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            Monday, October 19, 2009, Vol. 11, No. 206
  
                            Headlines

AFFINIA GROUP: WIX Defends S&E's Suit Over Price-Fixing Claims
ALLTEL COMMUNICATIONS: Calif. Suit Challenges Cell-Phone Spam
AMERICAN CELLULAR: Accused of Mislabeling TREN Xtreme Product
AMERICAN RESIDENTIAL: Flooded Tenant Explores Class Action Suit
ASPECT MEDICAL: Shareholder Wants Covidien To Pay More

AVIVA PLC: Multi-District Suit v. AmerUs Group Pending in Pa.
BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM: Mirapex Antitrust Suit Filed in W.D. Pa.
CAPITAL ONE: Ga. Interest Rate Hike Suit Removed to Federal Court
DE BEERS: Report Says Class-Action Payouts Possible In Spring
DR PEPPER: "Weiner" Suit Still Stayed Pending Ruling in "Holk"

DR PEPPER: "Holk" Lawsuit v. Unit Remanded to N.J. State Court
DR PEPPER: Snapple Beverage Unit Pursues Dismissal of "Koenig"
DR PEPPER: "Jones" Wage and Hour Suit Remains Pending in Calif.
HARTFORD INSURANCE: Suit Assails Cell-Phone Insurance Practices
HEXION SPECIALTY: Mediation is Ongoing in "Lifschitz" Complaint

HEXION SPECIALTY: Defending Suit Over Chemical Exposure in Fla.
HSBC MORTGAGE: Md. Suit Alleges Illegal Interest Collections
KNJ RESTAURANTS: Lawsuit Complains About Overtime Pay
LENNAR RENAISSANCE: Suit Claims 259 Calif. Homes Are Defective
LOS ANGELES POLICE: Artists Say LAPD Harassed & Arrested Them

NATIONAL COLLEGIATE: Charged With Unfair Use of Athletes' Images
SACRAMENTO COUNTY: Cruel & Unusual Punishment at Juvy Jail
SKYTERRA COMMUNICATIONS: Shareholder Wants More From Harbinger
TEXAS: Class-Action Food Stamp Lawsuit Dismissed
TRANS CALIFORNIA: Employee Files Class Action Labor Law Complaint

VOLKSWAGEN GROUP: Wash. Suit Complains About Engine Carbon Clogs

                    New Securities Fraud Cases

PRESCOTT VALLEY Event Center Bondholders Say They Were Misled

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AFFINIA GROUP: WIX Defends S&E's Suit Over Price-Fixing Claims
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WIX Filtration Corp LLC, a subsidiary of Affinia Group
Intermediate Holdings Inc., continues to face S&E Quick Lube
Distributors, Inc.'s class action lawsuit alleged price-fixing,
according to the company's Aug. 13, 2009, Form 10-Q filing with
the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarter ended
June 30, 2009.

On March 31, 2008, a class action lawsuit was filed by S&E Quick
Lube Distributors, Inc. of Utah against several auto parts
manufacturers for allegedly conspiring to fix prices for
replacement oil, air, fuel and transmission filters.

Several auto parts companies are named as defendants, including
Champion Laboratories, Inc., Purolator Filters NA LLC, Honeywell
International Inc., Cummins Filtration Inc., Donaldson Company,
Baldwin Filters Inc., Bosch USA., Mann + Hummel USA Inc.,
Arvinmeritor Inc., United Components Inc. and WIX.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of
Connecticut and seeks damages and injunctive relief on behalf of
a nationwide class of direct purchasers of filters.

Since this initial complaint was filed, over 56 "tag-along" suits
in multiple jurisdictions have been filed on behalf of both
direct and indirect purchasers of automotive filtration products.  
Two suits have also been filed in the Canadian provinces of
Ontario and Quebec.  As a result, all U.S. lawsuits have been
consolidated in a Multi-District Litigation Proceeding in
Chicago, IL.

Wix along with other named defendants filed various motions to
dismiss Plaintiffs' complaints.  Those motions are scheduled to
be decided in August 2009.

In addition, as of April 2009, the Florida Attorney General's
office had filed a tag along suit also naming Wix as a defendant.

Affinia Group Intermediate Holdings Inc. --
http://www.affiniagroup.com-- caters to those with an affinity  
for car parts.  The company is a leading designer, manufacturer,
and distributor of aftermarket vehicular components.  Affinia's
products, which are sold in 19 countries worldwide, consist of
brake, filtration, and chassis parts and are made for passenger
cars; sport utility vehicles (SUVs); light, medium, and heavy
trucks; and off-highway vehicles.  Its brand names are well known
in the industry and include AIMCO, McQuay-Norris, Nakata, Quinton
Hazell, Raybestos, and WIX.


ALLTEL COMMUNICATIONS: Calif. Suit Challenges Cell-Phone Spam
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Courthouse News Service reports that Alltell Communications
pushes its cell phone services with spam that its victims have to
pay for, a class action claims in Santa Clara County Court, San
Jose.

