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           Tuesday, February 23, 2010, Vol. 12, No. 37

                            Headlines

BANK OF ANTIGUA: Government Official Reacts to U.S. Investor Suit
BAYCREEK INC: Recalls 1,900 Hooded Sweatshirts
BNSF RAILWAY: Continues to Defend Suit Over Fuel Surcharges
BNSF RAILWAY: Still Faces Lawsuits Over Personal Injury Claims
BOBENS TRADING: Recalls 3,900 Girl's Hooded Sweatshirts

CADBURY ADAMS: Pays $5.7 Million to Settle Price Fixing Case
FRANKLIN ELECTRIC: Recalls 38,000 Submersible Pump Controllers
FRANSHAW INC: Recalls 2,400 Children's Hooded Jackets
GE INFRASTRUCTURE: Recalls 9,400 CO2 & Temperature Sensors
MBIA: Loses Motion to Dismiss Aurelius Capital & Fir Tree Lawsuit

PHILIP MORRIS: Appeal to ADESF's Right to Sue Pending in Brazil
PHILIP MORRIS: Sao Paolo Suit Remains Stayed Pending Appeal
PHILIP MORRIS: Smokers' Complaint in Bulgaria Not Yet Served
PHILIP MORRIS: September 2010 Trial Set in "Letourneau" Suit
PHILIP MORRIS: Trial in Sante/Blais Suit Set for September 2010

PHILIP MORRIS: Faces "Kunta" Suit in Winnipeg, Canada
PHILIP MORRIS: Preliminary Motions in "Adams" Suit Pending
PHILIP MORRIS: Faces "Semple" COPD-Related Suit in Nova Scotia
PHILIP MORRIS: Has Yet to Be Served "Dorion" Complaint
PHILIP MORRIS: Briefing on Class Certification to Finish in June

PHILIP MORRIS: "Navon" Suit Remains Stayed in Israel
PHILIP MORRIS: Continues to Oppose Certification in "Numberg"
PHILIP MORRIS: No Trial Date Yet in Kansas Antitrust Lawsuit
PHILIP MORRIS: Faces Suit in Ontario Over Breach of Contract
PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE: E.D.N.Y. Suit Questions Disability Claims

TELEVISION WRITERS: Notice of Proposed $70 Million Settlement
TELLABS INC: Class Action Notice Being Mailed to Known Plaintiffs
THIN CARE: Jillian Michaels Sues Plaintiff's Lawyer
UNITED STATES: $1.25 Billion Settlement Inked in Pigford Case
WEEPLAY KIDS: Recalls 11,800 Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings

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BANK OF ANTIGUA: Government Official Reacts to U.S. Investor Suit
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The Jamaica Observer reports that CMC reports that a senior
official of the Antigua and Barbuda government has described as
"unbelievable" a class action lawsuit filed in the United States
by a group of disgruntled investors against the Eastern Caribbean
Central Bank (ECCB) and the government of this twin-island
nation.

The so-called Stanford Victims Coalition, which filed the action
in a New York court on Wednesday, claims its 28,000 members fell
prey to disgraced Texan financier Sir Allen Stanford, who has
been charged by financial regulators in the United States for
running an alleged "massive" Ponzi scheme through his Antigua-
based Stanford International Bank.

According to a release from the organisation, the lawsuit was
filed by Morgenstern & Blue, LLC and seeks at least US$100
million in compensation "for ECCB's unlawful seizure last year of
the Bank of Antigua, a crown jewel in Allen Stanford's fallen
financial empire".

But attorney general Justin Simon said he was not impressed by
the claims.

"I am really, really very upset because it clearly indicates that
this kind of action comes from the uninformed and is itself
unbelievable. To accuse the ECCB of thievery and of stealing the
millions to which the Bank of Antigua is valued is more than
preposterous and ludicrous," Simon said.

"There has been no stealing, there has been no thievery, there
has been taking over, there has been no expropriation," he
continued, adding that the central bank was acting under its
emergency powers.

He noted that after a United States court appointed a receiver to
manage the finances of the Stanford companies, the Bank of
Antigua experienced a run which triggered the intervention of the
ECCB, which Simon said was necessary as the run would have
affected all of the members of the Eastern Caribbean Monetary
Union.

"There has been no takeover of the bank. What the ECCB had done
was to intervene to prevent the run on the bank and subsequent to
that to put together a company of which the various indigenous
banks of the OECS are a part to manage the bank so that the bank
could continue its operations.

"We have to appreciate that up to EC$89 million had to be pumped
into that bank to prevent its collapse which would have been
totally detrimental, not only in respect of depositors, creditors
but would also have affected the Eastern Caribbean in terms of
our monetary policy," the attorney general said.

In a further effort to stabilise the Bank of Antigua, the ECCB
facilitated a meeting which resulted in the formation of a
consortium that would manage the bank's day to day operations.
The group consisted of the Antigua Commercial Bank, St Kitts
Nevis Anguilla National Bank, Eastern Caribbean Financial
Holdings (Bank of St Lucia), St Vincent and the Grenadines
National Commercial Bank and National Bank of Dominica.
All five financial institutions have also been targeted in the
suit filed by the Stanford Victims Coalition.

Group spokeswoman Angela Shaw contends that after a year, the
Bank of Antigua remains in stable operation and has value so
there is no need for the consortium.

"I don't see how that is even justified. The team is not just
managing that bank, they (the ECCB) issued shares in ownership,"
she said

However, Simon insisted that the bank still belongs to the Texan
investor. He also added that the victims have not taken into
account several other considerations including the many Stanford
employees who have yet to receive severance pay.

"Everyone here is being very patient in respect of this
situation, keeping very calm, watching what is happening and
looking at developments to see how best that we can regain what
has been lost in terms of financial investments," the attorney
general said.

The victims said that they not only want control of the bank but
also all other assets, including properties the government sought
to compulsorily acquire last year.

"I think that it's very unfortunate that the people of Antigua
are affected by their government's poor, their unethical
decisions. What we want is not to cause damage to the island,
however that will be the impact . . . we want our assets returned
so we can sell them, we can own them and sell them as the economy
improves," she said.

According to Simon, the issue of compensation for the compulsory
acquisition of Stanford properties is currently before the court,
in effect stalling the acquisition process.

The group has also launched a campaign to boycott Antigua and
Barbuda, particularly its lucrative tourism industry.

Shaw said its goal was to not damage an already fragile economy
but recover the billions of client funds lost.

"This is part of the overall lawsuit against the government of
Antigua and Barbuda that the property and assets that have been
taken were purchased with our investments," she said.
The ECCB has not yet responded to the legal action.

Queyrouze, et al. v. Bank of Antigua, et al., Case No.
10-cv-00304 (N.D. Tex.) (O'Connor, J.), was filed on Feb. 16,
2010, by:

          Scott S. Hershman, Esq.
          Paul B. Lackey, Esq.
          LACKEY HERSHMAN
          3102 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 777
          Dallas, TX 75219-4241
          Telephone: 214/560-2201


BAYCREEK INC: Recalls 1,900 Hooded Sweatshirts
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with
Baycreek Inc., of New York, N.Y., announced a voluntary recall of
about 1,900 Hooded Sweatshirts.  Consumers should stop using
recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

The sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood which can pose
a strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996 CPSC, issued
guidelines (which were incorporated in to an industry voluntary
standard in 1997) to help prevent children from strangling or
getting entangled in the neck and waist drawstrings in upper
garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts.

