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              Thursday, February 6, 2003, Vol. 5, No. 26

                            Headlines                            

BAYER AG: Manitoba Residents Commence Lawsuit Over Cholesterol Drug
BEAZER HOMES: Former Superintendent Says Housing Pads Failed Inspection
GRAND TRAVERSE: Nursing Home Employees Commence Civil Rights Lawsuit
HOOVERS INC.: Court Dismisses Officers, Directors From Securities Suit
ILLINOIS: Suffolk Sheriff Yet To Pay Share in Strip-Search Suit Accord

IOWA: Corrections Dept Employees File Mold Suit v. Building Owner
ISM CANADA: Police Recover Computer Hard Disk Drive With Client Info
KENTUCKY: Nuclear Plant Workers Strike Over Wage, Healthcare Issues
LOUISIANA: LA Court Grants Police, Firefighters $10 Million in Back Pay
MARTHA STEWART: Plaintiffs File Amended Securities Lawsuit in NY Court

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Agency Puts Child Care Issues Before Budget Committees
PFIZER INC.: CA Consumer Group Sues Over Promotions for Nuerontin Drug
TEMPO PACEMAKERS: Elderly Man To Get $10T Damages For Faulty Pacemaker
TOBACCO LITIGATION: Jury Selected In Suit By Smokers' Widow v. Firms
TORONTO STAR: To Ask For Dismissal of Libel Suit Over Profiling Series

WAL-MART STORES: Study in Gender Bias Suit Shows Pay Gap Favoring Men

                     New Securities Fraud Cases                

AEGON NV: Schiffrin & Barroway Lodges Securities Fraud Suit in S.D. NY
AMERICREDIT CORPORATION: Brodsky & Smith Launches Securities Suit in TX
ARIBA INC.: Kaplan Fox Commences Securities Fraud Lawsuit in N.D. CA
ARIBA INC.: Marc Henzel Commences Securities Fraud Lawsuit in N.D. CA
MCSi INC.: Brodsky & Smith Commences Securities Fraud Suit in S.D. Ohio

MICHAELS STORES: Cauley Geller Commences Securities Lawsuit in N.D. TX
MICHAELS STORES: Milberg Weiss Commences Securities Lawsuit in N.D. TX
TRANSKARYOTIC THERAPIES: Brodsky & Smith Launches Securities Suit in MA
TRANSKARYOTIC THERAPIES: Cauley Geller Commences Securities Suit in MA
TRANSKARYOTIC THERAPIES: Schiffrin & Barroway Files Investor Suit in MA

VERITAS SOFTWARE: Glancy & Binkow Commences Securities Suit in N.D. CA
VERITAS SOFTWARE: Rabin & Peckel Commences Securities Suit in N.D. CA
WESTAR ENERGY: Brodsky & Smith Commences Securities Lawsuit in KS Court

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BAYER AG: Manitoba Residents Commence Lawsuit Over Cholesterol Drug
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Bayer Inc. faces a class action filed in the Manitoba Court of Queen's
Bench against Bayer Inc. on behalf of two Manitoba residents who were
injured by the cholesterol-reducing drug, Baycol.  The class action was
filed by Mrs. Marilyn Walls of Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba and Mrs. Ethel
Nick of Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, who both experienced weakness,
pain, muscle loss and damage to their muscle tissue caused by their
ingestion of Baycol.  They both continue to suffer from these injuries
which have impaired their enjoyment of life and interfered with their
regular, daily activities.

According to the Statement of Claim filed today in Winnipeg, "Baycol
was a defective product.  It caused serious and potentially life-
threatening side effects including rhabdomyolysis, myopathy and
myosistis.  Baycol was unsafe when compared with other available
cholesterol-lowering medications and was not medically efficacious".

Baycol was taken off the market in August 2001 but not before 100
deaths worldwide were attributed to it.  In extreme cases
rhabdomyolysis, a condition in which muscle tissue breaks down and
passes into the blood stream causing kidney failure and eventually
death, has occurred.  More than one million prescriptions for Baycol
were written in Canada.

It appears that Bayer may have learned of the serious side effects of
Baycol long before the drug's recall.  Bayer's parent company, Bayer AG
received a report that the drug may have been a secondary cause in the
death of a patient who had taken Baycol over a year and a half before
it was introduced to the market.

Class action lawyer David Klein of Klein Lyons of Vancouver filed the
lawsuit on behalf of Wall and Nick.  According to Mr. Klein "the
injuries caused by Baycol could have been prevented by more thorough
testing methods and clinical trials.  This is one of the first class
actions under the Manitoba Class Proceedings Act that came into force
on January 1st, 2003".

For more details, contact David Klein by Mail: 1333 W. Broadway, Suite
1100, Vancouver, B.C. by Phone: (800) 468-4466 or (604) 874-7171


BEAZER HOMES: Former Superintendent Says Housing Pads Failed Inspection
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A former construction superintendent for Beazer Homes testified
recently that the pads, or foundations, at the development, Village at
Craig Ranch, in North Las Vegas, failed several inspections for
moisture saturation, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Scott Allred, now living in Utah, was questioned about the testing and
certification of moisture content around the pads, in a long - the
trial began in early November - construction defect trial, involving
200 homeowners seeking $25 million in damages in a class action.  The
homeowners contend that the construction defects were caused by
expansive soil conditions.

Mr. Allred said he soaked the foundations for three to four days using
a water hose if he could not get a water truck to the site.  He built a
three- to four-inch berm to keep the water from running into the
street.  

"Specifically, regarding moisture certification, you failed those
tests?" Beazer attorney Megan Dorsey asked.

"Yes, I failed them," Mr. Allred answered.

Robert Maddox, representing the homeowners, asked Mr. Allred whether he
had seen any documentation from GeoSoils on the company's inspection
process.  Mr. Allred said he had not.

The Beazer case is among 200 construction defect lawsuits before the
District Court, and the first to go to such lengthy litigation.  Most
settle even before entering the trial phase.