A copy of the Complaint in Reyes v. Alltel Communications, LLC,
Case No. 109CV152315 (Calif. Super. Ct., Santa Clara Cty.), is
available at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/10/15/spam.pdf

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Alan Himmelfarb, Esq.
          KAMBEREDELSON, LLP
          2757 Leonis Boulevard
          Vernon, CA 90058
          Telephone: 323-585-8696


AMERICAN CELLULAR: Accused of Mislabeling TREN Xtreme Product
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Courthouse News Service reports that American Cellular Labs and
Max Muscle Sports Nutrition mislabel steroids as dietary
supplements, a class action claims in Sacramento Superior Court.

A copy of the Complaint in Unden, et al. v. American Cellular
Labs, Inc., et al., Case No. 2009-00059885 (Calif. Super. Ct.,
Sacramento Cty.), is available at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/10/15/Steroids.pdf

The Plaintiffs are represented by:

          Gene J. Stonebarger, Esq.
          Richard D. Lambert, Esq.
          LINDSAY & STONEBARGER, P.C.
          620 Coolidge Dr., Suite 225
          Folsom, CA 95630
          Telephone: 916-294-0002
          Fax: 916-294-0012

AMERICAN RESIDENTIAL: Flooded Tenant Explores Class Action Suit
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Jennifer W. Sanchez at The Salt Lake Tribune reports that a
resident of Riverside Mobile Home Park, owned by American
Residential Communities, is "talking to a lawyer and seven other
neighbors with flooding problems about filing a class-action
lawsuit against the company."  

See http://www.sltrib.com/valleywest/ci_13546563for Ms. Sanchez'  
full report.  


ASPECT MEDICAL: Shareholder Wants Covidien To Pay More
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Courthouse News Service reports that Aspect Medical Systems is
selling itself to Covidien for the unfair price of $210 million
or $12 a share, though Aspect recently has sold at $12.01,
shareholders say in Delaware Chancery Court.

A copy of the Complaint in Cherwek v. Aspect Medical Systems,
Inc., et al., Case No 4989 (Del. Ch. Ct.), is available at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/10/15/SCAAspect.pdf

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Aaron Brody, Esq.
          STULL, STULL & BRODY
          6 East 45th Street
          New York, NY 10017
          Telephone: 212-687-7230

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          Joseph H. Weiss, Esq.
          WEISS & LURIE
          551 Fifth Avenue
          New York, NY 10176
          Telephone: 212-682-3025

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          Brian D. Long, Esq.
          Seth D. Rigrodsky, Esq.
          Timothy J. MacFall, Esq.
          RIGRODSKY & LONG, P.A.
          919 N. Market St., Suite 980
          Wilmington, DE 19801
          Telephone: 302-295-5310


AVIVA PLC: Multi-District Suit v. AmerUs Group Pending in Pa.
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Aviva plc's subsidiary, AmerUs Group, continues to face a multi-
district class action in Pennsylvania.

In November 2006, the company completed the acquisition of the
AmerUs Group, a US-based insurer.

In common with other companies operating in the sector, AmerUs is
subject to litigation, including class-action litigation, arising
out of its sale of equity-based index-linked annuity products.

The company is aware of the multi-district class action filed
against AmerUs in Pennsylvania but is not aware of any adverse
development.  The company's directors continue to monitor the
situation and consider that the litigation will not have a
material effect on its ability to meet shareholder expectations,
according to Aviva's Oct. 7, 2009, Form 20-F filing with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission for the fiscal year ended Dec.
31, 2008.

Aviva plc -- http://www.aviva.com/-- along with its  
subsidiaries, transacts life assurance and long-term savings
business, fund management, and most classes of general insurance
and health business.  The company operates in six segments:
United Kingdom, which includes UK general Insurance (UK GI) that
covers its United Kingdom general insurance business and includes
the results of Aviva Re, and UK Life, which includes the result
of the United Kingdom health business; Europe incorporates all
European operations excluding the United Kingdom; North America
includes its life business in the United States and general
insurance business in Canada; Asia Pacific includes all its Asian
and Australian businesses, and Aviva Investors, which includes
the Aviva Investors United Kingdom, France, the United States,
Canada, and the international fund management businesses.  In
February 2009, the company sold the British School of Motoring
Limited and its subsidiaries to Arques Industries AG.


BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM: Mirapex Antitrust Suit Filed in W.D. Pa.
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Courthouse News Service reports that an antitrust class action
claims Boehringer Ingelheim is unfairly blocking a generic
version of Mirapex, in Pittsburgh Federal Court.