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Attitude Gold children's hooded sweatshirts
in sizes small, medium, large and extra large. The sweatshirts
were sold in beige, blue, charcoal gray and black and have a
random distress designs. Style number ZZJ-2J, ZZJ-01J, ZZJ-04J or
ZZJ-5J is printed on the hangtag.  Pictures of the recalled
product are available at:

     http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10144.html

The recalled garments were manufactured in China and sold at
Burlington Coat Factory and Modecraft Fashions stores nationwide
from October 2008 through June 2009 for about $25.

Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from
the sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard or return the garment
to either the place of purchase or to Baycreek for a full
refund.  For additional information, call Baycreek collect at
(212) 279-2777 between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern TIme,
Monday through Friday.


BNSF RAILWAY: Continues to Defend Suit Over Fuel Surcharges
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BNSF Railway Co. continues to defend a consolidated class action
complaint alleging violation of antitrust laws.

Beginning May 14, 2007, some 30 similar class action complaints
were filed in six federal district courts around the country by
rail shippers against BNSF Railway and other Class I railroads
alleging that they have conspired to fix fuel surcharges with
respect to unregulated freight transportation services in
violation of the antitrust laws and seeking injunctive relief and
unspecified treble damages.

These cases have been consolidated and are currently pending in
the federal district court of the District of Columbia for
coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings and style In re:
Rail Freight Fuel Surcharge Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1869.

Consolidated amended class action complaints were filed against
BNSF Railway and three other Class I railroads in April 2008.

No further updates were reported in the company's Feb. 11, 2010,
Form 10-Q filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
for the year ended Dec. 31, 2009.

BNSF Railway Co. -- http://www.bnsf.com/-- formerly known as The  
Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Co., is a wholly
owned subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp.  BNSF
Railway operates a railroad system in North America.


BNSF RAILWAY: Still Faces Lawsuits Over Personal Injury Claims
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BNSF Railway Co. continues to face purported class actions over
personal injury claims, including asbestos claims and employee
work-related injuries and third-party injuries.

Personal injury claims by BNSF Railway employees are subject to
the provisions of the Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA)
rather than state workers' compensation laws.

FELA's system of requiring the finding of fault, coupled with
unscheduled awards and reliance on the jury system, contributed
to increased expenses in past years.

Other proceedings include claims by non-employees for punitive as
well as compensatory damages.

A few proceedings purport to be class actions.

The variability present in settling these claims, including non-
employee personal injury and matters in which punitive damages
are alleged, could result in increased expenses in future years.

BNSF Railway has implemented a number of safety programs designed
to reduce the number of personal injuries as well as
the associated claims and personal injury expense.

No further updates were reported in the company's Feb. 11, 2010,
Form 10-Q filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
for the year ended Dec. 31, 2009.

BNSF Railway Co. -- http://www.bnsf.com/-- formerly known as The  
Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Co., is a wholly
owned subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp.  BNSF
Railway operates a railroad system in North America.


BOBENS TRADING: Recalls 3,900 Girl's Hooded Sweatshirts
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with
Bobens Trading Co. Inc., of Hicksville, N.Y., announced a
voluntary recall of about 3,900 Girl's Hooded Sweatshirts with
Drawstrings.  Consumers should stop using recalled products
immediately unless otherwise instructed.

The hooded zip sweatshirts have a drawstring through the hood
which can pose a strangulation hazard to children. In February
1996 CPSC, issued guidelines to help prevent children from
strangling or getting entangled in the neck and waist drawstrings
in upper garments such as sweatshirts and jackets.


No incidents or injuries have been reported.

The recall involves "Old Skool" girls' hoodie sweatshirts with
long and short sleeves in sizes S - XL and in a variety of colors
and designs. The neck seam label reads "Old Skool" and includes
the garment size. The recalled style numbers GC5810, GV105, GV104
and GF254, were printed on the hang tags along with the price.  
Pictures of the recalled product are available at:

     http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10140.html

The recalled garments were manufactured in China and sold at
Burlington Coat Factory stores nationwide from November 2007 to
September 2009 from about $8.00 to $20.00.

Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the
sweatshirts to eliminate the hazard or return the garment to
either the place of purchase, or to Bobens Trading Co. Inc., for
a full refund.  For additional information contact: Bobens
Trading Co. Inc. at (516) 433-8490 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30
p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday or visit the Burlington
Coat Factory's Web site at http://www.burlingtoncoatfactory.com/


CADBURY ADAMS: Pays $5.7 Million to Settle Price Fixing Case
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Geoff Kirbyson at the Winnipeg Free Press reports that Cadbury
Adams Canada Inc. has agreed to pay $5.7 million to have itself
removed as a defendant in the lawsuit.

The class action includes every Canadian who ate a chocolate bar
between 2001 and 2008, because, under the terms of the class
action, unless you opted out, you were in.

"The case includes anybody who has bought chocolate in Canada"
from Feb. 1, 2001 to Dec. 31, 2008, said:

          Charles M. Wright, Esq.
          SISKINDS LLP
          680 Waterloo Street
          P.O. Box 2520
          London, Ontario N6A 3V8
          CANADA
          Telephone: (519) 672-2121

one of the who are helping handle the class action.

Mr. Wright said the class action alleges that Cadbury Adams
Canada Inc., Mars Canada Inc., Hershey Canada Inc., Nestlé Canada
Inc. and some related companies conspired to fix the prices of
chocolate products, including Caramilk bars, Smarties, M&Ms and
Oh Henry! bars, in Canada.

It further alleges representatives of the companies held secret
meetings to discuss prices and penalized stores that undercut the
recommended retail prices by limiting the supply of goodies
available to them.

Just as important, Mr. Wright said, the company is providing the
plaintiffs with valuable information that will help with the
litigation against the other defendants in the case.

No matter how much money the class action receives in
settlements, the average chocolate muncher isn't going to see a
dime.

That's because the volume of purchases, even for big-box
retailers, won't be enough to justify cutting individuals a
cheque.

For example, if you've been paying $1 for your favourite
chocolate fix for years, your claim won't be for a buck each but
the difference between what you paid and what you should have
paid.

That could be as low as a nickel per chocolate bar, Mr. Wright
said.


FRANKLIN ELECTRIC: Recalls 38,000 Submersible Pump Controllers
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with
Franklin Electric Co., of Bluffton, Ind., announced a voluntary
recall of about 38,000 Pumptec Electric Motor Controllers for
Submersible Pump Systems.  Consumers should stop using recalled
products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

The product label can lose adhesion, exposing the circuitry. This
could pose a shock hazard to consumers.

No incidents or njuries have been reported.

This recall involves the Pumptec electronic motor controller for
115v/230v submersible motors rated 1/3 to 1 1/2 HP with model
number 5800020600 and date codes of 06F45 through 09L45. The
model number and date code can be found on the nameplate label
located on the right-hand side of the enclosure.  Pictures of the
recalled product are available at:

     http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10145.html

The recalled controllers were manufactured in the United States
and sold at dealers nationwide from June 2006 through November
2009 for about $245.

Consumers should not touch areas of the units that are
exposed due to label curling or peeling, and should
immediately contact their dealer for a free replacement
cover.  For additional information, contact Franklin
Electric toll-free at (866) 841-6039 between 8:00 a.m. and
5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, daily or visit the firm's Web
site at http://www.franklin-electric.com/


FRANSHAW INC: Recalls 2,400 Children's Hooded Jackets
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with
Franshaw Inc., of New York, N.Y., announced a voluntary recall of
the about 2,400 Children's Hooded Jackets.  Consumers should stop
using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

The jackets have drawstrings through the hood which can pose a
strangulation hazard to young children. In February 1996 CPSC,
issued guidelines to help prevent children from strangling or
getting entangled in the neck and waist drawstrings in upper
garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts.

