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              Wednesday, February 12, 2003, Vol. 5, No. 30

                            Headlines                            

ATMEL CORPORATION: Denies Allegations in Securities Lawsuit in N.D. CA
AUSTRALIA: Victoria To Give Psychiatric Nurses Back Wages
AVANEX CORPORATION: NY Court Dismisses Officers, Directors From Lawsuit
BALI ATTACK: Bombers Admit Targeting Australians Due To Close US Ties
BAYER AG: Judge Considers Granting Certification to Baycol Injury Suits

CATHOLIC CHURCH: Report Says NY Diocese Coddled Erring Catholic Priests
CCA-TREATED WOOD: Briefing Set For Petition For Ban on CCA-Treated Wood
COMPUTER FIRMS: CA Woman Sues Computer Firms Over Licensing Agreements
CONCORD CAMERA: Plaintiffs Amend Fraud Suit To Include More Defendants
FLORIDA: Blind Voters Sue Poll Supervisor Over Audio-Voting Equipment

MARUBENI CORPORATION: Reaches Settlement In Alaska Price-Fixing Lawsuit
MARYLAND: Governor Says He Won't Rush To Sign Racial Profiling Accord
MARYLAND: Senate Delays Norris Confirmation, Wants Racial Accord Signed
MASSACHUSETTS: Families Challenge "Race-Influenced" Assignment Policy
PSS WORLD: Jury Trial in Consolidated Securities Suit Set October 2004

PSS WORLD: Employees Launch Lawsuit For Wage Act Violations in M.D. FL
PSS WORLD: To Ask FL Court To Dismiss Amended Securities Fraud Lawsuit
TEXAS: Inmate Suit Over Abortion Request Denial Will Continue
UNITED PARCEL: Jewelry Store Seeks Certification For Suit Over Charges
UNITED STATES: FDA Probes Mysterious Particles in Quarantined Blood

WESTMINSTER CAPITAL: Agrees To Settle Shareholder Lawsuit in DE Court


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AEGON NV: Faruqi & Faruqi Commences Securities Fraud Suit in S.D. NY
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MCSI INC.: Faruqi & Faruqi Commences Securities Fraud Suit in S.D. NY
MCSI INC.: Schiffrin & Barroway Lodges Securities Fraud Suit in S.D. OH

MOTOROLA INC.: Zwerling Schachter Commences Securities Suit in N.D. CA
TRANSKARYOTIC THERAPIES: Faruqi & Faruqi Launches Securities Suit in MA
WESTAR ENERGY: Faruqi & Faruqi Commences Securities Lawsuit in KS Court

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ATMEL CORPORATION: Denies Allegations in Securities Lawsuit in N.D. CA
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Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML) faces a securities class action filed
in the United States District Court for the Northern District of
California on behalf of purchasers of Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ:ATML)
publicly traded securities during the period between January 20, 2000
and July 31, 2002.

The suit, filed by Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach, charges Atmel
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 caused Atmel's shares to trade at artificially
inflated levels through the issuance of false and misleading financial
statements, all the time concealing that Atmel was selling defective
chips to its customers which would lead to product recalls, repairs and
loss of customer relationships.  While the Company's stock price was
artificially inflated due to defendants' false statements, defendants
sold more than $500 million in notes in a private placement offering.  
Atmel later registered these securities for resale via a Registration
Statement, an earlier Class Action Reporter story states.

The Company has not yet been served with the Milberg Weiss complaint,
and therefore is unable to comment on the specific allegations of the
complaint.  George Perlegos, Atmel's President and Chief Executive
Officer, said in a statement, "Based upon the information contained in
the press release we believe the claims are meritless and intend to
defend ourselves vigorously.  The device, failures mentioned in the
Milberg Weiss press release today have nothing to do with Atmel
circuitry, but rather with a major third party vendor's molding
compound material used by outside assemblers.  The molding compound is
utilized industry wide by most semiconductor companies.  Furthermore,
we continue to conduct business with Seagate, who we believe is a
strong partner and customer of Atmel."


AUSTRALIA: Victoria To Give Psychiatric Nurses Back Wages
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The state of Victoria has agreed to pay psychiatric nurses across the
state up to $15,000 in back pay, thereby settling a long-running class
action brought by the health union on the nurses' behalf, the
Australian Associated Press General News reports.

The Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) initiated the action in
1997, when the Kennett government was in office.  In order to provide
additional psychiatric care, the Kennett government would contract out
psychiatric services from stand-alone psychiatric hospitals into
general hospitals and other community services.  The claim, fought
through the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.  The Kennett
government appealed decisions several times.

The Bracks government then entered the picture, agreed to negotiate the
claim and an agreement was signed last month.  HACSU's assistant state
secretary David Stephens offered some approximations, saying that about
1,000 members could receive between $5,000 and $15,000 within the next
eight months.

"As a result of mainstreaming the psychiatric nurses into general
hospitals and community services groups, the nurses might be working
for 21 different employers, and they ended up losing five and 10
percent of their wages plus certain allowances like parental leave,"
Mr. Stephens told the AAP.


AVANEX CORPORATION: NY Court Dismisses Officers, Directors From Lawsuit
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The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
dismissed certain of Avanex Corporation's officers and directors as
defendants in the consolidated securities class action pending against
them, the Company and various underwriters in the Company's initial
public offering (IPO).

The consolidated amended complaint in the action generally alleges that
various investment bank underwriters engaged in improper and
undisclosed activities related to the allocation of shares in the
Company's IPO.  Plaintiffs have brought claims for violation of several
provisions of the federal securities laws against those underwriters,
and also against the Company and certain of its directors and officers,
seeking unspecified damages on behalf of a purported class of
purchasers of the Company's common stock between February 3, 2000, and
December 6, 2000.

Various plaintiffs have filed similar actions asserting virtually
identical allegations against more than 40 investment banks and 300
other companies.  All of these "IPO allocation" securities suits
currently pending in the Southern District of New York have been
assigned to Judge Shira A. Scheindlin for coordinated pretrial
proceedings as "In re Initial Public Offering Securities Litigation."  

Defendants have filed motions to dismiss the actions.  On October 9,
2002, the claims against the directors and officers were dismissed
without prejudice.  The Company believes that it has meritorious
defenses to the claims against it. Nevertheless, an unfavorable result
in litigation may result in substantial costs and may divert
management's attention and resources, which could seriously harm the
Company's business, financial condition, results of operations or cash
flows.


BALI ATTACK: Bombers Admit Targeting Australians Due To Close US Ties
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Confessions from the mastermind of the Bali, Indonesia bombings reveal
that Australians were targeted because of Canberra's close ties to the
United States.  Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Four Corners
current affairs show said it obtained transcripts of confessions made
to police by the alleged mastermind of the bombings, Imam Samudra, and
an accomplice, Muklas.  These confessions are scheduled for discussion
on the program.  

In his confession, Muklas allegedly said he was grateful the blasts
killed foreigners from countries allied to America.  Like many
Indonesians, Muklas uses only one name.  "We planned the explosion in
Bali because there are many places in Bali that are visited by tourists
from these countries, such as the United States, England, France,
Australia, Israel and other countries which behave despotically towards
Muslims," Muklas was quoted as saying.

Among 13 reasons Samudra gave for the bombings was Australia's
involvement in East Timor's transition to independence from Indonesia
in 1999.

