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             Tuesday, September 4, 2007, Vol. 9, No. 175

                            Headlines


ALEXICO CORP: Suit Claims Illegal Sale of Car Theft Insurance
APPLE CANADA: Certification of Canadian iPods Suit Suspended
APPLE INC: Sept. 28 Hearing Set for Demurrer in “Bader” Lawsuit
APPLE INC: Awaits Ruling on Calif. iPod Hearing Loss Lawsuit
APPLE INC: Discovery Ongoing in Calif. Trade Practices Suit

APPLE INC: In Talks to Settle Lawsuit Over 65W Power Adapters
APPROVED FINANCIAL: Accused of Fair Housing Act Violations
BEST BUY: Calif. Retail Workers’ Lawsuit Granted Certification
CAREMARK RX: Del. Court Approves Settlement of CVS Merger Suit
CAREMARK RX: Continues to Face “Moeckel” ERISA Suit in Tenn.

CAREMARK RX: Ala. Court Mulls Motions in “Lauriello” Litigation
CAREMARK RX: Still Faces Pharmacy Benefit Managers Lawsuit
CAREMARK RX: Discovery Ongoing in Cal. Suit by Non-ERISA Members
CVS CAREMARK: Discovery Ongoing in Calif. Pharmacists’ Suit
CHECKFREE CORP: Del. Suit Aims to Block $4.4B Sale to Fiserv

CHOICEPOINT INC: FCRA Violations Suit in Cal. Now Dismissed
CHOICEPOINT INC: Renews Motion to Dismiss Ga. Securities Suit
CHOICEPOINT INC: Ga. ERISA Suit Plaintiffs Appeal Case’s Nixing
CHOICEPOINT INC: Fla. Court Denies Motion to Stay DPPA Suit Deal
CHOICEPOINT INC: Tex. “Taylor” Case Enjoined From Proceeding

DAVITA INC: Faces Suit in Calif. Over Use of “Epogen” Drug
DONNAMX INC: Recalls China-Made Toothpaste with “Diglycol”
ESS TECHNOLOGY: $3.5M Securities Suit Deal Granted Final Okay
IFS INC: Recalls Sandwiches Because of Possible Health Risk
ISRAEL: Legal Group Appeals “Ya’alon” War Crimes Suit Dismissal

OREGON SCIENTIFIC: Recalls Thousands of Defective Weather Radios
RITZ-CARLTON: Staffers File Lawsuit for Unpaid Overtime Wages
UNITED STATES: Scientists Challenge Extensive Background Checks


                   New Securities Fraud Cases

AMERICAN MORTGAGE: Susman Heffner Files Securities Suit in N.Y.
COUNTRYWIDE FINANCIAL: Labaton Sucharow Files Securities Suit


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ALEXICO CORP: Suit Claims Illegal Sale of Car Theft Insurance
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Alexico Corp., Cherry Hills Nissan and ABC Corps. are facing a class-action
complaint filed Aug. 29 in the U.S. District Court for the District of New
Jersey over alleged diversity fraud.

Named plaintiff Todd D. Falkenberg accuses these companies of illegally
selling car theft insurance.

The suit is “Falkenberg et al. v. Alexico Corp. et al, Case No. 1:07-cv-04149-
RBK-JS,” filed in the U.S, District Court for the District of New Jersey
under Judge Robert B. Kugler.

Representing plaintiffs is:

          Patrick Howard
          Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, P.C.
          One Liberty Place, 52nd Floor
          1650 Market Street
          Philadelphia, PA 19103
          Phone: (215) 496-8282
          E-mail: phoward@smbb.com


APPLE CANADA: Certification of Canadian iPods Suit Suspended
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A Canadian Court has postponed class certification proceedings in the
matter, “Royer-Brennan v. Apple Computer, Inc. and Apple Canada, Inc.”

This action alleges that the Company’s iPod music players, and the ear bud
headphones sold with them, are inherently defective in design and are sold
without adequate warnings concerning the risk of noise-induced hearing loss
by iPod users.

The complaint was filed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Feb. 1, 2006, and is
seeking authorization to institute a class action on behalf of iPod
purchasers in Quebec.  

At the request of plaintiffs’ counsel, the court has postponed class
certification proceedings in the action indefinitely, according to the
company's Aug. 7, 2007 Form 10-Q Filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2007.

Apple, Inc. -- http://www.apple.com/-- formerly Apple Computer, Inc.,  
designs, manufactures and markets personal computers and related software,
services, peripherals and networking solutions. It also designs, develops and
markets a line of portable digital music players along with accessories,
including the online sale of third-party audio and video products.  Apple
Inc.'s products and services include the iPod line of portable digital music
players.


APPLE INC: Sept. 28 Hearing Set for Demurrer in “Bader” Lawsuit
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A Sept. 28, 2007 hearing is scheduled for a demurrer in the purported class
action, “Bader v. Anderson, et al.,” which names Apple, Inc. as a defendant.

Plaintiff filed the purported shareholder derivative action against the
Company and each of its then current executive officers and members of its
Board of Directors on May 19, 2005 in Santa Clara County Superior Court
asserting claims for breach of fiduciary duty, material misstatements and
omissions and violations of California Business & Professions Code Section
17200 (unfair competition).

Plaintiff alleges that the Company’s March 14, 2005, proxy statement was
false and misleading for failure to disclose certain information relating to
the Apple Computer, Inc. Performance Bonus Plan, which was approved by
shareholders at the annual meeting held on April 21, 2005.

Plaintiff, who ostensibly brings suit on the Company’s behalf, has made no
demand on the Board of Directors and alleges that such demand is excused.

Plaintiff seeks injunctive and other relief for purported injury to the
Company.  

On July 27, 2005, plaintiff filed an amended complaint alleging that, in
addition to the purported derivative claims, adoption of the bonus plan and
distribution of the proxy statement describing that plan also inflicted
injury on her directly as an individual shareholder.

On Jan. 10, 2006, the Court sustained defendants’ demurrer to the amended
complaint, with leave to amend. Plaintiff filed a second amended complaint on
Feb. 7, 2006, and the Company filed a demurrer.  

After a hearing on June 13, 2006, the Court sustained the demurrer without
leave to amend as to the non-director officers and with leave to amend as to
the directors.

On July 24, 2006, plaintiff filed a third amended complaint, which purports
to bring claims derivatively as well as directly on behalf of a class of
common stockholders who have been or will be harmed by virtue of the
allegedly misleading proxy statement.

In addition to reasserting prior causes of action, the third amended
complaint included a claim that the Company violated the terms of the plan,
and a claim for waste related to restricted stock unit grants to certain
officers in 2003 and 2004 and an option grant to the company’s chief
executive in January 2000.

The Company filed a demurrer to the third amended complaint. On Jan. 30,
2007, the Court sustained the Company’s demurrer with leave to amend.  

Plaintiff filed a fourth amended complaint on May 8, 2007, and the Company
filed a demurrer, which will be heard on Sept. 28, 2007.

Apple, Inc. -- http://www.apple.com/-- formerly Apple Computer, Inc.,  
designs, manufactures and markets personal computers and related software,
services, peripherals and networking solutions. It also designs, develops and
markets a line of portable digital music players along with accessories,
including the online sale of third-party audio and video products.  


APPLE INC: Awaits Ruling on Calif. iPod Hearing Loss Lawsuit
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The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has yet to
rule on a motion seeking for the dismissal of a purported class action filed
against Apple Inc. in California alleging that defects in its iPod causes
hearing loss to users.

The action, "Birdsong v. Apple Computers Inc.," alleges that the company’s
iPod music players, and the ear bud headphones sold with them, are inherently
defective in design and are sold without adequate warnings concerning the
risk of noise-induced hearing loss by iPod users.  

The Birdsong action was initially filed on Jan. 30, 2006 in the U.S. District
Court for the Western District of Louisiana.  It asserts causes of action on
behalf of a purported Louisiana class of iPod purchasers.  

A similar action, "Patterson v. Apple Computer, Inc.," was filed on Jan. 31,
2006 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
asserting California causes of action on behalf of a purported class of all
iPod purchasers within the four-year period before Jan. 31, 2006.   

The Birdsong action was transferred to the Northern District of California,
and the Patterson action was dismissed.  An amended complaint was
subsequently filed in Birdsong, dropping the Louisiana law-based claims and
adding California law-based claims equivalent to those in “Patterson.”  

After the company filed a motion to dismiss on Nov. 3, 2006, plaintiffs
agreed not to oppose the motion and filed a second amended complaint on Jan.
16, 2007.  

