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                  Thursday, January 3, 2002, Vol. 4, No. 2

                                Headlines

CONTINENTAL ALUMINUM: MI Residents Sue For Damaging Factory Emissions
DECONNA ICE: FL Court Certifies Lawsuit Over Ice Cream Labeling Error
FIDELITY GROUP: South Carolina Employees Prepare Suit Against Agents
FORD MOTOR: Judge Says Evidence Shows Exaggeration In Tire Differences
GERMANY: Nazi Slave Workers Seek Payout Application Deadline Extension

MAINE: State Hospital Compliance With Court Decree Misses Deadline
MENORAH GARDENS: Officials Acknowledge Earlier Evidence of Misconduct
ORLEANS HOMEBUILDERS: Sued By Homeowners For Carbon Monoxide Hazard
PACIFIC GAS: Bankruptcy Could Imperil California Environmental Suit
PFIZER INC.: Settles TX Rezulin Suit After Jury Awards $43M To Claimant

PITTSTON COAL: Employees File Suit To Gain Promised Retirement Benefits
PT KERETA: Indonesian Consumer Group To Sue Over Railway Accidents
RACIAL BIAS: Nuclear Plant Workers File Suit Alleging Racial Bias

                            Securities Fraud

ACLN LTD.: Weiss Yourman Initiates Securities Suit in C.D. California
ACLN LTD.: Kirby McInerney Initiates Securities Suit in C.D. California
F5 NETWORKS: Says Pending New York Securities Suits "Part of Trend"
HOMESTORE.COM: Bernstein Liebhard Commences Securities Suit in C.D. CA
HOMESTORE.COM: Weiss Yourman Lodges Securities Suit in C.D. California

SAGENT TECHNOLOGY: Bernstein Liebhard Files Securities Suit in N.D. CA
STARMEDIA NETWORK: Bernstein Liebhard Commences Securities Suit in NY
TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE: Weiss Yourman Files Securities Suit in S.D. NY
TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE: Bernstein Liebhard Lodges Securities Suit in NY

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CONTINENTAL ALUMINUM: MI Residents Sue For Damaging Factory Emissions
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Residents of Oakland County, Michigan have sued the Continental
Aluminum Company, alleging that emissions from its Lyon Township
foundry have damaged their health.  About 150 residents filed a class
action, saying the emissions resulted in nosebleeds, respiratory
problems and sleeplessness.

However, the state says tests revealed no health problems.  Plaintiff
Darcy Hollon says "The company has been given ample time, and they only
respond or take care of things when they're forced into a corner.I'm
worried about what they aren't detecting."

Despite the pending suit, Michigan issued an air permit allowing the
expansion of the Company's foundry.  The permit from the State
Department of Environmental Quality allows the company to increase the
height of its smokestack from 50 to 80 feet, The Detroit News reported
Tuesday. It also directs the company to pay a $30,000 settlement for
past pollution.

Dennis Drake, State Air Quality Division Chief said, "I am confident
that the operation of the facility.will not adversely affect
neighboring residents."

Continental Aluminum melts down scrap aluminum into ingots for Ford
Motor Co., General Motors Corp. and their parts suppliers. It has
received six pollution violations since moving to the township in 1998.


DECONNA ICE: FL Court Certifies Lawsuit Over Ice Cream Labeling Error
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Florida State Court granted class action status to a lawsuit filed
against DeConna Ice Cream by a disgruntled consumer of one of the
Company's products, reduced-fat Big Daddy ice cream.  The suit alleges
that the product, once a favorite among dieters, was mislabeled.

The Company claimed that Big Daddy had 100 calories and two grams of
fat for a 12-ounce serving, a claim that none of its competitors could
come remotely close to.  In June 2001, however, The South Florida Sun-
Sentinel had the ice cream sent to a laboratory, amidst its growing
popularity discovered the product actually had triple what was claimed.

The Company later said they committed a "labeling error", the product
should have read "3 servings" instead of only one.  The company
relabeled the product in June to show the strawberry, vanilla, and
chocolate flavors of ice cream has 94 calories and two grams of fat for
a 4-ounce serving. Big Daddy plans to make amends with customers
through a coupon offer.

Howard Tescher, attorney for the plaintiff, says his client ".was
eating one container per day not realizing it had the same number of
Weight Watchers points as a doughnut.She was angry."  Mr. Tescher
contends the Company violated Florida's Unfair and Deceptive Trade
Practices Act because consumers were misled into buying the ice cream
by erroneous labels.

The Court ruling made anyone who bought Big Daddy ice cream between May
1 and June 17, 2001, eligible for compensation. Approximately 900,000
to 1.6 million containers of the ice cream were sold during that time.