A total of 29 suspects have been arrested in connection with the Bali
bombings.  Nineteen of this group are considered directly involved.  
Police say at least three of the suspects have been identified as being
members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a pan-Asian network of Islamic extremists
with links to al-Qaida.

It is believed, according to Australia's Federal Police chief, Mick
Keelty, that several key Bali bomb blast suspects remain at large and
could strike again, such as the suspected bomb detonator Dulamatin, Dr.
Azahari, a bomb expert and Noor din Mohd Top, a Malaysian bomb expert.

Families of five Australians killed in the Bali bombings and another
man injured in the blasts earlier said they will be joining the US
class action which is seeking trillions of dollars from alleged
financial backers of the al-Qaida terror network, the Associated Press
Newswires reports.  The US class action has been brought on behalf of
families of some of the victims of the September 11 attacks.


BAYER AG: Judge Considers Granting Certification to Baycol Injury Suits
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A federal judge in Minneapolis is considering the critical issue of
whether several thousand lawsuits against German drug-maker Bayer AG
should be certified as a class action, Dow Jones International News
reports.

US District Court Judge Michael Davis took the matter under advisement
after a recent two-day hearing.  Although Judge Davis has not said when
he will rule, it is not expected soon, since the issues are complex.  
The lawsuits focus on the cholesterol-lowering drug Baycol, which was
taken off the market in August 2001, after at least 100 deaths were
linked to the drug.

About 7,800 lawsuits have been filed, 805 of them in Minnesota.  If the
lawsuits are certified as a class action, a trial could take place as
early as June in US District Court in Minneapolis.  However, if Judge
Davis rules against certification, individuals would have to decide
whether to proceed on their own with the lawsuits.  The maker of
Baycol, Bayer AG, argued against granting the lawsuits class status.

"The problem of getting into a big class action is that you end up with
the tail wagging the dog.  You have a class made up (largely) of people
who have no legitimate claim at all and who benefited from our
medicine," said Philip Beck, Bayer's lead counsel.

In the United States, 900,000 people were taking the drug before it was
recalled.  The drug was associated with rhabdomyolysis, a condition in
which muscle tissue breaks down and passes into the blood stream
causing kidney failure and eventually death, an earlier Class Action
Reporter story states.


CATHOLIC CHURCH: Report Says NY Diocese Coddled Erring Catholic Priests
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The Suffolk County, New York District Attorney's office released a
special grand jury report stating that the Diocese of Rockville Centre
repeatedly protected priests accused of sexual abuse by transferring
them to other parishes, the Associated Press reports.

The report revealed that altar boys and cheerleaders were sexually
abused, while some of them were given alcohol and shown sexual
videotapes in rectory bedrooms.  "Professional treatment
recommendations were ignored and dangerous priests allowed to minister
to children.  Diocesan policy was to expend as little financial capital
as possible to assist victims but to be well prepared for the
possibility of enormous financial and legal liability," according to
the report.

"Abusive priests were transferred from parish to parish and between
dioceses. Abusive priests were protected under the guise of
confidentiality, their histories mired in secrecy," the report
continued.

The report describes one case where the priest was found to be in
possession of a pornographic video involving a fifteen-year-old boy.  
He was never prosecuted.  A priest who helped a female abuse victim was
prevented from receiving another assignment.  The diocese also
reportedly failed to screen candidates for priesthood thoroughly, the
Associated Press reports.

The special grand jury interviewed 97 witnesses over a period of eight
months to come up with the report.  The grand jury was unable to file
indictments against the diocese in suburban Long Island because the
statute of limitations has expired.

Karen Montalbano, a spokeswoman for the diocese, told AP the diocese
has not seen the report and would comment later Monday.


CCA-TREATED WOOD: Briefing Set For Petition For Ban on CCA-Treated Wood
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The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is holding
a commission briefing on March 12, 2003 to consider the petition to ban
the use of chromated copper arsenate (CCA) pressure-treated wood in
playground equipment.  

The CPSC staff has recommended that the commissioners defer action on
the petition, pending finalization of the agreement between CCA
manufacturers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to phase
out CCA treatment of wood for most consumer uses by the end of 2003.  
The EPA expects to finalize this agreement in the near future and staff
plans to assess its impact.  

The EPA is conducting a study of the risks, which may be associated
with CCA-treated wood.  EPA's report is expected later this year.  In
addition, the EPA and CPSC staffs plan to conduct a study to determine
effective measures of reducing the amount of arsenic released from CCA
treated wood.  In the report submitted to the Commissioners, CPSC
scientists find that some children may face an increased risk of
developing lung or bladder cancer over their lifetime from playing on
playground equipment made from CCA pressure-treated wood.  This risk is
in addition to the risk of getting cancer due to other factors over
one's lifetime.  Not every exposed individual will get cancer at
sometime during his/her lifetime.    
        
There are many risk factors that contribute to a person's risk for
developing cancer over their lifetime such as environment, genetics,
diet, and behaviors such as smoking.  The staff maintains that an
individual child's risk from arsenic in CCA-treated playground
equipment will vary depending on many factors. Those include the amount
of arsenic released from the CCA-treated wood, the amount of arsenic
picked up on the hands, the number of days and years the child plays on
the wood, and the amount of arsenic transferred to the mouth by hand-
to-mouth activity.  The staff considered these types of exposures in
calculating the increased lifetime risk of developing lung or bladder
cancer.
        
CPSC staff states this increased risk to children is primarily due to
exposure to arsenic residue on children's hands followed by hand-to-
mouth contact.  The report says transfer of the arsenic from the hand
to the mouth can occur during and after playing on pressure-treated
wood playground equipment.  
        
To minimize the risk of exposure to arsenic from CCA-treated playground
equipment, the staff recommends that parents and caregivers thoroughly
wash children's hands with soap and water immediately after playing on
CCA pressure-treated wood playground equipment.  In addition, the staff
recommends that children not eat while on CCA-treated wood playground
equipment.  Arsenic occurs naturally in the air, soil, water, and in
some foods.  While exposure to arsenic from background sources could be
much higher than the exposure from playgrounds for some children,
exposure to arsenic from CCA-treated playgrounds could be a significant
source of arsenic for other children on those days that include a
playground visit.
        
Several playground companies have already begun to use wood treated
with arsenic-free preservatives.  In addition, playground structures
can be made of other materials that don't contain arsenic, such as
naturally rot-resistant wood (redwood and cedar), metal, plastic, and
composite materials.  All of these materials could be used for new
construction.
        
For more information, contact the CPSC by Phone: 800-638-CPSC or visit
the Website: http://cpsc.gov/whatsnew.html


COMPUTER FIRMS: CA Woman Sues Computer Firms Over Licensing Agreements
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Several software firms and retailers face a consumer class action filed
in Marin County Superior Court in California alleging they "concocted a
scheme" to mislead consumers by requiring them to consent to software
licensing agreements they haven't read, Techzonez reports.  The suit
was filed on behalf of all Californians who've bought software
including Norton Antivirus 2002, Norton Systemworks and Windows XP
Upgrade, and includes as defendants Microsoft Corporation, Symantec,
CompUSA, Best Buy and other unnamed retailers.

California resident Cathy Baker filed the suit, claiming that the
defendants don't allow people to read "shrink wrap" licenses,
agreements printed inside the box or incorporated into the software
itself, before they buy a product.