A copy of the Complaint in Gilmore v. Boehringer Ingelheim
International GmbH and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals,
Inc., Case No. 05-mc-02025, Doc. 1327 (W.D. Pa.), is available
at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/10/14/MedicMirap.pdf

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Alfred G. Yates, Jr., Esq.
          Gerald L. Rutledge, Esq.
          LAW OFFICE OF ALFRED G. YATES, JR., PC
          519 Alleghany Building
          429 Forbes Avenue
          Pittsburgh, PA 15219
          Telephone: (412) 391-5164
          Fax: (412) 471-1033
          E-mail: yateslaw@aol.com

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          Vincent Esades, Esq.
          HEINS MILLS & OLSON, PLC
          310 Clifton Avenue
          Minneapolis, MN 55403
          Telephone: (612) 338-4605
          Fax: (612) 338-4692
          E-mail: vesades@heinsmills.com

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          Daniel R. Karon, Esq.
          GOLDMAN SCARLATO & KARON, P.C.
          55 Public Square, Suite 1500
          Cleveland, OH 44113
          Telephone: (216) 622-1851
          Fax: (216) 622-1852
          E-mail: karon@gsk-law.com

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          Mary G. Kirkpatrick, Esq.
          KIRKPATRICK & GOLDSBOROUGH
          1233 Shelburn Road, Suite E-1
          South Burlington, VT 05403
          Telephone: (802) 651-0960
          Fax: (802) 651-0964
          E-mail: mkirk@vtlawfirm.com


CAPITAL ONE: Ga. Interest Rate Hike Suit Removed to Federal Court
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Barker, et al. v. Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., Case No.
2009CV175096 (Ga. Super. Ct., Fulton Cty.), profiled in the
Sept. 21, 2009, edition of the Class Action Reporter has been
removed to federal court and is now proceeding as Barker, et al.
v. Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., Case No. 09-cv-02692 (N.D. Ga.)
(Forrester, J.).

The Plaintiffs are represented by:

          G. Franklin Lemond, Jr., Esq.
          Edward Adam Webb, Esq.
          THE WEBB LAW GROUP, LLC
          1900 The Exchange, SE, Suite 480
          Atlanta, GA 30339
          Telephone: 770-444-9325
          Fax: 770-444-0271
          E-mail: flemond@webbllc.com

Capital One is represented by:

          Harold Wayne Phears, Esq.
          McGuire Woods LLP
          1170 Peachtree Street, N.E., Suite 2100
          Atlanta, GA 30309-7649
          Telephone: 404-443-5718
          Fax: 404-443-5770
          E-mail: wphears@mcguirewoods.com

Additional details about this lawsuit and similar cases are
available at http://is.gd/4mjTTin a report by R. Robin McDonald  
published in the Fulton County Daily Reporter on Fri., Oct. 16,
2009.  


DE BEERS: Report Says Class-Action Payouts Possible In Spring
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Michelle Graff at the National Jeweler reports that anyone
waiting to receive money from the De Beers class-action lawsuit
settlement could see a thaw in the case this spring, according to
information provided by one of the attorneys in the case.

At a meeting of the Diamond Manufacturers and Importers
Association of America last week in New York City, Ms. Graff
reports, President Ronald Friedman provided an update on the now
eight-year-old case, reading aloud a letter from one of the
attorneys involved.

According to the letter, about 12 consumers of the 60 million in
the class who had filed various objections to the settlement,
which was reached in May 2008, appealed.

A hearing on these appeals is set for January and, according to
the letter, an opinion on that hearing is expected within two to
three months.

Assuming the court overrules the objections, that means
distribution of settlement proceedings possibly could begin in
spring 2010.

The De Beers class-action lawsuit, brought by representatives of
consumers and re-sellers beginning in 2001, alleged that De Beers
acted in a monopolistic manner to control diamond prices.

Rust Consulting maintains a Web site at:

     http://diamondsclassaction.com/

to provide information about Sullivan v. DB Investments, Inc., et
al., Case No. 04-cv-2819 (D. N.J.),


DR PEPPER: "Weiner" Suit Still Stayed Pending Ruling in "Holk"
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Proceedings in a putative class-action suit filed by Evan Weiner
against one of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.'s subsidiaries,
Snapple Beverage Corp. remain stayed.

In 2007, the attorneys in Stacey Holk's case filed a new action
in New York on behalf of plaintiff, Evan Weiner, with
substantially the same allegations and seeking the same damages
as in the Holk case.

The Holk case alleges that Snapple's labeling of certain of its
drinks is misleading and/or deceptive and seeks unspecified
damages on behalf of the class, including enjoining Snapple from
various labeling practices, disgorging profits, reimbursing of
monies paid for product and treble damages.

The company has filed a motion to dismiss the Weiner case on a
variety of grounds.

The Weiner case is currently stayed pending the outcome of the
Holk case, according to the company's Aug. 13, 2009, Form 10-Q
filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the
quarter ended June 30, 2009.

Plano, Texas-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. --
http://www.drpeppersnapplegroup.com/-- formerly CSAB Inc, is an
integrated refreshment beverage business, marketing more than 50
beverage brands throughout North America.  In addition to its
flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, the company's portfolio
includes 7UP, Mott's, A&W, Sunkist Soda, Hawaiian Punch, Canada
Dry, Schweppes, RC Cola, Diet Rite, Rose's, Clamato, Mr & Mrs T,
Holland House mixers and other consumer favorites.  Based in
Plano, Texas, the company has 24 bottling and manufacturing
facilities, and 250 distribution centers across the U.S.,
Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.  It operates in four segments:
Beverage Concentrates, Finished Goods, Bottling Group, and
Mexico and the Caribbean.