FIDELITY GROUP: South Carolina Employees Prepare Suit Against Agents
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Some 1,400 employees in South Carolina with more than US$1 million in
unpaid medical bills are bent on pursuing a class action suit against
Florida-based Healthplan Services Inc. and Third Party Claims
Management Inc., says the Tribune Business News.

This after U.S. District Judge P. Michael Duffy ruled this summer that
they could pursue a class action suit against the administrators that
handled claims for Fidelity and roughly 10 agencies that have sold the
company's policies. According to the report, as much as 2,900 claims
might be involved in the suit, which lawyer Justin Kahn is preparing to
lodge.

Fidelity plans became popular in South Carolina in 1996 due to its
attractive benefits, liberal requirements on pre-existing medical
conditions and low premiums. In 1997, however, complaints from South
Carolina and other states started pouring in, alleging that the company
had refused paying claims.  An investigation was eventually conducted
by the U.S. Department of Labor in New York.  The South Carolina
Department of Insurance in June 1997 ordered agents to stop marketing
the policies.

Mr. Kahn says the suit against the brokers and agents of Fidelity will
be hinged on their negligence in not thoroughly examining the Fidelity
plans before offering them. The administrators and various agents of
Fidelity currently have an appeal pending in the Fourth Circuit Court
of Appeals, questioning Judge Duffy's decision last summer.


FORD MOTOR: Judge Says Evidence Shows Exaggeration In Tire Differences
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Ford Motor Company and Bridgestone/Firestone failed to show substantial
differences among the various makes and models of Ford Explorers and
Firestone tires that have been the subject of hundreds of lawsuits, US
District Judge Sarah Evans Barker said in an opinion explaining her
earlier ruling granting class action status to dozens of "economic loss
lawsuits" against both Companies.

More than a million car and tire owners filed the suits, after the
rollover accidents occurred in 2000 involving Ford's popular Explorer
sports utility vehicle, which uses Firestone tires.  The accidents,
which caused 271 deaths and more than 800 injuries, were reportedly
caused when the tread separated from the vehicle's tires.

The accidents led to a recall of 6.5 million tires in August 2000 and
an additional 13 million in early 2001.  The accidents and the recall
have spurred many private class actions and severed the nearly 100-
year-old business relationship of the two Companies after they traded
accusations over who was liable for the accidents.

The above suits are unique from other suits because they don't involve
cases where people were injured or killed because of tire blowouts or
vehicle rollovers, by far the most publicized elements of the case.
Instead, the suits consolidate claims from millions of people across
the country for a variety of reasons, including loss of value and
violations of consumer protection laws and the federal warranty act.

Judge Barker added that attorneys for the owners presented "persuasive
evidence" that Firestone exaggerated differences among about 280 types,
brands and sizes of tires. The tires, manufactured since about 1990,
were marketed mostly toward owners of sport utility vehicles and light
trucks.

Attorneys for the owners contend these tires, particularly when mounted
on Explorer sport utility vehicles, have been more prone to tread
separations, leading to vehicle rollovers, more than 250 deaths and
hundreds of injuries.

Earlier, Bridgestone and Ford contested the class action status of the
suits, saying the non-injury cases are too different to treat as a
whole.  Company spokeswoman Jill Bratina earlier told the Associated
Press the proposed class would involve nearly 300 different populations
of tires, including different sizes and types, which would present an
unmanageable case for a jury to consider, according to an earlier
report in the Class Action Reporter.

Judge Barker refuted this, saying the underlying issue is whether the
vehicles and tires were defective.  She noted that some evidence
suggests problems began after Firestone made the tires lighter to
reduce manufacturing costs.


GERMANY: Nazi Slave Workers Seek Payout Application Deadline Extension
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A group representing people forced to work for the Nazis called on the
German Parliament to extend the deadline on applications for
compensation until at least the end of 2002, Agence France Presse
recently reported.

Many of the Nazi-era slave laborers could be prevented from receiving
payments due to "bureaucratic obstacles" if the deadline is not pushed
beyond the end of 2001, said Lothar Eberhardt, a member of the "Listen
to the Nazi victims" campaign.  The organization represents laborers
forced to work in a number of concentration camps under Hitler's Third
Reich, including Auschwitz and Mauthausen.

Germany, by early 2002, will have paid compensation to some 600,000
slave laborers, most of them from eastern Europe, through the
"Remembrance, Responsibility and the Future Foundation" announced
earlier this month. Compensation of forced laborers began in Germany on
June 23, more than 55 years after the fall of the Nazi regime, after a
number of class action suits in the United States were dropped.

