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            Tuesday, January 12, 2010, Vol. 12, No. 7

                            Headlines

ACER AMERICA: Recalls 22,000 Aspire-Series Notebook Computers
BMW OF NORTH AMERICA: Calif. Suit Alleges Turbo Software Flaw
BROADCOM CORP: Agrees to Pay $160.5 Mil. to Shareholder Class
CVS PHARMACY: Conn. Lawsuit Contests Pharmacy Record Fees
GENERIX LABORATORIES: Lawsuit Challenges Leptopril Ad Claims

INTEL CORP: Antitrust Claims Give Rise to Shareholder Lawsuit
JIDE TRADING: Recalls 2,100 Lead-Containing Military Toy Figures
LIFE INSURANCE CO OF ALABAMA: Accused of Not Paying Cancer Claims
MCAFEE INC: Faces Class Action Labor Lawsuit in Calif.
MILBERG LLP: S.D.N.Y. Dismisses RICO Claims in Client Lawsuit

MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC: N.J. Suit Challenges Attorneys Fees
NO-SPILL LLC: Recalls 7,500 Leaky 5-Gallon Gasoline Cans
NORTSTROM INC: Accused of Labor Law Violations in Calif. Suit
ONLINE PACKAGING: Recalls 75 Mislabeled Food Club Ammonia Bottles
OXMOOR HOUSE: Recalls 951,000 Flawed Home Improvement Books

PRIMAL VANTAGE: Recalls 16,000 Strap-On Tree Climbing Devices
RBC (USA): Bait-and-Switch Mortgage Tactics Alleged in Mo. Suit
RENTECH: Shareholder Lawsuit Filed in C.D. Calif.
SAGITTARIUS SPORTING: Recalls 10,000 Master Forge 5-Burner Grills
ST. MARTIN'S PRESS: Recalls 204,000 "Big Rex and Friends" Books

UNITED STATES RARE COIN: Accused of Deceptive Ads in Calif. Suit
VATICAN BANK: 9th Cir. Rejects Holocaust Survivors' Suit

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ACER AMERICA: Recalls 22,000 Aspire-Series Notebook Computers
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with
Acer America Corporation, of San Jose, Calif., announced a
voluntary recall of about 22,000 Acer Aspire-series Notebook
Computers.  Consumers should stop using recalled products
immediately unless otherwise instructed.

An internal microphone wire under the palm rest can short circuit
and overheat.  This poses a potential burn hazard to consumers.

Acer has received three reports of computers short circuiting,
resulting in slight melting of the external casing.  No incidents
occurred in the United States.  No injuries have been reported.

The recalled notebook computer models are the Acer AS3410,
AS3410T, AS3810T, AS3810TG, AS3810TZ and AS3810TZG.  The
computer's screen size is about 13.3 inches measured diagonally.
Not all units are affected. Consumers should contact Acer to
determine if their unit is included in the recall.  Pictures of
the recalled notebook computers are available at:

     http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10103.html

The recalled electronic devices were manufactured in China and
sold at ABS Computer Technologies, D&H Distributing, Fry's
Electronics, Ingram Micro, Radio Shack, SED/American Express,
Synnex Corporation, SYX Distribution, Tech Data Corporation and
other retailers nationwide and Amazon.com from June 2009 through
October 2009 for between $650 and $1,150.

Consumers should stop using the recalled notebook computers
immediately and contact Acer to determine if their notebook is
affected and to receive a free repair.  For additional
information, contact Acer toll-free at (866) 695-2237 anytime, or
visit the firm's Web site at http://www.acer.com/


BMW OF NORTH AMERICA: Calif. Suit Alleges Turbo Software Flaw
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Courthouse News Service reports that a class action in Los
Angeles Federal Court claims the 2007-2010 BMW 1 Series, 3
Series, 5 Series, X5, X6, and Z4 models with N54 3.0 liter twin
turbo inline-6 engines have defective software that cause turbo
lag and sudden loss of power.