That complaint alleges California law-based claims for breaches of implied
and express warranties, violations of California Business & Professions Code
Section 17200 (unfair competition), California Business & Professions Code
Section 17500 (false advertising), the Consumer Legal Remedies Act and
negligent misrepresentation on behalf of a putative nationwide class and a
Louisiana law-based claim for redhibition for a Louisiana sub-class.  

On March 1, 2007, the Company filed a motion to dismiss the California law
based claims.  The court held a hearing on the motion to dismiss on June 4,
2007 but has not yet issued a ruling.

Apple, Inc. -- http://www.apple.com/-- formerly Apple Computer, Inc.,  
designs, manufactures and markets personal computers and related software,
services, peripherals and networking solutions. It also designs, develops and
markets a line of portable digital music players along with accessories,
including the online sale of third-party audio and video products.  Apple
Inc.'s products and services include the iPod line of portable digital music
players.


APPLE INC: Discovery Ongoing in Calif. Trade Practices Suit
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Discovery is still ongoing in the class action, "Branning et al. v. Apple
Computer, Inc.," which is alleging violations of the California’s trade laws.

Plaintiffs originally filed the purported class action in San Francisco
County Superior Court on Feb. 17, 2005.  The initial complaint alleged
violations of California Business Professions Code 17200 (unfair competition)
and violation of the Consumer Legal Remedies Act regarding a variety of
purportedly unfair and unlawful conduct including, but not limited to,
allegedly selling used computers as new and failing to honor warranties.  

Plaintiffs also brought causes of action for misappropriation of trade
secrets, breach of contract, and violation of the Song Beverly Act.  
Plaintiffs requested unspecified damages and other relief.

On May 9, 2005, the court granted the company’s motion to transfer the case
to Santa Clara County Superior Court.  On May 2, 2005, plaintiffs filed an
amended complaint adding two new named plaintiffs and three new causes of
action including a claim for treble damages under the Cartwright Act
(California Business and Professions Code 16700 et seq.), and a claim for
false advertising.  

The company filed a demurrer to the amended complaint, which the court
sustained in its entirety on Nov. 10, 2005.  The court granted Plaintiffs
leave to amend and they filed an amended complaint on Dec. 29, 2005.

Plaintiffs’ amended complaint adds three additional plaintiffs and alleges
many of the same factual claims as the previous complaints such as alleged
selling of used equipment as new, alleged failure to honor warranties and
service contracts for the consumer plaintiffs, and alleged fraud related to
the opening of the Apple Retail stores.  

Plaintiffs continue to assert causes of action for unfair competition
(17200), violations of the CLRA, breach of contract, misappropriation of
trade secrets, violations of the Cartwright Act and allege new causes of
action for fraud, conversion and breach of the implied covenant of good faith
and fair dealing.  

The company filed a demurrer to the amended complaint on Jan. 31, 2006, which
the court sustained on March 3, 2006 on sixteen of seventeen causes of
action.  

Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint adding one new plaintiff. The company
filed a demurrer, which was granted in part on Sept. 9, 2006.  Plaintiffs
filed a further amended complaint on Sept. 21, 2006.

On Oct. 2, 2006, the company filed an answer denying all allegations and
asserting numerous affirmative defenses.  The case is in discovery.

The company reported no development in the matter in it's Aug. 7, 2007 Form
10-Q Filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the
quarterly period ended June 30, 2007.

Apple, Inc. -- http://www.apple.com/-- formerly Apple Computer, Inc.,  
designs, manufactures and markets personal computers and related software,
services, peripherals and networking solutions. It also designs, develops and
markets a line of portable digital music players along with accessories,
including the online sale of third-party audio and video products.  


APPLE INC: In Talks to Settle Lawsuit Over 65W Power Adapters
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A purported consumer fraud class action against Apple Inc. over problems with
its 65W Power Adapters for iBooks and Powerbooks has been suspended pending
ongoing settlement discussions.

The suit is “Gordon v. Apple Computer, Inc.,” and was filed on Aug. 31, 2006
in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf
of a purported nationwide class of consumers who purchased 65W Power Adapters
for iBooks and Powerbooks between November 2002 and the present.  

The complaint alleges various problems with the 65W Adapter, including
fraying, sparking and premature failure.  Plaintiffs allege violations of
California Business & Professions Code Section 17200 (unfair competition),
the Consumer Legal Remedies Act, the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act and
breach of warranties.  

The complaint seeks damages and equitable relief.  The Company filed an
answer on Oct. 20, 2006 denying the material allegations and asserting
numerous affirmative defenses.  The litigation has been suspended pending
ongoing settlement discussions, according to the company's Aug. 7, 2007 Form
10-Q Filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the
quarterly period ended June 30, 2007.

Apple, Inc. -- http://www.apple.com/-- formerly Apple Computer, Inc.,  
designs, manufactures and markets personal computers and related software,
services, peripherals and networking solutions. It also designs, develops and
markets a line of portable digital music players along with accessories,
including the online sale of third-party audio and video products.  


APPROVED FINANCIAL: Accused of Fair Housing Act Violations
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A class-action complaint filed Aug. 30 in the U.S. District Court for the
Northern District of Illinois accuses Approved Financial Inc., Option One
Mortgage Corp., and U.S. Bank NA of violating the Fair Housing Act.

Named plaintiff Keisha Chavers accuses these lenders -- as trustee for JP
Morgan Mortgage Acquisition Corp. 2005-OPT2 Asset Backed Pass through
Certificates Series 2005-OPT2 -- of overcharging minorities, in violation of
housing and credit laws.

The suit is “Chavers v. Option One Mortgage Corp. et al., Case No. 1:07-cv-
04916,” filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of
Illinois under Judge Elaine E. Bucklo.

Representing plaintiffs are:

          Cathleen M. Combs
          Daniel A. Edelman
          Albert F Hofeld, Jr.
          James O. Latturner
          Edelman, Combs, Latturner & Goodwin, LLC
          120 South LaSalle Street, 18th Floor
          Chicago, IL 60603
          Phone: (312) 739-4200
          E-mail: ccombs@edcombs.com or courtecl@edcombs.com or
                  ahofeld@edcombs.com or jlatturner@edcombs.com


BEST BUY: Calif. Retail Workers’ Lawsuit Granted Certification
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The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted
certification to a lawsuit brought against Best Buy Co. by retail workers.

The judge ruled that over 16,000 Best Buy California retail workers may join
the lawsuit alleging that the company refused to pay employees for time spent
undergoing security checks.  Over Best Buy's objections that not all of its
workforce was actually required to undergo searches, the Court ruled that the
company's policies were widespread and that allowing the massive number of
employees to sue collectively was more efficient than permitting separate
lawsuits.

The lawsuit, filed in March 2006, claims that Best Buy's state-wide practices
are unlawful in that they fail to compensate workers for security
check "waiting time" and deny them the full meal and rest breaks that
California law demands.

While Best Buy denies these allegations, Scott Cole & Associates' attorneys
look forward to prosecuting a case that seeks compensation for every one of
Best Buy's California retail employees. "Yesterday, we represented one
client. Today, we're honored to say that we're fighting for thousands of
workers' rights to be paid for their work," says Scott Cole, Esq., the lead
attorney for the class.

In light of the ruling, the parties will be proceeding toward trial, an event
that the class attorneys excitedly await. If successful there, thousands of
Best Buy workers could recover compensation for years of lost wages.

According to Mr. Cole, "The right to be paid for all time worked is an
elementary concept that many large employers seem to ignore. We're looking
forward to showing a jury what Best Buy has been up to."

The suit is “Kurihara v. Best Buy Co., Inc., Case No. 3:06-cv-01884-MHP,”
filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
under Judge Marilyn H. Patel.

Representing plaintiffs are:

          Kevin Robert Allen
          1970 Broadway, Ninth Floor
          Oakland, CA 94612
          Phone: 510-891-9800
          Fax: 510-891-7030
          E-mail: kallen@scalaw.com

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          Matthew Roland Bainer
          Clyde Hobbs Charlton
          Scott Edward Cole
          cott Cole & Associates, APC
          970 Broadway, Ninth Floor, Suite 950
          Oakland, CA 94612
          Phone: 510-891-9800
          Fax: 510-891-7030
          E-mail: mrbainer@scalaw.com or ccharlton@scalaw.com or
                  scole@scalaw.com

Representing defendants are:

          Hernaldo Jose Baltodano
          Thomas Allen Miller
          Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.
          2049 Century Park East, Suite 3700
          Los Angeles, CA 90067
          Phone: 310-552-0130
          Fax: 310-229-3800
          E-mail: HJBaltodano@rkmc.com or tamiller@rkmc.com


CAREMARK RX: Del. Court Approves Settlement of CVS Merger Suit
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The Delaware Chancery Court approved a settlement of a purported class action
filed against Caremark RX Inc. over its merger agreement with CVS Corp.