The German foundation is to pay a total of $4.5 billion (5.1 billion
euros) to up to 1.5 million surviving former slave laborers in Belarus,
the Czech Republic, Poland, Russia and Ukraine.  Half the money was
pledged by the German government and half by German industry.  The
foundation has received compensation claims from seven international
organizations, including the Jewish Claims Conference, which in turn
distributes allocated funds to victims.


MAINE: State Hospital Compliance With Court Decree Misses Deadline
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Maine mental health officials have missed a year-end deadline to comply
with all the requirements of a court decree to improve conditions at
the state mental hospital, the Associated Press recently reported.

The consent decree ordering the improvements, was created as a
settlement for a class action in which patients at the Augusta Mental
Health Institute (AMHI) claimed they were subjected to substandard
conditions.  The settlement also called for a reduction in the size of
the state hospital and the development of a comprehensive community
mental health system.

State mental health officials said in their previous report that they
were in compliance with all but eight or nine sections of the court
order.   However, State Department of Behavioral and Developmental
Services spokeswoman Katie Sanborn said the Court Administrator Gerald
Rodman recently received a new report declaring that the department now
has met all but four of the consent decree's requirements.

Improved staffing of physicians and psychologists and the development
of supportive living centers for difficult, extended-stay patients are
among the improvements made since Behavioral and Developmental Services
Commissioner Lynn F. Duby promised to complete the requirements of the
consent decree in April, Ms. Sanborn said.  Under the terms of the
consent decree, the court will continue monitoring the state's
performance for at least a year after Superior Court Justice Nancy
Mills determines that the state has met all requirements.

Helen Bailey, a lawyer with the Augusta-based Disability Rights Center
and one of the authors of the consent decree, said last week that she
believed the state would need until at least March to claim compliance.
Ms. Bailey said that lawyers for the patients and state mental health
officials still disagree over the interpretations of some parts of the
consent decree.

State officials originally promised to complete the terms of the
consent decree by September 1995. Maine has been held in contempt of
court twice by two different judges for failing to meet deadlines.  Ms.
Sanborn said the state still needs to work on assigning case-management
services to patients, documenting treatment hours for patients at AMHI
and upgrading the quality of mental health services.


MENORAH GARDENS: Officials Acknowledge Earlier Evidence of Misconduct
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Lawyers for the families who have filed a class action against Florida-
based Menorah Gardens and Funeral Chapel asserted that state regulators
discovered incorrectly buried bodies and grave desecration at the
cemetery as early as 1996 but failed to follow through with the
investigation.

The suit, which also names the cemetery's parent, Houston-based Service
Corporation International (SCI), as defendant, was filed on behalf of
several South Florida families who contend the numbering problem led
cemetery personnel to tamper with graves to make room for new burials,
rather than admit the mistake to customers.

In 1996, state officials allegedly indicated they were aware that at
least 129 burial spaces needed to be renumbered in the Ben Gurion West
section of the cemetery.  A second investigation in 1998 uncovered
three bodies weren't buried where records indicated they should be.

The 1998 investigation also revealed these grisly facts:

       (1) a pair of amputated legs were lost;

       (2) two bodies were buried in the wrong plots;

       (3) three bodies were disinterred without their family members
           being notified; and

       (4) at least one plot was sold to two different people.

After the probe, the company received a harsh letter from the
comptroller's office ordering the company to "PLEASE GOVERN YOURSELF
ACCORDINGLY," and pledging disciplinary action if further evidence
emerged.  The company was forced to pay a $5,000 fine but no other
punishment was given after Menorah Gardens made assurances that the
problem was being addressed, a claim the Comptroller's Office
apparently never verified.

Ervin A. Gonzalez, attorney for the plaintiffs, told the Tribune
Business News, "The comptroller's report shows us there was a lot of
smoke coming out, but Menorah Gardens once again dodged the bullet."

Brenda Liberti, Regional Director of the comptroller's West Palm Beach
office, said "Clearly, it's something I wish we would have followed up
on.the department should have pressed them harder.I think at the time
we had faith that SCI would clean up the problem,"

Company spokesman Don Mathis said that Menorah Gardens has been acting
in good faith and is working to remedy the problem.  He asserts the
Company has been contacting families as discrepancies in records and
burials become apparent.

Diana Evans, Director of the comptroller's Bureau of Funeral and
Cemetery Services, said the underlying problem seemed to be the need to
renumber the Ben Gurion section, which was the fault of a previous
owner.  Ms. Evans was the one who signed the 1998 letter of reprimand
to SCI.  She asserts the report didn't show that "they had lost a body.
You can't make charges that you don't have evidence for."

According to the Tribune Business News, the 1998 examination report
said the Company denied the examiner's request for a letter explaining
the company's plans for remedying the problem. However, a month later,
the company wrote it had corrected the burial records for the three
bodies and was "in the process of resolving the problems in the Ben
Gurion section."

