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             Friday, February 26, 1999, Vol. 1, No. 16

                           Headlines

AGRIBIOTECH, INC.: Cohen Milstein Files Complaint in New York
ALLIED PILOTS: Stranded Passengers File Complaint in Texas
ASSISTED LIVING: Stoll Stoll Files Bondholder Suits in Oregon
ASSISTED LIVING: Weiss & Yourman File Complaint in Oregon
BOEING CO.: Fort Campbell Helicopter Crash Case Settled

CELL PATHWAYS: Spector & Roseman File Complaint in Pennsylvania
CITY OF PHILADELPHIA: Foster Parents Press Forward with Suit
ETHICON, INC.: Under Fire for Dirty Vicryl-Brand Sutures
GENCOR INDUSTRIES: Stull Stull Files Complaint in Florida
GENCOR INDUSTRIES: Bashian Firm Files Complaint in Florida

GUN MANUFACTURERS: Florida Mayors May Face Jail If They Sue
HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS: Gypsies Threaten to Join U.S. Class Actions
JDA SOFTWARE: Zwerling Schachter Files Complaint in Arizona
LASER TECHNOLOGY: Pomerantz Haudek Files Complaint in Colorado
LERNOUT & HAUSPIE: Rabin & Peckel File Complaint in New York

LERNOUT & HAUSPIE: Milberg Weiss Files Complaint in New York
NATIONAL TECHTEAM: Posts Annual Loss After Settlement Charge
ORBITAL SCIENCES: Abbey Gardy Files Complaint in Virginia
ORBITAL SCIENCES: Schatz & Nobel File Complaint in Virginia
PEDIATRIX MEDICAL: Stull Stull Files Complaint in Florida

PEDIATRIX MEDICAL: Milberg Weiss Files Complaint in Florida
SARA LEE: Attorneys Will Tour Meat Plant Next Week
SERVICE CORPORATION: Finkelstein & Krinsk File Complaint in Texas
SERVICE CORPORATION: Whittington Firm Files Complaint in Texas
SPYGLASS, INC.: Bernstein Liebhard Files Complaint in Illinois

TOBACCO LITIGATION: First Witness Called in Ohio Union Trial
TOTAL RENAL: Spector & Roseman File Complaint in California
TOTAL RENAL: Wechsler Harwood Files Complaint in California
TOTAL RENAL: Milberg Weiss Files Complaint in California
UNITED COMPANIES: Mortgage Lending Practices Under Court Review

USA TALKS: Stull Stull Files Complaint in [California]

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AGRIBIOTECH, INC.: Cohen Milstein Files Complaint in New York
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Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, P.L.L.C.m on behalf of their
client, on February 23, 1999, filed a lawsuit in the United  
States District Court for the Southern District of New York, on
behalf of purchasers of AgriBioTech, Inc. (Nasdaq:ABTX) common
stock during the period between October 8, 1998 and January 22,
1999, inclusive.

The Complaint alleges that defendants, AgriBioTech and its
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Johnny R. Thomas, violated
Section 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by
misrepresenting or failing to disclose material information about
the status of AgriBioTech's efforts to find a buyer for the
Company, including the possible price range and time frame.

As a result of defendants' false and misleading statements and
omissions, the price of AgriBioTech's stock was artificially
inflated during the Class Period.  On January 22, 1999, after the
close of trading, the Company announced that it had abandoned its
efforts to find a buyer and would only continue to make  
acquisitions on an "opportunistic basis."


ALLIED PILOTS: Stranded Passengers File Complaint in Texas
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A second lawsuit has been filed by stranded passengers against
the 9,300-member Allied Pilots Association for staging a sickout
that caused American Airlines to cancel nearly 6,700 flights this
month.  Patrick E. Catalano, Esq., representing two Chicago
residents, filed a lawsuit in state district court in Fort Worth,
seeking at least $50 million for all passengers inconvenienced.  
The Texas suit estimates that more than 600,000 travelers were
similarly displaced from Feb. 5 to Feb. 18.  With Allied, its
President, Captain Richard T. LaVoy and its Vice President,
Captain Brian A. Mayhew, are named as co-defendants.

