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            Friday, February 12, 1999, Vol. 1, No. 6

                           Headlines

AMERICAN BANKNOTE: Liebenberg & White Files Complaint in New York
AMERICAN BANKNOTE: Milberg Weiss Files Complaint in New York
ASSISTED LIVING: Milberg Weiss Files Complaint in Oregon
ASSISTED LIVING: Stoll Stoll Files Complaint in Oregon
ASSISTED LIVING: Abbey Gardy Files Complaint in Oregon

AVIS RENT-A-CAR: Jewish Customer Class Certified
CEDENT CORP.: Takes $228.2MM 4th Quarter Charge from Lawsuit
DNA PLANT: Milberg Weiss Files Complaint in California
DTM CORPORATION: Consummates Settlement of Shareholder Litigation
DURA PHARMACEUTICALS: Cauley Firm Files Complaint in California

DURA PHARMACEUTICALS: Bernstein Litowitz Files Suit in California
E*TRADE GROUP: Hit With Second Lawsuit After Outages
FARMERS INSURANCE: Discriminatory Underwriting Practices Charged
FORD MOTOR: Truck Owners with Defective Paint Jobs Seek Class
GUN MANUFACTURERS: Georgia & Louisiana Block Suits by Cities

INSO CORPORATION: Schubert & Reed Files Suit in Massachusetts
LASER TECHNOLOGY: Hagens Berman Files Complaint in Colorado
LERNOUT & HAUSPIE: Schubert & Reed File Complaint in New York
LOEWEN GROUP: Wolf Popper Expands Scope of Shareholder Suit
LOEWEN GROUP: Barrack Rodos Files Complaint in Pennsylvania

PEOPLESOFT, INC.: Chitwood & Harley Files Complaint in California
SERVICE CORORATION: Whittington Firm Files Complaint
SERVICE CORPORATION: Johnson Firm Files Complaint in Texas
SCHICK TECHNOLOGIES: Goodkind Labaton Files Complaint in New York
TOBACCO LITIGATION: Helney Wins $50 Million in Punative Damages

USA TALKS.COM: Wolf Haldenstein Files Complaint in California

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AMERICAN BANKNOTE: Liebenberg & White Files Complaint in New York
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Liebenberg & White and Hoffman & Edelson filed a securities class
action lawsuit on February 10, 1999 in the United States District
Court for the Southern District of New York against American
Banknote Holographics, Inc. (NYSE:ABH) and certain of its key
officers and directors on behalf of all persons who purchased the
Company's common stock between July 14, 1998 through January 18,
1999.

The complaint alleges that the defendants violated Sections 11
and 15 of the Securities Act of 1933 and Sections 10(b) and 20 of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and other laws by issuing
false and misleading statements regarding the Company's business
operations, financial condition and performance.


AMERICAN BANKNOTE: Milberg Weiss Files Complaint in New York
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Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP announced that a class
action lawsuit was filed on January 20, 1999, in the United
States District Court for the Southern District of New York, on
behalf of all persons who purchased the common stock of American  
Banknote Holographics, Inc. (NYSE: ABH), between July 15, 1998
and January 18, 1998, inclusive.

The complaint charges ABH and certain officers or directors with
violations of Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange
Act of 1934 as well as Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder.  The
complaint alleges that defendants issued a series of materially
false and misleading statements concerning the Company's
financial condition and results of operations.  Because of the
issuance of a series of false and misleading statements, the
price of ABH common stock was artificially inflated during the
Class Period.

Class members may, not later than sixty days from January 19,
1999, move the Court to serve as lead plaintiff.


ASSISTED LIVING: Milberg Weiss Files Complaint in Oregon
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A class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District
Court for the District of Oregon against Assisted Living
Concepts, Inc. (Amex: ALF) and certain of its officers and
directors for violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
by Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP.

Purchasers of Assisted Living common stock between April 29, 1997
and February 1, 1999, may, no later than 60 days from February 2,
1999, move the court to serve as lead plaintiff.


ASSISTED LIVING: Stoll Stoll Files Complaint in Oregon
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Stoll Stoll Berne Lokting & Shlachter P.C. announced that a class
action suit has been commenced in the United States District
Court for the District of Oregon on behalf of all persons who
purchased the securities of Assisted Living Concepts, Inc. (Amex:
ALF) from April 29, 1997 through February 1, 1999, inclusive.  
Assisted Living is based in Portland, Oregon and owns, operated,
leases and develops assisted living residences.