"Defendants acted in concert and have concocted a scheme to sell
consumers in the state of California software licenses in retail stores
without allowing them to review the terms and conditions of such
software licenses prior to sale," Ira Rothken, Ms. Baker's lawyer,
wrote in the complaint, Techzonez reports.

The suit further alleged that people who don't accept the terms of the
agreement cannot return software to the stores.  Ms. Baker allegedly
tried to return Microsoft and Symantec software to CompUSA after
refusing to consent to the licensing terms, but the Company refused to
take the software back, saying the packages had been opened, according
to the suit.

Representatives from Symantec, Microsoft and Best Buy did not
immediately respond to requests for comment, Techzonez reports.  
CompUSA executives could not be reached for comment.


CONCORD CAMERA: Plaintiffs Amend Fraud Suit To Include More Defendants
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Plaintiffs in the securities class action filed against Concord Camera
Corporation filed an amended suit in the United States District Court
for the Southern District of Florida, adding certain of the Company's
current and former directors as defendants.

The suit was initially commenced in July 2002 against the Company and
certain of its officers by individuals purporting to be shareholders of
the Company, on behalf of all persons who purchased the Company's
Common Stock:

     (1) issued pursuant to the Company's September 26, 2000 secondary
         offering; or

     (2) during the period from September 26, 2000 through June 22,
         2001, inclusive

The amended complaint asserts, among other things, that the Company
made untrue statements of material fact and omitted to state material
facts necessary to make statements made not misleading in the
Registration Statement and Prospectus issued in connection with the
Secondary Offering, in periodic reports it filed with the Securities
and Exchange Commission and in press releases it made to the public
regarding its operations and financial results.  The allegations are
centered around claims that:

     (i) the Company failed to disclose that the transaction with then
         customer, KB Gear Interactive, Inc., was a highly risky
         transaction,

    (ii) that throughout the class period the Company failed to
         disclose that a large portion of its accounts receivable was
         represented by a delinquent and uncollectible balance due from
         then customer, KB Gear; and

   (iii) that such failures artificially inflated the price of the
         Common Stock

The amended complaint seeks unspecified damages, interest, attorneys'
fees, costs of suit and unspecified other and further relief from the
court.  The Company intends to vigorously defend the lawsuit.  The
lawsuit is in the earliest stage and discovery has not yet commenced.
Although the Company believes this lawsuit is without merit, its
outcome cannot be predicted, and if adversely determined, the ultimate
liability of the Company, which could be material, cannot be
ascertained.


FLORIDA: Blind Voters Sue Poll Supervisor Over Audio-Voting Equipment
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Palm Beach, Florida's elections supervisor faces a lawsuit filed by a
group of blind voters, alleging that they were not provided equipment
that would have let them vote by secret ballot, the Herald Tribunre
reports.

Supervisor Theresa Lepore allegedly brought audio equipment that will
let blind and visually impaired voters vote without assistance to the
Center for Independent Living Options for demonstrations before the
2002 primary and general elections.  However, during the elections, the
machines were not made available to the voters or poll workers did not
know how to use them.  The suit asks that the audio equipment be made
available and asks that poll workers be trained on how to use the new
technology.

Ms. Lepore told the Herald Tribune the machines were in all precincts
for the primary election and poll workers were taught how to use the
new technology, including the audio components.  "But in their defense,
they had an awful lot to learn the first time out," she said.

Ms. LePore continued elections officials decided to keep the audio
machines at the elections headquarters because the ballot was long and
they feared they would hold up long lines of voters.  She said the
audio machines are not required under state law until 2004, and federal
law won't require them until 2006, the Herald Tribune reports.  The
audio-voting machines were part of the $14 million voting technology
Palm Beach County purchased last year after the botched 2000 election.


MARUBENI CORPORATION: Reaches Settlement In Alaska Price-Fixing Lawsuit
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Japanese importer, Marubeni Corporation, has reached a $25 million
settlement with the approximately 4,500 plaintiff salmon fishermen of
Bristol Bay, Alaska, the Associated Press Newswires reports.

"The settlement agreement is not an admission or suggestion that the
Marubeni Group defendants have committed any wrongdoing," the company
said in a news release.  Meanwhile, opening arguments continued for the
other defendants in the $1 billion lawsuit, filed in 1995, in Superior
Court, in Anchorage.

The lawsuit alleges that Seattle-based processors and Japanese
importers conspired to fix prices from 1989 to 1995.  The lawsuit
further alleges that the wrongful conduct took place in Bristol Bay,
the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery.

Attorneys for the fishermen said in their opening statements last week
that defendant processors and importers conspired to fix the prices the
fishermen could get from them for their salmon, thereby enlarging the
profits defendants otherwise would have received in the shrinking
markets, in the late 1980s.

The defense, led by attorneys for two of the major processors, Trident
Seafoods and Wards Cove Packing Co., said there was no conspiracy to
lower the prices the fishermen could get for their salmon.  They stated
world salmon market conditions were the sole cause of reducing prices
fishermen could get for their catch.

One of defendants' opening statements was made by Michael Kipling, lead
attorney for defendant Nichiro Corp. and its subsidiary Peter Pan
Seafoods, a processor.  Mr. Kipling pointed out that exchanges between
a parent and its subsidiary might seem on their face to be conspiracy,
as when Nichiro "gives advice to Peter Pan about where the market is
headed."  However, because they are related companies, such a
communication is legal and does not constitute conspiracy.


MARYLAND: Governor Says He Won't Rush To Sign Racial Profiling Accord
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Governor Robert Ehrlich told Legislative Black Caucus members at a
recent meeting that he had with them, that he does not intend to rush
into signing the agreement settling the racial profiling class action
brought by a group of motorists against the state police, Associated
Press Newswires reports.

While the governor and State Police Superintendent Edward Norris
acknowledged that the agreement is a top priority, they also spoke of
flaws that might be found in the documents negotiated during Governor
Parris Glendening's administration.   Governor Ehrlich noted this was
the moment to make sure the agreement was done right the first time.  
Mr. Norris said, "The only thing we are asking is a chance to look at
the agreement and make it our own."  

Mr. Norris also said he agreed with the goal of making sure that state
police do not stop and search minorities more often than they stop
other drivers.  He did mention one improvement he thought might be made
- providing more protection against being stopped for what is sometimes
referred to as "driving while black."

Caucus members were not happy with this state of affairs.  "It's time
to bring this to closure," said Delegate Obie Patterson.  Mr. Patterson
is a Prince George's county Democrat.   He is chairman of the
Legislative Black Caucus.

"These people have suffered long enough.  We want it resolved
immediately, and we think it should be," said Mr. Patterson.

However, Sen. Lisa Gladden, D-Baltimore, said she was less satisfied
now, with the positions taken by the Governor and Superintendent
Norris, than she was when she first went into the meeting with them.  
"I think they are slow walking this (issue).  I'm angry," Senator
Gladden said.

The racial profiling lawsuit dates back to 1992, when Washington
defense lawyer Robert Wilkins refused to let a state trooper search his
car after being stopped.  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
intervened and filed a lawsuit on behalf of dozens of drivers who
joined Mr. Wilkins in the class action.  Years later, just days before
Governor Glendening left office this year, the ACLU and former State
Police Superintendent agreed to a settlement.  However, at the request
of incoming Governor Ehrlich, the Board of Public Works, the body
authorized to sign the settlement, delayed the vote.