State regulators however, acknowledged they don't have any record of
following up on the company's response to verify if it had notified
families or if the cemetery successfully renumbered the Ben Gurion
section.

About 500 people have visited the cemetery in western Palm Beach County
to check on their loved ones or pre-purchased plots since the lawyers
who represented Cohen filed a second class-action lawsuit last week.
The suit claims more than 600 bodies may have been mishandled or
incorrectly buried at two cemeteries in western Broward and Palm Beach
counties. Some clients are provided written documentation, others ask
for a cemetery worker to drive a stake into the ground to confirm the
existence of the concrete vault holding the coffin.


ORLEANS HOMEBUILDERS: Sued By Homeowners For Carbon Monoxide Hazard
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Owners of townhouses and condominiums built by Orleans Homebuilders,
Inc. initiated a class action in state Superior Court in Burlington
County, Pennsylvania, alleging that the buildings had several "design
defects" that could pose carbon monoxide dangers.

The Company designed the houses containing one utility room housing the
hot water heater, washing machine, dryer, and furnace in each unit.
The suit alleges that because the appliances are near each other, dryer
lint may be sucked into the heating unit and, over time, cause the
heater to malfunction, resulting in elevated carbon monoxide levels.
This design, according to the suit, is "unsafe".

Donald and Debora Melnick, Heather Roberts and William McDade were
named as plaintiffs.  They want to form a class action suit with all
current owners of townhouses and condos with no basement and one
utility room built by Orleans in Mount Laurel after 1991.

Ms. Roberts allegedly received a warning in 2000 from her homeowners
association that the layout of her townhouse could lead to a buildup of
high levels of the gas. She purchased and installed two carbon monoxide
detectors, and in January 2001, one signaled the presence of dangerous
levels of the gas.

A representative from the Public Service Electric & Gas Co. found that
her home had "dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide gas."  The
representative The PSE&G representative advised Roberts and her son to
leave for a day to let the air clear, according to the suit.

According to Philip Stephen Fuoco, the lawyer representing the
homeowners, "The thing we are interested in is correcting the problem,
however that has to be done.and assurances so people know it's a safe
facility to live in."

The suit asks that the company install carbon monoxide detectors in
every unit, establish an inspection program, and provide information to
residents about the potential for danger. The suit also wants the
builder ordered to repair the homes to add ventilation. It also seeks a
court-administered program for the periodic inspection and monitoring
for carbon monoxide, an odorless and colorless gas that can be fatal at
high enough levels.

Mr. Fuoco said some measures needed to fix the problem are simple, such
as replacing a solid door with a vented door to increase air
circulation in the utility room.


PACIFIC GAS: Bankruptcy Could Imperil California Environmental Suit
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Pacific Gas & Electric Company's bankruptcy could jeopardize a
class action filed by 1,200 people who allege they were exposed to
contaminated water at the utility's Kettleman Hills facility in
California, Associated Press recently reported.  Lawyers for both sides
are scheduled to appear this week in a San Francisco bankruptcy court
to argue whether the case will be heard by a state or federal court and
whether the bankruptcy will limit a judgment or settlement.

The suit alleges the plaintiffs, most of whom have some connection to
the utility's Kettleman Compressor Station in western Kings County,
were exposed to water contaminated with chromium 6 through a
contaminated well.  They are suing the utility for $500 million.

The company's employees cannot join the suit unless they were exposed
to chromium 6 at the station before they started working there.
Otherwise, it would be handled as a workers' compensation claim.

  From 1959 to 1979, the company mixed a powdered form of chromium in its
cooling system to prevent rust.  The runoff from the towers ended up in
an unlined settling pond about 90 yards from Well Number 4, the alleged
source of the contamination.  Pacific Gas & Electric denies any
wrongdoing.


PFIZER INC.: Settles TX Rezulin Suit After Jury Awards $43M To Claimant
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Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, Inc. has agreed to settle a class action
in Texas Federal Court relating to the diabetes drug Rezulin after a
Corpus Christi jury awarded $43 million in actual damages last week to
Margie Sanchez, the first plaintiff nationwide to prevail in the
courtroom with a Rezulin claim.

The Company withdrew Rezulin from the market in March 2000 after
reports linking the drug to possible "latent" liver injuries or
injuries that might develop after the patient had stopped taking it.

Both sides have refused to reveal the actual settlement amount.  In a
statement, Pfizer indicates, without noting explicit figures, that the
settlement amount is low when compared to the verdict. The company
headlines its two-page statement with the news that "Settlement is
Substantially Below Compensatory Award."