The complaint charges the Company and William McBride III, Keren
Brown Wilson, Stephen Gordon and Rhonda Marsh with violations of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  After seven straight
quarters of reporting allegedly increasing profitability,  on
February 1, 1999, the Company announced that is was restating its
income for 1997 and the nine months ended September 31, 1998. As
a result of the restatement, the Company's net income will be
substantially less than previously reported.  An official of
American Retirement Corp. stated that ARC had dropped its plans
to merge with the Company as a result of the restatement.  The
complaint alleges that defendants issued a series of false and
misleading statements about Assisted Living's earnings,
profitability and business condition and issued financial
statements during the Class Period that were materially false and
misleading and violated Generally Accepted Accounting Principles,
thereby misleading investors regarding Assisted Living's true  
financial condition and then-current financial performance.  As a
result, the prices of Assisted Living's securities were
artificially inflated during the Class Period  to as high as $21
5/8 per share.

Class members may, no later than 60 days from February 2, 1999,
move the Court to serve as lead plaintiff.


ASSISTED LIVING: Abbey Gardy Files Complaint in Oregon
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The law firm of Abbey, Gardy Squitieri, LLP announced that a
Class Action suit has been commenced in the United States
District Court for the District of Oregon on behalf of all
purchasers of  Assisted Living Concepts, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALF)
common stock between July 28, 1997 and February 1, 1999,
inclusive.

The Complaint charges ALF and certain of its officers and
directors with violations of federal securities laws.  Among
other things, plaintiff claims that defendants issued a series of
materially false and misleading statements regarding ALF's
financial condition and results of operations.  Since the  
second quarter of 1997, the Company improperly recognized
reimbursements from its joint venture residences as other income
in its financial statements.  The Company will now treat such
loss reimbursement as loans.  Accordingly, the consolidated
financial statements for the quarters ended June 30, 1997 and  
September 30, 1997, for the year ended December 31, 1997 and for
each of the first three quarters of 1998 will be restated to
reflect this accounting treatment.

Class members may, not later than 60 days from February 2, 1999,
move the court to serve as lead plaintiff.


AVIS RENT-A-CAR: Jewish Customer Class Certified
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A lawsuit by Jewish customers who say Avis Rent-a-Car denied  
them the benefits of corporate accounts has received class-action
status, a federal judge ruled.  The suit, the Associated Press
related earlier this week, was filed on behalf of a Fort
Lauderdale man and a Chicago bookstore affiliated with a yeshiva,
a Jewish school.  

The suit alleges that Avis denied corporate accounts to Jewish
customers and labeled them with the code word "yeshiva."  Some
were given so-called "bogus" accounts that carried reduced
discounts, the suit claims.

The judge's ruling allows attorneys to represent the interests of
the more than 10,000 Jewish customers who have been customers of
Avis from 1993 to 1998, according to plaintiffs' attorney Tod
Aronovitz. In a 27-page order signed Monday, U.S. District Judge
Alan Gold said that testimony from former Avis employees showed
that "thousands of potential customers" had been turned down
after being identified with the code word.  "It is undisputed
that Avis employed a 'yeshiva' policy and the 'yeshiva' policy
emanated from its World Reservations Center," the judge said in
the order.  "The allegations of discrimination here are based on
a documented company policy written by upper management at Avis'
World Reservations Center, distributed to its employees by upper
management and monitored by upper management" at the center, Gold
said.

Avis said it was attempting to flag unqualified drivers who posed
as representatives of Jewish schools and the word yeshiva wasn't
used in a derogatory way.  "It was used to talk about the problem
we had become aware of," said Tony Fuller, a spokesman for Garden
City, N.J.-based Avis.

Fuller said Avis would appeal to the U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals in Atlanta.  "We view it for our part as a procedural
matter," Fuller said. "The judge didn't really address the merits
of the case, and in fact, invited an early appeal on the ruling."  
Few complainants have stepped forward since the suit was filed in
1997, Fuller further said in talking to AP reporters.