DR PEPPER: "Holk" Lawsuit v. Unit Remanded to N.J. State Court
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The class action lawsuit filed by Stacy Holk against one of Dr
Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.'s subsidiaries, Snapple Beverage
Corp., has been remanded by the U.S. District Court for the
District of New Jersey.

In 2007, Snapple Beverage Corp. was sued by Stacy Holk in New
Jersey Superior Court, Monmouth County.  The Holk case was filed
as a class action.  Subsequent to filing, the Holk case was
removed to the District Court.  

Holk alleges that Snapple's labeling of certain of its drinks is
misleading and/or deceptive and seeks unspecified damages on
behalf of the class, including enjoining Snapple from various
labeling practices, disgorging profits, reimbursing of monies
paid for product and treble damages.

Snapple filed a motion to dismiss the Holk case on a variety of
grounds.

On June 12, 2008, the district court granted Snapple's motion to
dismiss and the Holk case was dismissed.

The plaintiff has filed an appeal of the order dismissing the
case.

On Aug. 12, 2009, the appellate court reversed the judgment and
remanded to the district court for further proceedings, according
to the company's Aug. 13, 2009, Form 10-Q filing with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarter ended June 30,
2009.

The suit is Holk v. Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages et
al., Case No. 07-cv-03018 (D. N.J) (Cooper, J.).

Representing the plaintiff is:

          Philip A. Tortoreti, Esq.
          WILENTZ, GOLDMAN & SPITZER
          90 Woodbridge Center Drive, Suite 900
          Woodbridge, NJ 07095
          Phone: 732-636-8000
          E-mail: ptortoreti@wilentz.com

Representing the defendants is:

          Richard B. Harper, Esq.
          BAKER BOTTS, LLP
          30 Rockefeller Plaza
          New York, NY 10112
          Phone: 212-408-2675
          Fax: 212-259-2475
          E-mail: richard.harper@bakerbotts.com


DR PEPPER: Snapple Beverage Unit Pursues Dismissal of "Koenig"
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One of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.'s subsidiaries, Snapple
Beverage Corp., pursues dismissal of a class action lawsuit by
Frances Von Koenig in U.S. District Court for the Eastern
District of California.

In April 2009, Snapple Beverage Corp. was sued by Frances Von
Koenig in a class action with similar allegations to Stacey
Holk's case and seeking similar damages.

The Holk case alleges that Snapple's labeling of certain of its
drinks is misleading and/or deceptive and seeks unspecified
damages on behalf of the class, including enjoining Snapple from
various labeling practices, disgorging profits, reimbursing of
monies paid for product and treble damages.

A motion to dismiss the Von Koenig case has been filed, according
to the company's Aug. 13, 2009, Form 10-Q filing with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarter ended June 30,
2009.  

Plano, Texas-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. --
http://www.drpeppersnapplegroup.com/-- formerly CSAB Inc, is an
integrated refreshment beverage business, marketing more than 50
beverage brands throughout North America.  In addition to its
flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, the company's portfolio
includes 7UP, Mott's, A&W, Sunkist Soda, Hawaiian Punch, Canada
Dry, Schweppes, RC Cola, Diet Rite, Rose's, Clamato, Mr & Mrs T,
Holland House mixers and other consumer favorites.  Based in
Plano, Texas, the company has 24 bottling and manufacturing
facilities, and 250 distribution centers across the U.S.,
Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.  It operates in four segments:
Beverage Concentrates, Finished Goods, Bottling Group, and
Mexico and the Caribbean.


DR PEPPER: "Jones" Wage and Hour Suit Remains Pending in Calif.
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One of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.'s subsidiaries, Seven Up/RC
Bottling Company Inc., continues to face a class action lawsuit
by Robert Jones.

In 2007, Seven Up/RC Bottling was sued by Nicolas Steele, and in
a separate action by Robert Jones, in each case in Superior
Court in the State of California (Orange County), alleging that
its subsidiary failed to provide meal and rest periods and
itemized wage statements in accordance with applicable
California wage and hour law.

The cases were filed as class actions.  The classes, which have
not yet been certified, consist of employees who have held a
merchandiser or delivery driver position in California in the
past three years.  The potential class size could be
substantially higher due to the number of individuals who have
held these positions over the three year period.

On behalf of the classes, the plaintiffs claim lost wages,
waiting time penalties and other penalties for each violation of
the statute.

In the Steele case, plaintiff's counsel and the company have
reached an agreement to settle the case.  

The court has approved the settlement in the Steele case for an
amount that is not material to the company, according to its Aug.
13, 2009, For 10-Q filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission for the quarter ended June 30, 2009.

Plano, Texas-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. --
http://www.drpeppersnapplegroup.com/-- formerly CSAB Inc, is an
integrated refreshment beverage business, marketing more than 50
beverage brands throughout North America.  In addition to its
flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, the company's portfolio
includes 7UP, Mott's, A&W, Sunkist Soda, Hawaiian Punch, Canada
Dry, Schweppes, RC Cola, Diet Rite, Rose's, Clamato, Mr & Mrs T,
Holland House mixers and other consumer favorites.  Based in
Plano, Texas, the company has 24 bottling and manufacturing
facilities, and 250 distribution centers across the U.S.,
Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.  It operates in four segments:
Beverage Concentrates, Finished Goods, Bottling Group, and
Mexico and the Caribbean.