A copy of the Complaint in Barney v. BMW of North America,
L.L.C., Case No. 09-cv-09469 (C.D. Calif.), is available at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/12/29/BMW.pdf

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          William G. Baumgaertner, Esq.
          HAIGHT BROWN & BONESTEEL LLP
          6080 Center Drive, Suite 800
          Los Angeles, CA 90045-1574
          Telephone: 310-215-7100

               - and -  

          David L. Rumley, Esq.
          Joseph M. Dunn, Esq.
          Neil A. Goro, Esq.
          WIGINGTON, RUMLEY & DUNN, LLP
          601 Howard Street
          San Antonio, TX 78212
          Telephone: 210-487-7500


BROADCOM CORP: Agrees to Pay $160.5 Mil. to Shareholder Class
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Courthouse News Service reports that Broadcom Corp. will pay
$160.5 million to settle shareholder lawsuits who complained of
illegal backdating of stock option grants. The settlement,
reached late last month, covers class-actions that investors
filed between July 2005 and July 2006.

The Irvine, Calif.-based computer chip company did not admit any
wrongdoing as part of the settlement.

The agreement comes after a judge earlier this month dismissed
criminal securities fraud charges against the company's co-
founder Henry T. Nicholas III and former CEO William J. Ruehle,
The Associated Press reported. U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney
also threw out co-founder Henry Samueli's guilty plea to a charge
of lying about the backdating practice.

Details of how the money would be distributed wasn't immediately
known.

Broadcom was accused of backdating stock option grants to its
employees without telling them that they were backdated.

As reported in the Dec. 18, 2009, edition of the Class Action
Reporter, U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney, in the
Central District of California, dismissed with prejudice the
cases against William Ruehle, the former chief financial officer
of Broadcom, and Henry Nicholas, one of the company's co-
founders.  Judge Carney also dismissed the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission's civil case against Mr. Ruehle, Mr.
Nicholas, co-founder Henry Samueli and David Dull, the former
general counsel of the company.  Mr. Ruehle's lawyers filed a
motion on Dec. 4 raising at least four instances in which the
government allegedly engaged in misconduct, including threatening
witnesses with perjury charges depending on their testimony in
the criminal trial.  Judge Carney concluded that the government's
handling of the case "distorted the truth-finding process" and
made a "mockery" of the defendants' due process rights, according
to a report by Amanda Bronstad at The National Law Journal.  


CVS PHARMACY: Conn. Lawsuit Contests Pharmacy Record Fees
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Courthouse News Service reports that CVS Pharmacy overcharges for
pharmacy records - $35 for 2 pages of them in the named
plaintiff's case, a class action claims in Hartford Superior
Court.

A copy of the Complaint in Urciuoli v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., Case
No. 09cv6066587-S (Conn. Super. Ct., J.D. of Hartford), is
available at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/12/29/CCACVS.pdf

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          James F. Sullivan, Esq.
          HOWARD, KOHN, SPRAGUE & FITZGERALD
          P.O. Box 261798
          Hartford, CT 06126-1798
          Telephone: 680-525-3101


GENERIX LABORATORIES: Lawsuit Challenges Leptopril Ad Claims
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Courthouse News Service reports that Generix Laboratories pushes
its weight-loss drug, Leptopril, with false claims that it
"alters 'variations in the human generic code' and hastens the
body's 'disposition of body fat,'" a class action claims in Los
Angeles Superior Court.


INTEL CORP: Antitrust Claims Give Rise to Shareholder Lawsuit
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Courthouse News Service reports that shareholders sued Intel and
its directors, claiming they breached fiduciary duties by
refusing for a decade to investigate or take action about the
company's antitrust violations, in Delaware Federal Court.  