CEDENT CORP.: Takes $228.2MM 4th Quarter Charge from Lawsuit
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Franchising and marketing firm Cendant Corp. Wednesday reported
wider net losses that included charges for abandoning some
planned acquisitions and settling a suit related to the firm's
huge accounting irregulatories revealed last April.  The massive
company, Reuters reports, whose franchised brands include Avis
Rent-A-Car, Ramada, and Howard Johnson hotels, reported net
losses from continuing operations of $302 million on quarterly
revenues of $1.4 billion.  Fourth quarter profits were lowered by
an after-tax charge $281.7 million, including $228.2 million from
a settlement of the class action lawsuit brought by shareholders.


DNA PLANT: Milberg Weiss Files Complaint in California
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Milberg Weiss announced that a class action has been commenced in
the United States District Court for the Northern District of
California on behalf of purchasers of DNA Plant Technology Corp.  
(Nasdaq: DNAP) $2.25 Convertible Exchangeable Preferred Stock,
whose stock was converted pursuant to a September 1996 merger,
into common stock of DNAP Holding Corporation.

Class members may, no later than 60 days from January 26, 1999,
move the Court to serve as lead plaintiff.  

The complaint charges DNAP, DHC, Empresas La Moderna, SA de C.V.
and certain of their officers and directors with violations of
the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of
1934.  The complaint alleges that the August 13, 1996 Proxy
Statement/Prospectus that DNAP and DHC disseminated to DNAP
shareholders, recommending approval of the merger, improperly
failed to disclose that the real reasons for the merger were
(1) to realize value for a strain of high-nicotine tobacco that
DNAP had illegally developed for tobacco company Brown &
Williamson, and (2) to increase the indemnity coverage of DNAP's
officers and directors to insulate them from financial liability
for those illegal acts.  The complaint further alleges that the
conversion of the DNAP Preferred Stock into DHC Common Stock
eliminated the rights and preferences of the DNAP Preferred
Stockholders.  After the DNAP-DHC merger was consummated, DNAP
pleaded guilty in January 1998 to conspiracy to violate the
Tobacco Seed Export Law.

Plaintiff seeks to recover damages on behalf of all purchasers of
DNAP $2.25 Convertible Exchangeable Preferred Stock converted
into common stock of DHC pursuant to the September 1996 merger.  


DTM CORPORATION: Consummates Settlement of Shareholder Litigation
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DTM Corporation (Nasdaq:DTMC) announced its net income for the
fourth quarter of 1998 was $520,000 on revenues of $8.6 million.
Revenues for the year ended December 31, 1998 were a record $27.8
million, generating a $2.2 million net loss.

Explaining its results, Geoff Kreiger, DTM's Vice President and
Controller, stated, "We took a charge for the litigation
settlement in the second quarter of 1998.  However, we funded the
cash portion of these settlements in the fourth quarter of 1998.
These and related payments amounted to approximately $1.5 million
cash outflow during the fourth quarter of 1998 and accounted for
the cash balance reduction during the quarter.  In February 1999,
we issued the required 334,485 shares of DTM common stock
required in connection with the settlement of the shareholder
class action.  The $400,000 accrual related to the stock portion
of the settlement  will be reclassified to shareholders' equity
in the first quarter of 1999."

"We were pleased that our cash flow, before litigation
expenditures, was positive in 1998 and that we were able to fund
these expenditures without taking on any new debt.  We will
continue our focus on judicious investments in new product
development, operating efficiency, customer payment terms,  
collections and production schedules.  We are doing this as we
strive to build more liquidity in our balance sheet."*

In other news, DTM related that although it had not satisfied the
$5.0 million market value of public float requirement for
continued listing on the Nasdaq National Market System for ten
consecutive trading days as of February 1, 1998, the Company has
now been above such level for ten days.  The Company announced
that it has requested a hearing to appeal the delisting of its
stock from the National Market System.  The hearing is expected
to occur in March 1999.  During the pendancy of the appeal
process, DTM's common stock will continue to trade on the
National Market System.


DURA PHARMACEUTICALS: Cauley Firm Files Complaint in California
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The Law Offices of Steven E. Cauley announced that on February 9,
1999, a securities fraud class action lawsuit was filed in the
United States District Court for the Southern District of
California on behalf of purchasers of Dura Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
(Nasdaq:DURA) common stock during the period between April 15,  
1997 through February 24, 1998.