Some of the terms of the settlement, among other things, were:

     (1) Individual plaintiffs would not get any money from the
         settlement, but the state would pay $325,000 in attorney fees;

     (2) State police would put more cameras in cars to record traffic
         stops;

     (3) A system to track the race of stopped motorists would be
         developed;

     (4) A special telephone number for complaints would be set up; and

     (5) A police-citizen panel would be established to monitor reports
         of racial profiling.  Five members of the panel would be from
         the ACLU.

Governor Ehrlich said that he would have "real problems with that (five
panel members being from the ACLU), big time."

William Mertens, a Washington lawyer, who has worked on the case since
1996, and helped negotiate the agreement, said the ACLU would not be
appointing any members to the review panel.  Among the total of 15
members on the panel, the NAACP would appoint five and five would be
police representatives.

Mr. Norris noted that he did not want to sign an agreement and then
have to revise it later.  He liked the idea of waiting to sign it,
therefore, since some parts of the agreement would be obsolete within
six months when state police would be getting new equipment.  Also, he
said a pamphlet intended for motorists when stopped by the police
should contain information not even mentioned in the agreement.

Senator Gladden referred to the campaign by Mr. Ehrlich and Lt.
Governor Michael Steele to curry favor with black voters.  She said,
"It is important to the African-American community.  If you want to
support the African-American community, sign it now."


MARYLAND: Senate Delays Norris Confirmation, Wants Racial Accord Signed
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Maryland's Senate has held up the vote on confirmation of the new state
police superintendent Edward Norris, in an attempt, led by the
Legislative Black Caucus, to pressure both Mr. Norris and Governor
Robert Ehrlich to sign the racial profiling class action settlement,
the Associated Press Newswires reports.

The remarks by both Mr. Norris and the Governor, in their criticisms of
the settlement's terms, as well as the strong negative feelings
expressed about a settlement provision allowing the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU) membership on a monitoring panel, gave senators
the impression of a long delay while parts of the settlement were
rewritten.

The racial-profiling lawsuit dates back to 1992, when Washington
defense lawyer Robert L. Wilkins refused to consent to a search of his
car, after being stopped by a state trooper in Cumberland, Maryland.  
Dozens of motorists joined Mr. Wilkins in a class action, filed by the
ACLU against the state.

Former State Police Superintendent David Mitchell and the ACLU agreed
to a settlement just days before Governor Parris Glendening left
office.  The Board of Public Works was ready to ratify the agreement
before Governor Glendening left office, but yielded to the new
Governor's request that the vote be postponed until after Governor-
Elect Ehrlich took office.

Members of the Legislative Black Caucus have met with Governor Ehrlich.  
They have made ratification of the agreement a top priority, telling
the governor there is widespread belief among black residents that they
are targeted for searches and stops just because, as the expression
goes, they are driving "while black."

Asked more recently when he expects to sign the agreement, Governor
Ehrlich said he just wanted the opportunity to look it over to make
sure it is acceptable, because he and Superintendent Norris are going
to have to live with it.  However, such an examination, said the
Governor will be "more a function of days than weeks."


MASSACHUSETTS: Families Challenge "Race-Influenced" Assignment Policy
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The city of Boston, Massachusetts faces a legal challenge to its three-
year-old student assignment policy, which reserves half the seats in
the district's elementary and middle schools for children who live
within the schools' "walk zones," and half for the children from other
neighborhoods, the Associated Press reports.

Ten families filed a complaint in Boston Federal Court, disputing the
policy, alleging that it uses race as a consideration for admitting
children to school.  "They have to push children out of the way so they
can bring in children of other races," plaintiffs' attorney Michael
Williams said in opening statements Monday, AP reports.

Federal Judge W. Arthur Garrity, Jr. issued an order in 1974, busing
students out of their neighborhoods to racially integrate schools in
others.  The 1974 desegregation order was in response to a lawsuit from
black parents, who claimed the city's neighborhood school system had
created two separate systems, one for whites and an inferior one for
blacks.  The controversial order sparked violent racial conflict,
particularly in the mostly white South Boston and Charlestown sections.  

Protesters threw stones at busloads of children, there were riots at
South Boston High School, and a bomb destroyed the local NAACP office,
AP reports.  The National Guard was called up to keep the peace and the
judge was under 24-hour guard by federal marshals for three and a half
years after his ruling.  Judge Garrity died in 1999.

The Boston School Committee dropped race as a factor in 1999, reversing
Judge Garrity's order.  The current policy is the city's first student-
assignment policy in 25 years that does not use students' race to
determine where they go to school. However, the plaintiffs say
otherwise.

School officials say the current system is race-neutral, incorporating
parents' desire to send their children to nearby schools and their wish
to choose from schools in other parts of the city.  "In this case, we
will show that this plan is about choice - that it is not about racial
balancing," said Frances Cohen, an attorney for the Boston School
Committee, said during her opening arguments, AP reports.


MASSACHUSETTS: Affirmative Action Program Stopped Due To Fear of Suits
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Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino threw out the 25-year-old affirmative
action program named Minority and Women Business Enterprise program,
over fears that it may not be able to withstand a court challenge, the
Associated Press reports.

Mayor Menion issued an executive order last week recalling the program,
which gave preferences to minority and women-owned businesses in
awarding city contracts, and giving contracting preferences to "small
and local-owned businesses."

"It's unfortunate that in cities across the country programs similar to
Boston's MWBE program are being struck down," Mayor Menino said in a
statement released Friday.  "But I am proud that our mission of
encouraging business development will continue through our new Small
and Local Enterprise Program."

However, black political leaders criticized the move, calling it a
surprise.  "It's premature for the administration to abandon the city's
commitment to assuring that all people can participate on a level
playing field - particularly in light of the horrendous disparities in
prime contracting based on race and gender," City Councilor Charles C.
Yancey told the Boston Herald.

A private city-funded study last month appears to reveal black and
Asian contractors and women-owned businesses are suffering
discrimination in the awarding of city contracts, the Associated Press
reports.  The study showed that blacks were prime contractors on 1.3
percent of $332.2 million in city contracts awarded in 1999, 2000 and
2001, while they represent 10 percent of available firms, the study
said.


PSS WORLD: Jury Trial in Consolidated Securities Suit Set October 2004
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Jury trial in the consolidated securities class action filed against
PSS World Medical, Inc. is set to commence on October 18,2004 in the
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

The suit names the Company along with certain present and former
directors and officers as defendants and was filed on behalf of persons
who purchased or acquired the Company's common stock at various times
during the period between October 26, 1999 and October 3, 2000.  The
amended complaint alleges, among other things, violations of Sections
10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5
promulgated thereunder, and seeks unspecified damages.

The plaintiffs allege that the Company issued false and misleading
statements and failed to disclose material facts concerning, among
other things, the Company's financial condition.  The plaintiffs
further allege that because of the issuance of false and misleading
statements and/or failure to disclose material facts, the price of PSS
World Medical, Inc. common stock was artificially inflated during the
class period.

By order of the court dated November 14, 2002, plaintiff's motion for
class certification was granted.  On December 10, 2002, the court
entered an order approving plaintiff's method of notifying class
members that a class has been certified and further set a schedule of
dates for such notice.  On December 10, 2002, the court also entered an
order setting forth a schedule of dates for pre-trial procedures and
trial.  Pursuant to that order, a jury trial in the case is scheduled
for the trial term commencing October 18, 2004.  