A copy of the Complaint in Louisiana Municipal Police Employees'
Retirement System v. Otellini, et al., Case No. 09-cv-00993 (D.
Del.), is available at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/12/29/SCAIntel.pdf

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Jeffrey C. Block, Esq.
          Bryan A. Wood, Esq.
          BERMAN DEVALERIO
          One Liverty Square
          Boston, MA 02109
          Telephone: 617-542-8300

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          Robert D. Goldberg, Esq.
          BIGGS AND BATTAGLIA
          921 North Orange Street
          Wilmington, DE 19899
          Telephone: 302-655-9677


JIDE TRADING: Recalls 2,100 Lead-Containing Military Toy Figures
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with
Jide Trading, Inc., of Commerce, Calif., announced a voluntary
recall of 2,100 military toy figures.  Consumers should stop
using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

The surface paint on the toy contains excessive levels of lead
violating the federal lead paint standard.

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

The mini military toy set is packaged on a blister card and
includes a male military figure about four inches in height with
various accessories.  A picture of the recalled product is
available at:

     http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10098.html

The recalled toys were manufactured in China and sold by Dollar
Stores and other discount stores from November 2008 to April
2009.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled toys away from
children and contact Jide Trading for a full refund or
replacement toy.  For additional information, call Jide Trading
toll free at (866) 544-7822 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.,
Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site
at http://www.jidetrading.com/


LIFE INSURANCE CO OF ALABAMA: Accused of Not Paying Cancer Claims
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Courthouse News Service reports that The Life Insurance Company
of Alabama is ducking its obligations under a cancer policy, a
woman with cancer claims in a class action in Gadsden Federal
Court.

A copy of the Complaint in Cartee v. Life Insurance Company of
Alabama, Case No. 09-cv-02582 (N.D. Ala.), is available at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/12/29/Insure.pdf

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Jere L. Beasley, Esq.
          Wilson Daniel Miles, III, Esq.
          Larry A. Golston, Jr., Esq.
          BEASLEY, ALLEN CROW, et al.
          218 Commerce St.
          Montgomery, AL 36104


MCAFEE INC: Faces Class Action Labor Lawsuit in Calif.
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Courthouse News Service reports that McAfee, Inc., faces a class
action labor complaint in Santa Clara County Court, Calif.


MILBERG LLP: S.D.N.Y. Dismisses RICO Claims in Client Lawsuit
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Jonathan Perlow at Courthouse News Service reports that a federal
judge in Manhattan dismissed most of a lawsuit against Milberg
LLP, brought by former clients who accused the law firm of paying
them millions of dollars to serve as lead plaintiffs in class
actions. The plaintiffs sought to recover their attorneys' fees.

U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska dismissed the plaintiffs'
racketeering claims as time-barred in Marshall, et al. v. Milberg
LLP, et al., Case No. 07-cv-06950 (S.D.N.Y.), but kept alive a
breach of fiduciary duty charge.  A copy of the ruling is
available at http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/12/31/Milberg.pdf

Melvyn Weiss, David Bershad, William Lerach and Steven Schulman,
four ex-partners of the law firm, pleaded guilty to paying
kickbacks to clients in order to induce them to file suits.
Prosecutors said the fraud spanned more than 25 years.

The New York-based firm, formally known as Milberg Weiss, Milberg
Weiss & Bershad, and Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman,
specializes in suing corporations in securities fraud class
actions.

Milberg attorneys allegedly paid kickbacks to lead plaintiffs,
overstated the extent and nature of their clients' injuries, and
caused plaintiffs to lie in depositions and court documents.

Dismissing the racketeering charges, Judge Preska said the
plaintiffs had been given a "storm warning," but failed to sue
within the required four years. She said the claims against the
law firm "received an enormous amount of media attention."

"Considering the widely publicized nature of the grand-jury
investigation of Milberg LLP, the court concludes that plaintiffs
were on inquiry notice of defendants' conduct no later than March
4, 2002, the date of the most recent news article provided by
defendants to the court," the judge wrote. "These news articles
constitute uncontroverted evidence that clearly shows that
plaintiffs were on inquiry notice of defendants' conduct more
than four years before they filed suit in August 2007.

