com/home.html-- formerly  
known as New ATA Holdings Inc., is principally engaged in providing airline-
related services.  It operates in four segments: Scheduled Services, Charter
Services, Ground Package Services and Other Services.


GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGNS: Faces Labor Code Violations Suit in Calif.
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Grassroots Campaigns Inc. is facing a class action in San Francisco Federal
Court, according to CourtHouse News Service.

Plaintiffs Angela Badami, Audrey Ward, Benjamin Campopiano, Kathryn Raven,
and Lennon Bronsema are accusing the company of Labor Code violations.

The suit is “Badami et al. v. Grassroots Campaigns, Inc., Case No. 3:07-cv-
03465-BZ,” filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of
California under Judge Bernard Zimmerman.

Representing the plaintiffs is:

        Robert S. Nelson, Esq.
        Nelson Law Group
        900 Cherry Avenue, Suite 300
        San Bruno, CA 94066
        Phone: (650) 794-2760
        Fax: (650) 794-2761
        E-mail: rnelson@nelsonlawgroup.net


EMERALD CATERING: Faces Labor Code Violations Lawsuit in Fla.
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Emerald Catering, Inc. is facing a class-action complaint filed July 5 in the
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the CourtHouse News
Service reports.

Named plaintiff Migdalia Quintero brings this action to collect unpaid
overtime compensation.

The suit is “Quintero v. Emerald Catering, Inc., Case No. 1:07-cv-21717-JAL,”
filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, under
Judge Joan A. Lenard.

Representing plaintiffs is:

          Reynaldo Velazquez
          Velazquez Law Firm PA
          100 Almeria Avenue, Suite 340
          Coral Gables, FL 33134
          Phone: 305-529-0005
          Fax: 305-529-0058
          E-mail: rey@velazquezlawfirm.com



HOGLA-KIMBERLY: Faces $6.6M Suit in Israel Over Titulim Premium
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Hogla-Kimberly, Ltd. faces a purported class action in Israel over
its “Titulim Premium” baby wipes packages, according to American Israeli
Paper Mills Ltd.’s June 28, 2007 Form 20-F Filing with the U.S. Securities
and Exchange Commission for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2006.

In January 2007, a petition was filed against H-K, an affiliated company
(49.9%) American Israeli Paper Mills Ltd., for the approval of a class
action.

According to the petition, three and a half years ago, H-K reduced the
quantity of wipes in the baby wipes packages of its “Titulim Premium” brand
and thus misled the public according to the Israeli Consumer Protection Act.

The plaintiff estimated the scope of the class action to be approximately
NIS28 million ($6,625,600.56).

Israel-based American Israeli Paper Mills Ltd. (AIPM) --
http://www.aipm.co.il-- is engaged through its subsidiaries in the  
manufacture of paper and paper products in Israel.  It currently manufactures
and markets a wide range of paper grades for stationery, printing and various
office uses, fluting paper for the corrugated cardboard industry, corrugated
board packaging, packaging for consumer goods, office supplies, a wide range
of paper products for household use, absorbent products including disposable
diapers and feminine hygiene products, as well as various household
products.  AIPM is also engaged in recycling including the collection and
recycling of paper and cardboard, plastics and in the treatment of solid
waste.  AIPM shares are publicly traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and on
AMEX.


KING’S PLUMBING: Faces Labor Code Violations Suit in Florida
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King’s Plumbing Service Inc. is facing a labor-related class action filed
July 5 in Fort Lauderdale Federal Court, CourtHouse News Service reports.

Plaintiff George Cruz alleges Labor Code violations.

The suit is “Cruz v. King's Plumbing Service, Inc. et al., Case No. 0:07-cv-
60938-JIC,” filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of
Florida under Judge James I. Cohn.

Representing the plaintiff is:

        Keith Michael Stern, Esq.
        Shavitz Law Group
        1515 S Federal Highway
        Suite 404
        Boca Raton, FL 33432
        Phone: 561-447-8888
        Fax: 447-8831
        E-mail: kstern@shavitzlaw.com


LOUISIANA: Water District Wins Suit Over “Contaminated” Water
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A Livingston Parish ad hoc judge has signed a verdict granting no award to
plaintiffs who sued in 1999 over allegations of illnesses from contaminated
water in the Denham Springs area, 2theadvocate.com’s David J. Mitchell
reports.

Judge M. Joseph Tiemann signed the jury’s 10-2 judgment June 28, delivering a
huge victory to the Ward 2 Water District of Livingston Parish in Louisiana.