Nov. 1, 2006, CVS Corp. and Caremark RX entered into a definitive merger
agreement, and the merger closed on March 22, 2007 following receipt of
required shareholder approvals.

Prior to approval and closing of the merger, several putative class actions
were filed in the Tennessee state court, the Tennessee federal court and the
Delaware Chancery Court alleging, among other things, that Caremark’s board
of directors breached their fiduciary duties by approving the merger.

The Tennessee state and federal cases were either stayed or held in abeyance
pending the outcome of the Delaware Chancery Court litigation.

The Delaware case was filed by the Louisiana Municipal Police Employees’
Retirement System and later joined by R.W. Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of
Pennsylvania, purportedly on behalf of Caremark’s stockholders.

On March 8, 2007, the parties reached an agreement in principle to settle the
Delaware case and informed the Delaware Chancery Court of their agreement.

A stipulation of settlement was entered into by the parties on April 13,
2007, which provided, among other things, that:

       -- the plaintiffs will dismiss the case and release the
          defendants from claims asserted in the action, and

       -- the defendants will not oppose plaintiffs’ petition
          for an award of attorneys’ fees and expenses not to
          exceed $20 million.

On June 8, 2007, the Delaware Chancery Court conducted a telephonic hearing
and approved the settlement, according to CVS Caremark Corp.'s Aug. 8, 2007
Form 10-Q Filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the
quarterly period ended June 30, 2007.

Caremark Rx, Inc. -- http://www.caremark.com-- is a pharmaceutical services  
company.  Its operations are conducted primarily through its subsidiaries,
Caremark Inc. and CaremarkPCS.  Caremark Rx’s customers are sponsors of
health benefit plans (employers, unions, government employee groups,
insurance companies and managed care organizations) and individuals located
throughout the U.S.

The Company dispenses pharmaceuticals to eligible participants in benefit
plans maintained by its customers and utilizes its information systems to
perform safety checks, drug interaction screening and generic substitution.  
In addition, Caremark Rx is a provider of drug benefits to eligible
beneficiaries under the federal government’s Medicare Part D program.  In
March 2007, CVS Corp. completed the acquisition of Caremark Rx. The combined
company is named CVS Caremark Corp.


CAREMARK RX: Continues to Face “Moeckel” ERISA Suit in Tenn.
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Discovery continues in the class action, "Moeckel v. Caremark RX, Inc., et
al.," which is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of
Tennessee, the company said at its Aug. 8, 2007 regulatory filing for the
quarter ended June 30, 2007.    

In July 2004, Caremark Rx and Caremark were served with a putative private
class action filed by Robert Moeckel, purportedly on behalf of the John
Morrell Employee Benefits Plan, which is an employee benefit plan sponsored
by a former Caremark client.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages and injunctive relief, alleges
that Caremark acts as a fiduciary under Employee Retirement Income Security
Act and has breached certain alleged fiduciary duties under ERISA.

This lawsuit makes allegations similar to those made in prior cases against
Caremark’s subsidiaries Caremark Inc. and AdvancePCS, which have been
dismissed based on substantive rulings that the applicable subsidiary does
not act as an ERISA fiduciary, dismissed based on threshold procedural
grounds, or dismissed voluntarily by the plaintiffs.

The suit is "Moeckel v. Caremark RX, Inc., et al., Case No. 3:04-cv-00633,"
filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee under
Judge Aleta A. Trauger.   

Representing the plaintiffs are:  

          Rebecca Cothran Blair, Esq.
          John A. Day, Esq.
          Branham & Day, P.C.
          5300 Maryland Way, Suite 300
          Brentwood, TN 37027
          Phone: (615) 742-4880
          E-mail: rblair@branhamday.com
                  jday@branhamday.com

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          Mike Miller, Esq.
          Solberg Stewart Miller & Tjon
          1129 Fifth Avenue South, P.O. Box 1897
          Fargo, ND 58107-1897
          Phone: (701) 237-3166
          E-mail: mmiller@solberglaw.com

Representing the defendants are:  

          Paul Savage Davidson, Esq.
          Joseph A. Woodruff, Esq.
          Jennifer L. Weaver, Esq.
          Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis
          Nashville City Center, 511 Union Street, Suite 2100,
          Nashville, TN 37219
          Phone: (615) 244-6380
          Fax: (615) 244-6380
          E-mail: pdavidson@wallerlaw.com
                  joseph.woodruff@wallerlaw.com
                  jennifer.weaver@wallerlaw.com

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         Frank E. Pasquesi, Esq.
         Ungaretti & Harris
         3500 Three First National Plaza
         Chicago, IL 60602-4283
         Phone: (312) 977-4400


CAREMARK RX: Ala. Court Mulls Motions in “Lauriello” Litigation
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Caremark Rx Inc. filed a motion to dismiss a complaint in intervention filed
by Frank McArthur in Alabama state court over the 1999 agreement to settle
various securities class action and derivative lawsuits filed against
Caremark, among others.

Caremark was named in a putative class action filed in 2003 in Alabama state
court by John Lauriello, purportedly on behalf of participants in the 1999
settlement of various securities class action and derivative lawsuits against
Caremark and others.  Other defendants include insurance companies that
provided coverage to Caremark with respect to the settled lawsuits.

The Lauriello lawsuit seeks approximately $3.2 billion in compensatory
damages plus other non-specified damages based on allegations that the amount
of insurance coverage available for the settled lawsuits was misrepresented
and suppressed.

A similar lawsuit was filed the next month by Frank McArthur, also in Alabama
state court, naming Caremark, several insurance companies and attorneys and
law firms involved in the 1999 settlement. This lawsuit was subsequently
stayed by the court as a later-filed class action.

In 2005, the trial court in the Lauriello case issued an order allowing the
Lauriello case to proceed on behalf of the settlement class in the 1999
securities class action.

Mr. McArthur then sought to intervene in the Lauriello case and to challenge
the adequacy of Mr. Lauriello as class representative and his lawyers as
class counsel.

The trial court denied Mr. McArthur’s motion to intervene, but the Alabama
Supreme Court subsequently ordered the lower court to vacate its prior order
on class certification and allow McArthur to intervene.

Caremark and other defendants have filed motions to dismiss the complaint in
intervention filed by Mr. McArthur, and these motions are pending, according
to the CVS Caremark Corp.'s Aug. 8, 2007 Form 10-Q Filing with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended June 30,
2007.

Caremark Rx, Inc. -- http://www.caremark.com-- is a pharmaceutical services  
company.  Its operations are conducted primarily through its subsidiaries,
Caremark Inc. and CaremarkPCS.  Caremark Rx’s customers are sponsors of
health benefit plans (employers, unions, government employee groups,
insurance companies and managed care organizations) and individuals located
throughout the U.S.  The Company dispenses pharmaceuticals to eligible
participants in benefit plans maintained by its customers and utilizes its
information systems to perform safety checks, drug interaction screening and
generic substitution.  In addition, Caremark Rx is a provider of drug
benefits to eligible beneficiaries under the federal government’s Medicare
Part D program.  In March 2007, CVS Corp. completed the acquisition of
Caremark Rx. The combined company is named CVS Caremark Corp.


CAREMARK RX: Still Faces Pharmacy Benefit Managers Lawsuit
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Caremark Rx, Inc. continues to face the purported class action, “In Re
Pharmacy Benefit Managers Antitrust Litigation,” pending in Pennsylvania
federal court.

Initially, various lawsuits have been filed alleging that CVS Caremark Corp.
and its subsidiaries Caremark Inc. and AdvancePCS have violated applicable
antitrust laws in establishing and maintaining retail pharmacy networks for
client health plans.

                     Bellevue Drug Litigation

In August 2003, Bellevue Drug Co., Robert Schreiber, Inc. d/b/a Burns
Pharmacy and Rehn-Huerbinger Drug Co. d/b/a Parkway Drugs #4, together with
Pharmacy Freedom Fund and the National Community Pharmacists Association
filed a putative class action against AdvancePCS in Pennsylvania federal
court, seeking treble damages and injunctive relief.  