Lawyer for the plaintiffs Mikal Watts refused to refer to any
settlement figure, citing a confidentiality provision in a statement
which says, "The only statement to be made by the Plaintiffs and their
attorneys regarding the settlement of the case is that the parties have
mutually agreed to resolve their differences in a settlement
agreement."  It was a concession, Watts says, that he granted without
hesitation.

In exchange for the concession, the Company has promised to pay the
settlement more quickly than usual for this kind of case.  A lawyer
familiar with the settlement who requests anonymity says the company
agreed to pay slightly more than $10 million to Sanchez. The Los
Angeles Times reported, however, that the company agreed to pay more
than $30 million, an estimate the lawyer says is too high.

In the settlement, Pfizer does not admit liability.  Jay Mayesh, a
partner in New York's Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler who
supervises the Rezulin litigation nationally for Pfizer, will not
confirm a specific settlement amount.


PITTSTON COAL: Employees File Suit To Gain Promised Retirement Benefits
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Mine owner Pittston Coal Company faces a class action filed by 125
current and former employees in the United States District Court in
Knoxville, Tennessee, alleging the Company is cheating them out of
their retirement benefits.

Lawyers James A. Holifield Jr. and William S. Lockett filed the suit
against the Company and:

       (1) Paramont Coal Co. Inc.,

       (2) the Pension-Retirement Plan of Pittston Co. and its
           subsidiaries and

       (3) the administrative committee for the retirement plan.

The plaintiffs originally worked for Paramont Coal before it was taken
over by the Company in 1986.  The suit alleges the Company promised to
count the years the plaintiffs worked for Paramont before the takeover
toward their retirement benefits.  However, the Company recently
indicated it would not do so.  According to the suit, "in or about the
year 2000, the defendants began to inform plaintiffs that their pension
benefits would not be calculated based on their combined Paramont and
Pittston years of employment."

The employees have asked the court to force the Company to pay them the
benefits based on their combined years of service with both companies.
The defendants have not been served with the suit and a trial date had
not been set, according to court officials.


PT KERETA: Indonesian Consumer Group To Sue Over Railway Accidents
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The Indonesian Consumers' Foundation (YLKI) plans to launch a class
action against state-owned railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT
KAI) to gain compensation suffered by victims of the railway's
accidents.  The most recent accident occurred last week as economy-
class train Empu Jaya from Jakarta collided head-on with the Jakarta-
bound Gaya Baru Malam, which was stopped on the same track at
Ketanggungan station in Brebes, Central Java, killing at least 30
passengers and injuring dozens of others.

The Company set up a compensation fund, with insurance firm PT Jasa
Raharja amounting to Rp 16 million (about US$1,500) for each victim's
family and three-year scholarships for two of the victims' relatives.
However, YLKI said the amount was not adequate.

The Company's Board of Directors resigned en masse late last week.
Company President and Director Badar Zaini saying, "All of us have
decided to resign as we accept moral responsibility for the recent
events."

Mr. Zaini made his statement after a meeting with Minister of
Transportation Agum Gumelar and State Minister of State-Owned
Enterprises Laksamana Sukardi in Jakarta.  Mr. Laksamana hailed the
resignation, saying "I am personally touched by their willingness to
open a new door to a better environment." He also added that
independent auditors would audit the Company with regard to
operational, financial and safety issues.

Indonesian Vice President Hamzah Haz also welcomed the resignations,
saying the former directors could serve as a new paradigm and example
for those who failed to live up to expectations.  "Although their
resignations do not necessarily prove that they are guilty, it should
serve as a new model of accountability that other state companies
should follow."

YLKI, however, criticized the resignations, saying the move was only an
attempt to evade responsibility for numerous train accidents over the
past few months.   Chairwoman Indah Suksmaningsih asserts "The
resignations were engineered. If they were a form of public
accountability why didn't they resign straight away after the crash?"
"Neither the resignations nor the payment of compensation alters the PT
KAI directors' legal accountability in relation to consumer services
and protection," YLKI Executive for Legal Affairs Sudarjatmo said, as
quoted by Antara.


RACIAL BIAS: Nuclear Plant Workers File Suit Alleging Racial Bias
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More than a dozen current and former Y-12 employees allege systematic
racial discrimination in a federal class action against the contractors
that direct operations at the Oak Ridge nuclear weapons plant,
according to a recent report by the Associated Press.

The plaintiffs, all black, with an average of more than 23 years of
service at Y-12, say they were subject to discrimination "in promotion,
pay, discipline policies, practices and procedures, the terms and
conditions of employment and in the creation of a racially hostile work
environment."  The lawsuit further alleges, "the higher the level of
the job classification, the lower the percentage of African-American
employees holding it."