The complaint alleges that during the Class Period, Defendants
engaged in a fraudulent scheme and course of business conduct
that operated as a fraud and deceit on all persons who purchased
or otherwise acquired Dura's stock. According to the complaint,  
Defendants' fraudulent scheme and course of business conduct
included, but was not limited to, making materially false and/or
misleading statements regarding sales of Dura's products and the
growth of Dura's revenues and earnings.  The lawsuit alleges that
these materially false or misleading statements enabled many of
the individual defendants to sell tens of thousands of shares of
Dura common stock during the Class Period, resulting in proceeds
of more than $16 million dollars by trading on undisclosed inside
information.  As a result of the defendants' violations of law,
the market price of Dura stock during the Class Period was as
high as $53 per share. Following Defendants' revelations on
February 24, 1998, the price of Dura stock fell to as low as
$20.75 per share.


DURA PHARMACEUTICALS: Bernstein Litowitz Files Suit in California
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Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP announced that on
February 8, 1999, a class action lawsuit was filed in the United
States District Court for the Southern District of California on
behalf of purchasers of securities of Dura Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  
(Nasdaq: DURA), from April 15, 1997 through February 24, 1998,
inclusive.

The complaint charges Dura, and certain of its officers and
directors, with violations of Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Specifically, the complaint
alleges that, during the Class Period, defendants made false and
misleading statements about Dura's sales, the development of its  
products and the likelihood of its achieving substantial earnings
per share growth in 1998 and 1999. As a result, the stock rose to
a class period high of $53 per share in October 1997.  Certain
Dura officers and directors sold stock during the class period
reaping proceeds of $16.8 million.  On Feb. 24, 1998, the company
revealed that its results would be much worse than forecast due
to weak sales of many of its products. Following this
announcement, the stock dropped $18 3/8 per share, losing almost
46% of its value in one day.


E*TRADE GROUP: Hit With Second Lawsuit After Outages
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E*Trade Group Inc. got hit with a second lawsuit after outages at
the Internet broker's Web site prevented investors from trading  
stocks on three separate occasions last week, reports Reuters.

The suit, filed in the Santa Clara County Superior Court by the
Alexander law firm of San Jose, Calif., is seeking unspecified
damages for investors who claim they missed out on making money
in the stock market because of the outage.

The suit, which seeks class-action status, follows a similar
November 1997 law suit filed by New York law firm Bernstein
Litowitz Berger & Grossmann in the same court.


FARMERS INSURANCE: Discriminatory Underwriting Practices Charged
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The Journal of Commerce reports that a fair housing advocate has
filed another lawsuit against an insurance company for allegedly
engaging in unlawful discriminatory underwriting practices in
minority communities.  The Toledo Fair Housing Center is seeking
class-action status for its latest insurance case against Los
Angeles-based Farmers Insurance Group, a leading insurer in the
United States.In its filing, the center stated that Farmers  
"refuses to offer replacement cost insurance policies for
properties built before a certain year, typically 1950-1955." The
case has been assigned to Judge William Skow in Lucas County
Common Pleas Court, Toledo, Ohio.   

Michael Marsh, the center's development manager, told The Journal
of Commerce last week that "we've discovered that Farmers'
insurance practices have had a disparate effect on minority
neighborhoods by failing to provide replacement cost insurance
based on a dwelling's age.  Urban communities with older homes
tend to have a higher concentration of minority residents, and
that's why this particular insurance company practice is so
onerous."

The Toledo Fair Housing Center said it had looked into complaints
filed with the housing authority from some homeowners who were
unable to obtain replacement coverage on their homes.  Following
a series of calls to Farmers' offices, the center said it
discovered examples of "redlining," the unlawful practice of
using race as a factor in declining to provide insurance
protection in certain part of a community.

Farmers' spokeswoman Diane Tasaka denied the charges, insisting
that her company "does not practice and does not condone unlawful
discriminatory underwriting practices."  In defending her
company's underwriting approach, Ms. Tasaka mentioned a Farmers'
program that markets what she described as "comprehensive
homeowners insurance specifically to urban homeowners," Farmers
Action for Communities of Tomorrow (FACT).  FACT got under way in
California in 1995 and subsequently entered a few other states
such as Michigan and Ohio and most recently in Pennsylvania.  
"We're looking at other urban markets around the country," said
Ms. Tasaka.  Mr. Marsh said this is his firm's fourth suit of its
kind.