The Texas lawsuit is based upon interference with contract,
conspiracy, and punitive damage theories.  The suit seeks $50
million in actual damages and $50 million in  punitive damages
resulting from the unlawful activities of the Union relating to
the refusal of American Airlines pilots to report to work while
protesting  their employer's acquisition of Reno Air.  As
previously reported, a similar lawsuit was filed late last week
in San Francisco, California, seeking at least $100 million in
damages or $200 each for at least 500,000 travelers
inconvenienced.

Both lawsuits are seeking to be certified as class actions,
meaning that every passenger inconvenienced could join one or
both as a plaintiff.

"We do not believe such lawsuits have merit," Rich LaVoy,
president of the pilots' union, told the Associated Press.  "We
are in a dispute with American Airlines and our focus is on
resolving that dispute."  Officials for American Airlines
declined to comment on the lawsuits when interviewed by reporters
for the Associated Press.

Speaking for the APA, Brian Mayhew told United Press
International that the union has not seen the California lawsuit
or the Texas Complaint.  Attempting to shift the blame back to
American, Mayhew told UPI, "In our view, such suits -- if they
exist -- are without merit, and the ultimate solution remains in
a negotiated settlement to the Reno Air dispute.  The association
looks forward to working toward that solution whenever AMR is
prepared to resume bargaining in earnest."

American is not named in the lawsuits.  As U.S. District Judge
Joe Kendall noted when he found the pilots' union in contempt on
Feb. 13 for defying his Feb. 10 order to end the strike, "This
illegal sickout by the union has cost untold millions of dollars
in damages to hundreds of thousands of passengers and businesses
in this country.  American Airlines may or may no be right in the
underlying labor dispute, but it is crystal clear that the
company is not responsible for the canceled flights, passenger
inconvenience, and monetary damage passengers have suffered.
The union is responsible for the damages these passengers have
suffered."


ASSISTED LIVING: Stoll Stoll Files Bondholder Suits in Oregon
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A class action has been commenced in the United States District
Court for the District of Oregon on behalf of all persons who
purchased the 5  5/8% convertible subordinated debentures due
2003 or the 6% convertible subordinated debentures due 2002 of
Assisted Living Concepts, Inc. (Amex: ALF) from the  dates they
were first offered, October 24, 1997 (2002 Debentures) and April
13,  1998 (2003 Debentures), through February 1, 1999, inclusive.
Separate class actions have also been filed on behalf of
purchasers  of Assisted Living common stock between April 29,
1997 and February 1, 1999.  Assisted Living is based in Portland,
Oregon.  The lawsuit was filed by the Portland law firm of Stoll
Stoll Berne Lokting & Shlachter P.C.

After seven straight quarters of reporting allegedly increasing
profitability, on February 1, 1999, the Company announced that it
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. ("ARC")
stated that ARC had dropped its plans to merge with the Company
as a result of the restatement.

The class action suits allege that the Company improperly
recognized reimbursements from joint venture arrangements
relating to its start-up residences as "other income" on its
financial statements, when in fact those reimbursements should
have been treated as loans.  The improper income recognition led
to the restatement announced February 1, 1999.  The complaint
charges the Company and William McBride III, Keren Brown Wilson,
Stephen Gordon  and Rhonda Marsh with violations of the federal
securities laws.

The separate complaints filed on behalf of purchasers of common
stock and debentures allege that the prices of Assisted Living's
securities were artificially inflated during the Class Periods
due to the Company's false and misleading financial statements
and statements about Assisted Living's earnings, profitability
and business condition.  The prices of the 2002 Debentures, 2003
Debentures and common stock all declined substantially on  
February 1, 1999, upon the news of the restatement of income.