The legal battle, which lasted for almost eight years, claimed that people
across the district got sick due to the contaminated water.  It further
alleged that the district informed its approximately 8,000 customers several
weeks after they found out about the problem.

The class action was filed in September 1999, on behalf of about 3,000
plaintiffs, alleging that positive total coliform bacteria counts were found
in the water in April and May 1999.

The jury believed otherwise.  The jurors said the water wasn’t contaminated
with these fecal bacteria.  The defense was able to convince the jury that
the positive coliform tests stemmed from commonly occurring biofilm in water
system lines.

Defense attorney Carey Tom Jones claimed that plaintiffs’ attorney made false
newspaper ads and published a letter to possible plaintiffs regarding the
action.

Mr. Jones said they will only seek legal costs, which includes experts’
expenses.  He said they can’t collect attorney’s fees.

Representing the plaintiffs is:

          Donna Grodner, Esq.   
          Grodner & Associates
          2223 Quail Run Drive Suite B-1
          Baton Rouge, LA 70808
          Phone: (225) 769-1919
          Fax: (225) 769-1997

Representing the defendants is:

          Carey T. Jones, Esq.
          8371 Rushing Road East
          Denham Springs, LA 7027-0700
          Phone: (225) 664-0077
          Fax: (225) 664-9477


MIDWEST GLOBAL: Ill. Suit Alleges Denial of Overtime Wages
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Midwest Global Food Distributors, L.L.C. is facing a class-action complaint
filed July 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of
Illinois, the CourtHouse News Service reports.

Named plaintiff Filemon Zarco alleges denial of overtime compensation, a
violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The suit is “Zarco v. Midwest Global Food Distributors, L.L.C. et al., Case
No. 1:07-cv-03781,” filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern
District of Illinois, under Judge Mark Filip.

Representing plaintiffs are:

          John Edward Untereker
          Christopher John Williams
          Workers' Law Office, P.C.
          77 W. Washington Street, Suite 1402
          Chicago, IL 60602
          Phone: (312) 795-9115
          Fax: (312) 419-1025
          E-mail: juntereker@workers-law.org or
                  cwilliams@workers-law.org


MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC: Recalls Batteries Due to Laceration Hazard
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Milwaukee Electric Tool Co., of Brookfield, Wis., in cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, is voluntarily recalling nearly 1
million units of Milwaukee Power Plus, Chicago Pneumatic, and Extractor 14.4
and 18 volt 2.4 Ah NiCd battery packs.

According to the company, if a vent on the battery cell is damaged or
compromised during use, the battery can explode and pose a laceration hazard
to consumers.

Milwaukee Electric Tool Co. has received 35 reports of incidents, including
11 injuries from battery packs exploding while in use.  Injuries include
minor cuts, bruises and some hearing loss.

The recalled batteries are used to power drills, saws, radios, flashlights,
wrenches and Extractor windshield glass removers.  The recall includes 14.4
and 18 volt 2.4 Ah NiCd Milwaukee Power Plus, Chicago Pneumatic, and
Extractor battery packs manufactured between July 1999 and February 2004.  
The brand name can be found on a label on most battery packs.  However, some
14.4 Volt 2.4Ah packs did not have “Power Plus” on the label.  The battery
packs were sold both with tool kits and as individual battery packs.  Battery
packs manufactured after February 2004 are not included in this recall.

These batteries were manufactured in Mexico and were sold at home centers,
hardware stores, industrial distributors and vehicle service distributors
nationwide from July 1999 through 2005.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled battery packs.  
Consumers should contact the Milwaukee Electric Tool Co. to determine if they
have one of the recalled batteries.  The company will provide a free
replacement battery pack for consumers with recalled units.

For more information, contact Milwaukee Electric Tool Co. at (800) 729-3878
between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s
Web site at http://www.milwaukeetool.com.


NATURAL GAS LITIGATION: Sept. Fairness Hearing Set for $11M Deal
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A Sept. 5, 2007 fairness hearing is set for a proposed $11,313,846.15
settlement between plaintiffs representing California natural gas end-users,
including resellers and co-generators of electricity for resale, and
defendants:

          -- The Williams Companies, Inc.,
          -- Encana Corporation,
          -- Dynegy, Inc.,
          -- Coral Energy Resources L.P.,
          -- CMS Energy Resources Management Company,
          -- Aquila Merchant Services, Inc., and
          -- their respective affiliates,

The hearing will be at 1:00 p.m., in the U.S. District Court for the District
of Nevada, in the courtroom of the Honorable Philip M. Pro.