GRAND TRAVERSE: Nursing Home Employees Commence Civil Rights Lawsuit
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The Grand Traverse Pavilions faces a civil rights class action filed in
Grand Traverse County Circuit Court, Michigan on behalf of all its
employees, alleging the Pavilions engaged in hiring practices that
violated civil rights, the Record Eagle reports.  The suit charged the
nursing home with forcing employees to give up their rights to sue for
damages.

Attorney Enrico Schaefer filed the suit, which says that employees have
to sign a waiver when they apply for a job that limits an employee's
right to sue to 180 days from the date of an alleged civil rights
violation.  Mr. Schaefer said that because of certain filing
requirements for state and federal lawsuits, the 180-day limit makes it
virtually impossible for lawsuits over grievances to be filed on time.

Lawyers for the Grand Traverse Pavilions said that the lawsuits amount
to harassment and only waste time and resources.  Thomas Wurst,
attorney for the Pavilions, told the Record Eagle that Mr. Schaefer's
claim is simply not true.  "You can file a lawsuit and pursue a
charge," he said.  "He is 100 percent wrong."
      
The Company has asked for dismissal of the suit, which will be heard
later this month.  

In that case, former Pavilions nurse Bonita Williams sued the nursing
facility, claiming she was demoted after a patient's wife called her a
"dirty Indian."  Ms. Williams is asking for damages over $50,000 for
lost pay and for medical problems she says she suffered as a result of
humiliation, the Record Eagle states.


HOOVERS INC.: Court Dismisses Officers, Directors From Securities Suit
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The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
dismissed Hoovers, Inc.'s current and former officers and directors as
defendants in the consolidated securities class action filed against
them, the Company and one of the investment banks that was an
underwriter of the Company's July 1999 initial public offering.

The consolidated suit was filed on behalf of purchasers of Company
stock during the period from July 20, 1999, through December 6, 2000.  
Plaintiffs allege that the underwriter defendants agreed to allocate
stock in the Company's initial public offering to certain investors in
exchange for excessive and undisclosed commissions and agreements by
those investors to make additional purchases of stock in the
aftermarket at pre-determined prices.

Plaintiffs allege that the prospectus for the Company's initial public
offering was false and misleading in violation of the securities laws
because it did not disclose these arrangements.  The actions seek
damages in an unspecified amount.

The action is being coordinated with more than 300 other nearly
identical actions filed against other companies.  In October 2002,
Plaintiffs offered the Company named officer and named director a
tolling agreement by which these two defendants could be dismissed from
the lawsuit without prejudice.  The offer was accepted by the named
officer and named director.


ILLINOIS: Suffolk Sheriff Yet To Pay Share in Strip-Search Suit Accord
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Suffolk County Sheriff's Office still hasn't paid the $5 million it
owes to settle a lawsuit by women illegally strip-searched at the
Nashua Street Jail, prompting lawyers to file papers in federal court
yesterday that would force the sheriff's office to pay the money that
was due November 29, the Boston Herald reports.

The suit was filed on behalf of 5,400 women who were unconstitutionally
strip-searched after being arrested, including an East Boston woman
arrested in 1998 because she did not return an overdue video game
rented by her children.  US District Judge Nancy Gertner ruled in 2001
that the blanket strip-search policy was unconstitutional and approved
the final settlement last July.  It penalized the sheriff's office and
the City of Boston with 12 percent interest on their share of the
settlement, compounded daily, for every day they fail to pay after the
November 29 deadline, the Boston Herald reports.

The sheriff's office and the City of Boston agreed in July to pay a
total of $10 million to women who were strip searched in violation of
their constitutional rights between 1995 and 1999.  While the City of
Boston paid its $5 million on time, the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office
has not paid its share of the settlement, incurring about $50,000 in
interest each month the payment is late, the Herald states.  A
spokesman for Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral would not comment on
whether the department, which has suffered deep budget cuts over the
last two years, has enough cash to pay the settlement.

Howard Friedman, the attorney representing about 1,500 women who
qualify to share the settlement, said yesterday that the sheriff's
office had no excuse.  "I think what it really shows is
disorganization," Mr. Friedman told the Herald.


IOWA: Corrections Dept Employees File Mold Suit v. Building Owner
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The owner of the Iowa Department of Corrections building faces several
lawsuits, one of them a class action, filed by employees of the
department, seeking compensation for alleged damage to their health,
citing the building's water leaks, air-quality problems and high levels
of mold, the qctimes.com reports.

The suits, filed in Scott County District Court, accuse Community
Resources Corporation, for allegedly failing to identify and repair
water leaks, ignoring visible mold and failing to prevent mold growth
or repair raw sewage leaks.  One of those lawsuits, if approved as a
class action suit, potentially could allow other employees and people
who have walked in and out of the building to join, lawyer Dennis
VanDerGinst told qctimes.com.

A former secretary at the building, Susan Purdy, was diagnosed with
multiple sclerosis in September 2000, but that diagnosis was discarded
a short time later when a spinal tap ruled out the disease.  Ms. Purdy
told qctimes.com she suffered from nausea, headaches, fatigue and
chronic sinus trouble.

Willie Stevenson, a security guard at the building from 1987 to April
2001, also filed suit.  He blames struggles with brain tumors, a
seizure disorder and hearing, eyesight and memory problems on mold
levels in the building.  Other employees suing are:

     (1) Mary Schave,

     (2) Traci Bray,

     (3) Jeffrey and Diana Danielson,

     (4) Cynthia and Robert Weil,

     (5) Cindy and David VanLandegen,

     (6) Judith Cary,

     (7) Kim Crandall, and

     (8) Nancy Simms

Davenport lawyer Tom Waterman, who represents Community Resources, did
not return telephone calls from the Quad-City Times seeking comment
Tuesday.  However, he said in July that any cleanup deemed necessary in
pending studies by the health department or the Iowa Occupational
Safety and Health Division, or IOSH, would be the responsibility of the
building tenants.

Dr. Richard Lipsey, a toxicologist, took cotton swab samples from the
building in February 2002, revealing what he said are toxic mold levels
as much as 12,000 times higher than those found in an average
household, qctimes.com reports.  The IOSH slapped a $5,625 fine on the
Department of Correctional Services for problems it found with
asbestos, a protective-equipment program, blood-borne pathogen exposure
policies and respirator-usage plans within the building.