HARTFORD INSURANCE: Suit Assails Cell-Phone Insurance Practices
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Karina Brown at Courthouse News Service reports that Hartford
Insurance overcharges for cell-phone insurance and lied to the
California Department of Insurance about it, a class action
claims in Superior Court.  The class claims the overbilling is
easy to hide because the company collects payments via phone
bills.

Lead plaintiff Wineesa Cole claims Hartford Financial Services
Group told California's Insurance Department it charged $2.13 a
month for cell-phone insurance but actually charged policyholders
$3.99 a month.

California requires insurance companies to stick to the rates
they declare to the Department of Insurance, Ms. Cole says.  She
says she does not object to Hartford's rates, but she wants the
company to be honest about it.

Ms. Cole says the class didn't choose Hartford's insurance
anyway.  She says cell phone companies such as Verizon and
T-Mobile enroll customers in the insurance program, add the
premium to phone bills and turn over the premiums to Hartford.  
In return, Hartford pays the cell phone companies a "billing and
collection fee."

Ms. Cole seeks restitution and damages for consumer fraud.

Ms. Cole is represented in Cole v. Hartford Financial Services
Group, et al., Case No. BC423566 (Calif. Super. Ct., Los Angeles
Cty.), by:

          Taras Kick, Esq.
          Greg Woodburn, Esq.
          Thomas Segal, Esq.
          THE KICK LAW FIRM, APC
          900 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 230
          Los Angeles, CA 90017
          Phone: 213-624-1588
          Fax: 213-624-1589
          
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          Bernie Bernheim, Esq.
          Nazo Sermerdjian, Esq.
          THE BERNHEIM LAW FIRM     
          4725 Rubio Avenue
          Encino, CA 91436
          Phone: 818-906-2545
          Fax: 818-906-8418


HEXION SPECIALTY: Mediation is Ongoing in "Lifschitz" Complaint
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Court-ordered mediation is ongoing in the putative class action
complaint captioned Lifschitz v. Hexion Specialty Chemicals,
Inc., et al., Case No. 08-CV-6394 (S.D.N.Y.).

On July 17, 2008, an individual Huntsman shareholder filed suit
against the company, Craig O. Morrison, President and Chief
Executive Officer, and Joshua J. Harris, Director, in the U.S.
District Court in the Southern District of New York related to
matters arising out of the Huntsman Agreement.

The plaintiff in the New York Shareholder Action seeks to
represent a class of purchasers of Huntsman common stock between
May 14, 2008 and June 18, 2008.

The complaint alleges that the defendants disseminated false and
misleading statements and failed to disclose material facts
regarding the merger during the Class Period in violation of U.S.
securities laws.

The parties continue to negotiate a settlement amount, according
to the company's Aug. 13, 2009, Form 10-Q filing with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarter ended June 30,
2009.

Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc. -- http://www.hexionchem.com/
-- is the world's largest thermosetting resins (or thermosets)
maker, ahead of Georgia-Pacific.  Thermosets add a desired
quality (heat resistance, gloss, adhesion, etc.) to a number of
different paints and adhesives.  Hexion also is among the largest
makers of formaldehyde and other forest product resins, epoxy
resins, and raw materials for coatings and inks.  In 2007, the
company agreed to buy Huntsman for $10.5 billion. However, amid
the general economic turmoil of 2008, Hexion pulled out of the
transaction toward the end of that year.  Apollo Management
controls more than 90% of Hexion.


HEXION SPECIALTY: Defending Suit Over Chemical Exposure in Fla.
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Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc., continues to defend a lawsuit
filed in Hillsborough County, Florida Circuit Court, over alleged
exposure to toxic chemicals.

The Company is named in the lawsuit for an animal feed supplement
processing site formerly operated by the company and sold in
1980.

The lawsuit is filed on behalf of multiple residents of
Hillsborough County living near the site and it alleges various
injuries from exposure to toxic chemicals.

The Company does not have adequate information from which to
estimate a potential range of liability, if any, according to the
company's Aug. 13, 2009, Form 10-Q filing with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarter ended June 30,
2009.

The court dismissed a similar lawsuit brought on behalf of a
class of plaintiffs in November 2005.

Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc. -- http://www.hexionchem.com/
-- is the world's largest thermosetting resins (or thermosets)
maker, ahead of Georgia-Pacific.  Thermosets add a desired
quality (heat resistance, gloss, adhesion, etc.) to a number of
different paints and adhesives.  Hexion also is among the largest
makers of formaldehyde and other forest product resins, epoxy
resins, and raw materials for coatings and inks.  In 2007, the
company agreed to buy Huntsman for $10.5 billion. However, amid
the general economic turmoil of 2008, Hexion pulled out of the
transaction toward the end of that year.  Apollo Management
controls more than 90% of Hexion.