The proposed settlement would settle claims against the Settling Defendants
of all individuals and entities that purchased natural gas in California
and/or at the California border during the period January 1, 1999 through
December 31, 2002, directly from one of the defendants, for use, for the
generation of electricity for the purpose of resale, or for resale.

Several lawsuits were filed in federal court between November 10, 2003 and
June 21, 2005. These lawsuits were coordinated in the United States District
Court for the District of Nevada before the Hon. Philip M. Pro, under the
name “In re Western States Wholesale Natural Gas Antitrust Litigation, MDL
1566.”

In May 2004 and July 2005, Defendants moved to dismiss Plaintiffs' actions.
On April 11, 2005, December 19, 2005, and December 28, 2005, the district
court granted the motions. Plaintiffs have appealed those decisions to the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Class Action Reporter, Feb. 28,
2007).

The defendants deny these allegations.

In exchange for the release of all claims arising out of the conduct alleged
by the plaintiffs with respect to the purchase of natural gas during the
class period, Settling Defendants will provide total payment to the
settlement class of $11,313,846.15.

Class members who wish to be included in the settlement class do not need to
take any action at this time. These class members will be represented by the
plaintiffs and class counsel, and will be entitled, at a later point in time,
to submit a claim form to share in the settlement. Class members who wish to
be included will be bound by the Court's rulings if the settlement is
approved.

Pursuant to the Settlement Agreements, disbursements may be made from the
Settlement Fund to pay, on an interim basis, reasonable notice and
administration costs and tax expenses. These settlements are subject to final
approval by the Court following a Fairness Hearing.

Deadline to file for exclusion and objection is on August 1, 2007.

The suit is "In Re: Western States Wholesale Natural Gas Antitrust
Litigation, Case No. 2:03-cv-01431-PMP-PAL MDL-1566," filed in the U.S.
District Court for the District of Nevada under Judge Philip M. Pro with
referral to Judge Peggy A. Leen.

Representing the plaintiffs are:

          Alan G. Crone
          Crone & Mason, PC
          5100 Poplar Ave., Suite 3200
          Memphis, TN 83137
          Phone: 901-683-1850
          Fax: 901-683-1963

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          Paul Alexis Del Aguila
          Greenberg Traurig, LLP
          77 West Wacker Drive, Suite 2500
          Chicago, IL 60601
          Phone: (312) 456-8400

Representing the defendants are:

          Frederic G. Berner, Jr.
          Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, LLP
          1501 K Street
          NW Washington, DC 80005
          Phone: 202-736-8000
          Fax: 202-736-8711

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          Robert E. Craddock, Jr.
          Wyatt Tarrant & Combs
          P.O. Box 775000
          Memphis, TN 92177-5000
          Phone: 901-537-1000
          Fax: 901-537-1010


NOTRE DAME CEMETERY: Faces Suit over Delayed Burial Services
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been unable to bury family members since May 16 have filed a class action
that could total more than CAD$6 million against the Notre Dame des Neiges
cemetery, The Gazette’s Irwin Block reports.

Attorney Benoit Gamache filed the suit in Quebec Superior Court on behalf of
Gino Mucci, who was unable to bury his wife Maria Donata Ruccolo who died May
10.  

Mr. Gamache said the amount could rise even higher, at the rate of about
CA$200,000 day, depending on when the labor conflict ends.

The suit names Syndicat des travailleurs du cimetiere Notre Dame des Neiges
as an interested party.  It is an affiliate of Confederation des syndicats
nationaux.

The owners and managers of the cemetery have locked out 129 unionized
employees in connection with the labor dispute.  Since the lockout, neither
burials nor cremation has taken place.

The complaint charges the cemetery of ignoring its contractual obligations
with its clients to bury or cremate their relatives.  

The complaint seeks:
     
     -- reimbursement of half of the $9,400 charged for Ms.
        Ruccolo’s prearranged funeral; and

     -- $200 a day in moral, exemplary and punitive damages from
        May 16 to the time she can be buried and same goes for
        the families of the 325 bodies being refrigerated.

Mr. Gamache said that for 51 days, the amount has reached CAD$6 million.


PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT: Faces Suit in Colo. Over Royalty Payments
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Petroleum Development Corp. faces a purported class action in the District
Court, Weld County, Colorado, alleging that the Company underpaid royalties
on gas produced from wells operated by the Company in the State of Colorado.