No incidents or injuries have been reported to date.

This recall involves Blue Heart and Just a Girl brand children's
sweatshirts. The Blue Heart sweatshirts are olive and pink, and
have style number 48052. The Just a Girl sweatshirts were sold in
light blue, and have style number 48052. RN 87888 is printed in
the center of the back neck. The sweatshirts were sold in sizes 4
to 6X.  Pictures of the recalled product are available at:

     http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10143.html

The recalled garments were manufactured in China and sold
exclusively at Burlington Coat Factory stores nationwide from
September 2006 through September 2009 for about $10.

Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings from the
jackets to eliminate the hazard or return the garment to
Burlington Coat Factory or to Franshaw Inc. for a full
refund.  For additional information, contact Franshaw Inc. at
(800) 477-3274 between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time,
Monday through Friday.


GE INFRASTRUCTURE: Recalls 9,400 CO2 & Temperature Sensors
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with
GE Infrastructure Sensing Inc., of Billerica, Mass., announced a
voluntary recall of about 9,400 GE Telaire Airestat and Carrier
Single Beam Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Temperature Sensors.
Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless
otherwise instructed.

The CO2 and temperature sensors can overheat, posing a fire
hazard.

GE has received three reports in which a cracked capacitor caused
the product to overheat and smoke.  No injuries have been
reported.

This recall involves GE Telaire Airestat CO2 and temperature
sensors with model numbers T8010, T8010-C, T8011, T8011-C, T5010,
T5010-C, T5011 and T5011-C and Carrier Single Beam CO2 and
temperature sensors with model numbers 33ZCT55CO2 and 33ZCT56CO2.
The sensors are sold for commercial use and are wall-mounted. The
sensors have a Telaire, Carrier, or no logo in front of the unit.
The model number is not found on the sensor. Determining if a
sensor is included in this recall requires inspection of the
internal components of the unit.  Pictures of the recalled
product are available at:

     http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10141.html

The recalled sensors were manufactured in the United States and
distributed by Carrier, Automated Components Incorporated (ACI),
Devices Inc., Direct Digital Controls, Trane, Alps Control Inc.,
ATS Control Management Inc. and KMC Controls between November
2000 and March 2005 for between $150 and $200. The recalled
sensor was distributed for use in commercial buildings.

Building owners should immediately contact GE Infrastructure
Sensing for instructions on how to determine if a sensor is
included in this recall and if it can be used while awaiting a
replacement sensor. Only authorized maintenance personnel should
follow these instructions.  Building owners with recalled sensors
will receive a free replacement sensor.  For additional
information, contact GE Infrastructure Sensing toll-free at
(877) 243-5086 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, or
visit the company's Web site at http://www.gesensing.com/




MBIA: Loses Motion to Dismiss Aurelius Capital & Fir Tree Lawsuit
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Structured Credit Investor reports that the U.S. District Court
has issued a decision denying MBIA's motion to dismiss a class
action fraudulent conveyance lawsuit brought by Aurelius Capital
and Fir Tree Capital.

The March 13, 2009, edition of the Class Action Reporter covered
the filing of Aurelius Capital Master, Ltd., et al., v. MBIA
Inc., et al., Case No. 09-cv-02242 (S.D.N.Y.) (Kaplan, J.).

Aurelius Capital and Fir Tree Capital are represented by:

          David W. Ichel, Esq.
          Barry Robert Ostrager, Esq.
          Patrick Timothy Shilling, Esq.
          SIMPSON THACHER & BARTLETT LLP
          425 Lexington Avenue
          New York, NY 10017
          Telephone: (212) 455-2000

MBIA is represented by:

          Lawrence A. Larose, Esq.
          Mark Louis Noferi, Esq.
          John M. Nonna, Esq.
          Jonathan Dick Siegfried, Esq.
          Wendy Ann Walker, Esq.
          DEWEY & LEBOEUF, L.L.P.
          1301 Avenue of the Americas
          New York, NY 10019
          Telephone: (212)-259-8682


PHILIP MORRIS: Appeal to ADESF's Right to Sue Pending in Brazil
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A constitutional appeal in a class-action lawsuit which names a
subsidiary of Philip Morris International, Inc., as a defendant,
remains pending in the Federal Supreme Court in Brazil, according
to the company's Feb. 11, 2010, Form 8-K filing with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission.

The suit is The Smoker Health Defense Association (ADESF) v.
Souza Cruz, S.A. and Philip Morris Marketing, S.A.  The complaint
was filed in the Nineteenth Lower Civil Court of the Central
Courts of the Judiciary District of Sao Paulo,
Brazil, on July 25, 1995.

The class-action complaint alleged personal injury in relation to
smoking.  The plaintiff, a consumer organization, is seeking
damages for smokers and former smokers, as well as injunctive
relief.

In February 2004, the trial court found defendants liable without
hearing evidence.  The court did not assess moral or actual
damages, which were to be assessed in a second phase of the case.  
The size of the class was not defined in the ruling.

In April 2004, the court clarified its ruling, awarding "moral
damages" of BRL1,000 (approximately $580) per smoker per full
year of smoking plus interest at the rate of 1% per month, as of
the date of the ruling.  The court did not award actual damages,
which were to be assessed in the second phase of the case.

The size of the class still has not been estimated.  Defendants
appealed to the Sao Paulo Court of Appeals, and the case,
including the execution of the judgment, was stayed pending
appeal.

In November 2008, the Sao Paulo Court of Appeals annulled the
ruling finding that the trial court had inappropriately ruled
without hearing evidence and returned the case to the trial court
for further proceedings.

In addition, the defendants have filed a constitutional appeal to
the Federal Supreme Court on the basis that the consumer
association did not have standing to bring the lawsuit.  This
appeal is still pending.

Philip Morris International, Inc. --
http://www.philipmorrisinternational.com/-- is an international  
tobacco company.  PMI is a holding company that, through its
subsidiaries and affiliates, is engaged in the manufacture and
sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside
the United States.  PMI's top 10 brands by volume are Marlboro,
L&M, Philip Morris, Bond Street, Chesterfield, Parliament, Lark,
A Mild, Morven Gold and DJI Sam Soe.  Its products are sold in
over 160 countries.  Its brand portfolio includes a variety of
blends and styles, across 150 brands and over 1,900 variants.  
PMI makes A Hijau, A Mild and Dji Sam Soe in Indonesia; Diana in
Italy; Optima and Apollo-Soyuz in Russia; Morven Gold in
Pakistan; Boston in Colombia; Best and Classic in Serbia; f6 in
Germany; Delicados in Mexico; Assos in Greece, and Petra in the
Czech Republic and Slovakia.  On March 28, 2008, Altria Group,
Inc. completed the spin-off of PMI.


PHILIP MORRIS: Sao Paolo Suit Remains Stayed Pending Appeal
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A class action against a subsidiary of Philip Morris
International, Inc., remains pending in the State of Sao Paulo
Court of Appeals, according to the company's Feb. 11, 2010, Form
8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The suit was filed Aug. 6, 2007, and captioned Public Prosecutor
of Sao Paulo v. Philip Morris Brasil Industria e Comercio Ltda,
Civil Court of the City of Sao Paulo, Brazil.  The class-action
lawsuit generally alleging personal injury in
relation to smoking.

The plaintiff, the Public Prosecutor of the State of Sao Paulo,
is seeking:

     (1) unspecified damages on behalf of all smokers
         nationwide, former smokers, and their relatives;

     (2) unspecified damages on behalf of people exposed to
         environmental tobacco smoke nationwide, and their
         relatives; and

     (3) reimbursement of the health care costs allegedly
         incurred for the treatment of tobacco-related diseases
         by all 26 States, approximately 5,000 Municipalities,
         and the Federal District.