ISM CANADA: Police Recover Computer Hard Disk Drive With Client Info
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Regina, Canada police recovered a computer hard-disk drive declared
missing from information system provider ISM Canada, which contains
confidential information for more than one million people, the Globe
and Mail reports.  The drive contains a variety of data including
account information for customers of:

     (1) Saskatchewan Power Corporation,

     (2) Saskatchewan Telecommunications,

     (3) the provincial workers' compensation plan,

     (4) a unit of Co-operators Group Ltd. of Guelph, Ontario,

     (5) Winnipeg-based Investors Group Inc. and

     (6) thousands of Manitoba businesses

"Late (Monday) our people recovered the hard drive," Sergeant Rick
Bourassa of the Regina police department told the Globe and Mail.  
"Charges are pending against a single individual."

Sgt. Bourassa would not say where the disk was recovered or who will be
charged.  He added that investigators are examining the disk to see if
any of the information on it was used.  "There is nothing to indicate
at all through the whole course of the investigation that the
information was targeted or that it was used at all," he said.
"However, we have people looking at it to confirm that."

Anne Mowat, a spokeswoman for ISM, declined to comment on the recovery
of the disk other than to say the company is co-operating with the
police, the Globe and Mail reports.  She also declined to say whether
an ISM employee is the target of police.

The disk was reported missing from ISM Canada's Regina office on
January 16.  Initially, government officials indicated just 88 WCB
clients were affected by the theft.  However, last week, WCB chief
executive officer Peter Federko sent letters to more than 4,600 clients
informing them information concerning their WCB annuity may have been
lost by ISM, which supplied computer services to the board until August
of last year, the Star Phoenix reports.  The WCB clients were told the
personal information included their injury claim numbers, names,
addresses and birth dates, in addition to information on the financial
performance of their annuity from 1996 to 2000, an earlier Class Action
Reporter story states.

Clients have launched a class action against the Company over the loss
of private information, an earlier Class Action Reporter story states.  
The suit alleges the companies failed to properly protect the
information and did not promptly inform those affected.


KENTUCKY: Nuclear Plant Workers Strike Over Wage, Healthcare Issues
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Hourly workers at the Paducah, Kentucky Gaseous Diffusion Plant went on
strike Tuesday, to protest over wage, healthcare and pension issues.  
620 workers joined the strike, about half of the 1,250 work force,
leaving managers to run the plant, which is the nation's only plant
that enriches uranium for commercial nuclear power, the Associated
Press reports.

The contract of Local 5-550 of Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and
Energy Workers International expired Friday but had been extended to
give the union time to vote on the latest offer from USEC.  "We have
expressed a willingness for the last eight weeks that this has been
going on to reach a mutually acceptable resolution," Leon Owens,
president of the local union told AP.  "The problem has been the
company's unwillingness to address union issues."

Some 97 percent of the membership had voted Friday to reject the offer,
Mr. Owens said.

USEC spokeswoman Elizabeth Stuckle told AP the company has been willing
to meet with a federal mediator and is willing to work with the union.  
"We still hold open that offer to them," she said. "We did not walk
away from the table."

Mr. Owens continued the union and management are too far apart for a
mediator to be useful.  Union leaders say the company's salary
increases will not offset increases in health care costs and say they
are not satisfied with pension increases.  Ms. Stuckle told AP USEC
would continue operations with the plant's salaried work force.

"We fully expect to continue meeting our safety, nuclear safety and
production obligations and to continue to exceed our customer's
expectations of quality and service during this time," she said.

Naturally occurring uranium contains only small amounts of the isotope
uranium-235, which is needed to support chain reactions in nuclear
reactors and weapons.  The metal must be refined to boost the
concentration of that isotope, a process called enrichment.  Most
nuclear power plants require uranium containing about 5 percent U-235
to other isotopes of uranium; nuclear weapons need about 90 percent, AP
reports.


LOUISIANA: LA Court Grants Police, Firefighters $10 Million in Back Pay
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Louisiana State Court ruled in favor of the state's police and
firefighters by ordering the Lafayette Consolidated Government to pay
them more than $10 million in back pay, the Lafayette Advertiser
reports.

State Judge Edward Rubin ruled Monday in the case that a plan adopted
by the consolidated government in 1978 violated state law.  The amount
of back pay owed will be determined at trial or through a settlement,
and consolidated government can appeal Monday's ruling, although no
decision has been made, the Advertiser states.

"We are estimating that the approximate amount of wages could be in the
neighborhood of $12 million," said attorney Daniel Landry, who
represents a group of about 600 former and current police officers and
firefighters.  At issue is the roughly $300 per month the state pays to
supplement the pay of police and firefighters.  The state payments
usually begin after a public servant has worked for one year, the
Advertiser reports.

Judge Rubin ruled that the consolidated government violated state law
by reducing the local salary contribution once the state supplemental
pay began.  That resulted in overall salaries remaining the same after
state supplemental pay kicked in.

"They were taking $300 to subsidize their budget," said Jay Castille,
first vice president of the local firefighters union.  Consolidated
Government President Walter Comeaux said the pay plan in question
started in 1978 at the behest of fire and police officials in an effort
to help recruitment.

Mr. Comeaux told the Advertiser the local government agreed to pay
extra to new hires so they would not have to wait one year before
bringing home a decent paycheck.  Once the state supplemental pay
kicked in, he said, the local government would cut its contribution
back.  The consolidated government stopped paying what Comeaux called
"an advance" in 2001, two years after the lawsuit was filed.

Consolidated Government attorneys maintained that the pay plan was
legal.  They said the state law at issue in the case was meant to keep
local governments from using state pay to offset local pay and should
not apply when a local government pays out money to hold employees over
until the state pay begins, the Advertiser reports.


MARTHA STEWART: Plaintiffs File Amended Securities Lawsuit in NY Court
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Plaintiffs in the securities class actions filed against domesticity
maven Martha Stewart and her company Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
filed an amended suit in the United States District Court in Manhattan,
New York, alleging Ms. Stewart and her senior executives engaged in
illegal insider trading of company stock.