Previously, the Journal of Commerce related, the Toledo Fair
Housing Center achieved settlements in similar cases against
Nationwide Insurance of Columbus, Ohio, $5.3 million in class-
action litigation in 1998; Allstate of Northbrook, Ill., an
undisclosed amount in 1997; and State Farm of Bloomington, Ill.,
$1.1 million in 1996.


FORD MOTOR: Truck Owners with Defective Paint Jobs Seek Class
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A group of Ford truck owners whose vehicles have peeling paint  
asked the state Supreme Court yesterday to approve class-action
status for a lawsuit against the motor company, according to a
report publiched in the Forth Worth Star-Telegram.  Seven
individuals who bought Ford trucks in Texas between 1987 and 1990
say the problem stemmed from Ford not using primer when the cars
were factory painted.  All the vehicle owners reported noticing
peeling and flaking problems between nine months and four years
after purchase.

Ford attorneys said the cases should be considered individually
because there are too many potential differences between each to
be certified as one class.  Some of the owners may have damaged
their trucks by repeatedly throwing cold water on the paint after
a long day in the hot Texas sun, "something they're told not to
do," Ford attorney John Beisner said.  Another truck may have
peeling paint because of repeated exposure to a nearby chemical
plant, he said.  And although some of the vehicles painted
without primer have peeling exteriors, others do not, Beisner
said.  "You have to look at them individually," he said. "By
granting class action, it's granting summary judgment, we just
don't know which way yet.  The jury will have to say they're all
OK or they're all not."

Steve McConnico, an attorney seeking the class-action status,
said that trying each case individually would stifle them all.   
The cost of fixing the claimed problems typically ranges between
$1,500 to $2,500 and is not worth the expense of a trial,
McConnico said.  "If they try them individually, they'll never be
tried," he said, noting that copying costs in this case alone
were about $20,000.  

According to the lawsuit, Ford knew there was a problem with its
paint process but kept using it. McConnico said Ford has since
started using spray primer in the factory painting process.  If
approved by the state Supreme Court, the lawsuit would include
people who claim past or present paint peeling and flaking due to
defective paint process on new Ford F-Series Trucks between 1987
and 1993; 1987-89 Broncos; 1987-92 Rangers; or 1987-89 Mustangs.   
Also included would be owners who bought 1984-88 F-Series Trucks,
1984-88 Broncos and Bronco IIs, 1984-88 Rangers or 1984-88
Mustangs and who paid Ford or a Ford dealer for paint repair.   
Already approved by two lower courts, the class would cover those
vehicles bought in Texas.


GUN MANUFACTURERS: Georgia & Louisiana Block Suits by Cities
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Following Georgia's lead in adopting legislation to protect
gunmakers from product liability lawsuits by cities and counties,
Governor Mike Foster announced his support this week for similar
legislation in Louisiana.  The proposed legislation would block
the City of New Orleans from suing gun manufacturers for
reimbursement of gun violence costs.  

Tuesday, Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes signed a bill intended to block
a similar case by Atlanta.  "Georgia had no problem with it,"
Foster said while speaking to a civic club in Baton Rouge. "And
we, in Louisiana, believe in 2nd Amendment rights."

New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial criticized Foster's decision,
telling the Associated Press that the bill "is a sad sellout to
the money and power of the gun lobby."

Meanwhile, in a New York City class-action lawsuit against the
nation's largest gun makers, a judge on Wednesday urged a
wavering jury to try to overcome its differences and reach a
verdict.  Deliberations continued Thursday.  The New York City
case is considered a model for the lawsuits by cities.


INSO CORPORATION: Schubert & Reed Files Suit in Massachusetts
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On February 10, 1999, Schubert & Reed LLP filed a class action
lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of
Massachusetts, on behalf of a class of purchasers of Inso  
Corporation common stock (Nasdaq: INSO) during the period 4/23/98
through 1/29/99, inclusive.  The suit names as defendants Inso  
Corporation, its President and CEO Stephen Vana-Paxhia, CFO Betty
Savage and Controller Patricia Michaels for violations of the
federal securities laws.