In an interim ruling issued in December 2007, the trial court
limited the scope of this claim to the State of Sao Paulo only.  
The company's subsidiary was served with the claim in February
2008, and filed its answer to the complaint in March 2008.

In December 2008, the trial court issued a decision declaring
that it lacked jurisdiction and transferred the case to the
Nineteenth Lower Civil Court in Sao Paulo where the suit The
Smoker Health Defense Association (ADESF) v. Souza Cruz, S.A. And
Philip Morris Marketing, S.A., is pending.

The company's subsidiary appealed this decision to the State of
Sao Paulo Court of Appeals, which subsequently declared the case
stayed pending the outcome of the appeal.

Philip Morris International, Inc. --
http://www.philipmorrisinternational.com/-- is an international  
tobacco company.  PMI is a holding company that, through its
subsidiaries and affiliates, is engaged in the manufacture and
sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside
the United States.  PMI's top 10 brands by volume are Marlboro,
L&M, Philip Morris, Bond Street, Chesterfield, Parliament, Lark,
A Mild, Morven Gold and DJI Sam Soe.  Its products are sold in
over 160 countries.  Its brand portfolio includes a variety of
blends and styles, across 150 brands and over 1,900 variants.  
PMI makes A Hijau, A Mild and Dji Sam Soe in Indonesia; Diana in
Italy; Optima and Apollo-Soyuz in Russia; Morven Gold in
Pakistan; Boston in Colombia; Best and Classic in Serbia; f6 in
Germany; Delicados in Mexico; Assos in Greece, and Petra in the
Czech Republic and Slovakia.  On March 28, 2008, Altria Group,
Inc. completed the spin-off of PMI.

  
PHILIP MORRIS: Smokers' Complaint in Bulgaria Not Yet Served
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The subsidiaries of Philip Morris International, Inc., which were
named as defendants in a purported class-action lawsuit in
Bulgaria, entitled, Yochkolovski v. Sofia BT AD, et al., has not
yet been served with the complaint.

The class-action lawsuit was filed in the Sofia City Court,
Bulgaria, on March 12, 2008.

The plaintiff brought a collective claim on behalf of classes of
smokers who were allegedly misled by tar and nicotine yields
printed on packages and on behalf of a class of minors who were
allegedly misled by marketing.  Plaintiff seeks damages for
economic loss, pain and suffering, medical treatment, and
withdrawal from the market of all cigarettes that allegedly do
not comply with tar and nicotine labeling requirements.

The trial court dismissed the youth marketing claims.  This
decision has been affirmed on appeal.

The trial court also ordered plaintiff to provide additional
evidence in support of the remaining claims.  The company's
subsidiaries have not been served with the complaint.

No further updates were reported in the company's Feb. 11, 2010,
Form 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Philip Morris International, Inc. --
http://www.philipmorrisinternational.com/-- is an international  
tobacco company.  PMI is a holding company that, through its
subsidiaries and affiliates, is engaged in the manufacture and
sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside
the United States.  PMI's top 10 brands by volume are Marlboro,
L&M, Philip Morris, Bond Street, Chesterfield, Parliament, Lark,
A Mild, Morven Gold and DJI Sam Soe.  Its products are sold in
over 160 countries.  Its brand portfolio includes a variety of
blends and styles, across 150 brands and over 1,900 variants.  
PMI makes A Hijau, A Mild and Dji Sam Soe in Indonesia; Diana in
Italy; Optima and Apollo-Soyuz in Russia; Morven Gold in
Pakistan; Boston in Colombia; Best and Classic in Serbia; f6 in
Germany; Delicados in Mexico; Assos in Greece, and Petra in the
Czech Republic and Slovakia.  On March 28, 2008, Altria Group,
Inc. completed the spin-off of PMI.


PHILIP MORRIS: September 2010 Trial Set in "Letourneau" Suit
------------------------------------------------------------
The Quebec Superior Court, Canada, has set September 2010 as the
target trial date in the class-action suit styled Cecilia
Letourneau v. Imperial Tobacco Ltd., Rothmans, Benson & Hedges
Inc. and JTI Macdonald Corp., which names Philip Morris
International, Inc.'s subsidiary as a defendant, according to the
company's Feb. 11, 2010, Form 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities
and Exchange Commission.

The suit was filed in September 1998, against the company's
subsidiary and two other Canadian manufacturers are defendants.

The plaintiff, an individual smoker, is seeking compensatory and
unspecified punitive damages for each member of the class who is
deemed "addicted" to smoking.  The class was certified in 2005.

Defendants' motion to dismiss on statute-of-limitations grounds
was denied on May 5, 2008.

Discovery is ongoing.

Philip Morris International, Inc. --
http://www.philipmorrisinternational.com/-- is an international  
tobacco company.  PMI is a holding company that, through its
subsidiaries and affiliates, is engaged in the manufacture and
sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside
the United States.  PMI's top 10 brands by volume are Marlboro,
L&M, Philip Morris, Bond Street, Chesterfield, Parliament, Lark,
A Mild, Morven Gold and DJI Sam Soe.  Its products are sold in
over 160 countries.  Its brand portfolio includes a variety of
blends and styles, across 150 brands and over 1,900 variants.  
PMI makes A Hijau, A Mild and Dji Sam Soe in Indonesia; Diana in
Italy; Optima and Apollo-Soyuz in Russia; Morven Gold in
Pakistan; Boston in Colombia; Best and Classic in Serbia; f6 in
Germany; Delicados in Mexico; Assos in Greece, and Petra in the
Czech Republic and Slovakia.  On March 28, 2008, Altria Group,
Inc. completed the spin-off of PMI.


PHILIP MORRIS: Trial in Sante/Blais Suit Set for September 2010
---------------------------------------------------------------
The Quebec Superior Court, Canada, has set September 2010 as the
target trial date in the class-action suit styled Conseil
Quebecois Sur Le Tabac Et La Sante and Jean-Yves Blais v.
Imperial Tobacco Ltd., Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc. and JTI
Macdonald Corp., which names Philip Morris International, Inc.'s
subsidiary as a defendant, according to the company's Feb. 11,
2010, Form 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission.

The suit was filed in November 1998, against the company's
subsidiary and two other Canadian manufacturers are defendants.

The plaintiffs, an anti-smoking organization and an individual
smoker, are seeking compensatory and unspecified punitive damages
for each member of the class who suffers from certain smoking-
related diseases.  The class was certified in 2005.
Discovery is ongoing.

Philip Morris International, Inc. --
http://www.philipmorrisinternational.com/-- is an international  
tobacco company.  PMI is a holding company that, through its
subsidiaries and affiliates, is engaged in the manufacture and
sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside
the United States.  PMI's top 10 brands by volume are Marlboro,
L&M, Philip Morris, Bond Street, Chesterfield, Parliament, Lark,
A Mild, Morven Gold and DJI Sam Soe.  Its products are sold in
over 160 countries.  Its brand portfolio includes a variety of
blends and styles, across 150 brands and over 1,900 variants.  
PMI makes A Hijau, A Mild and Dji Sam Soe in Indonesia; Diana in
Italy; Optima and Apollo-Soyuz in Russia; Morven Gold in
Pakistan; Boston in Colombia; Best and Classic in Serbia; f6 in
Germany; Delicados in Mexico; Assos in Greece, and Petra in the
Czech Republic and Slovakia.  On March 28, 2008, Altria Group,
Inc. completed the spin-off of PMI.