The claims were initially sent to arbitration based on contract terms between
the pharmacies and AdvancePCS.

                     North Jackson Litigation

In October 2003, two independent pharmacies, North Jackson Pharmacy, Inc. and
C&C, Inc. d/b/a Big C Discount Drugs, Inc. filed a putative class action
complaint in Alabama federal court against Caremark, Caremark Inc. AdvancePCS
and two Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) competitors, seeking treble damages
and injunctive relief. The case against Caremark and Caremark Inc. was
transferred to Illinois federal court, and the AdvancePCS case was sent to
arbitration based on contract terms between the pharmacies and AdvancePCS.

The arbitration was then stayed by the parties pending developments in
Caremark’s court case.

                           Consolidation

In August 2006, the Bellevue case and the North Jackson Pharmacy case were
transferred to Pennsylvania federal court by the Judicial Panel on
Multidistrict Litigation for coordinated and consolidated proceedings with
other cases before the panel, including cases against other PBMs.

Caremark has appealed a decision which vacated the order compelling
arbitration and staying the proceedings in the Bellevue case to the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Motions for class certification in the coordinated cases within the
multidistrict litigation, including the North Jackson Pharmacy case, remain
pending, according to the CVS Caremark Corp.'s Aug. 8, 2007 Form 10-Q Filing
with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarterly period
ended June 30, 2007.

The consolidated action is now known as “In Re Pharmacy Benefit Managers
Antitrust Litigation.”

Caremark Rx, Inc. -- http://www.caremark.com-- is a pharmaceutical services  
company.  Its operations are conducted primarily through its subsidiaries,
Caremark Inc. and CaremarkPCS.  Caremark Rx’s customers are sponsors of
health benefit plans (employers, unions, government employee groups,
insurance companies and managed care organizations) and individuals located
throughout the U.S.  

The Company dispenses pharmaceuticals to eligible participants in benefit
plans maintained by its customers and utilizes its information systems to
perform safety checks, drug interaction screening and generic substitution.  
In addition, Caremark Rx is a provider of drug benefits to eligible
beneficiaries under the federal government’s Medicare Part D program.  In
March 2007, CVS Corp. completed the acquisition of Caremark Rx. The combined
company is named CVS Caremark Corp.


CAREMARK RX: Discovery Ongoing in Cal. Suit by Non-ERISA Members
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Discovery is ongoing in a purported class action that was filed against
Caremark Rx Inc. and Caremark Inc. in the Superior Court of the State of
California on behalf of all California members of non-ERISA health plans
and/or all California taxpayers.  

In March and April of 2003, AdvancePCS, and subsequently Caremark Rx and
Caremark, were served with a complaint filed by Robert Irwin in the Superior
Court of the State of California.

The plaintiff filed the action individually and purportedly as a private
attorney general on behalf of the general public of the State of California,
the non-ERISA health plans who contract with pharmacy benefit management
(PBM) companies and the individuals who are members of those plans.  

Other PBM companies are also named as defendants in this lawsuit, which
alleges violations of the California unfair competition law.

Specifically, the lawsuit challenges alleged business practices of PBMs,
including practices relating to pricing, rebates, formulary management, data
utilization and accounting and administrative processes.  It seeks injunctive
relief, restitution and disgorgement of revenues.

Discovery in the case is ongoing, according to CVS Caremark Corp.'s Aug. 8,
2007 Form 10-Q Filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for
the quarterly period ended June 30, 2007.

Caremark Rx, Inc. -- http://www.caremark.com-- is a pharmaceutical services  
company.  Its operations are conducted primarily through its subsidiaries,
Caremark Inc. and CaremarkPCS.  Caremark Rx’s customers are sponsors of
health benefit plans (employers, unions, government employee groups,
insurance companies and managed care organizations) and individuals located
throughout the U.S.

The Company dispenses pharmaceuticals to eligible participants in benefit
plans maintained by its customers and utilizes its information systems to
perform safety checks, drug interaction screening and generic substitution.  
In addition, Caremark Rx is a provider of drug benefits to eligible
beneficiaries under the federal government’s Medicare Part D program.  In
March 2007, CVS Corp. completed the acquisition of Caremark Rx. The combined
company is named CVS Caremark Corp.


CVS CAREMARK: Discovery Ongoing in Calif. Pharmacists’ Suit
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Discovery is ongoing in a purported class action filed against CVS Caremark
Corp. in California state court by Gabe Tong, purportedly on behalf of
current and former pharmacists working in the company’s California stores.

The lawsuit alleges that CVS failed to provide pharmacists in the purported
class with meal and rest periods or to pay overtime as required under
California law.  

Discovery in the case is ongoing, according to the CVS Caremark Corp.'s Aug.
8, 2007 Form 10-Q Filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for
the quarterly period ended June 30, 2007.

Caremark Rx, Inc. -- http://www.caremark.com-- is a pharmaceutical services  
company.  Its operations are conducted primarily through its subsidiaries,
Caremark Inc. and CaremarkPCS.  Caremark Rx’s customers are sponsors of
health benefit plans (employers, unions, government employee groups,
insurance companies and managed care organizations) and individuals located
throughout the U.S.  

The Company dispenses pharmaceuticals to eligible participants in benefit
plans maintained by its customers and utilizes its information systems to
perform safety checks, drug interaction screening and generic substitution.  
In addition, Caremark Rx is a provider of drug benefits to eligible
beneficiaries under the federal government’s Medicare Part D program.  In
March 2007, CVS Corp. completed the acquisition of Caremark Rx. The combined
company is named CVS Caremark Corp.


CHECKFREE CORP: Del. Suit Aims to Block $4.4B Sale to Fiserv
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CheckFree Corp. and Fiserv Inc. are facing a complaint seeking class-action
status in Delaware Chancery Court in Wilmington aiming to block a $4.4
billion sale of Checkfree to Fiserv, reports say.

On Aug. 2, Brookfield-based Fiserv, which manages check-processing and cash
machines for 17,000 companies, announced plans to purchase CheckFree -- which
makes software to run Internet-banking services -- to add electronic systems
for online-bill paying.  CheckFree's technology processes more than 1 billion
transactions a year.

Fiserv said the combination would allow it to eliminate about $100 million a
year in expenses and add more than $125 million in revenue.

CheckFree investor, Alice Tawil, said CheckFree directors failed to conduct a
fair bidding process and neglected to disclose whether Fiserv's offer was the
highest price available. She wants a judge to bar the transaction or award
damages if the deal is consummated.

"As a result of defendants' unlawful actions, plaintiff and other members of
the class will be irreparably damaged in that they will not receive their
fair portion of the value of the company's assets and business," Ms. Tawil
said in the complaint.

She also questioned the impartiality of company directors who entered into
retention agreements with Fiserv as part of the deal.

As part of the deal, Fiserv agreed to indemnify the directors for any expense
or judgments associated with that suit, according to Ms. Tawil's complaint.
CheckFree directors failed to disclose details of the sale that are important
for a shareholder vote, she said in the complaint. Specifically, the company
provided insufficient information concerning the financial analysis done by
Goldman Sachs Group Inc., she said.

Additionally, the company failed to disclose a conflict of interest for a
director who's a former senior adviser to the bank.

"The individual defendants have initiated a process to sell CheckFree that
imposes a heightened fiduciary responsibility on them and requires enhanced
scrutiny by the court," Ms. Tawil said in her complaint.

According to a Bloomberg News report, CheckFree spokeswoman Sheryl Roehl and
Fiserv spokeswoman Melanie Tolley didn't return phone messages seeking
comment.


CHOICEPOINT INC: FCRA Violations Suit in Cal. Now Dismissed
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A consolidated class action in California that generally alleges violations
of the Fair Credit Reporting Act against Choicepoint, Inc. has been dismissed
after the company settled the case for $117,500.

The Company was a defendant in a purported class action that resulted from
the consolidation of four previously filed class actions in the U.S. District
Court for the Central District of California, “Harrington, et al. v
ChoicePoint, CV05-1294.”

A similar purported class action lawsuit was filed against the Company in the
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, “Wilson v.
ChoicePoint Inc., 1-05-CV-1604.”

On July 10, 2006, the California court consolidated the Wilson and Harrington
cases.  The court granted the Company’s motion for summary judgment on Oct.
12, 2006.

The Company entered into a settlement agreement with all of the plaintiffs on
Feb. 9, 2007, pursuant to which it settled all outstanding claims for a total
of $117,500, and as a result, the case was dismissed on June 7, 2007.