The law firm Gordon Silberman Wiggins and Childs, filed the suit in
behalf of the plaintiffs. Also filing the lawsuit were Grant Morris of
Washington, DC and Knoxville attorney, JD Lee.

The suit names as defendants:

       (1) BWXT Y-12, which operates Y-12;

       (2) Lockheed Martin Energy Systems Inc., the former contractor at
           the plant; and

       (3) Wackenhut Services Inc., which provides security

The suit is somewhat unusual because it splits the plaintiffs into
two groups.  The first is composed of seven security officers who are
suing as individuals and as a potential class action on behalf of any
black security officers who have worked either for Lockheed Martin or
Wackenhut.  The second group involves eight other current or former
employees who perform other duties at Y-12 and who are suing only as
individuals.  Lockhheed Martin and BWXT are the defendants in that part
of the lawsuit.

Both groups make the same claim and are seeking back pay, compensatory
and punitive damages and "promotion into the highest position which
(they) would have achieved but for (the companies) discrimination,"
among other requests for relief.

BWXT spokeswoman Sandra W. Plant denied the allegations, saying "No, we
don't knowingly discriminate.  Everything we do is geared to being open
and honest and fair to all employees, potential employees and the
community."  Officials for the other defendants did not comment.


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ACLN LTD.: Weiss Yourman Initiates Securities Suit in C.D. California
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Weiss and Yourman commenced a securities class action on behalf of all
persons who acquired ACLN Ltd. (NYSE:ASW) common stock between
September 30, 2000 and December 20, 2001, inclusive in the United
States District Court for the Central District of California.

The complaint charges that defendants, including the Company and some
of its officers and directors, violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10-b(5) by issuing false and
misleading statements regarding the Company's ownership of key assets
and its financial condition, including discrepancies in its publicly
reported earnings and the ownership and disposition of million of
shares of the Company's stock, which vanished from the "principal and
management shareholders" list in the Company's filing.

The Company has still failed to explain these irregularities which only
came to light as a result of the efforts of an investigative financial
journalist, Herb Greenberg of TheStreet.com. As a result of the
eventual disclosure of this concealed information, the price of the
Company's stock plunged over 60% in one day.

For more information, contact Weiss & Yourman by Phone: 800-437-7918 or
310-208-2800 by E-mail: info@wyca.com or visit the firm's Website:
http://www.wyca.com


ACLN LTD.: Kirby McInerney Initiates Securities Suit in C.D. California
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Kirby McInerney & Squire LLP commenced a securities class action on
behalf of purchasers of ACLN, Ltd. (NYSE: ASW) securities between
December 27, 1998 and December 20, 2001, inclusive in the United States
District Court for the Central District of California, against the
Company and Company officers:

       (1) Joseph Bisschops,

       (2) Aldo Labiad, and

       (3) Alex De Ridder

The suit charges the defendants with violations of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934. The action charges, among other things, that
defendants concealed the Company's true financial state throughout the
class period. The truth about the Company was undisclosed until
December 20, 2001 when TheStreet.com reported among other things, that:

       (i) As many as 2,265,221 shares held by entities controlled by
           Chairman Joseph Bisschops vanished from the "principal and
           management shareholders" list in the Company's SEC filings;

      (ii) the Company misrepresented its non-ownership of the Sea Atef
           cargo ship;

     (iii) defendants made conflicting claims about the Sea Atef's
           operations and understated their selling, general and
           administrative expenses, and overstated the number of cars
           that they sold.

For more information, contact Ira M. Press or Melissa Fleming by Phone:
888-529-4782 by E-mail: mfleming@kmslaw.com or visit the firm's
Website: http://www.kmslaw.com


F5 NETWORKS: Says Pending New York Securities Suits "Part of Trend"
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F5 Networks believes the securities suits pending against it in the
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York,
were spurred by the current trend of suing companies who made initial
public offerings in the last two years for alleged securities act
violations.

The first suit was commenced in August 2001, against the Company,
certain of its underwriters, and several of its officers and directors,
alleging violations of Sections 11 and 15 of the Securities Act of
1933 and Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder and
Section 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  The suit seeks
unspecified damages on behalf of a purported class that purchased the
Company's common stock between June 4, 1999 and December 6, 2000.

Other substantially identical complaints have been filed, naming the
same defendants, containing virtually identical claims.
identical class period.  These cases have all been assigned to
the Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin for coordination and decisions
on pretrial motions, discovery, and related matters other than
trial.

The Company stated in a disclosure to the Securities and Exchange
Commission that they have meritorious defenses to the suits and will
defend themselves vigorously.