ASSISTED LIVING: Weiss & Yourman File Complaint in Oregon
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The law firm of Weiss & Yourman has filed a class action lawsuit
in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon on
behalf of all those who purchased Assisted Living Concepts Inc.
(AMEX:ALF) common stock between July 28, 1997, through Feb. 1,  
1999, inclusive.

The Complaint alleges that during the Class Period, the
defendants continuously disseminated materially false and
misleading statements regarding the company's current financial
performance and business conditions.  Since the second quarter  
of 1997, the company improperly recognized reimbursements from
its joint venture partners as other income in its financial
statements instead of as loans.  Accordingly, the consolidated
financial statements of ALF for the second, third and fourth
quarters of 1997, and the first, second and third quarters of
1998 were false and misleading.


BOEING CO.: Fort Campbell Helicopter Crash Settled
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Boeing Co. will pay $4.4 million to the wives of five Fort
Campbell soldiers killed when their helicopter crashed on a night
training  mission three years ago, an attorney told the
Associated Press.  Michael Sawicki, representing families of the
soldiers, told the AP a settlement was reached last week.

The March 7, 1996, crash into a snowy wheat field was initially
blamed on an error by the student pilot of the Chinook MH47E.   
Army investigators later said melted snow leaked into the
cockpit, knocking out the aircraft's flight instruments and
control system.

Wives of the five victims sued Boeing, builder of the Chinooks,
and the Eaton Corp., which made circuit breakers used in the
helicopters. Eaton has not settled.

Sawicki related to the AP that Boeing will acknowledge no
wrongdoing in the settlement, which is expected to be filed in
U.S. District Court in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  A federal  judge
must approve the agreement.

Jack Satterfield, a spokesman for Boeing in Philadelphia, said a
settlement was pending but declined to elaborate.


CELL PATHWAYS: Spector & Roseman File Complaint in Pennsylvania
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A class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District
Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to recover damages
on behalf of all purchasers of Cell Pathways, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLPA)
common stock during the  period of Nov. 3, 1998 through Feb. 2,
1999, as well as on  behalf of all former Tseng Labs, Inc.
shareholders who acquired CPI common stock pursuant to a Joint
Proxy Statement and Prospectus.  This class action lawsuit was
filed by the law firm of Spector & Roseman, P.C.  

The Complaint alleges that CPI and certain officers and
directors of the  Company during the Class Period violated
Sections 10(b), 20(a) of the  Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and
Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933.

The Complaint charges that the defendants issued a series of
materially false and misleading statements concerning the
discovery of a new means of treating cancerous and precancerous
lesions through the use of CPI's new drug, PREVATAC, the progress
and efficacy of this new treatment, and CPI's projected growth.  
According to the complaint, because of the issuance of these
false and misleading statements, the price of CPI common stock
was artificially inflated during the Class Period.

The Complaint alleges that on Feb. 1, 1999, after the close of
trading, the Company disclosed that, among other things, a
preliminary evaluation of clinical trials of PREVATAC did not
achieve a statistically significant clinical response when
compared to a placebo, and that as a result, it would not be
making its anticipated New Drug Application filing in March. As a
result of this announcement, the price of CPI stock collapsed
from a Class Period high of $29-1/8 to $6.00 per share.


CITY OF PHILADELPHIA: Foster Parents Press Forward with Suit
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The foster parents who have filed a suit against the city
of Philadelphia plan to press ahead with their claim even though
the removal of their children has been postponed, reports United
Press International.  The class-action suit charges that the city  
puts children at risk by removing them from foster homes without
any notice.