Glen Droegemueller filed the suit on May 29, 2007.  The plaintiff seeks
declaratory relief and to recover an unspecified amount of compensation for
underpayment of royalties made by the Company to the plaintiff pursuant to
leases, according to the company’s June 29, 2007 Form 10-Q filing with the
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended March
31, 2007.  

Petroleum Development Corp. (PDC) -- http://www.petd.com/-- is an  
independent energy company engaged primarily in the development, production
and marketing of natural gas and oil.  


POZEN INC: Reaches Settlement in N.C. Securities Fraud Lawsuit
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POZEN Inc. reached an agreement to amicably settle a consolidated class
action filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North
Carolina against POZEN Inc. and Dr. John R. Plachetka, chairman, president
and chief executive officer.

All claims against the company and Dr. Plachetka will be dismissed in their
entirety without admission of liability or wrongdoing by any party.

Holders of the company's securities filed five purported class actions in
2004, alleging violations of securities laws.  These actions were filed as a
single consolidated class action complaint on Dec. 20, 2004.

The consolidated complaint alleges, among other claims, violations of federal
securities laws, including Section 10(b) of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act
of 1934, as amended and Rule 10b-5 and Section 20(a) of the Exchange Act
against the company and a current officer, arising out of allegedly false and
misleading statements made by the company concerning its product candidates,
MT 100 and MT 300, during the class period.

By order dated Nov. 4, 2004, the court appointed a lead plaintiff, who filed
a consolidated amended complaint on Dec. 20, 2004.  The defendants named in
the amended complaint are Pozen and John R. Plachetka, chairman and chief
executive officer.

The amended complaint requests certification of a plaintiff class consisting
of purchasers of stock between Oct. 4, 2002 and May 28, 2004.

On Jan. 27, 2005, the company filed a motion to dismiss the amended
complaint.  On Aug. 30, 2005, the motion to dismiss was denied.

On March 27, 2006, a motion for class certification was filed. The court
granted the motion and certified the case as a class action on Feb. 28, 2007
(Class Action Reporter, May 22, 2007).

The settlement agreement, which remains subject to court approval, will be
funded entirely with proceeds from the company's directors and officers'
liability insurance.

The suit is "In Re: Pozen, Inc. Securities Litigation, Case No. 04-CV-505,"
filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
under Judge Frank W. Bullock, Jr.

Representing the plaintiffs are:

         James E. McGovern, Esq.
         Steven J. Toll, Esq.
         Matthew K. Handley, Esq.
         Daniel S. Sommers, Esq.
         Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll, P.L.L.C.
         1100 New York Ave., N.W., West Tower, Ste. 500
         Washington, DC 20005
         Phone: 202-408-4600
         Fax: 202-408-4699
         E-mail: mhandley@cmht.com
                 dsommers@cmht.com

         Harry H. Albritton, Jr. Esq.
         Marvin Key Blount, Jr., Esq.
         The Blount Law Firm, P.L.L.C.
         POD 58,
         Greenville, NC 27835-0058
         Phone: 252-752-6000
         Fax: 252-752-2174
         E-mail: harry@theblountlawfirm.com
                 deborah@theblountlawfirm.com

              - and -

         Richard A. Maniskas Esq.
         Marc A. Topaz, Esq.
         Schiffrin & Barroway, LLP
         280 King Of Prussia Rd.,
         Radnor, PA 19087
         Phone: 610-822-0247

Representing the defendants is:

         Pressly McAuley Millen, Esq.
         Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
         P.O. Box 831
         Raleigh, NC 27601
         Phone: 919-755-2100 and 919-755-2135
         Fax: 919-755-6067
         E-mail: pmillen@wcsr.com


QBEX INDUSTRIES: Fla. Suit Aims to Collect Unpaid Overtime Wages
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Qbex Industries, Inc. is facing a class-action complaint filed July 5 in the
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the CourtHouse News
Service reports.

Named plaintiff Renato Larenas brings this action to collect unpaid overtime
compensation.

The suit is “Larenas v. Qbex Industries, Inc. et al., Case No. 1:07-cv-21716-
FAM,” filed in the U.S. District Court under Judge Federico A. Moreno with
referral to Judge Andrea M. Simonton.

Representing plaintiffs is:

          Reynaldo Velazquez
          Velazquez Law Firm PA
          100 Almeria Avenue, Suite 340
          Coral Gables, FL 33134
          Phone: 305-529-0005
          Fax: 305-529-0058
          E-mail: rey@velazquezlawfirm.com


RC2 CORP: Kaplan Fox Files Ill. Suit Over Recalled Railway Toys
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Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP filed on June 27 a class action in the U.S.
District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on behalf of a class of
all persons who, from January 2005 through the present, purchased or paid for
various Thomas & Friends(TM) Wooden Railway Toys.