The suit is “Harrington, et al. v ChoicePoint, CV05-1294,” filed in the U.S.
District Court for the Central District of California under Judge Mariana R.
Pfaelzer with referral to Judge Jeffrey W. Johnson.

Representing the plaintiffs are:

          Robert M. Bramson, Esq.
          Bramson Plutzik Mahler & Birkhaeuser
          2125 Oak Grove Road, Suite 120
          Walnut Creek, CA 94598
          Phone: 925-945-0200
          E-mail: rbramson@bramsonplutzik.com

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          John Glugoski, Esq.
          Righetti & Wynne
          456 Montgomery St., Ste. 1400
          San Francisco, CA 94104
          Phone: 415-983-0900
          E-mail: jglugoski@righettilaw.com

Representing the defendants are:

          Jeffrey A. Kent, Esq.
          Poindexter & Doutre
          624 S. Grand Ave., Ste. 2420
          Los Angeles, CA 90017-3325
          Phone: 213-628-8297
          E-mail: jkent@pdlawyers.com

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          Laurie S. Fulton, Esq.
          Williams & Connolly
          725 12th Street, Northwest
          Washington, DC 20005-5901
          Phone: 202-434-5787


CHOICEPOINT INC: Renews Motion to Dismiss Ga. Securities Suit
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The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has yet to rule
on a renewed motion to dismiss a consolidated securities fraud class action
field against ChoicePoint, Inc., according to the company's Aug. 8, 2007 Form
10-Q Filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the
quarterly period ended June 30, 2007.

On March 4, 2005, a purchaser of the company's securities filed a lawsuit
against the company and certain of its officers in the U.S. District Court
for the Central District of California.  

The complaint alleged that the defendants violated federal securities laws by
issuing false or misleading information in connection with the fraudulent
data access.

Additional similar complaints were filed by other purchasers of the company's
securities in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
on March 10, 2005 and in the Northern District of Georgia on March 11, 2005,
March 22, 2005 and March 24, 2005.

By court order, the cases pending in the California were transferred to the
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.  

By order dated Aug. 5, 2005, the court consolidated the pending cases into a
single consolidated action, "In re ChoicePoint Inc. Securities Litigation,
1:05-CV-00686."

On Nov. 14, 2005, the court entered an order appointing the Alaska Laborers
Employers Retirement Fund as lead plaintiff for the proposed plaintiff
class.  

A consolidated amended complaint was filed on Jan. 13, 2006, seeking
certification as a class action and unspecified compensatory damages,
attorneys' fees, costs, and other relief.

On March 14, 2006, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss the consolidated
amended complaint, which remains pending before the court.

On Nov. 21, 2006, the court entered an order denying the defendants’ motion
to dismiss.  Thereafter, defendants moved the court to certify its order for
immediate review.  The court granted that motion on Jan. 10, 2007.  

On Jan. 25, 2007, the defendants filed a petition asking the U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to allow them to appeal on an
interlocutory basis.

On May 3, 2007, the defendants’ petition was denied.  As a result, the
District Court re-opened the case.

Based on the subsequent U.S. Supreme Court decision in “Tellabs, Inc. v.
Makor Issues & Rights, Ltd.,” which requires District Courts to consider
competing inferences of scienter rather than just those most favorable to a
plaintiff, the Company filed a renewed motion to dismiss which is currently
pending before the District Court.

The suit is "In re ChoicePoint Inc. Securities Litigation, 1:05- CV-00686,"
filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia under
Judge Jack T. Camp.  

Representing the plaintiffs are:

          Martin D. Chitwood, Esq.
          Chitwood & Harley, Esq.
          1230 Peachtree Street, N.E. 2300 Promenade II
          Atlanta, GA 30309
          Phone: 404-873-3900
          E-mail: mdc@classlaw.com

          Edward P. Dietrich, Esq.
          Lerach, Coughlin, Stoia, Geller, Rudman & Robbins, LLP
          Suite 1900, 655 West Broadway
          San Diego, CA 92101
          Phone: 619-231-1058
          Fax: 619-231-7423
          E-mail: edd@lerachlaw.com

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          Christopher Kim, Esq.
          Lim Ruger & Kim
          Suite 2800, 1055 West 7th Street
          Los Angeles, CA 90017
          Phone: 213-955-9500

Representing the defendants is:

          Tracy Cobb Braintwain, Esq.
          King & Spalding, LLP
          1180 Peachtree Street, NE
          Atlanta, GA 30309-3521
          Phone: 404-572-2714
          Fax: 404-572-5139
          E-mail: tbraintwain@kslaw.com


CHOICEPOINT INC: Ga. ERISA Suit Plaintiffs Appeal Case’s Nixing
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Plaintiffs in a purported class action against ChoicePoint, Inc. that is
alleging violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
are appealing the dismissal of the matter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for
the Eleventh Circuit.

On May 20, 2005, the class action was filed in the in the U.S. District Court
for the Northern District of Georgia against the company and certain
individuals who are alleged to be fiduciaries under the ChoicePoint, Inc. 401
(K) Profit Sharing Plan.  

The suit alleged violations of ERISA fiduciary rules through the acquisition
and retention of ChoicePoint stock by the Plan on and after Nov. 24, 2004.  
Plaintiffs sought compensatory damages, injunctive and equitable relief,
attorneys' fees and costs.

On April 14, 2006, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss, which the court
granted on March 7, 2007, disposing of the case in its entirety.

On March 21, 2007, a motion for reconsideration was filed by the plaintiffs,
which was eventually denied on June 18, 2007.  

On July 12, 2007, Plaintiff filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which was docketed on July 16, 2007,
according to the company's Aug. 8, 2007 Form 10-Q Filing with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended June 30,
2007.

The suit is "Curtis R. Mellot v. ChoicePoint Inc., et al., Case No. 1:05-cv-
01340-JTC," filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of
Georgia under Judge Jack T. Camp.  

Representing the plaintiffs are:

          Thomas J. McKenna, Esq.
          Gainey & McKenna, 4th Floor, 295 Madison Avenue
          New York, NY 10017
          Phone: 212-983-1300
          Fax: 212-983-0383
          E-mail: tjmckenna@gaineyandmckenna.com

          Lisa T. Millican, Esq.
          Greenfield Millican, P.C.
          800 The Grant Building, 44 Broad Street
          NW Atlanta, GA 30303
          Phone: 404-522-1122
          E-mail: lisa.millican@lawofficepc.com

          Ronen Sarraf, Esq.
          Sarraf Gentile, LLP
          485 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1005, Suite 1005
          New York, NY 10018
          Phone: 212-868-3610
          E-mail: ronen@sarrafgentile.com

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          Kenneth J. Vianale, Esq.
          Vianale & Vianale
          2499 Glades Road, Suite 112
          Boca Raton, FL 33431
          Phone: 561-392-4750
          Fax: 561-392-4775
          E-mail: kvianale@vianalelaw.com


CHOICEPOINT INC: Fla. Court Denies Motion to Stay DPPA Suit Deal
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The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida denied a motion
by a Texas intervenor to stay an implementation of a settlement that was
reached in the purported class action, "Fresco, et al. v. Automotive
Directions Inc., et al."

The case alleges violation of the Driver's Privacy Protection Act.  It names
ChoicePoint, Inc. as defendant.

The class action was filed on Aug. 11, 2003 in U.S. District Court for the
Southern District of Florida.  It alleges that the company obtained,
disclosed and used information obtained from the Florida Department of
Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) in violation of DPPA.

The plaintiffs seek to represent classes of individuals whose personal
information from Florida DHSMV records has been obtained, disclosed and used
for marketing purposes or other allegedly impermissible uses by the company
without the express written consent of the individual.

A number of the company's competitors have also been sued in the same or
similar litigation in Florida.  This complaint seeks certification as a class
action, compensatory damages, attorneys' fees and costs, and injunctive and
other relief.

The company has joined with the other defendants in a motion for judgment on
the pleadings as to the plaintiffs' "obtaining" claim.  To date, the court
has not ruled on the pending motion.

After vigorously defending against the action, the defendants engaged in
court ordered mediation beginning in February 2006. A proposed settlement
agreement was filed with the court on Dec. 20, 2006 on behalf of the
Plaintiffs and all but two of the named defendants.