The suit cites an unnamed former senior executive of Martha Stewart
Living Omnimedia who claims it was well known at the top level of the
company that Ms. Stewart was under federal investigation, and that
before that information was made public, top executives unloaded
company stock, CNN reports.

Ms. Stewart faces a government probe on her, her lifestyle and most
especially about her sale of Imclone stock the day before the Food and
Drug Administration refused the biotech firm's application for a cancer
drug.  Ms. Stewart sold nearly 4,000 shares of ImClone Dec. 27, 2001;
after the FDA's decision the next day, shares of ImClone plummeted.  
The senior executives named in the lawsuit include Sharon Patrick,
president of the company.

"The former MSO (Martha Stewart Omnimedia) employee attended a meeting
in Sharon Patrick's office in March 2002," the suit states.  "The
ImClone/Stewart investigation was being discussed, including its likely
adverse impact on MSO shares."

Sales records filed with the SEC show Ms. Patrick and other company
officers and executives -- Greg Blatt, Margret Roach, Gael Towey, Dora
Cardinale, Lauren Stanich and Suzanne Sobel -- all sold shares between
March and May at prices ranging from $20-$17.95, CNN reports.

The suit says executives made their sales through former Merrill Lynch
broker Peter Bacanovich, who was a broker for both Stewart and former
ImClone Chief Executive Sam Waksal, CNN states.  Martha Stewart Living
officials and Peter Bacanovich's attorney could not immediately be
reached Tuesday evening for comment.


NEW HAMPSHIRE: Agency Puts Child Care Issues Before Budget Committees
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New Hampshire's Division for Children, Youth and Families, recently
made a presentation on its "issues and solutions" before a joint
meeting of the House and Senate Finance committees, Associated Press
Newswires reports.

The state is being sued over the agency's alleged failure to improve
protection efforts for abused and neglected children.  The Disabilities
Rights Center and other advocates for children and youth asked the US
District Court last month to find the state failed to comply with a
1997 agreement to improve the care it gives children.

The agreement was reached as a result of a class action filed in 1991,
against the state.  The settlement gave the state five years to improve
12 areas of child protection.  Subsequently, a court-appointed panel
found the state was not doing enough to comply.  The original civil
rights complaint alleged the state's treatment of abused and neglected
children and children in out-of-home care violated the Constitution and
federal law.

With the agreement set to expire September 1, 2002, the parties agreed
in the summer of that year to extend the agreement to January 31, 2003.  
The parties further agreed that the state agency would add 60 workers
to its child protection staff.

The review panel found significant improvements had taken place in
adoption, foster care services and training of employees.  However, it
found the division was failing to conduct quick and thorough child
abuse and neglect investigations, among some other things.

In September, the joint legislative Fiscal Committee refused to go
along with a request for $1.7 million to hire 62 workers.  The
committee cited a need first to solve management problems at the
division.  Fiscal Chairman Neal Kurk, who also chairs the House Finance
Committee, said the agency's staffing needs had to be reviewed "in the
context of the whole division and all the problems the division is
facing, not just in management, but in philosophy."


PFIZER INC.: CA Consumer Group Sues Over Promotions for Nuerontin Drug
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Pfizer, Inc. and its Parke-Davis unit faces a lawsuit filed by
California consumer groups in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging the
two entities circumvented federal government rules to promote
scientifically unproven "off-label" uses of their Neurontin drug, the
Associated Press reports.

The coalition of groups called Community Catalyst's Prescription Access
Litigation filed the suit, which asserts that Parke-Davis launched an
illegal promotional campaign in 1995 to attract new patients to
Neurontin, which had been approved by the US Food and Drug
Administration only for the treatment of epilepsy.  Neurontin's
marketing is the subject of a grand-jury investigation begun by the US
attorney's office in Boston.  In addition, 47 states and the District
of Columbia have launched criminal or civil probes, the Associated
Press reports.

The latest lawsuit, filed on behalf of the California Public Interest
Research Group, the Congress of California Seniors and USAction,
alleges that the campaign included illegal cash kickbacks to physicians
and other methods to increase sales of the drug for non-approved uses.  
Parke-Davis sought to promote Neurontin for treatment of at least 13
separate conditions, the suit claims, including migraines, bipolar
disorders and restless leg syndrome, AP states.

A Pfizer spokeswoman declined to comment on the lawsuit, citing company
policy, AP reports.


TEMPO PACEMAKERS: Elderly Man To Get $10T Damages For Faulty Pacemaker
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Sydney federal court awarded almost $10,000 to a seventy-year-old man
who filed a class action against the Australian Distributor of Tempo
PaceMakers, ABC News Online reports.

Kevin Courtney, 70, commenced the suit alleging that he suffered pain
and suffering after he was fitted with a potentially faulty pacemaker.  
The court ruled there was a "super-added risk" the pacemaker could fail
prematurely because of its batteries running out earlier than expected.  
Mr Courtney had his pacemaker removed two years ago.

Justice Ronald Sackville has ordered the Australian distributor of the
device - Medtel to pay close to $10,000 for his pain and suffering, ABC
News reports.  He found the pacemaker was not of merchantable quality,
although he said tests later showed it would have operated normally had
it remained in Mr. Courtney's body.  The decision could lead to
compensation being granted to more than 500 other people who are part
of a class action against the distributor.


TOBACCO LITIGATION: Jury Selected In Suit By Smokers' Widow v. Firms
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A jury was selected in a lawsuit filed against Philip Morris and R.J.
Reynolds by Sylvia Allen, the widow of James Allen, 64, her husband and
business partner, as well as a North Miami Beach photographer, who died
of lung cancer after smoking for 50 years, Associated Press Newswires
reports.

Individual lawsuits against the companies are of interest to
plaintiffs' lawyers as possible models in future tobacco class action.  
They may serve as models of causes of action allowed by the court, as
well as for the phases of presentation the court orders or allows; for
the defenses presented by the industry; and for the way issues are
presented by the court to the jury for its deliberations.