ETHICON, INC.: Under Fire for Dirty Vicryl-Brand Sutures
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An outbreak of post-surgical infections struck an upscale
cosmetic surgery center in Lafayette five years ago, confounding
patients and their doctors.  Seven women who had undergone
breast-implant surgery developed raging infections: fever,
chills, excruciating pain, wounds that wouldn't heal.  The doctor
provided antibiotics.  He reoperated, removing implants. The
women said the infections got worse.  A similar outbreak, the
Sacramento Bee reports, hit a hospital in St. Louis. Mysterious
infections felled six patients.  Then other cases occurred: a
Connecticut woman who underwent breast cancer surgery; a
weightlifter in Florida with a torn rotator cuff; a New Jersey
retiree with a hernia; quadruple-bypass patients in Oklahoma City
and Lancaster, Pa.  Each patient developed a stubborn, aggressive
infection that caused months or even years of suffering. Most
required new operations.  Some suffered permanent injury.

Now a two-month investigation by the San Francisco Examiner has
found that at least 100 U.S. patients who underwent surgery in
1994 suffered infections caused by a bacteria found in dirt.

Court documents and Food and Drug Administration records say
patients got sick after their surgeons used sutures sold by a
manufacturer whose new, high- tech sterilization system had
repeatedly malfunctioned a few months before.  In a flurry of
lawsuits and reports filed with the FDA, patients and doctors
say the illnesses were linked to sutures contaminated with
infectious bacteria.

The manufacturer, Ethicon Inc., a division of the Johnson &
Johnson medical supply conglomerate, news reports say, has denied
in legal documents that its sutures caused any infectious
outbreak.  But federal records show that in September 1994, after
prodding by FDA inspectors, Ethicon issued a recall for 3.6
million packages of its trademark Vicryl sutures, acknowledging
that a new $50 million sterilizer at a Texas factory had
malfunctioned repeatedly some five months before.  Shortly before
the recall, the FDA issued a "warning letter" to Ethicon,
criticizing the firm for continuing to sell sutures to hospitals
after the malfunctions were discovered and failing to conduct a
proper investigation of what went wrong.

Susan Odenthal, Ethicon's director of communications, said the
sutures processed by the malfunctioning sterilizer posed a very
low risk to patient health.  Despite that, the company
voluntarily decided to recall the sutures, she said.  "Patient
safety was first and foremost our objective" in all the company's  
actions, she said.  "The fact that we initiated this whole recall
speaks to our interest in patient safety."


GENCOR INDUSTRIES: Stull Stull Files Complaint in Florida
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Stull, Stull & Brody announced that it flied a class action
lawsuit was filed on Feb. 19, 1999, in the United States District
Court for the Middle District of Florida on  behalf of all
persons who purchased the common stock of Gencor Industries, Inc.  
(AMEX: GX) between Feb. 5, 1998, and Jan. 28, 1999.

The complaint charges Gencor and certain of its executive
officers 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
during the Class Period regarding the Company's financial
condition and results of operations.  These false and misleading
statements caused the price of Gencor's common stock to be
artificially inflated during the Class Period.


GENCOR INDUSTRIES: Bashian Firm Files Complaint in Florida
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The law offices of James V. Bashian, P.C., announces that a class
action lawsuit was filed in the United  States District Court for
the Middle District of Florida on behalf of purchasers of Gencor
Industries, Inc. (Amex: GX) common stock between February 5, 1998
and January 28, 1999.

The complaint charges Gencor and certain of its officers and
directors with violations of Sections 10(b), 20(a) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Rule 10b-5
promulgated thereunder.  Among other things, plaintiff claims
that the defendants issued materially false and misleading
statements regarding the company's true financial condition and
operating performance.  On January 29, 1999, it was reported that
Gencor's "fiscal 1998 earnings per share of $1.52 may be reduced
by as much as $0.35 to $0.50 per share" as a result of  
"accounting irregularities and other improprieties(.)"


GUN MANUFACTURERS: Florida Mayors May Face Jail If They Sue
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>From Miami, Florida, Jane Sutton, writing for Reuters, reports
that mayors who sue gun makers would face up to five years in
prison under a proposed Florida law that opponents say is the
latest salvo in a national battle over liability for shooting
injuries and deaths.  The bill filed Feb. 19 by Florida state
Representative George Albright would make it a crime for local
government officials to sue gun and ammunition makers to  
recoup damages in cases arising from "the lawful design,
marketing or sale of firearms."  Public officials who file such
lawsuits would risk conviction on a third-degree felony,
punishable by up to five years in prison and fines up to $5,000.