The Company believes that the allegations contained in the suit are
without merit and intends to defend vigorously against the claims.  
There can be no assurance that this litigation will be ultimately
resolved on terms that are favorable to the Company.


PSS WORLD: Employees Launch Lawsuit For Wage Act Violations in M.D. FL
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PSS World Medical, Inc. faces a class action brought by three former
and present employees of the Company in the United States District
Court for the Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division.  The
suit alleges that the Company wrongfully classifies its purchasers,
operations leader trainees, and accounts receivable representatives as
exempt from the overtime requirements imposed by the Fair Labor
Standards Act and the California Wage Orders.

The plaintiffs seek court approval to proceed as a collective action
under the Fair Labor Standards Act, a representative action under
California's Unfair Competition Act, and/or a class action on behalf of
all persons in the United States who have occupied any one of the three
positions within the pertinent limitations period.  The Company opposed
this motion.  It is unknown whether the court will tentatively approve
a collective action and allow discovery on the issue of who is eligible
to participate in the collective action.

In addition, two of the three named plaintiffs bring individual claims
for gender discrimination and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963.

The Company is vigorously defending against the claims and is working
with human resource personnel to collect personnel and payroll
information necessary to determine:

     (1) the employees who are potentially eligible to participate in
         the suit and

     (2) the extent of overtime liability, if any. There can be no
         assurance that this litigation will be ultimately resolved on
         terms that are favorable to the Company.


PSS WORLD: To Ask FL Court To Dismiss Amended Securities Fraud Lawsuit
----------------------------------------------------------------------
PSS World Medical, Inc. intends to ask the United States District Court
for the Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Division to dismiss
the third amended securities class action pending against it and
certain of its current officers and directors.

The plaintiff alleges, for himself and for a purported class of
similarly situated stockholders who allegedly purchased the Company's
stock between December 23, 1997 and May 8, 1998 that the defendants
engaged in violations of certain provisions of the Exchange Act, and
Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder.  The allegations are based upon a
decline in the Company's stock price, following a Company announcement
in May 1998 regarding the Gulf South Merger, which resulted in earnings
below analyst's expectations.

The Company filed a motion to dismiss the first amended complaint on
January 25, 1999.  The court granted that motion without prejudice by
order dated February 9, 2000.  Plaintiffs filed their second amended
complaint on March 15, 2000, and the Company filed a motion to dismiss
the second amended complaint on May 1, 2000.  By order dated December
18, 2002, the court granted the motion to dismiss the second amended
complaint with prejudice with respect to the Section 10(b) claims.  The
order granted the motion to dismiss the second amended complaint
without prejudice as to the Section 14(a) and 20(a) claims and gave the
plaintiffs leave to file a third amended complaint.

The plaintiffs filed their third amended complaint on January 17, 2003
alleging claims under Sections 14(a) and 20(a) of the Exchange Act on
behalf of a putative class of all persons who were shareholders of the
Company as of March 26, 1998.

There can be no assurance that this litigation will be ultimately
resolved on terms that are favorable to the Company.  


TEXAS: Inmate Suit Over Abortion Request Denial Will Continue
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A pregnant Texas inmate who filed a federal class action against the
county for repeatedly denying her request for an abortion, and who was
transferred to the state prison the next day, will continue her legal
battle with Harris County Jail, in Texas, the Houston Chronicle
reports.

Annette Lamoreaux, an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorney,
who filed the class action on the inmate's behalf, said she intends to
proceed with the lawsuit even though the woman was transferred.

As a result of the transfer, said Ms. Lamoreaux, the county will
probably file a motion to dismiss the class action, and will probably
cite as a reason that the woman is no longer in its custody.  Ms.
Lamoreaux said the lawsuit could survive this challenge, however,
because, "The nature of a class action is that it applies to others
similarly situated and, in this case, (that) is anyone ever in county
custody who seeks an abortion now or in the future."

The unidentified inmate was taken into custody last month after she
violated the terms of her probation and must now serve two years in
state prison. The inmate made many requests for an abortion soon after
she was taken into custody, but county officials told her she would
need a court order.  The ACLU says such a requirement violates the
inmate's constitutional rights.

As the inmate, now nine weeks pregnant, renews her efforts to get an
abortion, still another constitutional issue comes to the fore.  Larry
Fitzgerald, a Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman, agreed
with Ms. Lamoreaux that the inmate does not need a court order to get
the procedure done.  She must, however, pay for the abortion as well as
transportation fees and all costs for the guards who must accompany
her.

"Now, if an inmate carries a baby to term, we would take care of the
expenses," Mr. Fitzgerald said.

Ms. Lamoreaux said her office is now investigating whether the state's
policy of having two extremely different ways of handling the costs of  
abortion or carrying the baby to term passes constitutional scrutiny,
or a discrimination issue exists.




UNITED PARCEL: Jewelry Store Seeks Certification For Suit Over Charges
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A Mississippi jewelry store, Stein Jewelry Co. of Greenwood, has filed
a lawsuit seeking class action status, in Fulton County Superior Court,
claiming the United Parcel Service (UPS) unfairly inflates charges for
incorrectly addressed packages, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
reports.

The lawsuit further alleges that UPS drivers are told to levy
incorrect-address charges even for minor typographical errors on
packages that are still deliverable.  UPS charges $10 for packages with
incorrect addresses.

"They call this revenue recovery, but there really is no revenue lost,"
said Brian Herrington, a lawyer representing Stein Jewelry Co.  "This
is a profit-making deal for UPS."

UPS denies the allegations, spokeswoman Vanessa Smith said.  Ms. Smith
said packages with address errors require extra time for drivers to
look up the correct addresses.  UPS also forwards the correct address
back to the sender.  She said the company's policies are clearly
spelled out in contracts.


UNITED STATES: FDA Probes Mysterious Particles in Quarantined Blood
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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating
whether blood quarantined because it contained unidentified white
particles may have played a role in health problems suffered by half a
dozen people, including one who died after recent transfusions, the
Associated Press reports.

The contamination was discovered January 30, when the American Red
Cross asked hospitals in Georgia and northern Florida to stop using
recently collected blood because some contained white particles visible
through the bags.  The quarantine eventually extended from Illinois and
Missouri to Kentucky and Tennessee.

The blood allegedly had unusual white clumps in it, but the FDA said it
had no evidence yet linking the blood mystery to any harm.  The person
who died, for instance, was already severely ill long before receiving
a transfusion, and some of the other reports included allergic
reactions and infections that are fairly routine transfusion side
effects, the Associated Press reports.

Preliminary testing suggested that some of the particles might just be
normal blood cells or other natural components that for some reason
clumped up.  However, even if initial reports say they're just clumps
of blood cells called platelets, such excess clumping could be risky to
certain patients, Dr. Jesse Goodman, FDA chief of biological products,
said.  The clumping could lead to too much clotting.  

Also, scientists would be concerned about what prompted a sudden change
in blood quality as well, Dr. Goodman explained.  "We want to have
blood as pure a product as possible," he told AP.  "We are certainly
hoping this is not a significant safety problem, but we are also acting
as though it could be."