HOMESTORE.COM: Bernstein Liebhard Commences Securities Suit in C.D. CA
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Bernstein Liebhard and Lifshitz LLP initiated a securities class action
on behalf of all persons who acquired Homestore.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:
HOMS) securities between July 20, 2000 and December 21, 2001, inclusive
in the United States District Court for the Central District of
California against the Company and:

       (1) Stuart H. Wolff, Chairman and CEO,

       (2) Peter B. Tafeen, Executive Vice President of Business
           Development and Sales,

       (3) Joseph J. Shew, Chief Financial Officer

The suit charges the defendants with violations of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934.  On July 2000 (after the close of the market),
the Company issued a release of its positive 2Q 00 results, causing its
stock price to soar by more than $7 (or 25%) the following trading day.

The suit alleges that as part of their effort to boost the price of the
Company's stock, defendants misrepresented the Company's true prospects
in an effort to conceal its improper acts until they were able to sell
at least $16 million of their own stock.

In order to overstate revenues and assets in the 2nd, 3re and 4th
Quarters 2000 and in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Quarters 2001, the Company
violated generally accepted accounting principles and SEC rules by
engaging in improper "round-trip" transactions.  These transactions had
the effect of dramatically overstating revenues and assets.  This came
to an end (though unbeknownst to the public) in the Company's 3rd
Quarter 2001 as its main round-trip partner stopped doing these
transactions with the Company.

Following the release of the Company's 3rd Quarter 2001 results, it
also slashed its revenue projections for 2002 from $563 million to
$375-$425 million as a result of a material decline in its business
with its main "round-trip" partner.  On this news the Company's shares
dropped by more than 50% the following trading day.

Then, on December 21, 2001, after the market closed, the Company
partially admitted that its past accounting for its prior results was
inaccurate.  On this news the Company's shares were halted and have not
traded since.

For more information, contact Ms. Linda Flood, Director of Shareholder
Relations by Mail: 10 East 40th Street, New York, New York 10016 by
Phone: 800-217-1522 or 212-779-1414 by E-mail: HOMS@bernlieb.com or
visit the firm's Website: http://www.bernlieb.com


HOMESTORE.COM: Weiss Yourman Lodges Securities Suit in C.D. California
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Weiss and Yourman commenced a securities class action against
Homestore.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:HOMS) and certain individuals associated
with the Company in the United States District Court for the Central
District of California on behalf of investors who purchased Company
securities between July 20, 2000 and December 21, 2001, inclusive.

The suit charges defendants with violations of the Securities Exchange
Act of 1934 and the Securities Act of 1933. The complaint alleges that
defendants issued materially false and misleading statements and failed
to disclose that the Company was overstating its revenues and assets,
causing its common stock to trade at artificially inflated prices.

For more information, contact Weiss & Yourman by Phone: 800-437-7918 or
310-208-2800 by E-mail: info@wyca.com or visit the firm's Website:
http://www.wyca.com


SAGENT TECHNOLOGY: Bernstein Liebhard Files Securities Suit in N.D. CA
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Bernstein Liebhard and Lifshitz initiated a securities class action on
behalf all persons who acquired Sagent Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: SGNTE)
securities between May 11, 2001 and November 28, 2001 in the United
States District Court for the Northern District of California against
the Company and two of its executive officers, Ben C. Barnes and David
Eliff.

The suit charges defendants with violations of sections 10(b) and 20(a)
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 promulgated
thereunder.   The suit alleges that during the class period, defendants
issued to the investing public false and misleading financial
statements and financial information that materially misstated the
Company's condition and prospects.  Moreover, the Company failed to
disclose material information necessary to make its prior statements
not misleading.

The suit further alleges that during the class period, defendants
caused the Company's shares to trade at artificially inflated levels
through the issuance of false and misleading financial statements.

As a result of this inflation, the Company was able to complete a
private placement offering of 9.1 million shares, raising net proceeds
of $16.8 million on August 1, 2001.

In November 2001, just months after this offering was completed, the
Company revealed that its 3rd Quarter results, and possibly other
quarters, were false when issued. The stock dropped below $.70 per
share on this news. Then, on November 28, 2001, after the market
closed, defendants revealed that the Company's 1st to 3rd quarter 2001
results had been materially misstated and would have to be restated.

For more information, contact Ms. Linda Flood, Director of Shareholder
Relations by Mail: 10 East 40th Street, New York, New York 10016 by
Phone: (800) 217-1522 or 212-779-1414 by E-mail: SGNTE@bernlieb.com or
visit the firm's Website: http://www.bernlieb.com


STARMEDIA NETWORK: Bernstein Liebhard Commences Securities Suit in NY
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Bernstein Liebhard and Lifshitz LLP initiated a securities class action
on behalf all persons who acquired StarMedia Network, Inc. (Nasdaq:
STRM) securities between April 11, 2000 and November 19, 2001 in the
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York,
against the Company and executive officers Fernando J. Espuelas and
Steven J. Heller.