HSBC MORTGAGE: Md. Suit Alleges Illegal Interest Collections
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Courthouse News Service reports that HSBC Mortgage Service
illegally collected interest on second mortgages it services,
according to a $40 million class-action claim in Baltimore County
Court.

A copy of the Complaint in Conway, et ux. v. HSBC Mortgage
Services, Inc., Case No. C-09-12204 (Md. Cir. Ct., Baltimore
Cty.), is available at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/10/15/HomeMort.pdf

The Plaintiffs are represented by:

          A. Hoyt Rowell, III, Esq.
          Danile O. Myers, Esq.
          RICHARDSON, PATRICK, WESTBROOK & BRICKMANm LLC
          1037 Chuck Dawley Blvd., Bldg. A
          Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

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          E. David Hoskins, Esq.
          THE LAW OFFICES OF E. DAVID HOSKINS, LLC
          Quadrangle Building at Cross Keys
          2 Hamill Road, Suite 362
          Baltimore, MD 21210
          Telephone: 410-662-6500


KNJ RESTAURANTS: Lawsuit Complains About Overtime Pay
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Amir Behrang, on behalf of himself and all others similarly
situated, sued KNJ Restaurants, Inc., KNJ, Inc., KNJ Investment
Group, Inc., KNJ Holdings, Inc., KNJ Accounting Services, Inc.,
and Ketan Sharma, Case No. BC423504 (Cal. Super. Ct., Los Angeles
Cty.), on Oct. 13, 2009, for failure to pay overtime and other
labor law violations.  

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Thomas W. Falvey, Esq.
          J.D. Henderson, Esq.
          LAW OFFICES OF THOMAS W. FALVEY
          301 North Lake Avenue, Suit 800
          Pasadena, CA 91101
          Phone: 626-795-0205


LENNAR RENAISSANCE: Suit Claims 259 Calif. Homes Are Defective
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Courthouse News Service reports that Lennar Renaissance built 259
defective homes in its Creekview development in Elk Grove, a
class action claims in Sacramento County Court.

A copy of the 23-page Complaint in Alvir v. Lennar Renaissance,
Inc., Case No. 34-2009-00060285 (Calif. Super. Ct., Sacramento
Cty.), is available at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/10/15/RlEst.pdf

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Luke P. Ryan, Esq.
          Michael T. Quinn, Esq.
          SHINNICK & RYAN LLP
          1810 State Street
          San Diego, CA 92101          
          Telephone: 619-239-5900
          Fax: 619-239-1833


LOS ANGELES POLICE: Artists Say LAPD Harassed & Arrested Them
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Maria Dinzeo at Courthouse News Service reports that the Los
Angeles Police Department raided a peaceful fund-raiser at an
artist space and trampled the constitutional rights of all 100
people there, according to a federal class action. The class
claims the cops intended to harass them in the November 2008 raid
"because of their perceived political affiliations and their past
complaints about LAPD misconduct."

The named plaintiffs include an attorney, a community organizer,
a high school teacher, a Ph.D. student and an artist. They say
the cops demanded entry under "the pretext of searching for a
petty theft suspect."

"Several of the people who organized the fund-raiser do community
organizing against police brutality ... and are well-known to
many police officers," said attorney Colleen Flynn.

The class claims the officers arrived as the event began and said
they didn't need a warrant to search the building. The cops
"immediately began detaining individuals inside," forced them to
line up outside and searched them.

A paraplegic black man in a wheelchair was among those detained.
The attorney was among those lined up and searched outside and
the community organizer was arrested as he tried to enter the
building, according to the complaint.

The class demands statutory and punitive damages for
constitutional violations.

A copy of the Complaint in Lyall, et al. v. City of Los Angeles,
et al., Case No. 09-cv-07353 (C.D. Calif.), is available at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/10/14/LAPD.pdf

The Plaintiffs are represented by:

          Colleen Flynn, Esq.
          3435 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2900
          Los Angeles, CA 90010
          Telephone: 213-252-9444
          Fax: 213-252-0091
          E-mail: cflynnlaw@yahoo.com


NATIONAL COLLEGIATE: Charged With Unfair Use of Athletes' Images
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Craig Newsome, on behalf of himself and all others similarly
situated, sued the National Collegiate Athletic Association and
Collegiate Licensing Company, Case No. 09-cv-04882 (N.D. Calif.),
on Oct. 14, 2009, alleging "unlawful and deceptive practices
implemented by the NCAA and its licensing arm for per se
violations of the federal antitrust laws by engaging in a price-
fixing conspiracy and a group boycott and refusal to deal that
has unlawfully foreclosed class members from receiving
compensation in connection with the commercial exploitation of
their images following their conclusion of intercollegiate
athletic competition."