On May 11, 2007, the District Court entered orders which, among other things:

       -- granted preliminary approval of the proposed class
          action settlement;

       -- certified the conditional nationwide class;

       -- denied the motion of the Texas plaintiffs (referenced
          below) to intervene in Fresco;

       -- and granted an injunction to maintain the status quo,
          which prohibits the Texas action (referenced below)
          from moving forward.

On May 11, 2007, the Texas intervenors and the putative class members in the
Texas case filed a notice of appeal with respect to the denial of the motion
for limited intervention and the granting of the temporary injunction.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, then, issued an order
dated June 6, 2007, questioning whether it has jurisdiction over the appeal.  

The interested parties have submitted briefs to the Court of Appeals
responding to this question.  To date, the Court of Appeals has not ruled on
the issue.

On June 13, 2007, the Texas intervenors filed a motion to stay asking that
the District Court stay implementation of the settlement approval process
until the Court of Appeals has had time to evaluate the appeal.  

On July 26, 2007, the District Court denied the Texas intervenors’ motion,
according to the company's Aug. 8, 2007 Form 10-Q Filing with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended June 30,
2007.

The suit is "Richard Fresco, et al. v. Automotive Directions, Inc., et al.,
Case No. CIV-03-61063-Martinez/Klein," filed in the U.S. District Court for
the Southern District of Florida under Judge Jose E. Martinez with referral
to Judge Ted E. Bandstra.

Representing the plaintiffs are:

          Tod N. Aronovitz, Esq.
          Aronovitz Trial Lawyers
          150 W Flagler Street, Suite 2700 Museum Tower
          Miami, FL 33130
          Phone: 305-372-2772
          Fax: 305-375-0243
          E-mail: ta@aronovitzlaw.com

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          Lawrence Dean Goodman, Esq.
          Devine Goodman Pallot & Wells
          777 Brickell Avenue, Suite 850
          Miami, FL 33131
          Phone: 305-374-8200
          Fax: 374-8208
          E-mail: lgoodman@devinegoodman.com

Representing the defendants are:

          Alan Graham Greer, Esq.
          Richman Greer Weil Brumbaug Mirabito & Christensen
          201 S. Biscayne Boulevard Suite 1000
          Miami, FL 33131
          Phone: 305-373-4000
          Fax: 305-373-4099
          E-mail: agreer@richmangreer.com

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          Deanna Kendall Shullman, Esq.
          Holland & Knight
          1 E. Broward Boulevard, Suite 1300
          Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-4811
          Phone: 954-525-1000
          Fax: 463-2030
          E-mail: deanna.shullman@tlolawfirm.com


CHOICEPOINT INC: Tex. “Taylor” Case Enjoined From Proceeding
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The class action, "Taylor v. Acxiom Corp.," which is pending against
ChoicePoint, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of
Texas, is currently enjoined from proceeding further.

The suit was filed on Jan. 5, 2007 against the company and certain of its
competitors in on behalf of each and every individual in the State of Texas
whose name, address, driver identification number, and certain other
identifiers are contained in motor vehicle records obtained by the defendants
from the Texas Department of Public Safety without the express consent of the
individual during the period from June 1, 2000 through the date of judgment.

Plaintiff also filed pleadings seeking to intervene in "Richard Fresco, et
al. v. Automotive Directions, Inc., et al., Case No. CIV-03-61063-
Martinez/Klein."  Plaintiff is objecting to the proposed settlement agreement
for the case, which is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern
District of Florida.  

Such plaintiff also filed a Motion to Stay Proceedings in the "Fresco"
litigation pending the outcome of the Texas Court's class certification
determination in "Taylor."

On Feb. 8, 2007, the company filed a motion to dismiss the Taylor litigation
based on the fact that Fresco was first-filed, the nationwide class
in "Fresco" encompasses the Texas class, and reasons of judicial economy and
fundamental fairness dictate against duplicative class actions in federal
courts.

The Taylor litigation is currently enjoined from proceeding pursuant to the
District Court’s order issued in the Fresco litigation, according to the
company's Aug. 8, 2007 Form 10-Q Filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2007.

The suit is "Taylor et al. v. Acxiom Corp. et al., Case No. 2:07-cv-00001-
TJW," filed in the in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of
Texas under Judge T. John Ward.

Representing the plaintiffs is:

       -- Jeremy Reade Wilson, Esq.
          The Corea Firm, PLLC
          The Republic Center, 325 North St. Paul St., Ste. 4150
          Dallas, TX 75201
          Phone: 214-953-3900
          Fax: 214-953-3901
          E-mail: jwilson@corealaw.com

Representing the defendants are:

          David J. Beck, Esq.
          Beck Redden & Secrest
          1221 McKinney St., Suite 4500, One Houston Center            
          Houston, TX 77010-2020
          Phone: 713/951-3700
          Fax: 713/951-3720
          E-mail: dbeck@brsfirm.com

          George Barton Butts, Esq.
          DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP
          12221 S. MoPac Expressway, Suite 400
          Austin, TX 78746
          Phone: 512/457-7068
          Fax: 512/457-7001
          E-mail: george.butts@dlapiper.coml

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          James Patrick Kelley, Esq.
          Ireland Carroll & Kelley
          6101  S. Broadway Ste. 500
          Tyler, TX 75703
          Phone: 903-561-1600
          Fax: 903-581-1071
          E-mail: patkelley@icklaw.com


DAVITA INC: Faces Suit in Calif. Over Use of “Epogen” Drug
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DaVita Inc. received a copy of a civil complaint filed in the U.S. District
Court for the Central District of California by plaintiff Sheet Metal Workers
National Health Fund.

The complaint names as defendants:

          -- Amgen, Inc.;
          -- Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.; and
          -- DaVita Inc.

The complaint, which has not yet been served on DaVita, is styled as a
request for class action and alleges claims against DaVita relating to the
administration and use of Epogen(R). The complaint's principal allegations
against DaVita are that Epogen(R) was administered to hemodialysis patients
intravenously, as opposed to subcutaneously, and that Epogen(R) was over-
utilized.

DaVita administers Epogen(R) only pursuant to a physician's order, and the
physician determines both the dosage amount and route of administration of
Epogen(R). Also, the FDA-approved package insert for Epogen(R) recommends
that Epogen(R) be administered intravenously for patients on hemodialysis.

DaVita intends to vigorously defend the plaintiffs' claims and allegations
contained in the complaint.

DaVita, Inc. -- http://www.davita.com-- is a leading provider of dialysis  
services for patients suffering from chronic kidney failure. DaVita operates
and provides administrative services to approximately 1,300 outpatient
dialysis centers located in 42 states and the District of Columbia, serving
approximately 104,000 patients.



DONNAMX INC: Recalls China-Made Toothpaste with “Diglycol”
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Donnamax Inc. of Brooklyn, N.Y., in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration, has initiated a voluntary recall of these brands of
toothpaste made in China:

     -- DentaPro brand CAVITY FIGHTING FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE,
        FRESH SPEARMINT FLAVOR, NET WT. 6.4 oz. - Item No. 9112,
        UPC 8 71290 – 00062 5, and

     -- Bright Max Toothpaste, NET WT. 6.4 oz. - Item No. 9111

This recall has been initiated because the products may contain diethylene
glycol (DEG), also known as “diglycol”.

The FDA is not aware of any U.S. reports of poisoning from toothpaste
containing DEG. However, the agency is concerned about potential risks from
chronic exposure to DEG in certain populations, such as children and
individuals with kidney or liver disease. DEG in toothpaste has a low but
meaningful risk of toxicity and injury to these populations. Toothpaste is
not intended to be swallowed, but FDA is concerned about unintentional
swallowing or ingestion of tooth paste with DEG.

The toothpaste products were sold to retail stores located in the states of
New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Mississippi,
South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Idaho.

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

Retailers are advised to immediately examine their inventory for the recalled
brands of toothpaste, remove them from sale, destroy any units found, and
report the quantity destroyed on the response form to Donnamax Inc. as soon
as possible.

Consumers are advised to stop using the recalled products and return them to
the place of purchase or throw them away.


ESS TECHNOLOGY: $3.5M Securities Suit Deal Granted Final Okay
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The Stipulation of Settlement and Release by and among ESS Technology Inc.
(Nasdaq: ESST), certain current and former officers and directors of the
Company and the plaintiffs in the securities fraud class action filed in the
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California became final and
binding after no appeal was submitted within the applicable period following
the Court's entry of the Final Judgment and Order of Dismissal With
Prejudice.

Under the Settlement, ESS has agreed, among other terms, to pay the amount of
$3,500,000 to the plaintiffs. In exchange for such payment by ESS, plaintiffs
release and relinquish all claims against ESS and other defendants.