As alleged in the Complaint, on or about June 13, 2007, after determining
that the surface paints on certain of its railway toys contain lead, RC2
Corp. issued a recall of various Thomas & Friends(TM) Wooden Railway Toys
including a warning to parents and consumers that lead is toxic if ingested
by young children and can cause adverse health effects.

The original recall was limited to various Thomas & Friends(TM) Wooden
Railway Toys sold at toy stores and various retailers nationwide from January
2005 though June 2007. The Office of Information and Public Affairs estimated
on June 13, 2007 that approximately 1.5 million Thomas Toys are subject of
the recall.

The Complaint further alleges that Defendants marketed and advertised Thomas
& Friends(TM) Wooden Railway Toys throughout the nation and in the state of
Illinois as being safe for children. Thomas & Friends(TM) Wooden Railway Toys
were sold in toy stores, department stores and specialty shops throughout the
nation and the state of Illinois.

The recalled Thomas & Friends(TM) Wooden Railway Toys include:

          -- Red James Engine & Red James' # 5 Coal Tender,
          -- Red Lights & Sounds James Engine & Red James' # 5
             Lights & Sounds Coal Tender,
          -- James with Team Colors Engine & James with Team
             Colors #5 Coal Tender,
          -- Red Skarloey Engine, Brown & Yellow Old Slow Coach,
          -- Red Hook & Ladder Truck & Red Water Tanker Truck,
          -- Red Musical Caboose, Red Sodor Line Caboose,
          -- Red Coal Car labeled "2006 Day Out With Thomas" on
             the Side,
          -- Red Baggage Car,
          -- Red Holiday Caboose,
          -- Red "Sodor Mail" Car,
          -- Red Fire Brigade Truck,
          -- Red Fire Brigade Train,
          -- Deluxe Sodor Fire Station,
          -- Red Coal Car,
          -- Yellow Box Car,
          -- Red Stop Sign,
          -- Yellow Railroad Crossing Sign,
          -- Yellow "Sodor Cargo Company" Cargo Piece,
          -- Smelting Yard and the Ice Cream Factory.

Plaintiff seeks to recover damages and other relief on behalf of the Class.

The suit is “Walton v. RC2 Corp. et al., Case No. 1:07-cv-03614,” filed in
the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, under Judge
Rebecca R. Pallmeyer.

Representing plaintiffs are:

          Andrae P. Reneau
          Edward Anthony Wallace
          Kenneth A. Wexler
          Wexler Toriseva Wallace LLP
          1 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2000
          Chicago, IL 60602
          Phone: (312) 346-2222
          E-mail: apr@wtwlaw.us or eaw@wtwlaw.us or
                  kaw@wtwlaw.us


SELECTIVE PUBLISHING: Ill. Suit Alleges Labor Code Violations
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Selective Publishing Inc. is facing a class-action complaint filed July 6 in
the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the CourtHouse
News Service reports.

Named plaintiffs -- Alfredo Segura, Adalberto Hernandez, Benjamin Miranda and
Hector Bahena -- allege denial of overtime compensation, a violation of the
Fair Labor Standards Act.

The suit is “Segura et al. v. Selective Publishing Inc. et al., Case No. 1:07-
cv-03786,” filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of
Illinois under Judge William J. Hibbler.

Representing plaintiffs are:

          John Edward Untereker
          Christopher John Williams
          Workers' Law Office, P.C.
          77 W. Washington Street, Suite 1402
          Chicago, IL 60602
          Phone: (312) 795-9115
          Fax: (312) 419-1025
          E-mail: juntereker@workers-law.org or
                  cwilliams@workers-law.org


SPARKS STEAK: N.Y. Judge Allows Tip Pooling Lawsuit by Waiters
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A Manhattan federal court certified as class action a suit filed against
Sparks Steak House by 60 waiters, New York Post reports.

The ruling allows more than 120 past and current Sparks waiters to join in
the case.  The original plaintiffs claim the company illegally deducted money
from the waiters' tip pool to pay bartenders and other workers not entitled
to the cash.

The suit's only named plaintiff is Gerald Duchene, a 14-year Sparks waiter
who left the restaurant's employ last November.