"Several of the news articles mentioned defendants' enormous
market share for class action suits, and it would have been
unreasonable for plaintiffs to assume, without inquiring, that
their cases were not part of a common scheme of behavior," Judge
Preska added.

Judge Preska allowed one claim for breach of fiduciary duty to
proceed, saying it met the six-year statute of limitations.

Milberg LLP, founded in 1965, was responsible for 85 percent of
all securities class actions in California in 2001, the judge
said, citing an Associated Press report.

In 2007, it secured the largest class-action settlement on record
at the time, when Tyco agreed to pay more than $3 billion to put
to rest an accounting fraud scandal.


MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC: N.J. Suit Challenges Attorneys Fees
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Courthouse News Service reports that a class action claims
Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems and GMAC Mortgage Corp.
charge delinquent borrowers illegal post-judgment attorneys fees,
in Camden County Court, N.J.

A copy of the Complaint in Sheenan, et ux. v. Mortgage Electronic
Registration SYstems, Inc., Case No. L-6382-09 (N.J. Super. Ct.,
Camden Cty.), is available at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/12/31/HomeMorts.pdf

The Plaintiffs are represented by:

          Lewis G. Adler, Esq.
          Robert C. Mattson, Esq.  
          26 Newton Avenue
          Woodbury, NJ 08096
          Telephone: 856-848-4050


NO-SPILL LLC: Recalls 7,500 Leaky 5-Gallon Gasoline Cans
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with
No-Spill LLC, of Lenexa, Kan., announced a voluntary recall of
about 7,500 No-Spill 5-gallon Gasoline Cans.  Consumers should
stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise
instructed.

The gas containers can leak fuel at the black plastic collar
where the spout connects to the can, posing fire and burn hazards
to consumers.

No incidents or injuries have been reported.  

The 5-gallon gas cans are made from heavy-duty red plastic and
carry date codes AIP09202 through AIP09222. The date code is
located on the bottom of the can.  Not all cans in this date
range are affected.  Pictures of the recalled cans are available
at:

     http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10102.html

The recalled gas cans were manufactured in the United States and
sold at lawn & garden stores nationwide, hardware retailers and
online from August 2009 through November 2009 for about $30.

Consumers should test their gas cans to determine whether they
leak and immediately stop using the leaky cans.  Consumers should
contact No-Spill to receive a free replacement.  For additional
information, contact No-Spill toll-free at (877) 928-0049 between
8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Central Time, Monday through Friday or
visit the firm's Web site at http://www.nospill.com/recall


NORTSTROM INC: Accused of Labor Law Violations in Calif. Suit  
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Courthouse News Service reports that Nordstrom requires workers
to work 7 to 10 days in a row and won't pay them the mandatory
premium for working split shifts, a class action claims in Orange
County Court, Calif.  

A copy of the Complaint in Mendoza v. Nordstrom, Inc., Case No.
30-2009-00330671 (Calif. Super. Ct., Orange Cty.), is available
at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/12/28/EmployNord.pdf

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          David R. Markham, Esq.
          R. Craig Clark, Esq.
          James M. Treglio, Esq.
          Laura M. Cotter, Esq.
          CLARK & MARKHAM LLP
          600 B Street, Suite 2130
          San Diego, CA 92101
          Telephone: 619-239-1321


ONLINE PACKAGING: Recalls 75 Mislabeled Food Club Ammonia Bottles
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with
OnLine Packaging Inc., of Plover, Wis., announced a voluntary
recall about 75 bottles of Food Club Supreme Clean Clear Ammonia.  
Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless
otherwise instructed.

The bottle, which is labeled as containing ammonia, actually
contains household bleach.  The mislabeling of the bottles can
pose a chemical hazard to consumers.  If bleach is accidentally
mixed with ammonia or acid, irritating or toxic gases could be
produced.

No incidents or injuries have been reported.  

This recall involves Food Club Supreme Clean Clear Ammonia that
is packaged in a 64 ounce white bottle with the date code 232
stenciled on the lower shoulder of the bottle.  Pictures of the
recalled product are available at:

     http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10100.html

The recalled product was manufactured in the United States and
sold at Piggly Wiggly Midwest stores from August 2009 through
September 2009 for about $1.50.