On Aug. 12, 2002, following the company's downward revision of revenue and
earnings guidance for the third fiscal quarter of
2002, a series of putative federal class actions were filed against the
company in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.   

Complaints alleged that the company and certain of its present and former
officers and directors made misleading statements regarding the company's
business and failed to disclose certain allegedly material facts during an
alleged class period of Jan. 3, 2002 through Aug. 12, 2002, in violation of
federal securities laws.  

These actions were consolidated and are proceeding under the caption, "In re
ESS Technology Securities Litigation."   

Plaintiffs seek unspecified damages on behalf of the putative class.  They
later amended their consolidated complaint on Nov.
3, 2003, which the company then moved to dismiss on Dec. 18,
2003.  

On Dec. 1, 2004, the court granted in part and denied in part the company's
motion to dismiss, and struck from the complaint allegations arising prior to
Feb. 27, 2002.

On Dec. 22, 2004, based on the court's order, the company moved to strike
from the complaint all remaining claims and allegations arising prior to Aug.
10, 2002.  

On Feb. 22, 2005, the court granted the company's motion in part and struck
all remaining claims and allegations arising prior to
Aug. 1, 2002 from the complaint.  

In an order filed on Feb. 8, 2006, the court certified a plaintiff class of
all persons and entities who purchased or otherwise acquired the company's
publicly traded securities during the period beginning Aug. 1, 2002, through
and including
Aug. 12, 2002.

On March 24, 2006, plaintiff filed a motion for leave to amend their
operative complaint, which the Court denied on May 30, 2006.  Trial was
tentatively set for January 2008.  

On Nov. 12, 2006, the parties attended a mediation at which they agreed to
settle the litigation for $3.5 million (to be paid by defendants’ insurance
carriers), subject to appropriate documentation by the parties and approval
by the Court.

The Stipulation of Settlement and Release was filed with the Court on April
30, 2007.  On May 8, 2007, the Court issued an order preliminarily approving
the settlement and providing for class notice (Class Action Reporter, June
15, 2007).

On August 27, 2007, the agreement became final and binding.

The Company and other defendants have denied, and continue to deny, any and
all allegations of wrongdoing in connection with this matter.

The suit is "In re ESS Technology, Inc. Securities Litigation,
Case No. 02-CV-4497," filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern
District of California under Judge Ronald M. Whyte with referral to Judge
Howard R. Lloyd.

Representing the plaintiffs is:

         Patrick J. Coughlin, Esq.
         Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP
         100 Pine Street, Suite 2600
         San Francisco, CA 94111
         Phone: 415/288-4545
         Fax: 415-288-4534
         E-mail: patc@lerachlaw.com

Representing the defendants is:

         Meredith N. Landy, Esq.
         O'Melveny & Myers
         2765 Sand Hill Road
         Menlo Park, CA 94025-7019
         Phone: 650.473.2600
         Fax: 650.473.2601
         E-mail: mlandy@omm.com




IFS INC: Recalls Sandwiches Because of Possible Health Risk
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IFS, Inc. of South Elgin, Illinois is recalling 7,500 Sandwiches, because it
has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism
which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children,
frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high
fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea,
Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant
women.

This product reached consumers through vending machines and c-stores in
Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Missouri.

These products are in a plastic wrapper and contain the exp. 073007.

The items are Buffalo Chicken Sandwich PLU # 3707, Cuban Sandwich PLU # 3795,
and Asiago Italian PLU #3770.

No illnesses have been reported as of 07/30/2007.

The recall is the result of a routine sampling program by IFS, Inc. which
revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. IFS, Inc. has
ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the IFS,
Inc. continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

If you find any of this product, please contact the location you received it
from, or contact IFS, Inc. directly:

          740 Schneider Dr.
          South Elgin, IL 60177
          Phone: 847-741-2544


ISRAEL: Legal Group Appeals “Ya’alon” War Crimes Suit Dismissal
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The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) appealed a lower court’s dismissal
of a civil class action that charges a former Israeli official with war
crimes and extrajudicial killing for his role in the Israel Defense Forces'
(IDF's) shelling of a United Nations compound in Lebanon, which killed more
than 100 Lebanese civilians who had taken shelter there.

In April 1996, the IDF conducted "Operation Grapes of Wrath," bombarding
villages in southern Lebanon for three weeks. Due to the attacks,
approximately 400,000 people were forced to leave their homes. Many did not
have the means to escape the area and took refuge in places they hoped might
provide some safety.

Lebanese civilians who were unable to leave the south fled to U.N. compounds;
more than 800 civilians -- mostly women, children, and the elderly -- had
sought refuge in the U.N. compound in Qana. The IDF then targeted the
compound, killing more than 100 civilians and injuring even more.

Lieutenant General Moshe Ya'alon was the head of IDF Intelligence on April
18, 1996 when the shelling occurred. The complaint alleges that Gen. Ya'alon
participated in the decision to shell the compound and had command
responsibility for the unlawful attack.

The suit also alleges that the IDF continued to shell the compound even after
the U.N. specifically notified the IDF that it was shelling a U.N. position
in which civilians were taking shelter.

The plaintiffs -- all Lebanese citizens who were injured and/or lost
relatives in the attack -- include Saadallah Ali Belhas, whose wife and nine
children were killed in the attack on the U.N. compound, as well as Ali
Mohammed Ismail, whose wife and three children were killed.

Plaintiffs Ibrahim Khalil Hammoud, Raiman Nasseeb, Hamidah Sharif Deeb, and
Hala Yassim Khalil each suffered disabling injuries, and most lost immediate
relatives due to the IDF shelling. The plaintiffs are seeking damages and
declaratory relief.

In December 2006, about a year after the case was filed, Judge Paul L.
Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed
the case, stating that Gen. Ya'alon could not be sued for the shelling of the
U.N. compound. Relying on the fact that the General was a government official
at the time and a letter from the Israeli Ambassador stating that Gen.
Ya'alon's acts were sovereign acts of Israel, the court decided that the
General was acting in his official capacity in the IDF, and thus immune under
the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA).

The appeal was filed after a district court judge ruled that former IDF
Lieutenant General Moshe Ya'alon was immune from being sued, a finding that
directly contradicts established precedent.

"The court's refusal to hold Gen. Ya'alon accountable for violating U.S. and
international law amounts to impunity for killing civilians taking shelter in
a UN compound," said CCR Attorney Katherine Gallagher. "More than 11 years
after the attack on Qana, the survivors are still seeking justice."

CCR attorneys are arguing that the district court judge erroneously applied
the FSIA in his ruling, as Gen. Ya'alon was no longer a government official
when sued and since his decision to shell the U.N. compound sheltering
civilians violated international law, as well as Israeli law and policy.

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is a non-profit legal and
educational organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights
guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights
demonstrators in the South, CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a
positive force for social change."


OREGON SCIENTIFIC: Recalls Thousands of Defective Weather Radios
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Oregon Scientific Inc., of Tualatin, Oregon, in cooperation with U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission, is recalling about 66,000 Oregon
Scientific weather radios.

The company said the radios could fail to receive National Weather Service
alert signals in certain areas of the country. In the event of severe
weather, this failure could put a consumer’s life and property at risk. No
injuries have been reported.

This recall involves the following Weather Radios and Weather Stations:

                      NAME                        MODEL

    All Hazards Portable Weather Alert Radio      WR103NX
    Portable Public Alert Radio                   WR108
    Public Alert Weather Station                  WRB308
    John Deere Public Alert Weather Station       WRB308J

No other models are included in this recall.

These recalled weather radios were manufactured in China and are being sold
at retail stores nationwide, including some electronics and sporting goods
stores, online retailers and in catalogs from December 2005 through June 2007
for between $30 and $150.

Pictures of recalled weather radios:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07292a.jpg
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07292b.jpg
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07292c.jpg

Consumers are advised not rely on the recalled weather radios to receive
emergency information. Consumers should contact Oregon Scientific for
instructions on returning the radio to receive a free replacement.

For additional information, contact Oregon Scientific at (800) 203-4921
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web
site: http://www2.oregonscientific.com


RITZ-CARLTON: Staffers File Lawsuit for Unpaid Overtime Wages
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Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena is facing a lawsuit, seeking
class-action status, alleging employees are not paid overtime and are forced
to work through their breaks, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Housekeeper Elvia Alonso, who has worked at the hotel for six years and is
one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, told the Los Angeles Business
Journal, "They say, 'If you don't like it, you go home.' "

According to the report, eight current and former employees of the hotel
representing different departments complained about racial discrimination,
hour and wage violations, staffing problems, unsafe work conditions and
retaliation for engaging in union activities.