Sparks Steak on the Net: http://www.sparkssteakhouse.com/

Representing the plaintiffs is:

          Louis Pechman, Esq.
          Berke-Weiss & Pechman LLP  
          488 Madison Avenue
          11th Floor
          New York, NY 10022
          Phone:  (212) 583-9500
          Fax: (212) 308-8582

Sparks' lawyer is:

          Bill Carmell, Esq.
          100 Park Avenue, Suite 2500
          New York, New York 10017
          E-mail: wcarmell@fordharrison.com
          Phone: 212-453-5942
          Fax: 212-453-5959


TARGET STORES: Cal. Employees Complain of Forced Overtime
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Employees of Target Stores allege in a class-action complaint filed in the
Superior Court of California that the company locks in workers for forced
overtime, the CourtHouse News Service reports.

The 13 named plaintiffs -- 12 of them Hispanic, 11 of them women -- allege
Target Stores forces employees to work overtime by:

          -- “force or fear,”
          -- locking them into stores, and
          -- threatening to fire them if they do not do
the                     
             forced labor.

Plaintiffs claim Target falsely imprisoned them and violated state labor and
business laws through its brutal enforcement of forced overtime.

They seek an injunction and damages for more than 1,000 employees who
allegedly were subjected to the abuses.

Representing plaintiffs is:

          Manuel Miller
          Law Offices of Manuel H. Miller
          Suite 210, 5530 Corbin Ave.
          Tarzana, CA 91356
          Phone: (818) 401-0066
          Fax: (818) 401-0065
          Web site:  http://www.miller4law.com


TEXAS: Judge Okays Improvements to Medicaid for Poor Children
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A federal judge approved a settlement that intends to improve access to
medical care for more than 2 million indigent children in Texas, according to
the Associated Press.

The settlement was presented on April 9 to U.S. District Judge William Wayne
Justice.  He gave attorneys until April 27 to submit a final draft of the
settlement agreement.  He approved that agreement July 9.

The Medicaid lawsuit was filed in 1993 by Linda Frew on behalf of her
daughter Carla Frew.  It alleged that Texas failed to ensure access to
checkups and follow-up care.  The case was certified as a class action in
1994.

Among the items addressed in the settlement is the Medicaid provider
reimbursement rates, which would increase by 25 percent over current rates to
physicians and 50 percent to dentists (Class Action Reporter, April 16, 2007).

Plaintiffs and state legislators agreed on over $700 million needed to
fulfill the provisions in the agreement.

It called for as much as five years of state action, involving the state's
obligation to provide transportation for Medicaid beneficiaries, managed care
improvements and family outreach programs, according to Susan Zinn, a San
Antonio lawyer who represents the children's interests.

In addition, the settlement also requires Medicaid to restore the efficiency
of toll-free hot lines and more prescription drugs.  

Majority of these changes will be implemented on Sept. 1.

The suit is "Frazar, et al. v. Hawkins, et al., Case No.
3:93-cv-00065-WWJ," filed in the Eastern District of Texas under
Judge William W. Justice.

Representing the plaintiffs is:

          John Robert, Esq.
          Heard at Heard & Smith
          3737 Broadway St., Suite 310
          San Antonio, TX 78209-6552
          Phone: (210) 820-3737
          Fax: (210) 820-3777
          E-mail: jrhatty@heardandsmith.com

Representing the defendants is:

          Linda Ann Halpern
          Attorney General's Office
          P.O. Box 12548, Capitol Station
          Austin, TX 78711
          Phone: 512/475-1969
          Fax: 15123200667
          E-mail: linda.halpern@oag.state.tx.us


* David Bershad Pleads Guilty in Plaintiff Kickback Conspiracy
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David Bershad, a former partner of Milberg Weiss & Bershad LLP, pleaded
guilty to conspiracy in connection with kickbacks the firm paid to plaintiffs
in class action and shareholder lawsuits.

In his plea agreement, Mr. Bershad agreed to forfeit $7.75 million (EUR5.69
million), to pay a $250,000 (EUR183,540) fine.  He also agreed to testify
against the law firm.  

Prosecutors are due to reconvene the grand jury as soon as Thursday, raising
the possibility that more indictments are on their way, according to The Wall
Street Journal.

In May, Milberg Weiss and David J. Bershad and Steven G. Schulman were
indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly participating in a scheme in
which several individuals were paid millions of dollars in secret kickbacks
in exchange for serving as named plaintiffs in more than 150 class actions
and shareholder derivative lawsuits.  The firm allegedly received well over
$200 million in attorneys' fees from these lawsuits over the past 20
years.    


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