As has been done in other smoker trials, Ms. Allen's attorney plans to
use internal tobacco industry documents against the cigarette makers on
subjects including the health effects of smoking and the role played by
nicotine in addiction.  A panel of three men and three women, plus two
men serving as alternates, was selected as jury.

During the selection process, attorneys questioned potential jurors
about their attitudes toward smoking and their knowledge about the
health effects of cigarettes.  One candidate who once smoked four packs
of cigarettes a day, said in a questionnaire that he did not believe
tobacco companies manipulated nicotine levels or intentionally put
harmful ingredients in cigarettes.  The candidate, a printing company
plant manager, said those were his personal opinions, but he was
willing to be educated.

Another prospective juror had doubts about whether smokers should be
allowed to sue for smoking-related disease.  "There is a certain
responsibility that the user should take for himself," he said.  "I
personally don't see why somebody can't stop smoking if he wants to."

Neither of those two candidates made it to the final panel.

Ms. Allen's lawsuit is separate from a record $145 billion punitive
damage award covering sick Florida smokers in 2000.  That verdict is on
appeal.  Mr. Allen's cancer was diagnosed after the window of time
closed for Florida smokers to join the class in that lawsuit.  
Therefore, Ms. Allen sued separately the following year.

US District Court Judge James Lawrence King is restricting possible
damages to a compensatory award, having ruled earlier that a 1999 law
eliminates punitive damages as an option.


TORONTO STAR: To Ask For Dismissal of Libel Suit Over Profiling Series
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The Toronto Star will bring a motion asking the Toronto court to bring
to an early end a lawsuit by the police officers over the Star's recent
policing, race and crime series.  The highly publicized class action
libel suit was served on the Star on January 17, 2003.  The lawsuit is
on behalf of all 7,200 members of the Toronto Police service, and seeks
$375,000 for each member, or a total of $2.7 billion.

"We have never regarded the lawsuit as a serious legal threat,"
Publisher John Honderich said in a statement.  "Rather, it seems more
an intent to stifle the debate on a very important issue."

The Star's motion will contend that the stories did not single out
individual police officers, and there can be no libel of the force as a
whole.  "The law supporting this is well established and clear," said
Mr. Honderich.  "For that reason, the Star will be asking the court to
find that what it published does not give any police officer the right
to sue . The Star stands firmly behind its stories and believes it had
a compelling public duty to publish what it did.  The outpouring of
response to the Star stories has merely underlined that racial
profiling by police is a real issue in Toronto . The Star will continue
to engage in this important debate."

For its race and crime series beginning October 19, the Star obtained a
modified copy of a Toronto police arrest database, listing arrests from
1996 to early last year, through a Freedom of Information request.  The
database records more than 480,000 incidents in which an individual was
arrested or ticketed and almost 800,000 criminal and other charges.  
The Star's analysis found that blacks in certain circumstances were
treated differently than whites.  In particular, an analysis of drug
possession charges showed blacks charged with one count of simple drug
possession were released at the scene less often than whites facing the
same charge, and that blacks were held overnight for bail hearings at
twice the rate of whites.  A further analysis of certain traffic
offences - out-of-sight offences that typically would come to light
following a traffic stop - showed black motorists were in the database
as being ticketed at a rate much higher than they represent in the
population.

"The Star also stands behind its vital right to publish what it did
without unfounded legal challenge," said Mr. Honderich.  "Freedom of
expression, guaranteed under our Charter, requires that scrutiny of
public bodies, such as the police force, cannot be chilled by threat of
defamation proceedings."


WAL-MART STORES: Study in Gender Bias Suit Shows Pay Gap Favoring Men
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A study conducted on Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. as part of a federal
discrimination class action revealed that a pay gap exists between the
retailer's female and male workers.  The study was based on an analysis
of Wal-Mart payroll data obtained under litigation, the Los Angeles
Times reports.  The study states that:

     (1) female workers earned 4.5% to 5.6% less than men doing similar
         jobs and with similar experience levels between 1996 and 2001;

     (2) among nonsalaried workers, men earned an average of 37 cents
         an hour more for similar work;

     (3) the pay gap widens higher up the management ladder, finding
         that male management trainees make an average of $23,175 a
         year, compared with $22,371 for women trainees;

     (4) at the senior vice president level, the average man makes
         $419,435 a year, the report said, whereas the four women in
         the position earn an average of $279,772.

Wal-Mart executives, reached late Monday, had not seen the study by
Oakland-based statistician Richard Drogin and would not comment, the LA
Times reports.  However, the company, which employs 1 million people,
maintains it does not discriminate on the basis of gender.  

Mr. Drogin's report did not compare Wal-Mart's salary structure with
those of other retailers.  His study and an analysis of women in
management at Wal-Mart and other retailers were submitted to Wal-Mart
lawyers Monday by a coalition of six law firms that are pursuing the
discrimination suit, the LA Times states.  The reports will be used to
bolster an attempt to win class-action status for the case, which was
filed in federal court in San Francisco in June 2001.

The proposed class - women hired nationwide since 1999 - could include
more than 1 million current and former employees, making it the largest
single job discrimination case in US history.

"Women start out being paid less, and the gap just widens," Brad
Seligman, executive director of the Impact Fund, an Oakland-based
nonprofit legal organization that is pursuing the suit told the LA
Times.  "At every level, men get paid more than women, and it does not
appear to be explained by anything objective like seniority or anything
else that we can identify . The only difference is gender."

                     New Securities Fraud Cases                

AEGON NV: Schiffrin & Barroway Lodges Securities Fraud Suit in S.D. NY
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The law firm of Schiffrin & Barroway, LLP initiated a securities class
action in the United States District Court for the Southern District of
New York on behalf of all purchasers of the common stock of Aegon N.V.
(NYSE:AEG) from August 9, 2001 and July 22, 2002, inclusive.