In addition to the lawsuit, workers have recently filed complaints with the
state Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the National Labor
Relations Board, the report said.

Allison Sitch, a spokeswoman for Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., declined to comment,
according to the report, but said, "Genuinely, we take all of these things
seriously."

Ritz-Carlton -- a unit of Marriott International of Bethesda, Md. Ritz-
Carlton -- is a brand of luxury hotel and resort with 63 properties that are
located in major cities and exclusive resort destinations of 21 countries
worldwide.

The Ritz-Carlton brand is managed by the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company LLC, a
subsidiary of Marriott International. The first Ritz-Carlton Hotel was built
in Boston in 1927. The Ritz-Carlton headquarters are found in Chevy Chase,
Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C.


UNITED STATES: Scientists Challenge Extensive Background Checks
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Dozens of scientists and engineers at the California Institute of
Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory filed a class-action complaint in the
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, claiming the:

          -- U.S. National Aeronautical and Space Agency,
          -- U.S. Secretary of Commerce and
          -- Cal Tech

are threatening their jobs and invading their privacy by forcing them to
submit to unconstitutional “background checks” into their sexual orientation,
sexual histories, associations and other “dangerously vague” criteria,
reports say.

The offenses are “putatively based upon Homeland Security Presidential
Directive 12.”

According to the complaint, NASA demands “that JPL employees – including
senior scientists and engineers, many of whom have been employed there for
decades, and none of whom work on classified or national security materials
or issues –- submit to:

     1) an open-ended background investigation prying into their
        protected associational activities as well as myriad
        private and irrelevant personal information; and

     2) a determination of their suitability for employment that
        includes such wrong-headed and/or dangerously vague
        criteria as sexual orientation, sexual history, medical
        and emotional history, financial history, ‘attitude,’
        and ‘personality conflict.’”

Plaintiff Dr. Robert Nelson is a 27-year JPL employee, a senior research
scientist and head of NASA’s New Millennium Program.

The suit claims violations of the U.S. Constitution's 4th Amendment
protection against unreasonable search and seizure, 14th Amendment protection
against invasion of the right to privacy, the Administrative Procedure Act,
the Privacy Act, and rights under the California Constitution.

Plaintiff brings this action on behalf of JPL employees in non-sensitive
positions. There are approximately 5000 employees of Caltech at JPL,
approximately 97% of which have been designated by NASA as non-sensitive
personnel.

Plaintiffs want the court to rule on:

     (a) whether and to what extent plaintiffs' constitutionally
         protected privacy rights are being violated by th
         requirement that they complete Form 85, sign the waiver
         that is part of that form, and submit to a NACI
         background investigation;

     (b) whether and to what extent plaintiffs' constitutionally
         protected rights to be free from unlawful searches and
         seizures are violated by the requirement that they
         complete Form 85, sign the waiver that is part of the
         form, and submit to a NACI background investigation;

     (c) whether the Secretary of Commerce and Commerce
         Department violated the Administrative Procedure Act, 5
         U.S.C. Section 706(2)(c), by imposing a background
         investigation on employees of government contractors
         which has no basis in HSPD-12, or in any other
         executive order or statute; and

     (d) whether defendants' policy directly violates several
         sections of the Privacy Act of 1974, codified at 5
         U.S.C. Sections 552a(a)-(q), which requires departments
         and agencies of the executive branch to observe certain
         rules in the computerization, collection, management,
         use, and disclosure of personal information about
         individuals.

Plaintiffs request the court to:

     -- enter judgment in favor of plaintiffs on all counts of
        the complaint;

     -- award plaintiffs injunctive relief;

     -- award plaintiffs the costs of suit including reasonable
        attorneys' fees; and

     -- award plaintiffs such other and further relief as the
        court deems just under the circumstances.

Caltech was sued because it manages JPL for NASA and employs its staff. The
suit also named the U.S. Department of Commerce, which is involved in
promulgating federal identification standards, the English General News said.

The suit is "Robert M. Nelson et al. v. National Aeronautical and Space
Agency, et al.” filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of
California.

Representing plaintiffs are

          Robert M. Nelson
          William Bruce Banerdt
          Hadsell & Stormer, Inc.
          Marine Building, Suite 204
          128 N. Fair Oaks Avenue
          Pasadena, CA 91103-3645
          Phone:  (626) 585-9600
          Fax:  (626) 577-7079


                   New Securities Fraud Cases


AMERICAN MORTGAGE: Susman Heffner Files Securities Suit in N.Y.
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Susman Heffner & Hurst LLP filed a class action in the U.S. District Court
for the Eastern District of New York, on behalf of shareholders who purchased
American Home Mortgage Investment Corp., (OTC: AHMIQ.PK) common stock in
AHM's April 30, 2007, secondary offering for four million (4,000,000) shares
of AHM common stock at $23.80 per share.

The Complaint alleges that defendants issued numerous positive financial
statements, annual and quarterly financial reports filed with the SEC and
incorporated by reference into the Offering Materials for the April 30, 2007,
secondary offering that described AHM's financial performance. These
statements were materially false and misleading because they misrepresented
and failed to disclose the following adverse facts, among others:

     (a) AHM was experiencing an increasing number of loan
         delinquencies;

     (b) AHM failed to take adequate reserves against known or
         knowable future losses, including losses as a result of
         loan delinquencies;

     (c) AHM failed to write down on its financial statements
         the value of certain loans that had substantially
         declined, thereby increasing AHM's overall exposure to
         loss;

     (d) as a result of the increased delinquencies, it was
         becoming increasingly more difficult for AHM to sell
         its loans absent sharp price discounts, thus reducing
         profit margins and profit;

     (e) even at reduced prices, AHM was unable sell many of its
         loans and was forced to hold them, thereby increasing
         its exposure; and

     (f) as a result, AHM reported overstated financial results
         and concealed from the investing public, including
         plaintiff and other members of the Class, the true
         nature and extent of the undisclosed credit risk facing
         AHM.

The Complaint charges that the defendants failure to disclose these facts,
among others, violated Sections 11, 12(a)(2), and 15 of the Securities Act of
1934.

On July 31, 2007, when AHM issued a press release announcing its true
financial condition and its inability to fund its lending obligations, AHM's
stock price plummeted to an all time low of $1.04 per share.
The Offering Materials consisted of the Prospectus Supplement dated April 30,
2007 (the "Prospectus Supplement"); the Registration Statement dated December
15, 2004; the Prospectus dated January 6, 2005; and all documents
incorporated by reference into the above materials.

Interested parties may move the court no later than October 1, 2007, for lead
plaintiff appointment.

For more information, contact:

          Attn: Matthew T. Heffner
          Susman Heffner & Hurst LLP
          Phone: (312) 346-3466
          Fax: (312) 346-2829
          Email: mheffner@shhllp.com


COUNTRYWIDE FINANCIAL: Labaton Sucharow Files Securities Suit
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Labaton Sucharow LLP filed a class action on August 31, 2007 in the U.S.
District Court for the Central District of California, on behalf of persons
who purchased or otherwise acquired the common stock of Countrywide Financial
Corporation between April 24, 2004 and August 9, 2007, inclusive.

The lawsuit was filed against Countrywide and Angelo R. Mozilo, David Sambol,
Eric P. Sieracki and Stanford L. Kurland.

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 Defendants misled investors by
falsely representing that Countrywide had strict and selective underwriting
and loan origination practices, ample liquidity that would not be jeopardized
by negative changes in the credit markets, and a conservative approach that
set it apart from other lenders.

Additionally, the complaint alleges that Countrywide also improperly inflated
its reported income by understating its loan loss reserves in SEC filings.

On July 24, 2007, Countrywide announced that it was taking a $417 million
impairment charge and would add $292.9 million to its loan loss reserves, and
noted defaults were increasing in the prime market. In reaction to this news,
shares of Countrywide fell 10.5% to close at $30.50 per share.

Then on August 9, 2007, the Company warned of potential short-term liquidity
issues. Shares reacted negatively to the news, falling $1.00 per share to
close at $27.86 per share.

Interested parties may move the court no later than October 15, 2007 for lead
plaintiff appointment.

For more information, contact:

          Christopher Keller, Esq.
          Labaton Sucharow & Rudoff LLP
          Phone: 800-321-0476


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