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Joseph R. Saveri, Esq.
          Kelly M. Dermody, Esq.
          Eric B. Fastiff, Esq.
          LIEFF, CABRASER, HEIMANN & BERNSTEIN, LLP
          275 Battery Street, 29th Floor
          San Francisco, CA 94111-3339
          Telephone: 415-956-1000

               - and -  

          Daniel E. Gustafson, Esq.
          Jason S. Kilene, Esq.
          David A. Goodwin, Esq.
          GUSTAFSON GLUEK PLLC
          650 Northstar East
          608 Second Avenue South
          Minneapolis, MN 55402
          Telephone: 612-333-8844
          
               - and -  

          Simon Paris, Esq.
          Patrick Howard, Esq.
          SALTZ MONGELUZZI BARRETT & BENDESKY, PC
          One Liberty Place, 52nd Floor
          1650 Market Street
          Philadelphia, PA 19103
          Telephone: 215-575-3986
     
               - and -  

          Dianne M. Nast, Esq.
          RODANAST, P.C.
          801 Estelle Drive
          Lancaster, PA 17601
          Telephone: 717-892-3000
          
               - and -  

          Dennis Stewart, Esq.
          HULETT HARPER STEWART LLP
          550 West "C" Street, Suite 1600
          San Diego, CA 92101
          Telephone: 619-338-1133

               - and -  

          Joseph Goldberg, Esq.
          FREEDMAN BOYD HOLLANDER GOLDBERG & IVES, P.A.
          20 First Plaza, Suite 700
          Albuquerque, NM 87102
          Telephone: 505-842-9960


SACRAMENTO COUNTY: Cruel & Unusual Punishment at Juvy Jail
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Maria Dinzeo at Courthouse News Service reports that probation
officers at the Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility
inflict cruel and unusual punishment on children for "no reason
at all," a class action claims in Federal Court. Officers have
broken children's bones and left permanent scars by slamming them
into walls, a practice so common the officers have a nickname for
it -- "dipping."

The children say officers pick them up and slam them into walls
and other solid surfaces for minor offenses. Sometimes officers
dip them though they are lying facedown on the ground. "Many
youth residents received scars and/or fractured or broken body
parts due to 'dipping,'" the complaint states.

A child can be dipped for virtually anything, from lying down on
a bed when asked to stand, or talking during lineups or movies.
After officers slam them into walls, they often send kids holding
cells, dressed only in underwear, and deny them blankets.

Plaintiff Brian Page says an officer injured his wrist when he
"grabbed him by the neck, lifted him off the bed and threw him to
the floor." The officer also put his knee into Page's back and
twisted his wrist.

Plaintiff Brandon Flores says he saw probation staff mopping up
blood after an officer slammed a kid's right eye into the floor.
Flores says he saw an officer grab another child and "throw him
several feet into the air." The officer then jumped on the kid,
kneed him in the back and slammed his head into the ground.

The children sued the County of Sacramento, its Chief Probation
Officer Vernon Speirs, and 13 other probation officers, all of
them named in the complaint.

The class seeks compensatory and punitive damages for
constitutional violations.

A copy of the Complaint in Page, et al. v. The County of
Sacramento, et al., Case No. 09-cv-_____ (E.D. Calif.), is
available at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/10/14/SactoAbuse.pdf

The Plaintiffs are represented by:

          Mark E. Merin, Esq.
          LAW OFFICE OF MARK E. MERIN
          2001 P Street, Suite 100
          Sacramento, CA 95814
          Telephone: (916) 443-6911
          Fax: (916) 447-8336

               - and -  

          Jose Luis Fuentes, Esq.
          SIEGEL & YEE
          499 14th Street, Suite 220
          Oakland, CA 94612
          Telephone: (510) 839-1200
          Fax: (510) 444-6698


SKYTERRA COMMUNICATIONS: Shareholder Wants More From Harbinger
--------------------------------------------------------------
Courthouse News Service reports that SkyTerra Communications
shareholders say Harbinger Capital Partners is taking the company
private through an unfair process at an unfair price of $5 a
share, in Delaware Chancery Court.

A copy of the Complaint in Jauhar v. SkyTerra Communications,
Inc., et al., Case No. 4987 (Del. Ch. Ct.), is available at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/10/14/SCASkyTerra.pdf

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Marc A. Topaz, Esq.
          Lee D. Rudy, Esq.
          Michael C. Wagner, Esq.
          James H. Miller, Esq.
          BARROWAY TOPAZ KESSLER MELTZER & CHECK, LLP
          280 King of Prussia Road
          Radnor, PA 19087
          Telephone: 610-667-7706

               - and -  

          Michael Hanrahan, Esq.
          Paul A. Fioravanti, Jr., Esq.
          Laina M. Herbert, Esq.
          PRICKETT, JONES & ELLIOTT, P.A.
          1310 N. King Street
          P.O. Box 1328
          Wilmington, DE 19899-1328
          Telephone: 302-888-6500

TEXAS: Class-Action Food Stamp Lawsuit Dismissed
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The Houston Chronicle reports that a federal judge has dismissed
a class-action lawsuit that aimed to force the state to process
food stamp applications within the 30 days required by law.

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said the U.S. Department of
Agriculture was pursuing action against Texas to fix violations
and that Congress hadn't unambiguously given individuals the
right to sue over the matter.

"While this may be a close case, the Court is not persuaded that
Congress intended to create a federal right to have one's food
stamp application approved or denied within 30 days or expedited
within seven days," Sparks wrote in his opinion, signed Oct. 8.