The complaint charges Aegon N.V. and certain of its officers and
directors with issuing false and misleading statements concerning its
business and financial condition.  Specifically, the complaint alleges
that during the years preceding the class period, and during the class
period, as stock markets suffered substantial declines, increasing
numbers of investors gravitated from variable products to fixed
products.  Aegon distinguished itself from its competitors with the
claim that its purportedly broad product mix better enabled it to take
advantage of this market shift while it simultaneously assured
investors that it had sufficient reserves to fund the sharply
increasing guaranteed payout obligations required by its fixed
products.

The complaint further alleges that Aegon also assured investors that it
was less vulnerable to the vicissitudes of the equity and credit
markets than competitors because the Company matched "high-quality
investment assets ... in an optimal way to the corresponding insurance
liability, taking into account currency, yield and maturity
characteristics."  The Company claimed that, for the foregoing reasons,
" consistency and reliability in earnings forecasting is a particular
source of pride" and that, while not immune to equity and real estate
market shifts, the Company was not subject to sharp downward variations
in annual net income.  Accordingly, the Company reduced its earnings
guidance for 2002 but at all relevant times maintained its forecast
that 2002 net income would at least equal 2001 net income.

For more details, contact Marc A. Topaz or Stuart L. Berman by Phone:
1-888-299-7706 (toll free) or 1-610-667-7706 by E-mail:
info@sbclasslaw.com


AMERICREDIT CORPORATION: Brodsky & Smith Launches Securities Suit in TX
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Law offices of Brodsky & Smith, LLC initiated a securities class action
on behalf of shareholders who purchased the common stock and other
securities of AmeriCredit (NYSE:ACF) between April 14, 1999 and
September 16, 2002, inclusive, in the United States District Court for
the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division against the Company
and certain of its officers and directors.

The action charges that defendants violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by issuing a series of materially
false and misleading statements regarding AmeriCredit's business and
financial condition during the class period.  Specifically, the suit
alleges that, inter alia, defendants were improperly deferring
delinquent loans during the class period in order to avoid consumer
defaults so that AmeriCredit would have access to cash that otherwise
would have been restricted pursuant to the terms of controlling trust
agreements.

For more details, contact Marc L. Ackerman by Mail: Two Bala Plaza,
Suite 602, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 by Phone: 877-LEGAL-90 or by E-mail:
mackerman@brodsky-smith.com


ARIBA INC.: Kaplan Fox Commences Securities Fraud Lawsuit in N.D. CA
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Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP filed a securities class action against
Ariba, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARBAE) and certain of its officers and directors
in the United States District Court for the Northern District of
California.  This suit is brought on behalf of all persons or entities,
other than defendants, who purchased Ariba common stock between January
11, 2000 and January 15, 2003, inclusive.

The complaint charges Ariba and certain of its officers and directors
with violations of the federal securities laws.  It alleges that
beginning in January of 2000 and throughout the class period,
defendants issued numerous positive statements in press releases and
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding
Ariba's revenue growth and projections.  These statements falsely
portrayed Ariba's business prospects and artificially inflated and
maintained the price of Ariba common stock.

On January 15, 2003, Ariba announced that it would restate all of its
financial results for ten quarters, covering the quarter ended March
31, 2000 through the quarter ended June 30, 2002, and the fiscal years
for 2000 and 2001.  The Company further announced on that date that it
may be delisted by the NASDAQ Stock Market because it has not filed its
annual report with the SEC for 2002.  Ariba's stock plunged 15% on the
day of this announcement.

For more details, contact Frederic S. Fox or Hae Sung Nam by Mail:
805 Third Avenue, 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10022 by Phone:
(800) 290-1952, (212) 687-1980 by Fax: (212) 687-7714 or visit the
firm's Website: http://www.kaplanfox.com


ARIBA INC.: Marc Henzel Commences Securities Fraud Lawsuit in N.D. CA
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The Law Offices of Marc S. Henzel initiated a securities class action
in the United States District Court for the Northern District of
California on behalf of purchasers of Ariba, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARBA)
publicly traded securities during the period between January 11, 2000
and January 15, 2003.

The complaint charges Ariba and certain of its officers and directors
with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Ariba is a
spend-management software solutions provider.  Ariba provides software,
services and network access to enable corporations to evaluate and
manage the cash costs associated with running their business.  On
January 15, 2003, the Company issued a press release entitled, "Ariba
Provides Update on Accounting Review and Restatement of Financial
Statements."  The press release stated in part: "Ariba, Inc. announced
today that it will restate its financial statements for the fiscal
years ended September 30, 2001 and 2000 and for the quarters ended
March 31, 2000 through June 30, 2002 as a result of an ongoing review
of accounting matters."

While Ariba's financial statements were admittedly false, the Company's
top officers and directors took advantage of this and sold nearly $692
million worth of their Ariba shares to the unsuspecting public.

For more details, contact Marc S. Henzel by Mail: 273 Montgomery Ave.,
Suite 202, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 by Phone: 610-660-8000 or 888-643-6735
by Fax: 610-660-8080 by E-Mail: mhenzel182@aol.com or visit the firm's
Website: http://members.aol.com/mhenzel182       


MCSi INC.: Brodsky & Smith Commences Securities Fraud Suit in S.D. Ohio
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The Law offices of Brodsky & Smith, LLC initiated a securities class
action on behalf of shareholders who acquired MCSi, Inc. (Nasdaq:MCSI)
securities between July 24, 2001 through February 26, 2002, inclusive,
in the United States District Court for the District for the Southern
District of Ohio, Western Division, against the company and some of its
officers and directors.

The action charges that defendants violated the federal securities laws
by issuing a series of materially false and misleading statements to
the market throughout the class period which statements had the effect
of artificially inflating the market price of the Company's securities.

For more details, contact Evan J. Smith by Mail: Two Bala Plaza, Suite
602, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004, by Phone: 877-LEGAL-90 or by E-mail:
esmith@brodsky-smith.com


MICHAELS STORES: Cauley Geller Commences Securities Lawsuit in N.D. TX
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Cauley Geller Bowman Coates & Rudman, LLP initiated a securities class
action in the United States District Court for the Northern District of
Texas on behalf of purchasers of Michaels Stores, Inc. (NYSE: MIK)
stock during the period between August 8, 2002 and November 7, 2002,
inclusive.