On February 1, 1999, Inso Corporation revealed that it had
improperly recognized approximately $7 million in revenues
previously reported for the first three fiscal quarters of 1998,
and that it would restate the first three quarters of fiscal
1998.  The company announced that it would report the results
of its initial investigation, conducted by the company, its
auditors and outside legal counsel, to the Securities and
Exchange Commission.  At the same time, the company announced
that, pursuant to guidance from the Securities and Exchange
Commission, it was reducing a charge for in process research and  
development taken in connection with the acquisition of Synex and
reported in the first fiscal quarter of 1998.  INSO closed at
$9.406 on February 1, 1999, down more than 62% from the prior
day's close of $25.

Class members may, not later than April 2, 1999, move the Court
to serve as a lead plaintiff of the class.  


LASER TECHNOLOGY: Hagens Berman Files Complaint in Colorado
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A class action has been commenced by Hagens Berman, P.S. in the
United States District Court for the District of Colorado on  
behalf of all purchasers of the common stock of Laser Technology,
Inc. (AMEX:LSR) during the period from February 12, 1996 through
December 23, 1998.

The complaint charges that LSR and certain of its officers and
directors with violations of the federal securities laws.
Specifically, plaintiffs have brought claims sections 10(b) and
20 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  The complaint alleges
that LSR and certain of its officers and directors participated
in a fraudulent scheme by misstating its reported financial  
results during the Class Period. The complaint alleges that these  
misrepresentations caused LSR shares to trade at an artificially
inflated price during the Class Period.  The complaint further
alleges that in October of 1998, a Special Committee of the board
of directors was convened to look into financial misconduct by
the Company. During the pendency of this investigation, the
Company's independent auditors, BDO Seidman, LLP resigned as the
Company's auditors and withdrew its previously issued audit
opinions on LSR's fiscal 1993 through fiscal 1997 financial
statements. When this resignation was announced on December 23,
1998, the American Stock Exchange halted trading in the Company's
stock -- and trading has never resumed.  The complaint also
alleges that based upon their investigation, the Special
Committee recommended the termination of the president, chief
financial officer and secretary of the Company and other serious
steps which the Special Committee felt "necessary and fundamental
to restore the credibility of the Company." LSR refused to take
such remedial action, and, as a result, the entire Special
Committee resigned from the Company's board of directors on  
January 7, 1999.


LERNOUT & HAUSPIE: Schubert & Reed File Complaint in New York
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On February 9, 1999, Schubert & Reed LLP filed a class action
complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern
District of New York, on behalf of a class of purchasers of  
Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products N.V. common stock (Nasdaq:
LHSPF) and call options during the period 2/3/98 through 12/1/98,
inclusive.  The suit names as defendants Lernout & Hauspie Speech
Products N.V., its President and CEO Gaston Bastiaens and CFO
Carl Dammekens for violations of the federal securities laws.

On December 1, 1998, Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products N.V.
admitted that the Securities and Exchange Commission had
challenged write-offs for in-process research and development
made in connection with Lernout & Hauspie's acquisitions of
Kurzweil Education Systems, Inc. and Tiksoft LLC in September  
and October, 1998, respectively, and a series of other
acquisitions dating back to November, 1996.  Plaintiff alleges
that during the Class Period Lernout & Hauspie inflated earnings
and the price of its common stock, reducing the adverse impact of
acquisitions on earnings in subsequent quarters, by improperly
failing to properly amortize goodwill of its acquisitions by
taking excessive write-offs for in-process research and
development of the companies acquired.  Plaintiff alleges that
Lernout & Hauspie officers and directors reaped more than $23
million in illegal insider trading proceeds during the Class
Period by trading while in possession of material adverse non-
public information about Lermout & Hauspie's accounting
practices.  Between December 2-4, 1998, Lernout & Hauspie stock
fell $7 to $33, losing 17.5% of its value in reaction to the
news.

Class members may, not later than March 20, 1999, move the Court
to serve as a lead plaintiff of the class.


LOEWEN GROUP: Wolf Popper Expands Scope of Shareholder Suit
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Wolf Popper LLP has expanded its securities fraud class action
against Loewen Group Inc. (NYSE:LWN; Toronto) to include
investors who purchased Loewen securities  during the period
March 5, 1997 through January 14, 1999.