As a precaution, the FDA urged blood banks Friday to more closely
visually inspect bags of donated blood, as it continues its
investigation.  Government testing so far suggests the particles are
not infectious.  The investigation is focusing mostly on the bags
storing the blood in question, because the initially quarantined pints
had been stored in a particular type of bag made by Baxter
International Inc, AP reports.

The FDA also asked all blood banks to add an extra step to their normal
safety tests:  Lay each blood bag on a flat counter for 10 minutes and
then see if particles are visible to the naked eye.  If there are,
quarantine that blood and immediately call or e-mail FDA blood
officials, the agency ordered.


WESTMINSTER CAPITAL: Agrees To Settle Shareholder Lawsuit in DE Court
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Westminster Capital, Inc. reached a settlement with plaintiffs in the
securities class action filed against it and each member of the its
board of directors in the Delaware Court of Chancery for New Castle
County, by a shareholder of the Corporation.

The lawsuit was filed in response to the Company's tender offer to
purchase any and all outstanding shares of its common stock at a price
of $2.80 per share.  The plaintiff brought this action individually and
as a purported class action on behalf of all shareholders of the
Corporation.

The complaint, as subsequently amended, alleges that the Company and
the members of its board of directors have breached their fiduciary
duties to the Company's shareholders.  Specifically the complaint
alleges:

     (1) Westminster shareholders were being denied the opportunity to
         make a fully informed judgment on a major corporate
         transaction in which they had to select among their options to
         hold or tender their stock;

     (2) the tender offer was structured in such a way that it was
         coercive; and

     (3) the tender offer benefited the fiduciaries at the expense of
         Westminster's public shareholders.

The complaint sought, among other things, preliminary and permanent
injunctive relief prohibiting the Corporation from proceeding and
implementing the tender offer and, if the tender offer was completed,
an order rescinding the tender offer and awarding damages to the
purported class.

On May 8, 2002, the Court denied the motion for expedited proceedings
filed by the plaintiff and refused to schedule a hearing on the
plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction, which sought to enjoin
the Company's tender offer.  The litigation is still pending.

The Company and the other defendants have reached a proposed settlement
with the litigants in this matter, which has been submitted to the
court for approval.  A hearing on the proposed settlement has been set
for March 7, 2003.


                    Meetings, Conferences & Seminars


* Scheduled Events for Class Action Professionals
-------------------------------------------------

February 13-14, 2003
   PRODUCTS LIABILITY
      American Law Institute
         Coral Gables, Florida
            Contact: 215-243-1614; 800-CLE-NEWS x1614

February 14, 2003
   THE SCIENCE OF MOLD
      Bridgeport Continuing Education
         Sacramento
            Contact: 818-505-1490

February 19, 2003
   INSURANCE COVERAGE 2003: CLAIM TRENDS AND LITIGATION
      Practising Law Institute
         PLI New York Center
            Contact: 800-260-4PLI; info@pli.edu.

February 19, 2003
   ASBESTOS PREMISES LIABILITY CONFERENCE
      Mealey Publications
         The Marriott Hotel, Philadelphia
            Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
               mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

February 20-21, 2003
   ASBESTOS LITIGATION 101 CONFERENCE
      Mealey Publications
         The Marriott Hotel, Philadelphia
            Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
               mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

March 3-4, 2003
   TOXIC MOLD LITIGATION
      Marriott East Side Hotel, New York
         Contact: 1-888-224-2480;
            http://www.americanconference.com  

March 3-4, 2003
   PRACTICAL TRAINING FOR THE CLAIMS PROFESSIONAL
      Mealey Publications
         The Westin Hotel, Stamford
            Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
               mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

March 6-7, 2003
   VACCINE LITIGATION CONFERENCE
      Mealey Publications
         The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Commons, Boston
            Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
               mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

March 17-18, 2003
   FEN-PHEN LITIGATION CONFERENCE
      Mealey Publications
         The Fairmont Hotel, Dallas
            Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
               mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

March 20-21, 2003
   FUNDAMENTALS OF INSURANCE COVERAGE LAW
      Mealey Publications
         The Westin Hotel, Philadelphia
            Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
               mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

March 23-24, 2003
   CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL UPDATE
      Bridgeport Continuing Education
         Long Beach
            Contact: 818-505-1490

March 27-28, 2003
   ASBESTOS LITIGATION
      Hotel Nikko, San Francisco
         Contact: 1-888-224-2480;
            http://www.americanconference.com  

April 2-5, 2003
   INSURANCE INSOLVENCY & REINSURANCE ROUNDTABLE
      Mealey Publications
         The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, AZ
            Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
               mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

April 4-5, 2003
   TOXIC TORT IN CALIFORNIA
      Bridgeport Continuing Education
         San Francisco
            Contact: 818-505-1490

April 4-5, 2003
   TOXIC TORT AND ENVIRONMENTAL IN CALIFORNIA
      Bridgeport Continuing Education
         Contact: 818-505-1490

April 8, 2003
   SILICA LITIGATION CONFERENCE
      Mealey Publications
         The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Boston
            Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
               mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

April 10-11, 2003
   HANDLING CONSTRUCTION RISKS 2003:
      ALLOCATE NOW OR LITIGATE LATER
         Practising Law Institute
            PLI New York Center
               Contact: 800-260-4PLI; info@pli.edu.

April 15, 2003
   WALL STREET FORUM: ASBESTOS
      Mealey Publications
         The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Battery Park
            Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
               mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

April 28-29, 2003
   EPHEDRA LITIGATION CONFERENCE
      Mealey Publications
         The Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena, CA
            Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
               mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

April 28-29, 2003
   BAD FAITH AND PUNITIVE DAMAGES
      Hotel Nikko, San Francisco
         Contact: 1-888-224-2480;
            http://www.americanconference.com  

May 1-2, 2003
   ASBESTOS LITIGATION 2003
      Andrews Publication
         New Orleans Grande Hotel, New Orleans
            Contact: seminar@andrewspub.com

May 14-15, 2003
   CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL UPDATE
      Bridgeport Continuing Education
         San Jose
            Contact: 818-505-1490

June 2-3, 2003
   BAYCOL LITIGATION CONFERENCE
      Mealey Publications
         The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Amelia Island, FL
            Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
               mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

June 2-3, 2003
   ASBESTOS BANKRUPTCY CONFERENCE
      Mealey Publications
         The Westin Hotel Philadelphia
            Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
               mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

June 9, 2003
   ANTI-SLAPP STATUTE CONFERENCE
      Mealey Publications
         The Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel & Spa
            Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
               mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

June 9, 2003
   CCA-TREATED WOOD LITIGATION CONFERENCE
      Mealey Publications
         The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Amelia Island, FL
            Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
               mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

June 12-13, 2003
   ENVIRONMENTAL INSURANCE: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
      American Law Institute
         Boston
            Contact: 215-243-1614; 800-CLE-NEWS x1614

June 16-17, 2003
   LITIGATING EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION &
      SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS
         Practising Law Institute
            PLI New York Center
               Contact: 800-260-4PLI; info@pli.edu.