PHILIP MORRIS: Faces "Kunta" Suit in Winnipeg, Canada
-----------------------------------------------------
Philip Morris International, Inc., faces a class action suit
captioned Kunta v. Canadian Tobacco Manufacturers' Council, et
al., filed in The Queen's Bench, Winnipeg, Canada, according to
the company's Feb. 11, 2010, Form 8-K filing with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission.

The suit was filed June 12, 2009, against the company, its
subsidiaries, and the company's indemnitees, PM USA and Altria
Group, Inc., and other members of the industry.

The plaintiff, an individual smoker, alleges her own addiction to
tobacco products and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,
severe asthma, and mild reversible lung disease resulting from
the use of tobacco products.  She is seeking compensatory and
unspecified punitive damages on behalf of a proposed class
comprised of all smokers, their estates, dependents and family
members, as well as restitution of profits, and reimbursement of
government health care costs allegedly caused by tobacco
products.

The companye, its subsidiaries, and its indemnitees have been
served with the complaint.

Philip Morris International, Inc. --
http://www.philipmorrisinternational.com/-- is an international  
tobacco company.  PMI is a holding company that, through its
subsidiaries and affiliates, is engaged in the manufacture and
sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside
the United States.  PMI's top 10 brands by volume are Marlboro,
L&M, Philip Morris, Bond Street, Chesterfield, Parliament, Lark,
A Mild, Morven Gold and DJI Sam Soe.  Its products are sold in
over 160 countries.  Its brand portfolio includes a variety of
blends and styles, across 150 brands and over 1,900 variants.  
PMI makes A Hijau, A Mild and Dji Sam Soe in Indonesia; Diana in
Italy; Optima and Apollo-Soyuz in Russia; Morven Gold in
Pakistan; Boston in Colombia; Best and Classic in Serbia; f6 in
Germany; Delicados in Mexico; Assos in Greece, and Petra in the
Czech Republic and Slovakia.  On March 28, 2008, Altria Group,
Inc. completed the spin-off of PMI.


PHILIP MORRIS: Preliminary Motions in "Adams" Suit Pending
----------------------------------------------------------
Preliminary motions in the matter Adams v. Canadian Tobacco
Manufacturers' Council, et al., is pending, according to Philip
Morris International, Inc.'s Feb. 11, 2010, Form 8-K filing with
the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The class action was filed in The Queen's Bench, Saskatchewan,
Canada, on July 10, 2009, against the company, its subsidiaries,
and the company's indemnitees, PM USA and Altria Group, Inc., and
other members of the industry are defendants.

The plaintiff, an individual smoker, alleges her own addiction to
tobacco products and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,
resulting from the use of tobacco products.  She is seeking
compensatory and unspecified punitive damages on behalf of a
proposed class comprised of all smokers who have smoked a minimum
of 25,000 cigarettes and have suffered, or suffer, from chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, heart disease, or
cancer as well as restitution of profits.

The company, its subsidiaries, and the company's indemnitees have
been served with the complaint.  Preliminary motions are pending.

Philip Morris International, Inc. --
http://www.philipmorrisinternational.com/-- is an international  
tobacco company.  PMI is a holding company that, through its
subsidiaries and affiliates, is engaged in the manufacture and
sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside
the United States.  PMI's top 10 brands by volume are Marlboro,
L&M, Philip Morris, Bond Street, Chesterfield, Parliament, Lark,
A Mild, Morven Gold and DJI Sam Soe.  Its products are sold in
over 160 countries.  Its brand portfolio includes a variety of
blends and styles, across 150 brands and over 1,900 variants.  
PMI makes A Hijau, A Mild and Dji Sam Soe in Indonesia; Diana in
Italy; Optima and Apollo-Soyuz in Russia; Morven Gold in
Pakistan; Boston in Colombia; Best and Classic in Serbia; f6 in
Germany; Delicados in Mexico; Assos in Greece, and Petra in the
Czech Republic and Slovakia.  On March 28, 2008, Altria Group,
Inc. completed the spin-off of PMI.


PHILIP MORRIS: Faces "Semple" COPD-Related Suit in Nova Scotia
--------------------------------------------------------------
Philip Morris International, Inc., faces a class action suit
captioned Semple v. Canadian Tobacco Manufacturers' Council, et
al., filed in The Supreme Court (trial court), Nova Scotia,
Canada, according to the company's Feb. 11, 2010, Form 8-K filing
with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The class action was filed on June 18, 2009, against the company,
its subsidiaries, and its indemnitees, PM USA and Altria Group,
Inc., and other members of the industry are defendants.

The plaintiff, an individual smoker, alleges his own addiction to
tobacco products and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
resulting from the use of tobacco products.  He is seeking
compensatory and unspecified punitive damages on behalf of a
proposed class comprised of all smokers, their estates,
dependents and family members, as well as restitution of profits,
and reimbursement of government health care costs allegedly
caused by tobacco products.

The company, its subsidiaries, and its indemnitees have been
served with the complaint.

Philip Morris International, Inc. --
http://www.philipmorrisinternational.com/-- is an international  
tobacco company.  PMI is a holding company that, through its
subsidiaries and affiliates, is engaged in the manufacture and
sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside
the United States.  PMI's top 10 brands by volume are Marlboro,
L&M, Philip Morris, Bond Street, Chesterfield, Parliament, Lark,
A Mild, Morven Gold and DJI Sam Soe.  Its products are sold in
over 160 countries.  Its brand portfolio includes a variety of
blends and styles, across 150 brands and over 1,900 variants.  
PMI makes A Hijau, A Mild and Dji Sam Soe in Indonesia; Diana in
Italy; Optima and Apollo-Soyuz in Russia; Morven Gold in
Pakistan; Boston in Colombia; Best and Classic in Serbia; f6 in
Germany; Delicados in Mexico; Assos in Greece, and Petra in the
Czech Republic and Slovakia.  On March 28, 2008, Altria Group,
Inc. completed the spin-off of PMI.


PHILIP MORRIS: Has Yet to Be Served "Dorion" Complaint
------------------------------------------------------
Philip Morris International, Inc., has yet to be served with the
complaint captioned Dorion v. Canadian Tobacco Manufacturers'
Council, et al., according to the company's Feb. 11, 2010, Form
8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The class action was filed in The Queen's Bench, Alberta, Canada,
on June 15, 2009, against the company, its subsidiaries, and its
indemnitees (PM USA and Altria Group, Inc.), and other members of
the industry are defendants.

The plaintiff, an individual smoker, alleges her own addiction to
tobacco products and chronic bronchitis and severe sinus
infections resulting from the use of tobacco products.  She is
seeking compensatory and unspecified punitive damages on behalf
of a proposed class comprised of all smokers, their estates,
dependents and family members, restitution of profits, and
reimbursement of government health care costs allegedly caused by
tobacco products.

As of Feb. 11, 2010, the company, its subsidiaries, and its
indemnitees have not been properly served with the complaint.

Philip Morris International, Inc. --
http://www.philipmorrisinternational.com/-- is an international  
tobacco company.  PMI is a holding company that, through its
subsidiaries and affiliates, is engaged in the manufacture and
sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside
the United States.  PMI's top 10 brands by volume are Marlboro,
L&M, Philip Morris, Bond Street, Chesterfield, Parliament, Lark,
A Mild, Morven Gold and DJI Sam Soe.  Its products are sold in
over 160 countries.  Its brand portfolio includes a variety of
blends and styles, across 150 brands and over 1,900 variants.  
PMI makes A Hijau, A Mild and Dji Sam Soe in Indonesia; Diana in
Italy; Optima and Apollo-Soyuz in Russia; Morven Gold in
Pakistan; Boston in Colombia; Best and Classic in Serbia; f6 in
Germany; Delicados in Mexico; Assos in Greece, and Petra in the
Czech Republic and Slovakia.  On March 28, 2008, Altria Group,
Inc. completed the spin-off of PMI.