Consumers should immediately return the product to Piggly Wiggly
for a full refund or dispose of the bleach in accordance with
state and local requirements.  For additional information,
contact OnLine Packaging at (800) 398-8177 between 9:00 a.m. and
4:00 p.m., Central Time.  


OXMOOR HOUSE: Recalls 951,000 Flawed Home Improvement Books
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with
Oxmoor House, Inc., of Birmingham, Ala., announced a voluntary
recall of 951,000 Home Improvement Books.  Consumers should stop
using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

The books contain errors in the technical diagrams and wiring
instructions that could lead consumers to incorrectly install or
repair electrical wiring, posing an electrical shock or fire
hazard to consumers.

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

The recall involves these nine home improvement books:

                                                   Publication
     Title                           ISBN          Date
     -----                           ----          -----------
   AmeriSpec Home
   Repair Handbook             978-0-376-00180-1  January 2006

   Lowe's Complete Home
   Improvement and Repair      978-0-376-00922-7  September 2005

   Lowe's Complete Home
   Improvement and Repair      978-0-376-01098-8  December 1999

   Lowe's Complete Home Wiring 978-0-376-00928-9  May 2008

   Sunset Basic Home Repairs   978-0-376-01581-5  February 1995

   Sunset Basic Home Repairs   978-0-376-01025-4  January 1975

   Sunset Complete Home Wiring 978-0-376-01594-5  December 1999

   Sunset Complete Patio Book  978-0-376-01411-5  January 2006

   Sunset Complete Patio Book  978-0-376-01397-2  January 1998

   Sunset Complete Patio Book  978-0-376-01399-6  April 1990

   Sunset Home Repair Handbook 978-0-376-01258-6  October 1998

   Sunset Home Repair Handbook 978-0-376-01256-2  February 1985

   Sunset Water Gardens        978-0-376-03849-4  January 2004

   Sunset You Can Build -
   Wiring                      978-0-376-01596-9  January 2009

Pictures of the recalled books are available at:

     http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10104.html

The recalled books were printed in the United States and sold at
home improvement stores and bookstores nationwide from January
1975 through December 2009 for between $13 and $35.

Consumers should immediately stop using these books and contact
Oxmoor House for a full refund.  For additional information,
contact Oxmoor House toll-free at (866) 696-7602 anytime, or
visit the firm's Web site at http://www.sunsetrecall.com/


PRIMAL VANTAGE: Recalls 16,000 Strap-On Tree Climbing Devices
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with
Primal Vantage Co., Inc., of Randolph, N.J., announced a
voluntary recall of about 16,000 Ameristep Plastic Strap-On Tree
Step devices.  Consumers should stop using recalled products
immediately unless otherwise instructed.

The plastic portion of the step can break, posing a fall hazard
to the user.

Primal Vantage has received five complaints of step breakage,
including two reports of consumers being bruised and cut.

The product is a plastic tree step that attaches to a tree via a
nylon strap and a large metal buckle.  It is used to climb a tree
in order to hunt from an elevated position.  Models 105 and 155
both have a 12/08 date code, which is stamped on the plastic
portion of the step.  Pictures of the recalled product are
available at:

     http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10101.html

The recalled devices were manufactured in China and sold in 2009
at various outdoor and sporting goods retailers nationwide as a
3-step package in model 105 or as a single step in model 155.

Consumers should stop using the tree steps immediately.  They
should contact Primal Vantage for details on how to obtain a full
refund.  Consumers are asked not to return the product to retail
stores as refunds can only be provided by Primal Vantage.  For
additional information, contact Primal Vantage toll free at
(866) 972-6168 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time,
Monday through Friday or visit their Web site at
http://www.treestandcustomerservice.com/to print a return form  
or for further information on how to locate the date code on your
tree step.