June 16-17, 2003
   ASBESTOS LITIGATION 101 CONFERENCE
      Mealey Publications
         The Fairmont Hotel, Dallas
            Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
               mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

September 8-9, 2003
   CORPORATE GOVERNANCE: LIABILITY OF CORPORATE
      OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
         Mealey Publications
            The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Amelia Island, FL
               Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
                  mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

TBA
   Water Contamination Litigation Conference
      Mealey Publications
         Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
            mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com

TBA
   Fair Labor Standards Conference
      Mealey Publications
         Contact: 1-800-MEALEYS; 610-768-7800;
            mealeyseminars@lexisnexis.com


* Online Teleconferences
------------------------

February 06-28, 2003
   ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN MASS TORT
      AND CLASS ACTION LITIGATION IN TEXAS
         CLE Online Seminar
            Contact: 512-778-5665; info@cleonline.com

February 06-28, 2003
   NBI PRESENTS "LITIGATING THE CLASS
      ACTION LAWSUIT IN FLORIDA
         CLE Online Seminar
            Contact: 512-778-5665; info@cleonline.com

May 14, 2003
   CLASS ACTION BASICS
      ABA-CLE
         Contact: 800-285-2221; abacle@abanet.org

PAXIL LITIGATION
   LawCommerce.Com
      Contact: customerservice@lawcommerce.com

INTRODUCTION TO CLASS ACTIONS AND LARGE RECOVERIES
   Big Class Action
      Contact: seminars@bigclassaction.com

RECOVERIES
   Big Class Action
      Contact: seminars@bigclassaction.com

SHOULD I FILE A CLASS ACTION?
   LawCommerce.Com
      Contact: customerservice@lawcommerce.com

THE EFFECTS OF ASBESTOS ON THE PULMONARY SYSTEM
   LawCommerce.Com
      Contact: customerservice@lawcommerce.com

THE STATE OF ASBESTOS LITIGATION: JUDICIAL PANEL DISCUSSION
   LawCommerce.Com
      Contact: customerservice@lawcommerce.com

TRYING AN ASBESTOS CASE
   LawCommerce.Com
      Contact: customerservice@lawcommerce.com

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The Meetings, Conferences and Seminars column appears in the Class
Action Reporter each Wednesday.  Submissions via e-mail to
carconf@beard.com are encouraged.

                     New Securities Fraud Cases

AEGON NV: Faruqi & Faruqi Commences Securities Fraud Suit in S.D. NY
--------------------------------------------------------------------
Faruqi & Faruqi 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 Aegon, N.V. (NYSE:AEG) securities between August
9, 2001 and July 22, 2002, inclusive.

The complaint charges defendants with violations of federal securities
laws by, among other things, issuing a series of materially false and
misleading press releases concerning Aegon's financial results and
business prospects.  Specifically, the complaint alleges that despite
slumping stock markets, Aegon touted that it was less vulnerable to
market shifts because of its "high quality market investments" and that
the Company was not subject to sharp downward variations in annual net
income.  Moreover, the Company reassured investors that its 2002
earnings would at least match its 2001 earnings.  The market was then
stunned, however, when the Company announced on July 22, 2002 that net
income for 2002 would be 30% to 35% lower than in 2001.  As a result of
this revelation on July 22, 2002, the stock declined to $13.25 per
share from $16.99 per share the previous trading day.

For more details, contact Eric Crusius or Anthony Vozzolo by Mail: 320
East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016 by Phone: (877) 247-4292 or (212)
983-9330 by E-mail: Ecrusius@faruqilaw.com or Avozzolo@faruqilaw.com


AMERICREDIT CORPORATION: Wolf Haldenstein Lodges Securities Suit in TX
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Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP initiated a securities class
action in the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division on behalf
of AmeriCredit shareholders who purchased the common stock of
AmeriCredit (NYSE: ACF), between April 14, 1999 and January 15, 2003.

The complaint charges AmeriCredit and certain of its officers and
directors with violations of federal securities laws.  Among other
things, plaintiff claims that defendants' material omissions and the
dissemination of materially false and misleading statements regarding
the nature of AmeriCredit's revenues and earnings caused AmeriCredit's
stock price to become artificially inflated, inflicting enormous
damages on investors.  More specifically, the plaintiff alleges that
defendants misrepresented AmeriCredit's financial performance by
improperly deferring delinquent loans to avoid customer defaults so
AmeriCredit could have access to cash that otherwise would have been
restricted.  As a result of defendants' scheme, the plaintiff
complains, defendants maintained inadequate cash reserves.

For more details, contact Fred Taylor Isquith, Gustavo Bruckner,
Michael Miske, George Peters or Derek Behnke by Mail: 270 Madison
Avenue, New York, New York 10016, by Phone: (800) 575-0735 by E-mail:
classmember@whafh.com or visit the Firm's Website:
http://www.whafh.com. All e-mail correspondence should make reference  
to AmeriCredit.


CLEARONE COMMUNICATIONS: Faruqi & Faruqi Lodges Securities Suit in UT
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Faruqi & Faruqi LLP initiated a securities class action in the United
States District Court for the District of Utah, on behalf of all
purchasers of ClearOne Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:CLRO) securities
between January 4, 2001 and January 14, 2003, inclusive.

The complaint charges defendants with violations of federal securities
laws by, among other things, issuing a series of materially false and
misleading press releases concerning ClearOne's financial results and
business prospects.  Specifically, the complaint alleges that ClearOne,
through the use of improper revenue recognition practices, inflated
revenues, net income and accounts receivables during the class period.  
Among other practices, defendants improperly recognized revenues from
products which distributors had the right to return or exchange.

As a result, the Company's securities prices were artificially inflated
throughout the class period, allowing defendants to close a $25.5
million private placement of common stock on December 11, 2001. On
January 15, 2003, however, defendants revealed that the Securities and
Exchange Commission had filed a complaint against them for the filing
of false financial statements due to improper revenue recognition.  As
a result of the revelation, the Company's shares plummeted below $1.50,
more than 90% lower than its class period high.

For more details, contact Eric Crusius or Anthony Vozzolo by Mail: 320
East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016 by Phone: (877) 247-4292 or (212)
983-9330 or by E-mail: Ecrusius@faruqilaw.com or Avozzolo@faruqilaw.com


MCSI INC.: Faruqi & Faruqi Commences Securities Fraud Suit in S.D. NY
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Faruqi & Faruqi 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 MCSi, Inc. (Nasdaq:MCSI) securities between July
24, 2001 and February 26, 2002, inclusive.

The complaint charges defendants with violations of federal securities
laws by, among other things, issuing a series of materially false and
misleading press releases concerning the Company's financial results
and business prospects.  Specifically, the complaint alleges that the
Company touted the success of its businesses -- particularly the high-
margin systems integration business.  These statements were false and
misleading as they failed to disclose that the Company's business was
actually corroding and that its integration business was not operating
on as a successful level as represented.  As a result, the Company's
securities prices were artificially inflated throughout the class
period, allowing insiders to sell massive amounts of stock following
two follow-on public offerings.

On February 26, 2002, however, the Company shocked the market by
reporting a 29% decline in shares for the fourth quarter of 2001.  In
reaction to this announcement, shares of MCSi common stock plunged by
40%, falling from $17.35 per share close on February 25, 2002 to a
close of $10.40 per share on February 26, 2002.

For more details, contact Eric Crusius or Anthony Vozzolo by Mail: 320
East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016 by Phone: (877) 247-4292 or
(212) 983-9330 or by E-mail: Ecrusius@faruqilaw.com or
Avozzolo@faruqilaw.com


MCSI INC.: Schiffrin & Barroway Lodges Securities Fraud Suit in S.D. OH
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Schiffrin & Barroway, LLP initiated a securities class action in the
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Western
Division on behalf of all purchasers of the common stock of MCSi Inc.,
(Nasdaq: MCSI) from July 24, 2001 through February 26, 2002, inclusive.  