The complaint charges Michaels Stores and certain of its officers and
directors with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The
complaint alleges that during the class period, defendants repeatedly
represented that Michaels Stores' financial condition was strong and
that the Company was increasing its market share and would continue to
do so in the foreseeable future.  The Company was persistent in its
claims despite a known downturn in the consumer-goods markets and a
very, very difficult earnings environment.  In fact, throughout the
Class Period, defendants consistently appeared at analyst conferences
and in other public forums and made very positive statements about
Michaels Stores.

Thus it was only on November 7, 2002, when the Company released results
for its third quarter 2002, that investors learned the following:

     (1) defendants' claims that Michaels Stores' purported "record
         setting" growth was the result of systems and/or
         infrastructure upgrades, or any other improvements made by
         defendants, were false;

     (2) many of Michaels Stores' customers were already curtailing
         their spending for hobby and entertainment -- or discretionary
         purchases -- by the inception of the Class Period and, as a
         result, Michaels Stores was experiencing the same adverse
         market conditions which were negatively impacting the
         Company's competitors;

     (3) the Company was not "in great shape," it did not have
         "considerable momentum" and was not proceeding according to
         guidance sponsored or provided by defendants; and

     (4) notwithstanding defendants' efforts to create the materially
         false impression that the Company had achieved record results
         in the fiscal second quarter, the truth was that Michaels
         Stores was already suffering from the same adverse market
         conditions other retailers were experiencing.

In all, during the class period, at the time that Michaels Stores was
being adversely affected by the aforementioned factors, but prior to
any disclosure to the market, certain of the defendants sold more than
$15.3 million worth of their personally held Michaels Stores common
stock while in possession of material adverse information.  In fact,
the CEO and President of the Company, Mr. Rouleau, sold over 125,000
shares of his privately held Company shares during the class period for
over $5.8 million in proceeds.

For more details, contact Jackie Addison, Heather Gann or Sue Null by
Mail: P.O. Box 25438, Little Rock, AR 72221-5438 by Phone:
1-888-551-9944 by E-mail: info@cauleygeller.com or visit the firm's
Website: http://www.cauleygeller.com

     
MICHAELS STORES: Milberg Weiss Commences Securities Lawsuit in N.D. TX
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Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP initiated a securities class
action on behalf of an institutional investor in the United States
District Court for the Northern District of Texas on behalf of
purchasers of Michaels Stores, Inc. ("Michaels Stores") (NYSE:MIK)
stock during the period between August 8, 2002 and November 7, 2002.

The complaint charges Michaels Stores and certain of its officers and
directors with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The
complaint alleges that during the class period, defendants repeatedly
represented that Michaels Stores' financial condition was strong and
that the Company was increasing its market share and would continue to
do so in the foreseeable future.  The Company was persistent in its
claims despite a known downturn in the consumer-goods markets and a
very, very difficult earnings environment.  In fact, throughout the
class period, defendants consistently appeared at analyst conferences
and in other public forums and made very positive statements about
Michaels Stores.

Thus it was only on November 7, 2002, when the Company released results
for its third quarter 2002, that investors learned the following:

     (1) Defendants' claims that Michaels Stores' purported "record
         setting" growth was the result of systems and/or
         infrastructure upgrades, or any other improvements made by
         defendants, were false;

     (2) Many of Michaels Stores' customers were already curtailing
         their spending for hobby and entertainment -- or discretionary
         purchases -- by the inception of the class period and, as a
         result, Michaels Stores was experiencing the same adverse
         market conditions which were negatively impacting the
         Company's competitors;

     (3) The Company was not "in great shape," it did not have
         "considerable momentum" and was not proceeding according to
         guidance sponsored or provided by defendants; and

     (4) Notwithstanding defendants' efforts to create the materially
         false impression that the Company had achieved record results
         in the fiscal second quarter, the truth was that Michaels
         Stores was already suffering from the same adverse market
         conditions other retailers were experiencing.

In all, during the class period, at the time that Michaels Stores was
being adversely affected by the aforementioned factors, but prior to
any disclosure to the market, certain of the defendants sold more than
$15.3 million worth of their personally held Michaels Stores common
stock while in possession of material adverse information.  In fact,
the CEO and President of the Company, Mr. Rouleau, sold over 125,000
shares of his privately held Company shares during the class period for
over $5.8 million in proceeds.

For more details, contact William Lerach by Phone: 800/449-4900 by E-
mail: wsl@milberg.com or visit the firm's Website:
http://www.milberg.com


TRANSKARYOTIC THERAPIES: Brodsky & Smith Launches Securities Suit in MA
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The Law offices of Brodsky & Smith, LLC initiated a securities class
action on behalf of shareholders who acquired Transkaryotic Therapies,
Inc. (Nasdaq:TKTX) securities between January 4, 2001 through January
14, 2003, inclusive, in the United States District Court for the
District of Massachusetts, against the Company and some of its officers
and directors.

The action charges that defendants violated the federal securities laws
by issuing a series of materially false and misleading statements to
the market throughout the class period which statements had the effect
of artificially inflating the market price of the Company's securities.

For more details, contact Evan J. Smith by Mail: Two Bala Plaza, Suite
602, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004, by Phone: 877-LEGAL-90 or by E-mail:
esmith@brodsky-smith.com


TRANSKARYOTIC THERAPIES: Cauley Geller Commences Securities Suit in MA
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Cauley Geller Bowman Coates & Rudman, LLP initiated a securities class
action in the United States District Court for the District of
Massachusetts on behalf of purchasers of Transkaryotic Therapies Inc.
(Nasdaq:TKTX) publicly traded securities during the period between
January 3, 2001 and January 14, 2003, inclusive.

The complaint alleges that the defendants violated federal securities
laws by issuing a series of materially false and misleading statements
to the market throughout the class period which statements had the
effect of artificially inflating the market price of the Company's
securities.