The state takes longer than the 30 days required by federal law
to process one-third of food-stamp cases and is working on a
corrective plan to submit to the federal government, Texas Health
and Human Services Commission spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman told
the Chronicle.

The newspaper notes that federal officials have warned Texas that
unless it corrects problems, funding could be cut off, and the
state also could be fined.


TRANS CALIFORNIA: Employee Files Class Action Labor Law Complaint
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Vernon L. Brannon, individually, and on behalf of other members
of the general public similarly situated, sued Trans California,
Inc., Case No. BC423170 (Calif. Super. Ct., Los Angeles Cty.), on
Oct. 9, 2009, for labor law violations.  

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Daniel G. Emilio, Esq.
          EMILIO LAW GROUP, APC
          12812 Valley View Street, Suite 37
          Garden Grove, CA 92845
          Phone: 714-379-6239
          Fax: 714-379-5444

               - and -  

          Wade A. Miller, Esq.
          LAW OFFICE OF WADE A. MILLER
          12812 Valley View Street, Suite 37
          Garden Grove, CA 92845
          Phone: 714-379-6239
          Fax: 714-379-5444


VOLKSWAGEN GROUP: Wash. Suit Complains About Engine Carbon Clogs
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Courthouse News Service reports that Volkswagen TDI engines from
1999 and 2000 clog with carbon through normal use and VW
concealed the defect by telling dealers to call it a problem of
"routine maintenance" not covered by warranty, a class action
claims in King County Court, Seattle.

A copy of the Complaint in Lane v. Volkswagen Group of America,
Inc., and Carter Motors, Inc., Case No. 09-2-37182-2 SEA (Wash.
Super. Ct., King Cty.), is available at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/10/15/VWCCA.pdf

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          John Du Wors, Esq.
          Derek A. Newman, Esq.
          Derek Linke, Esq.
          NEWMAN & NEWMAN
          505 Fifth Ave. S., Ste. 610
          Seattle, WA 98104
          Telephone: (206) 274-2800

               - and -  

          David Breskin, Esq.
          Roger Townsend, Esq.
          BRESKIN JOHNSON & TOWNSEND PLLC
          1111 Third Avenue, Suite 2230
          Seattle, WA 98101
          Telephone: (206) 652-8660

                    New Securities Fraud Cases

PRESCOTT VALLEY Event Center Bondholders Say They Were Misled
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THe law firms of Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP and LaVelle &
LaVelle, PLC have filed a class action complaint in the United
States District Court for the District of Arizona against various
parties associated with the issuance of the Industrial
Development Authority of the County of Yavapai $35,000,000
Convention Center Facilities Excise Tax Revenue Bonds, Series
2005.  The complaint, which was filed on behalf of those who
purchased the Bonds following their issuance in November 2005
through October 31, 2006, alleges violations of Sections 10(b)
and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

The Bonds were issued for the purpose of financing the building
of a 5,000 seat event center in Prescott Valley, Arizona.  The
defendant parties include brokerages Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.,
M.L. Stern & Co., LLC, and Edward Jones, L.P.  They also include
the Town of Prescott Valley, Arizona, the Prescott Valley Event
Center, LLC, and various developers and other business interests
involved in or associated with the Official Statements used to
market the Bonds.  Two law firms and several individuals are also
named as defendants.

The complaint alleges that the defendants violated Sections 10(b)
and 20(a) of the Exchange Act by failing to disclose material
facts in connection with the offering and sale of the Bonds,
thereby misleading investors.  Specifically, the complaint
alleges that the defendants failed to disclose the following
material facts in the Bonds' Official Statements:

     (1) the Event Center could not generate sufficient operating
         and sales tax revenues to make the project economically
         feasible, service the debt, and support an investment-
         grade rating for the Bonds;

     (2) a preliminary feasibility report indicated that the
         population and number of households in the market area
         of the Event Center were extremely low in comparison
         with market areas with comparable event centers;

     (3) the projected number of events at the Event Center, the
         projected attendance at those events, and the projected
         operational and sales tax revenue generated from them  
         were inflated; and

     (4) certain defendants terminated the independent third
         party that prepared the preliminary feasibility report
         rather than permit that party to review the inflated
         projections.

As a result of these material omissions, the plaintiffs and class
members were induced to purchase the Bonds. The Bonds have since
substantially declined in value and are no longer investment-
grade-rated securities.

If you are a member of the class described above, you may move
the Court, not later than 60 days after the date on which this
Notice is published, to serve as Lead Plaintiff for the class. A
Lead Plaintiff is a representative chosen by the Court who acts
on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. If
you purchased the Bonds and wish to discuss this litigation, or
have any questions concerning this Notice or your rights or
interests with respect to these matters, please contact:

          Alain M. Baudry, Esq.
          Jonathan S. Parritz, Esq.
          Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP
          Telephone: 612-672-8200
          
               - and -  

          Michael J. LaVelle, Esq.
          LaVelle & LaVelle, PLC
          Telephone: 602-279-2100
          E-mail: mjl@lavelle-lavelle.com


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