The complaint charges that the Comapny, Michael E. Peppel (CEO,
President and Chairman) and Ira H. Stanley (CFO, Sr. V.P.) 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 July 24, 2001 to
February 26, 2002.

According to the complaint, throughout the class period, defendants
issued numerous statements in quarterly and annual press releases
regarding the supposed strength of its business, particularly the
success of its high-margin systems integration business.  According to
the complaint, these, and other representations detailed therein, were
materially false and misleading because they failed to disclose that
MCSi's business was deteriorating overall and that its integration
services business was not operating as successfully as defendants had
represented.

The complaint further alleges that the scheme was designed to
artificially inflate the price of MCSi's common stock in order to allow
MCSi insiders to profit by selling their shares of MCSi common stock at
artificially inflated prices in two follow-on public offerings.

On August 15, 2001, MCSi sold 4 million shares in a secondary offering
at $11.50 per share and on December 19, 2001 the Company and certain
selling shareholders, including Mr. Peppel who sold 200,000 shares for
gross proceeds of $4,575,000, undertook another public offering,
selling a total of 5.2 million shares of MCSi common stock at $22.875
per share.

Then, on February 26, 2002, the Company shocked the market by reporting
a 29% decline in sales for the fourth quarter of 2001, and a loss of
$0.24 per share (including a restructuring charge).  In reaction to
this announcement, the price of MCSi common stock plunged by 40%,
falling from a $17.35 per share close on February 25 to a close of
$10.40 per share on February 26, on extremely heavy trading volume.

For more details, contact Marc A. Topaz or Stuart L. Berman by Mail:
Three Bala Plaza East, Suite 400, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 by Phone:
1-888-299-7706 (toll free) or 1-610-667-7706 or by E-mail:
info@sbclasslaw.com


MOTOROLA INC.: Zwerling Schachter Commences Securities Suit in N.D. CA
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Zwerling, Schachter & Zwerling, LLP initiated a securities class action
in the United States District Court for the Northern District of
Illinois, on behalf of all persons and entities who purchased the
common stock of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) between February 3, 2000 and
May 14, 2001, inclusive.

The complaint alleges 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 material misrepresentations to the
investing community during the class period thereby artificially
inflating the price of Motorola common stock.  As alleged in the
complaint, defendants made numerous false statements about transactions
between Motorola and Telsim Mobil Telekomunikasyon Hizmetleri A.S.
(Telsim), a wireless telecommunications carrier with operations in
Turkey.

On February 3, 2000, Motorola issued a press release announcing that it
had entered into a three-year agreement to provide products and
services to Telsim with potential revenue of $1.5 billion.  Motorola
failed to disclose that the agreement with Telsim required Motorola to
provide Telsim with $1.7 billion in vendor financing.  In effect,
Motorola was loaning Telsim the money used to purchase Motorola
products and services forcing Motorola to bear the significant risk of
default.

On March 29, 2001, Motorola filed its Annual Proxy Statement with the
Securities and Exchange Commission in which Motorola only partially
disclosed the magnitude of its vendor financing commitments and failed
to disclose the precarious nature of those loans.  On April 6, 2001,
shares of Motorola stock dropped twenty-three percent.  Six weeks
later, Motorola's revealed that $728 million of the Telsim loan was
past due and that Motorola actually had loaned Telsim $2 billion in
vendor financing -- $300 million more than previously disclosed.

For more information, contact Shaye J. Fuchs or Jayne Nykolyn by Phone:
1-800-721-3900 by E-mail: sfuchs@zsz.com or jnykolyn@zsz.com or visit
the firm's Website: http://www.zsz.com  


TRANSKARYOTIC THERAPIES: Faruqi & Faruqi Launches Securities Suit in MA
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Faruqi & Faruqi LLP initiated a securities class action in the United
States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, on behalf of
all purchasers of Transkaryotic, Inc. (Nasdaq:TKTX) securities between
January 4, 2001 and January 14, 2003, inclusive.

The complaint charges defendants with violations of federal securities
laws by, among other things, issuing a series of materially false and
misleading press releases concerning Transkaryotic's financial results
and business prospects.  Specifically, the complaint alleges that
Transkaryotic failed to disclose materially adverse information
regarding the prospects for FDA approval of Repagal, Transkaryotic's
drug for the treatment of Fabry Disease.  Moreover, while the Company
continued to assure investors otherwise, it knew that FDA approval was
not imminent because their application to the FDA did not
satisfactorily address questions raised by the FDA and there were
serious design flaws in the clinical trials which precluded approval.  
Defendants' scheme began to unravel when the Company revealed on
October 3, 2002 that approval of Repagal would be delayed until the
first half of 2003.  As a result of these revelations, the Company's
shares plummeted to $12.75 on October 3, 2002 from $33.25 the previous
day's close.

Moreover, on January 14, 2003, during an FDA Advisory Committee meeting
convened to consider Replagal's efficacy, the Committee unanimously
voted to disclose to the FDA that Transkaryotic had not provided
sufficient evidence that Replagal is effective in treating Fabry
Disease.  It was also revealed that the FDA had informed Transkaryotic
of these same concerns as early as January 2001.  Transkaryotic stock
plummeted to $6.49 per share on January 15, 2003 upon the news.

For more details, contact Eric Crusius or Anthony Vozzolo by Mail: 320
East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016 by Phone: (877) 247-4292 or
(212) 983-9330 by E-mail: Ecrusius@faruqilaw.com or
Avozzolo@faruqilaw.com


WESTAR ENERGY: Faruqi & Faruqi Commences Securities Lawsuit in KS Court
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Faruqi & Faruqi LLP initiated a securities class action in the United
States District Court for the District of Kansas on behalf of all
purchasers of Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) securities between May 15,
2001 through December 26, 2002, inclusive.

The complaint charges defendants with violations of federal securities
laws by, among other things, issuing a series of materially false and
misleading press releases concerning Westar's financial results and
business prospects.  Specifically, the complaint alleges that Westar
failed to disclose that the Company was engaging in bogus, round trip
energy transactions, whereby the Company sold energy and simultaneously
bought it back for the same consideration, recognizing the trades as
revenue.  Moreover, the Company failed to disclose that it had under-
reported, by tens of millions of dollars, a goodwill impairment charge
relating to Westar's acquisition of Protection One.

However, on November 1, 2002, Westar shocked the market when it
announced that it was restating its financial results for the first and
second quarter of 2002 as a result of the under-reporting of these
impairment charges.  In addition, on December 26, 2002, the Company
announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a
subpoena relating to round trip trades between Westar and trading
partner Cleco Corp.

In reaction to this announcement, the price of Westar common stock
dropped, falling from a December 25, 2002 close of $11.20 per share, to
close at $9.98 per share on December 30, 2002, a decline of 10.8% over
three trading days on unusually heavy trading volume.

For more details, contact Eric Crusius or Anthony Vozzolo by Mail: 320
East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016 by Phone: (877) 247-4292 or
(212) 983-9330 by E-mail: Ecrusius@faruqilaw.com or
Avozzolo@faruqilaw.com


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