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                  Wednesday, April 12, 2000, Vol. 2, No. 72

                              Headlines


AXENT TECHNOLOGIES: Former Alleges Violations of MA Securities Act
FVC COM: Securities Suit in CA Dismissed and Appeal Filed with 9th Cir
NATIONAL SECURITY: Settlement of Lawsuit in AL Awaits Final Approval
NTN COMMUNICATIONS: Settlement Hearing for CA Securities Suit in April
TRIGEN ENERGY: Agrees to Settle Securities Suits Filed in DE in Sept 99
TRIGEN ENERGY: Sued in NY for Not Renegotiating for Sale of Shares

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AXENT TECHNOLOGIES: Former Alleges Violations of MA Securities Act
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On May 12, 1999, a venture capital entity and a small former stockholder
owning less than a majority share of CKS Limited, which AXENT acquired
in March 1999, commenced an action in the Suffolk County Superior Court
in Boston, Massachusetts against AXENT and its directors.  The action
alleges violations of
the Massachusetts Uniform Securities Act, negligent misrepresentations,
and unfair trade practices. AXENT believes the claims are without merit
and intends to defend the action vigorously.


FVC COM: Securities Suit in CA Dismissed and Appeal Filed with 9th Cir
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On or about April 9, 1999, several purported class action suits were
filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of
California alleging violations of the federal securities laws against
FVC Com Inc. and certain of its officers and directors in connection
with the Company's reporting of its financial results for the period
ended December 31, 1998. These actions were dismissed by the court
without leave to amend on February 14, 2000. The plaintiffs filed a
notice of appeal with the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on March
29, 2000.


NATIONAL SECURITY: Settlement of Lawsuit in AL Awaits Final Approval
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The National Security Group Inc. reminds investors that the Company and
its subsidiaries are parties to litigation related to the conduct of
their insurance operations. These suits involve alleged breaches of
contracts, torts, including bad faith and fraud claims based on alleged
wrongfull or fraudulent acts of agents of the Company's subsidiaries,
and miscellaneous other causes of action. Most of these lawsuits include
claims for punitive damages in addition to other specified relief.

The Company mentions in its report to the SEC that National Security
Fire & Casualty Company, a subsidiary of the Company, was named as a
defendant in a purported class action filed in Lee County, Alabama. On
January 4, 2000 the Circuit Court of Lee County preliminarily approved a
consent settlement to this action and a settlement is expected to be
finalized by mid-year of 2000.


NTN COMMUNICATIONS: Settlement Hearing for CA Securities Suit in April
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On June 11, 1997, NTN Communications Inc.  was named as a defendant in a
class action lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the
Southern District of California. The complaint alleged violations of
state and federal securities laws based upon purported omissions from
the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission. More particularly, the complaint alleged that the defendant
directors and former officers devised an "exit strategy" to provide
themselves with undue compensation upon their resignation from the
Company. The plaintiffs further alleged that the defendants made false
statements about, and failed to disclose, contingent liabilities and
phantom assets in the Company's consolidated financial statements and
independent auditor's audit reports. According to the plaintiffs, these
alleged misrepresentations and omissions inflated the trading price of
the Company's Common Stock.

In November 1999, the Company reached a tentative settlement agreement
with the plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit whereby the Company will pay
$3,250,000, subject to final approval by the U.S. District Court. A
settlement hearing is scheduled to take place in April 2000 for the
purpose of seeking court approval of the proposed settlement and plan of
allocation of the settlement funds. Upon approval of the proposed
settlement, the court is expected to enter final judgment and dismiss
the litigation. However, there can be no assurance that the U.S.
District Court will approve the settlement agreement.


TRIGEN ENERGY: Agrees to Settle Securities Suits Filed in DE in Sept 99
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On September 23, 1999, three complaints were filed in the Court of
Chancery of the State of Delaware against: Trigen Energy Corporation,
Suez Lyonnaise Des Eaux SA, Patrick Buffet, George F. Keane, Thomas R.
Casten, Philippe Brongniart, Olivier Degos, Patrick Desnos, Richard E.
Kessel, Charles E. Bayless, Michel Bleitrach, Dominique Mangin D'Ouince
and Michel Cassou. The individual defendants were sued in their capacity
as Trigen directors and/or former Trigen directors. The complaints were
filed, respectively, by Michael Fothergill, Rosa Cortez and Sarah
Berkowitz. Each complaint was filed purportedly as a class action on
behalf of the Company's shareholders.

The complaints raised substantially identical allegations: that Trigen
received a proposal from Suez to take Trigen private for $22.00 per
share in cash. The plaintiffs alleged that this price does not represent
the true value of Trigen and is unfair to the minority shareholders.
Plaintiffs further alleged that because Suez owns approximately 52% of
Trigen's outstanding shares, Suez has the power to effectuate the
transaction without regard to the minority shareholders. Plaintiffs
sought class certification, declaratory and injunctive relief (or money
damages if the transaction is consummated), and an accounting. By
agreement of the parties, an order has been entered consolidating all
three actions under the Fothergill caption.

On February 22, 2000, counsel for ELYO and the plaintiffs reached an
agreement to settle this lawsuit, subject to court approval. The
settlement does not require any payment to the plaintiffs from the
Company or its directors. The parties are in the process of submitting
this settlement to the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware for
approval.



TRIGEN ENERGY: Sued in NY for Not Renegotiating for Sale of Shares
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On March 16, 2000, Adam Rice filed a complaint in the Supreme Court of
the State of New York, County of Westchester against Trigen Energy
Corporation, Suez Lyonnaise Des Eaux S.A., Elyo, S.A., T Acquisition
Corporation, Christine Morin-Postel, Richard E. Kessel, George Keane,
Patrick Buffet, Olivier Degos, Philippe Brongniart, Michel Bleitrach,
Dominique Mangin D'Ouince and Charles Bayless. The complaint was filed
purportedly as a class action on behalf of the Company's shareholders.
The individual defendants were sued in their capacity as Trigen
directors.

The plaintiff alleged that the defendants have breached their fiduciary
duties to plaintiff and public shareholders by not renegotiating and/or
reformulating the terms of the tender offer by which T Acquisition
Corporation has offered to purchase all of Trigen's outstanding shares
at a price of $23.50 per share. Plaintiff seeks class certification and
money damages as well as other unspecified relief. The Company believes
that Trigen has good defenses to these claims.


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