The Complaint charges that throughout the Class Period, Loewen
and three of its senior officers and directors violated the U.S.
securities laws by issuing materially false and misleading
statements concerning the profitability of Loewen's rapid
acquisition program, which defendants misrepresented to be  
"selective and disciplined."  As subsequently reported by a
research stock analyst, contrary to defendants' public
statements, Loewen's acquisition strategy was "awfully, awfully
wrong" and "was just spinning out of control."  The belated
disclosure of the true facts caused Loewen's stock price, which
had traded as high as $35.75 per share during the Class Period,
to close on January  14, 1999, at $5.125 per share.

The class action was expanded after the Florida Department of
Banking and Finance (DBF) announced on January 15, 1999 that it
had issued an order suspending the license of two of Loewen's
wholly owned subsidiaries and restricted them from taking on any
new pre-need funeral business in Florida.  The DBF further stated
that in February 1997, Loewen's subsidiaries "had been placed on
probation and [were] required to bring their books and records
into compliance."  The DBF's order asserts that the books and
records were not brought into compliance, and that the businesses
were operated incompetently, negligently, and in violation of
numerous provisions of the Florida Funeral and Cemetery Services
Act.


LOEWEN GROUP: Barrack Rodos Files Complaint in Pennsylvania
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A class action has been commenced in the United States District
Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by Barrack,  
Rodos & Bacine on behalf of all persons who purchased 9.45%
Cumulative Monthly Income Preferred Securities, Series A ("MIPS")
of Loewen Group Capital, L.P. (NYSE: LWN+/LWN-/LWN_P) between
March 5, 1997 and January 14, 1999, inclusive.

The complaint alleges that the defendants, including Loewen Group
Capital, L.P., Loewen Group International, Inc. and Loewen Group,
Inc., violated Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934 by misrepresenting or failing to disclose material
information about Loewen Group, Inc.'s results of operations,
financial condition and weaknesses in its internal financial
controls that resulted from its failure to successfully integrate
certain corporate acquisitions during the Class Period.

As a result of defendants' false and misleading statements and
omissions, the price of the MIPS was artificially inflated during
the Class Period.  At the end of the Class Period, Loewen Group,
Inc. announced that after a 2-year investigation into its Florida
operations, the Florida Department of Banking and Finance had
suspended the licenses of two Loewen Group, Inc. subsidiaries  
for failing to comply with state regulations.

Class members may, no later than February 26, 1999, move the
Court to serve as lead plaintiff of the Class.


PEOPLESOFT, INC.: Chitwood & Harley Files Complaint in California
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Chitwood & Harley filed a securities class action on February 5,
1999 in the United States District Court for the Northern
District of California, on behalf of all purchasers of
PeopleSoft, Inc. (Nasdaq: PSFT) securities between  February 4,
1997 and January 28, 1999, inclusive.

The Complaint alleges that PeopleSoft and certain of its officers
and directors violated the federal securities laws. Among other
things, the complaint alleges that defendants issued a series of
materially false and misleading statements regarding PeopleSoft's
1996, 1997 and 1998 financial results.

Class members may, not later than 60 days from January 29, 1999,
move the court to serve as a lead plaintiff of the class.


SERVICE CORORATION: Whittington Firm Files Complaint
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The law offices of Whittington, von Sternberg, Emerson & Wilsher,
L.L.P. announced that it filed a class action suit on behalf of
entities who purchased or otherwise acquired the common stock or
securities of Service Corporation International (NYSE:SRV)
between February 2, 1998 and January 26, 1999, or exchanged the
common stock of Equity Corporation International (NYSE:EQU) for
the shares of Service Corporation in the January 19, 1999 merger
between the two companies.

This lawsuit alleges that, during the Class Period, certain
officers and directors of Service Corporation issued false
statements which caused the price of Service Corporation common
stock to trade at artificially inflated prices.  Thereafter,
Service Corporation issued $830 million of stock to acquire
Equity Corporation International and certain officers and
directors of Service Corporation sold, in the aggregate, over
2,470,000 shares of Service Corporation common stock between $39
and $42 per share, and reaped $96 million before it collapsed in
price to $15.75 on January 26, 1999.


SERVICE CORPORATION: Johnson Firm Files Complaint in Texas
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The Law Offices of Dennis J. Johnson has filed a Class Action
Lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern
District of Texas on behalf of all purchasers of Service Corp.  
(Nasdaq: SRV) securities between July 23, 1998 and January 26,
1999, including  those who acquired SRV shares as a result of the
January 19, 1999 stock for stock merger between SRV and Equity
Corporation International, inclusive.  