RBC (USA): Bait-and-Switch Mortgage Tactics Alleged in Mo. Suit
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Courthouse News Service reports that RBC (USA), Chesterfield
Mortgage, Chase Home Finance, and Titanium Solutions use bait-
and-switch tactics to induce people to take out home loans, a
class action claims in St. Louis Federal Court.

A copy of the Complaint in Scruggs v. RBC (USA), et al., Case No.
09-cv-02114 (E.D. Mo.), is available at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/12/29/HomeMorts.pdf

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          L. Steven Goldblatt, Esq.
          THE GOLDBLATT LAW FIRM
          8000 Bonhomme, Suite 214
          St. Louis, MO 63105
          Telephone: 314-288-8455


RENTECH: Shareholder Lawsuit Filed in C.D. Calif.
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Courthouse News Service reports that Rentech, an energy company,
inflated its stock price through false and misleading statements,
shareholders claim in Los Angeles Federal Court.

A copy of the Complaint in Silbergleid v. Rentech, Inc., et al.,
Case No. 09-cv-09495 (C.D. Calif.), is available at:

     http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/12/30/SCARentech.pdf

The Plaintiff is represented by:

          Rosemary M. Rivas, Esq.
          Mark Punzalan, Esq.
          FINKELSTEIN THOMPSON LLP
          100 Bush St., Suite 1450
          San Francisco, CA 94104
          Telephone: 415-398-8700

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          Donald J. Enright, Esq.
          Elizabeth K. Tripodi, Esq.
          FINKELSTEIN THOMPSON LLP
          The Duval Foundry
          1050 30th Street, N.W.
          Washington, DC 20007
          Telephone: 202-337-8000


SAGITTARIUS SPORTING: Recalls 10,000 Master Forge 5-Burner Grills
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with
Sagittarius Sporting Goods, of China, announced a voluntary
recall of about 10,000 Master Forge Five-Burner Gas Grills
manufactured by Consumers should stop using recalled products
immediately unless otherwise instructed.

The flexible rubber hose on the LP gas tank can come into contact
with burner box, causing the hose to melt and rupture when the
grill is lit.  This poses a fire and burn hazard to consumers.

The firm is aware of two complaints of the hose melting and
rupturing.  No injuries or property damage have been reported.

This recall involves Master Forge five-burner, stainless steel
gas grills. The name "Master Forge" is on the grill hood. The
model number L3218 is located on a label inside the left front
door of the grill.  A picture of the recalled product is
available at:

     http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10099.html

The recalled grills were manufactured in China, imported by L G
Sourcing Inc., of North Wilkesboro, N.C., and sold exclusively at
Lowe's stores nationwide from September 2009 through November
2009 for about $500.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled grills and
contact Sagittarius to obtain a free repair kit.  For additional
information, contact Sagittarius at (800) 444-6742 between 8:00
a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Thursday, and
8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Friday.


ST. MARTIN'S PRESS: Recalls 204,000 "Big Rex and Friends" Books
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with
St. Martin's Press LLC, of New York, N.Y., announced a voluntary
recall of about 204,000 "Big Rex and Friends" Cloth Books.
Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless
otherwise instructed.

A red plastic dot sewn in the book contains high levels of lead.
Lead is toxic if ingested by young children and can cause adverse
health effects.

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

This recall involves "Big Rex and Friends" cloth books. The book
has a black and white striped border with a red dinosaur on the
cover.  The words "Big Rex and Friends" are printed on the cover.
ISBN 031249260X or 9780312492601 is printed on the back of the
book.  Pictures of the recalled books are available at:

     http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10105.html

The recalled cloth books were manufactured in China and sold at
Barnes & Noble, Toys "R" Us, Amazon, Borders and other bookstores
and retailers nationwide from May 2004 through October 2009 for
about $9.

Consumers should immediately take the recalled book away from
children and contact St. Martin's Press for instructions on
returning the book for a full refund.  For additional
information, contact St. Martin's Press at (800) 347-9411 or
visit the firm's Web site at http://www.priddybooks.com/recall

The CPSC notes that it was alerted to this hazard by U.S. PIRG,
the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups.