PHILIP MORRIS: Briefing on Class Certification to Finish in June
----------------------------------------------------------------
The parties' briefing on class certification in the matter El-
Roy, et al. v. Philip Morris Incorporated, et al., is scheduled
to be completed in June 2010, according to the company's Feb. 11,
2010, Form 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission.

The suit was filed on Jan. 18, 2004, in the District Court of
Tel-Aviv/Jaffa, Israel, against the company's subsidiary and its
indemnitees, PM USA and its former importer Menache H. Eliachar
Ltd.

The plaintiffs filed a purported class action claiming that the
class members were misled by the descriptor "lights" into
believing that lights cigarettes are safer than full flavor
cigarettes.  The claim seeks recovery of the purchase price of
lights cigarettes and compensation for distress for each class
member.

Hearings took place in November and December 2008 regarding
whether the case meets the legal requirements necessary to allow
it to proceed as a class action.

The parties' briefing on class certification is scheduled to be
completed in June 2010.

Philip Morris International, Inc. --
http://www.philipmorrisinternational.com/-- is an international  
tobacco company.  PMI is a holding company that, through its
subsidiaries and affiliates, is engaged in the manufacture and
sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside
the United States.  PMI's top 10 brands by volume are Marlboro,
L&M, Philip Morris, Bond Street, Chesterfield, Parliament, Lark,
A Mild, Morven Gold and DJI Sam Soe.  Its products are sold in
over 160 countries.  Its brand portfolio includes a variety of
blends and styles, across 150 brands and over 1,900 variants.  
PMI makes A Hijau, A Mild and Dji Sam Soe in Indonesia; Diana in
Italy; Optima and Apollo-Soyuz in Russia; Morven Gold in
Pakistan; Boston in Colombia; Best and Classic in Serbia; f6 in
Germany; Delicados in Mexico; Assos in Greece, and Petra in the
Czech Republic and Slovakia.  On March 28, 2008, Altria Group,
Inc. completed the spin-off of PMI.


PHILIP MORRIS: "Navon" Suit Remains Stayed in Israel
----------------------------------------------------
The class action suit Navon, et al. v. Philip Morris Products
USA, et al., remains stayed, according to the company's Feb. 11,
2010, Form 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission.

The suit was filed in the District Court of Tel-Aviv/Jaffa,
Israel, on Dec. 5, 2004, against the company's indemnitee, its
our distributor M.H. Eliashar Distribution Ltd., and other
members of the industry.

The plaintiffs in the purported class action claim that the class
members were misled by the descriptor "lights" into believing
that lights cigarettes are safer than full flavor cigarettes and
seek recovery of the purchase price of lights cigarettes and
compensation for distress for each class member.

The case is currently stayed pending a ruling on class
certification in the matter El-Roy, et al. v. Philip Morris
Incorporated, et al.

Philip Morris International, Inc. --
http://www.philipmorrisinternational.com/-- is an international  
tobacco company.  PMI is a holding company that, through its
subsidiaries and affiliates, is engaged in the manufacture and
sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside
the United States.  PMI's top 10 brands by volume are Marlboro,
L&M, Philip Morris, Bond Street, Chesterfield, Parliament, Lark,
A Mild, Morven Gold and DJI Sam Soe.  Its products are sold in
over 160 countries.  Its brand portfolio includes a variety of
blends and styles, across 150 brands and over 1,900 variants.  
PMI makes A Hijau, A Mild and Dji Sam Soe in Indonesia; Diana in
Italy; Optima and Apollo-Soyuz in Russia; Morven Gold in
Pakistan; Boston in Colombia; Best and Classic in Serbia; f6 in
Germany; Delicados in Mexico; Assos in Greece, and Petra in the
Czech Republic and Slovakia.  On March 28, 2008, Altria Group,
Inc. completed the spin-off of PMI.


PHILIP MORRIS: Continues to Oppose Certification in "Numberg"
----------------------------------------------------------------
Philip Morris International, Inc., continues to oppose class
certification in the matter Numberg, et al. v. Philip Morris
Products S.A., et al., pending in the District Court of Tel
Aviv/Jaffa, Israel, according to the company's Feb. 11, 2010,
Form 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The class action was filed May 19, 2008, against the company's
subsidiaries and its indemnitee, its distributor M.H. Eliashar
Distribution Ltd., and other members of the industry are
defendants.

The plaintiffs filed a purported class action claiming that the
class members were misled by pack colors, terms such as "slims"
or "super slims" or "blue," and text describing tar and nicotine
yields.  Plaintiffs allege that these pack features misled
consumers to believe that the cigarettes with those descriptors
are safer than full flavor cigarettes.

Plaintiffs seek recovery of the price of the brands at issue that
were purchased from Dec. 31, 2004 to the date of filing of the
claim.  The Plaintiffs also seek compensation for mental anguish,
punitive damages and injunctive relief.

The company's subsidiaries and its indemnitee have been served
with the claim.

Defendants filed their oppositions to class certification in
March 2009.

Philip Morris International, Inc. --
http://www.philipmorrisinternational.com/-- is an international  
tobacco company.  PMI is a holding company that, through its
subsidiaries and affiliates, is engaged in the manufacture and
sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside
the United States.  PMI's top 10 brands by volume are Marlboro,
L&M, Philip Morris, Bond Street, Chesterfield, Parliament, Lark,
A Mild, Morven Gold and DJI Sam Soe.  Its products are sold in
over 160 countries.  Its brand portfolio includes a variety of
blends and styles, across 150 brands and over 1,900 variants.  
PMI makes A Hijau, A Mild and Dji Sam Soe in Indonesia; Diana in
Italy; Optima and Apollo-Soyuz in Russia; Morven Gold in
Pakistan; Boston in Colombia; Best and Classic in Serbia; f6 in
Germany; Delicados in Mexico; Assos in Greece, and Petra in the
Czech Republic and Slovakia.  On March 28, 2008, Altria Group,
Inc. completed the spin-off of PMI.


PHILIP MORRIS: No Trial Date Yet in Kansas Antitrust Lawsuit
------------------------------------------------------------
The District Court of Seward County, Kansas, has yet to se a
trial date in the antitrust class action Smith v. Philip Morris
Companies, Inc., et al., according to the company's Feb. 11,
2010, Form 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission.

The suit was filed on Feb. 7, 200, against the company and other
members of the industry are defendants.

The plaintiff asserts that the defendant cigarette companies
engaged in an international conspiracy to fix wholesale prices of
cigarettes and sought certification of a class comprised of all
persons in Kansas who were indirect purchasers of cigarettes from
the defendants.  The plaintiff claims unspecified economic
damages resulting from the alleged price-fixing, trebling of
those damages under the Kansas price-fixing statute and counsel
fees.

The trial court granted plaintiff's motion for class
certification and refused to permit the defendants to appeal.

The case is now in the discovery phase.  No trial date has yet
been set.