The Complaint charges SRV and certain of its officers and
directors with violations of the federal securities laws.  Among
other things, plaintiff claims that defendants misled the public
with regard to adverse business trends and market conditions
effecting SRV's business and thereby artificially inflated the
market price of SRV's common stock during the Class Period.


SCHICK TECHNOLOGIES: Goodkind Labaton Files Complaint in New York
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A class action suit alleging securities fraud has been filed by
Rudoff & Sucharow LLP in the United States District Court for the
Eastern District of New York against Schick Technologies Inc. and
certain of its officers and directors.  The case was filed on
behalf of all persons who purchased Schick common stock during
the period Feb. 4, 1998 through Dec. 10, 1998.

The complaint alleges that Schick issued a series of false and
misleading statements concerning the Company's uncollectible
accounts receivable causing the price of Schick common stock to
be artificially inflated throughout the Class Period.  On Dec.
10, 1998 the Company announced that it planned to take a one-time  
charge against earnings for the third quarter ending Dec. 31,
1998 in the amount of approximately $5 million of debt that had
accumulated upon as accounts receivable.  Immediately following
the announcement, Schick common stock plummeted as much as $4 1/2
to $7 1/2 per share on daily trading volume of 1,894, 000 shares,  
more than 13 times its average trading volume.

Class members may move the court to serve as lead plaintiff no
later than Feb. 19, 1999.


TOBACCO LITIGATION: Helney Wins $50 Million in Punative Damages
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>From San Francisco, the Associated Press reports that a jury
awarded former three-pack-a-day smoker Patricia Henley $50
million in punitive damages Wednesday in her lawsuit against
Philip Morris, bringing the total award to $51.5 million.

As reported in yesterday's CAR, the jury ordered Philip Morris
Cos. to pay $1.5 million in compensatory damages to Patricia
Henley to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering.

The total award is the largest to date in a tobacco liability
lawsuit filed by an individual smoker.  Three prior jury awards
have been overturned on appeal.

"I feel wonderful," Henley told the AP, reminding reporters that
she will donate any money she receives to educate youngsters
about the dangers of smoking.  "This is a great day for the
children."

Henley, 52, of Los Angeles, was diagnosed last year with
inoperable lung cancer.  She alleged the tobacco company, which
makes Marlboro and other brands, hooked her on cigarettes when
she was 15 and misled her about the dangers. Her cancer is in
remission after chemotherapy and radiation treatment.  Before
jurors deliberated for three hours Wednesday, Henley's attorney
told them that punitive damages were the only way to get the
attention of a $3.5 billion company.  

Madelyn Chaber, Esq., representing Ms. Henley, asked the jury to
award her client $15 million in punitive damages.  The jury
awarded more than three times that amount.  

William Ohlemeyer, who represents Philip Morris, made it clear
that the company would appeal. "The jurors unfortunately let
their feelings of sympathy get in the way," Ohlemeyer told the
AP.

Two of the 12 jurors, including jury foreman George Loudis,
reportedly voted against awarding the $50 million in punitive
damages.  Loudis supported punitive damages of $15 million.   
"Our decision was based on a lot of evidence, the suppression of
known facts by Philip Morris," Loudis said.  "They had a lot of
information they just didn't give out."


USA TALKS.COM: Wolf Haldenstein Files Complaint in California
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The law firm of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP
announces that it is filing a class action lawsuit in the United
States District Court for the Southern District of California on
behalf of all persons who purchased common stock issued by USA  
Talks.com., Inc. (NYSE:USAT) during the period November 24, 1998,
through January 29, 1999.

The complaint charges that USAT and certain of its officers and
directors violated the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The
Complaint alleges that Defendants caused the Company's stock
price to rise from approximately $5.75 per share to a Class
Period high of approximately $52.25 per share by misrepresenting
USA Talks' publicly reported network installation and technology.
On January 29, 1999, the SEC halted trading in the Company's
common stock "citing questions about the accuracy of information
released to the public by the company."  Trading in the Company
stock still remains halted.

Purchasers of USAT stock during the period November 24, 1998,  
through January 29, 1998, may, not later than sixty days from
January 29, 1999, move the court to serve as lead plaintiff.



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