At a meeting held on January 14, 2003, by the United States Food and
Drug Administration Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory
Committee, the Committee voted 15-0 against recommendation of Replagal,
Transkaryotic's drug for the treatment of Fabry disease, to the United
States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The Committee believed that Transkaryotic had not provided sufficient
evidence for the approval of Replagal.  Defendants knew by virtue of
their ongoing communications with the FDA that the FDA considered the
Company's data on the primary pain reduction endpoint of
Transkaryotic's Phase II study to be uninterpretable, and further that
the FDA considered that the Company's cardiac and renal data did not
support approval.  When shares of the Company's common stock resumed
trading on January 15, 2003, the shares lost more than 25% of their
value, falling to $6.49 per share.

For more details, contact Jackie Addison, Heather Gann or Sue Null by
Mail: P.O. Box 25438, Little Rock, AR 72221-5438 by Phone:
1-888-551-9944 by E-mail: info@cauleygeller.com or visit the firm's
Website: http://www.cauleygeller.com


TRANSKARYOTIC THERAPIES: Schiffrin & Barroway Files Investor Suit in MA
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Schiffrin & Barroway, LLP initiated a securities class action in the
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts on
behalf of all purchasers of the common stock of Transkaryotic Therapies
Inc., (Nasdaq:TKTX) from January 3, 2001 through January 14, 2003,
inclusive.

The complaint alleges that the defendants violated federal securities
laws by issuing a series of materially false and misleading statements
to the market throughout the class period which statements had the
effect of artificially inflating the market price of the Company's
securities.

At a meeting held on January 14, 2003, by the United States Food and
Drug Administration Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory
Committee, the Committee voted 15-0 against recommendation of Replagal,
Transkaryotic's drug for the treatment of Fabry disease, to the United
States Food and Drug Administration.

The Committee believed that Transkaryotic had not provided sufficient
evidence for the approval of Replagal.  Defendants knew by virtue of
their ongoing communications with the FDA that the FDA considered the
Company's data on the primary pain reduction endpoint of
Transkaryotic's Phase II study to be uninterpretable, and further that
the FDA considered that the Company's cardiac and renal data did not
support approval.  When shares of the Company's common stock resumed
trading on January 15, 2003, the shares lost more than 25% of their
value, falling to $6.49 per share.

For more details, contact Marc A. Topaz or Stuart L. Berman by Phone:
1-888-299-7706 (toll free) or 1-610-667-7706 by E-mail:
info@sbclasslaw.com or visit the firm's Website:
http://www.sbclasslaw.com


VERITAS SOFTWARE: Glancy & Binkow Commences Securities Suit in N.D. CA
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Glancy & Binkow LLP initiated a securities class action in the United
States District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf
of all persons who purchased securities of Veritas Software Corporation
(Nasdaq: VRTS) between January 24, 2001 and January 16, 2003,
inclusive.

The suit charges Veritas and certain of its executive officers with
violations of federal securities laws.  Among other things, plaintiff
claims that defendants' material omissions and the dissemination of
materially false and misleading statements concerning Veritas' revenue
and earnings caused Veritas' stock price to become artificially
inflated, inflicting damages on investors.  Veritas is a software
storage company that provides data protection, storage management and
disaster recovery software.

The complaint alleges that on January 17, 2003, the Company announced
the restatement of its 2000 and 2001 financial results, to eliminate
$17 million in revenue and $7 million in net income previously reported
for fourth quarter 2000, as a result of improper accounting for
transactions with AOL Time Warner (AOL).  According to the Company's
press release, "(t)he transactions involved a $50 million software
purchase by AOL and a $20 million advertising services purchase from
AOL." Also on January 17, 2003, the Associated Press reported that the
Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the transactions
between Veritas and AOL.

For more details, contact Michael Goldberg by Mail: 1801 Avenue of the
Stars, Suite 311, Los Angeles, California 90067, by Phone:
(310) 201-9161 or (888) 773-9224 or by E-mail: info@glancylaw.com


VERITAS SOFTWARE: Rabin & Peckel Commences Securities Suit in N.D. CA
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Rabin & Peckel LLP initiated a securities class action in the United
States District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf
of all persons or entities who purchased or otherwise acquired VERITAS
Software Corporation securities (Nasdaq:VRTS) during the period from
January 24, 2001 through January 16, 2003, both dates inclusive.  The
complaint names as defendants the Company and:

     (1) Gary L. Bloom,

     (2) Kenneth E. Lonchar, and

     (3) Paula A. Sallaberry

The suit alleges that defendants violated the Securities Exchange Act
of 1934 by making a series of materially false and misleading
statements concerning the Company's financial results during the class
period.  In particular, it is alleged that the Company improperly
accounted for transactions with AOL Time Warner whereby the Company's
revenue and income was materially overstated during the class period.  
The transactions in question involve a $50 million software purchase by
AOL Time Warner and a $20 million advertising purchase from AOL Time
Warner.  On January 17, 2003, the Company announced the restatement of
its 2000, 2001, and 2002 financial results as a result of the improper
accounting.  

The suit alleges that as a result of these false and misleading
statements the price of VERITAS securities were artificially inflated
throughout the class period causing plaintiff and the other members of
the class to suffer damages.

For more details, contact Eric J. Belfi or Sharon Lee by Phone:
(800) 497-8076 or (212) 682-1818 by Fax: (212) 682-1892 or by E-mail:
email@rabinlaw.com


WESTAR ENERGY: Brodsky & Smith Commences Securities Lawsuit in KS Court
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The Law offices of Brodsky & Smith, LLC initiated a securities class
action on behalf of shareholders who acquired Westar Energy, Inc.
(NYSE:WR) securities between March 31, 2001 through December 26, 2002,
inclusive, in the United States District Court for the District of
Kansas, against the Company and some of its officers and directors.

The action charges that defendants violated the federal securities laws
by issuing a series of materially false and misleading statements to
the market throughout the class period which statements had the effect
of artificially inflating the market price of the Company's securities.

For more details, contact Evan J. Smith by Mail: Two Bala Plaza, Suite
602, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004, by Phone: 877-LEGAL-90 or by E-mail:
esmith@brodsky-smith.com


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