Philip Morris International, Inc. --
http://www.philipmorrisinternational.com/-- is an international  
tobacco company.  PMI is a holding company that, through its
subsidiaries and affiliates, is engaged in the manufacture and
sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside
the United States.  PMI's top 10 brands by volume are Marlboro,
L&M, Philip Morris, Bond Street, Chesterfield, Parliament, Lark,
A Mild, Morven Gold and DJI Sam Soe.  Its products are sold in
over 160 countries.  Its brand portfolio includes a variety of
blends and styles, across 150 brands and over 1,900 variants.  
PMI makes A Hijau, A Mild and Dji Sam Soe in Indonesia; Diana in
Italy; Optima and Apollo-Soyuz in Russia; Morven Gold in
Pakistan; Boston in Colombia; Best and Classic in Serbia; f6 in
Germany; Delicados in Mexico; Assos in Greece, and Petra in the
Czech Republic and Slovakia.  On March 28, 2008, Altria Group,
Inc. completed the spin-off of PMI.


PHILIP MORRIS: Faces Suit in Ontario Over Breach of Contract
------------------------------------------------------------
Philip Morris International, Inc., faces a putative class action
in Ontario, Canada, alleging breach of contract, according to the
company's Feb. 11, 2010, Form 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities
and Exchange Commission.

The suit, The Ontario Flue-Cured Tobacco Growers' Marketing
Board, et al. v. Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc., was filed in the
Superior Court of Justice, London, Ontario, on Nov. 5, 2009,
against the company's subsidiary.

Plaintiffs in this putative class action allege that the
company's subsidiary breached contracts with the class members,
the Ontario tobacco growers and their related associations,
concerning the sale and purchase of flue-cured tobacco from Jan.
1, 1986 to Dec. 31, 1996.

Plaintiffs allege that the company's subsidiary was required by
the contracts to disclose to plaintiffs the quantity of tobacco
included in cigarettes to be sold for duty free and export
purposes, which it purchased at a lower price per pound than
tobacco that was included in cigarettes to be sold in Canada, but
failed to disclose that some of the cigarettes it designated as
being for export and duty free purposes were ultimately sold in
Canada.

The company's subsidiary has been served, but there is currently
no deadline to respond to the statement of claim.

Philip Morris International, Inc. --
http://www.philipmorrisinternational.com/-- is an international  
tobacco company.  PMI is a holding company that, through its
subsidiaries and affiliates, is engaged in the manufacture and
sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside
the United States.  PMI's top 10 brands by volume are Marlboro,
L&M, Philip Morris, Bond Street, Chesterfield, Parliament, Lark,
A Mild, Morven Gold and DJI Sam Soe.  Its products are sold in
over 160 countries.  Its brand portfolio includes a variety of
blends and styles, across 150 brands and over 1,900 variants.  
PMI makes A Hijau, A Mild and Dji Sam Soe in Indonesia; Diana in
Italy; Optima and Apollo-Soyuz in Russia; Morven Gold in
Pakistan; Boston in Colombia; Best and Classic in Serbia; f6 in
Germany; Delicados in Mexico; Assos in Greece, and Petra in the
Czech Republic and Slovakia.  On March 28, 2008, Altria Group,
Inc. completed the spin-off of PMI.


PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE: E.D.N.Y. Suit Questions Disability Claims
---------------------------------------------------------------
Attorneys Dell & Schaefer and lead trial attorney Gregory Dell,
Esq., filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against Prudential
Insurance Company of America, in the U.S. District Court for the
Eastern District of New York.  This lawsuit was filed to protect
the potentially thousands of long-term disability claimants that
filed a second/voluntary appeal after November 14, 2005, in which
their second/voluntary appeal was denied by the same Prudential
employee that denied the claimant's first appeal. Dell & Schaefer
is seeking to stop Prudential from conducting unlawful voluntary
appeal reviews which violate ERISA. Additionally, the class
action seeks an order requiring Prudential to re-evaluate
thousands of voluntary appeals which were denied by Prudential
after November 14, 2005.

The class is currently represented by four individuals that have
each had their voluntary appeals denied by the same person that
denied their first appeal. The Employee Retirement Income
Security Act "ERISA" requires that the decision maker on a second
appeal must be an independent person who was not involved with
any previous denial of a disability claim. Unbeknownst to the
Plaintiffs, Prudential had instituted an undisclosed cost-saving
method of appeals review that blatantly violates federal ERISA
law.

"This process is manifestly unfair, and we contend, not legal,"
said attorney Gregory Dell. "The whole point of the ERISA-
governed appeals process is to substantially reduce lawsuit
expenses and create an environment where claim denials will be
objectively evaluated. Prudential's actions are a breach of their
fiduciary duty to all disability claimants," he said.

"Through the nationwide representation of multiple claimants with
Prudential long-term disability claim denials, our law firm
obtained internal email communications which confirms
Prudential's unilateral decision to cut administrative cost by
not providing a `full and fair review' of all voluntary appeals,"
said Dell.

The reassessment of denied claims could result in millions of
dollars of past due benefits. Prudential is one of the country's
largest group long-term disability insurers, with coverage in
force for more than two million individuals.

For additional information visit http://www.diAttorney.com/or  
http://www.PrudentialClassAction.com.

                 About Attorneys Dell & Schaefer

Since 1979, Attorneys Dell & Schaefer (diAttorney.com) has
represented thousands of clients with their claims against
insurance companies. The disability income division of Dell &
Schaefer, led by Gregory Michael Dell, focuses exclusively on the
representation of disability insurance claimants in both private
policy and group disability (ERISA) claims. The firm represents
individuals at all stages of a claim for disability income
benefits, which includes the application for benefits process,
denial of benefits, lawsuits to recover disability benefits and
lump sum policy buyouts for individuals that are currently being
paid disability income benefits.


TELEVISION WRITERS: Notice of Proposed $70 Million Settlement
-------------------------------------------------------------
                  If you are age 40 or over and
        wrote or were interested in writing for television,
           a proposed settlement may affect your rights.

Seventeen television networks and studios and seven talent
agencies have agreed, subject to Court approval, to settle age
discrimination allegations in connection with the hiring and
representation of television writers age 40 or over, in nineteen
separate class action lawsuits, for a collective payment of
$70,000,000. (Insurance carriers are paying approximately two-
thirds of the settlement amount.)  If you qualify, you may send
in a claim form to get benefits and may comment on or object to
the settlement. If you do not want to be part of the settlement,
you can exclude yourself.

WHO'S INCLUDED?

The settlement defines two classes:

     (a) persons age 40 or over who have previously written for
         television, and

     (b) other persons age 40 or over who have been interested in
         writing for television.

There are various qualifications and exclusions. If you believe
that you may be a settlement class member, you can get more
information, including a detailed notice, at the websites or
telephone numbers below.

WHAT'S THIS ABOUT?

The separate lawsuits all claim that the networks, studios and
talent agency discriminate on the basis of age in their
employment and representation decisions. The defendants
(including ABC, APA, Carsey-Werner, CBS, Columbia TriStar
Television, Inc., DW SKG TV LLC, formerly known as DreamWorks SKG
TV LLC, Fox, NBC Universal, Paradigm, Shapiro-Lichtman, Sony
Pictures Television Inc., Spelling Television, The Gersh
Agency, The Endeavor Agency, The WB Television Network,
Touchstone Television, TriStar Television, Inc., Twentieth
Century Fox, UPN, UTA, Warner Bros. Television, William Morris
Agency, and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment LLC) deny that
they discriminate, but believe it makes sense to end the
litigation, which has been pending since 2000. The Court did not
decide which side was right.

WHAT DOES THE SETTLEMENT PROVIDE?