The complaint charges defendants with violations of sections 10(b) and
20(a) the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 promulgated
thereunder.   The complaint alleges that during the class period,
defendants issued to the investing public false and misleading
financial statements and press releases concerning the Company's
publicly reported revenues, earnings and net income. Moreover, the
Company failed to disclose material information necessary to make its
prior statements not misleading.

On November 19, 2001, the Company shocked the investing community by
announcing that it was restating its previously reported financial
results for fiscal year 2000 and the first two quarters of fiscal 2001,
due to accounting errors and improper accounting practices at two
of the Company's Mexican subsidiaries, AdNet S.A. de C.V. and StarMedia
Mexico, S.A. de C.V.  As a result of these improper accounting
practices, the Company's reported revenues and earnings were overstated
by at least $10 million.  Additionally, the Company announced that its
Chief Financial Officer had resigned.

These disclosures contradicted much of the information provided by
defendants to the market during the class period concerning its
financial results.  In response, Nasdaq halted trading in the Company's
shares.

For further details, contact Ms. Linda Flood, Director of Shareholder
Relations by Mail: 10 East 40th Street, New York, New York 10016 by
Phone: 800-217-1522 or 212-779-1414 by E-mail: STRM@bernlieb.com or
visit the firm's Website: http://www.bernlieb.com


TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE: Weiss Yourman Files Securities Suit in S.D. NY
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Weiss and Yourman initiated a securities class action against Take-Two
Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) and certain of its officers
and directors in the United States District Court for the Southern
District of New York, on behalf of purchasers of the Company's
securities between February 24, 2000 and December 17, 2001.

The suit charges the defendants with violations of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934. The complaint alleges that defendants failed to
disclose material adverse information and misrepresented the truth
about the Company and caused plaintiff and other members of the class
to purchase Company stock at artificially inflated prices.

For more information, contact James E. Tullman, Mark D. Smilow or David
C. Katz by Mail: The French Building, 551 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1600, New
York, New York 10176 by Phone: 888-593-4771 or 212-682-3025 by E-mail:
info@wynyc.com or visit the firm's Website: http://www.wynyc.com


TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE: Bernstein Liebhard Lodges Securities Suit in NY
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Bernstein Liebhard and Lifshitz LLP initiated a securities class action
on behalf all persons who acquired Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.
(NASDAQ: TTWO) securities between February 24, 2000 and December 17,
2001, inclusive in the United States District Court for the Southern
District of New York against the Company and:

       (1) Ryan A. Brant, CEO until February 26, 2001, thereafter
           Chairman,

       (2) Kelly G. Sumner, director until February 26, 2001, thereafter
           CEO,

       (3) James H. David Jr., CFO from the Company's third quarter of
           fiscal year 2000,

       (4) Paul Eibeler, President and director and

       (5) Larry Muller, CFO until the third quarter of the Company's
           fiscal year 2000

The suit charges that defendants violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and Rule 10b-5 promulgated
thereunder, by issuing a series of materially false and misleading
statements to the market between February 24, 2000 and December
17, 2001, concerning its financial performance for the Company's fiscal
year 2000 and the first three quarters of its fiscal year 2001.

Throughout the class period, defendants issued press releases reporting
the Company's quarterly and year-end financial performance, and filed
reports confirming such performance with the United States Securities
and Exchange Commission.  These reports positively portrayed the
Company's performance during the class period and discussed several
quarters of supposedly "record" results.

These statements, as alleged in the complaint, were materially false
and misleading because the Company had, throughout the class period,
improperly recognized revenues, thereby inflating its reported sales
and earnings.

On December 14, 2001, the price of the Company's stock plunged 31%,
falling from $15.05 to $10.33, as news leaked that it will likely
restate previously filed financial reports.  On December 17, 2001, the
Company issued a press release announcing that it will restate its
financial results for its fiscal year 2000 and the first three quarters
of its fiscal year 2001.  According to the press release, the Company
had improperly recognized revenue on products that were subsequently
returned to the Company.

For fiscal year 2000, the restatement will have the effect of
decreasing net sales by $12-$15 million and decreasing net income by
$3.1-$3.7 million.  For the three quarters of 2001, the restatement
will have the effect of decreasing net sales by approximately $9.5
million and increasing net income by $0.3 million.

For more information, contact Ms. Linda Flood, Director of Shareholder
Relations by Mail: 10 East 40th Street, New York, New York 10016 by
Phone: 800-217-1522 or 212-779-1414 by E-mail: TTWO@bernlieb.com or
visit the firm's Website: http://www.bernlieb.com

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