UNITED STATES RARE COIN: Accused of Deceptive Ads in Calif. Suit
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Courthouse News Service reports that a class action claims the
United States Rare Coin & Bullion Reserve sells overpriced gold
by falsely claiming it is associated with the U.S. government, in
Los Angeles Superior Court.


VATICAN BANK: 9th Cir. Rejects Holocaust Survivors' Suit
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Nicole Winfield at The Associated Press reports that a federal
appeals court dismissed a lawsuit by Holocaust survivors who
alleged the Vatican bank accepted millions of dollars of their
valuables stolen by Nazi sympathizers.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a lower
court ruling that said the Vatican bank was immune from such a
lawsuit under the 1976 Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, which
generally protects foreign countries from being sued in U.S.
courts.

Holocaust survivors from Croatia, Ukraine and Yugoslavia had
filed suit against the Vatican bank in 1999, alleging that it
stored and laundered the looted assets of thousands of Jews,
Serbs and Gypsies who were killed or captured by the Nazi-backed
Ustasha regime that controlled Croatia.

They sought an accounting from the Vatican, as well as
restitution and damages.

The court didn't rule on the allegations. In its decision, the
court said the Vatican bank, formally known as the Institute for
the Works of Religion, or IOR, was a sovereign entity entitled to
the protections of the foreign sovereign immunities act, and that
therefore U.S. courts had no jurisdiction.

The pope himself has been granted such protections in U.S. courts
hearing clerical sex abuse cases.

Jeffrey Lena, who represented the Vatican Bank in the case, said
he was gratified with the ruling since the court decided not only
that the IOR was a sovereign entity but that as such it was
immune from U.S. jurisdiction.

"In defending the lawsuit, the IOR did not challenge the
allegations of the plaintiffs that they had suffered terrible
losses at the hands of the Ustasha," he told The Associated
Press. "Rather the challenge was simply to the jurisdiction of
U.S. courts over the IOR."

Jonathan Levy, who represents the survivors, said he thought he
had sufficiently shown that the Vatican bank engaged in
commercial activities in the United States, which can serve as an
exemption to the protections granted by the immunities act.

"The reason we're disappointed is the court found that dealing in
gold teeth from concentration camps was not a commercial act," he
said.

In its ruling, the court said that the Vatican bank's U.S.
commercial activities were "too tangentially related to their
legal claims to be considered the basis for the suit."

Levy said he didn't plan to appeal the judgment. The victims are
also suing the Franciscans, the Roman Catholic order, on
identical charges, and that portion of the lawsuit is going
ahead, he said.

The survivors filed suit against the Vatican Bank a year after
Swiss Banks agreed to pay some $1.25 billion to Nazi victims and
their families who accused the banks of stealing, concealing or
sending to the Nazis hundreds of millions of dollars worth of
Jewish holdings.

Many of the survivors named as plaintiffs in the suit live in the
United States.

The Class Action Reporter covered proceedings in Alperin, et al.
v. Vatican Bank, et al, Case No. 99-cv-04941 (N.D. Calif.)
(Chesney, J.), on Feb. 1, 2006.  In that proceeding, the
Plaintiffs are represented by:

          K. Lee Boyd, Esq.
          PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
          24255 Pacific Coast Highway
          Malibu, CA 90263
          Telephone: (310) 317-7684

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          Thomas Easton, Esq.
          LAW OFFICE OF THOMAS EASTON
          2890 Emerald St.
          Eugene, OR 97403
          Telephone: (541) 344-6111

and the Defendants are represented by:

          Jeffrey Stanley Lena, Esq.
          1152 Keith Ave.
          Berkeley, CA 94708
          Telephone: (510) 665-1713

               - and -  

          Ronald Edward Mallen, Esq.
          HINSHAW & CULBERTSON, LLP
          One California Street, 18th Floor
          San Francisco, CA 94111-1826
          Telephone: (415) 362-6000

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