Of the $70 million settlement, the lawyers representing
Plaintiffs and the Settlement Class ("Class Counsel") estimate
that about $43 million will be used to pay awards to Settlement
Class Members, pay taxes on those awards, fund activities
beneficial to the Settlement Class Members, and fund certain
reserves required under the Settlement.  One-third of the
Settlement will be used to pay Class Counsel's court-approved
contingent fee award.  The remaining 6.7% will be used to pay and
reimburse expenses related to litigation of the claims and notice
and administration of this Settlement.  Part of that expense
portion will be contributed to fund programs for Settlement Class
Members.  The share of the fund that each eligible claimant
receives will be based on a formula that, once devised, will be
submitted to the Court for approval.  It will consider many
factors, including your income from and qualifications for
television writing.

HOW DO YOU ASK FOR A PAYMENT?

To qualify for a payment, you must submit a claim form.  Call or
visit a website below to get one.  Claim forms are due by April
13, 2010.

WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER OPTIONS?

If you stay in the class, you may comment on the settlement by
April 14, 2010. To preserve your right to sue any of the
defendants yourself for past alleged age discrimination, you must
exclude yourself by April 8, 2010. If you exclude yourself, you
can't get money from the settlement.  The detailed notice
explains how to exclude yourself or comment.  If you do nothing,
you will not receive a payment, but you will still give up any
right you may have to sue defendants or their affiliates and
certain others about alleged age discrimination that occurred
prior to January 22, 2010.

The Court will hold a hearing in these cases, which is currently
scheduled for May 5, 2010, (but which may be rescheduled) to
consider whether to finally approve the settlement and the
request for attorneys' fees and costs. You may ask to speak at
the hearing.

CAN I CONSULT WITH CLASS COUNSEL?

Yes.  To consult with Class Counsel (led by Paul Sprenger of
Washington DC), at no charge, contact them at the number or
website below, or email them at questions@TVWritersCounsel.com

All communications with Class Counsel are confidential and
privileged.

Garden City Group, Inc., is the Claims Administrator, maintains a
Web site at http://www.TVWritersSettlementAdmin.com/under an  
agreement with Class Counsel and has set-up an information
hotline at 1-888-730-7198.

Class Counsel maintains a Web site at
http://www.TVWritersCounsel.com/providing additional  
information, and Class Counsel can be reached at 1-877-518-7090.


TELLABS INC: Class Action Notice Being Mailed to Known Plaintiffs
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                   UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
                  NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
                        Eastern Division


Makor Issues & Rights, Ltd.,     )
et al.,                          )
                                 )
     v.                          )  Case No. 02-C-4356
                                 )
Tellabs, Inc., et al.,           )

            Summary Notice of Pendency of Class Action

To: All persons who purchased the common stock of Tellabs, Inc.
    during the period from December 11, 2000 through June 19,
    2001, inclusive (the "Class").

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED, pursuant to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules
of Civil Procedure and an Order of the Court, that the above-
captioned action has been certified as a class action.

IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE CLASS DESCRIBED ABOVE, YOUR RIGHTS
WILL BE AFFECTED BY THIS ACTION. A full printed Notice of
Pendency of Class Action is currently being mailed to known Class
Members. If you have not yet received the full printed Notice,
you may obtain copies of this document by contacting:

          Tellabs Securities Litigation
          c/o Analytics Incorporated
          Notice Administrator
          P.O. Box 2004
          Chanhassen, MN 55317-2004
          Telephone: (866) 535-1626
          http://www.tellabssecuritieslitigation.com/

Inquiries, other than requests for the Notice, may be made to
Plaintiffs' Lead Counsel:

          Richard H. Weiss, Esq.
          MILBERG LLP
          One Penn Plaza
          New York, NY 10119-0165
          Telephone: (212) 594-5300

If you are a Class Member, you have the right to decide whether
to remain a member of the Class. If you choose to remain a Class
Member, you need do nothing at this time. You will automatically
be included in the Class. If you are a Class Member and do not
exclude yourself from the Class, you will be bound by the
proceedings in this Action, including any orders or judgments of
the Court, whether favorable or unfavorable, past, present, or
future.

If you ask to be excluded from the Class, you will not be bound
by any order or judgment of this Court, and you will not be
entitled to a share of any money which may be recovered for the
benefit of the Class. To exclude yourself from the Class, you
must submit a written request for exclusion postmarked no later
than May 10, 2010. Further information concerning requests for
exclusion can be found in the full printed Notice.

Further information may be obtained by directing your inquiry in
writing to the Notice Administrator.

          By Order of the United States District Court
              for the Northern District of Illinois


THIN CARE: Jillian Michaels Sues Plaintiff's Lawyer
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As reported in the Feb. 12, 2010, edition of the Class Action
Reporter, a plaintiff filed a class action lawsuit in California
against Jillian Michaels, Thin Care International and Basic
Research, accusing them of false advertising of a weight loss
product.  

Jillian Michaels, in turn, took the proverbial pig by the snout,
TMZ reports, by filing her own lawsuit in what has become a
bitter battle over Maximum Strength Calorie Control.

Ms. Michaels has filed a defamation lawsuit against a lawyer for
comments the attorney made to TMZ. The attorney, Melissa Harnett,
filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of some women who claim
Calorie Control -- the product for which Michaels is the
spokesperson -- is bogus and doesn't make you lose weight.

TMZ spoke with Melissa Harnett, Esq., at Wasserman, Comden &
Casselman LLP after the class action suit was filed and the
attorney told TMZ, "Telling people you take two magic pills and
then eat chocolate cake all day is a deception."

In her defamation lawsuit, Ms. Michaels claims the Calorie
Control people never claimed the product was a chocolate cake
buster.

Ms. Michaels is suing for unspecified damages.


UNITED STATES: $1.25 Billion Settlement Inked in Pigford Case
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LawyersAndSettlements.com reports that A long-standing class
action between Black farmers and the US government reached a
$1.25 billion settlement agreement Thursday, making history.

The Pigford lawsuit was filed in 1997 and alleged that the
African American farmers were deliberately excluded from
government programs because of racism and treated unfairly with
respect to lending practices between 1987 and 1997.

Of the $1.25 billion offered by the government, $100 million was
appropriated by Congress in a bill in 2008. The remaining $1.15
billion is now pending congressional approval as part of an Obama
request in the 2010 budget.

Previous coverage of Pigford, et al. v. Vilsack, Case No. 97-cv-
01978 (D.C.) (Friedman, J.), and Brewington, et al. v. Vilsack,
Case No. 98-cv-01693 (D.C.) (Friedman, J.), appeared in the Class
Action Reporter on Feb. 10, 2010.  


WEEPLAY KIDS: Recalls 11,800 Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with
Weeplay Kids LLC, of New York, N.Y., announced a voluntary recall
of about 11,800 Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings.  Consumers
should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise
instructed.

The sweatshirts have drawstrings through the hood which poses a
strangulation hazard to children. In February 1996, CPSC issued
guidelines (which were incorporated into an industry voluntary
standard in 1997) to help prevent children from strangling or
getting entangled in the neck and waist drawstrings in upper
garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts.

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

This recall involves girl's sweatshirts sold under the Candy
Queen and Akademiks brand names. Sweatshirts included in this
recall have style numbers Q37519, A22090, A393343-3, A79405-226
and A79462-1. The sweatshirts were sold in sizes 2T through 16.
Pictures of the recalled product are available at:

     http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10142.html

The recalled garments were manufactured in China and Pakistan and
sold at small retail stores nationwide from February 2008 through
November 2008 for between $5 and $22.

Consumers should immediately remove the drawstrings to eliminate
the hazard. Consumers can return the garment to Weeplay Kids or
the place of purchase for a full refund.  For additional
information, contact Weeplay Kids at (800) 505-0490 between 9:00
a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web
site at http://www.weeplaykids.com/

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