Albright, a Republican from Ocala, said product liability
lawsuits should be left to private citizens and his bill would
stop local government officials from exercising powers the
legislature never intended them to have.

"This is about a small group of greedy mayors and a small group
of greedy trial lawyers," Albright told Reuters Tuesday.

The ban would apply to lawsuits already pending, quashing the
product liability suit that Miami's county government filed
against two dozen gun makers and distributors in January.


HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS: Gypsies Threaten to Join U.S. Class Actions
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>From Bonn, Fiona Fleck reports for Reuters that gypsy Holocaust
survivors in Germany threatened this week to join U.S. class-
action lawsuits against German industry unless their
representatives were included in plans to establish a  
compensation fund.  Romani Rose, chief of the Central Council of
German Sinti and Roma, said 500,000 European Gypsies were
murdered, robbed and exploited as slaves by the Nazis during
World War Two.  Rose said Gypsy organisations should be treated
on a par with Jewish groups, which have been key negotiators, and
accused the government of breaking a promise to include the
Gypsies.  He acknowledged Gypsy survivors would benefit from the
fund estimated at between two and three billion marks, but said
they should help set it up and sit on any future administrative
body.

"The Central Council expects a pledge from the government and
industry in the next 14 days to treat the genocide of the Gypsies
in a similar way to Jewish victims," Rose told Reuters, adding
they would join U.S. lawsuits if their demand was not met.  He
said of the 2,850 Holocaust survivors his group represented, 500
were former slave labourers. Six had U.S. citizenship and their
names could be added to the U.S. lawsuits against German
manufacturers and banks.

Reuters relates that some 23,000 Sinti and Roma from 11 European
countries were sent to Auschwitz.  Rose said these survivors
could join lawsuits against Deutsche Bank AG, which recently
revealed it had helped finance the building of the death  
camp.  Rose lambasted German industry saying Gypsies had
campaigned for more than 10 years for slave labour compensation
without success.  He also said Gypsies had received less state
and industry reparations than other groups in the past.  
"Industry's past exclusion of our minority from compensation and
our undisputed disadvantage in terms of state compensation must
not be allowed to continue," Rose said.

Rose wrote last week to Chancellery Minister Bodo Hombach, who
has coordinated the creation of the fund, in a last-ditch plea
for inclusion in the compensation scheme.  He said he was still
waiting for a reply.    

Gypsies, known as the Sinti in Germany and the Roma in eastern
Europe, were treated like the Jews as sub-human by the Nazis who
believed in the supremacy of the "Aryan" race.  Earmarked to die,
Gypsies from across Nazi-occupied Europe were rounded up,
deported to camps where they were gassed to death or subjected to
the Nazi's "Extermination through Labour" programme under which
slaves survived 90 days on average.  The group, Rose told
Reuters, also supports the interests of Gypsy Holocaust and  
slave labour survivors in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia,
Hungary, Yugoslavia and Ukraine.


JDA SOFTWARE: Zwerling Schachter Files Complaint in Arizona
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The law firm of Zwerling, Schachter & Zwerling, LLP announced
that a class action has been commenced in the United States
District Court for the District of Arizona on behalf of
purchasers of JDA Software Group Inc. (Nasdaq:JDAS) common stock
during the period between Jan. 29, 1998 and Jan. 5, 1999.

The complaint charges JDA 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
made material misrepresentations and omitted material facts
regarding JDA's financial condition, earnings and revenue growth
which caused the Company's stock to trade at artificially  
inflated levels.  The complaint alleges that during the Class
Period JDA's senior insiders sold $43 million of their own JDA
stock and caused JDA to issue and sell over $90 million of stock
via a public offering.  The complaint further alleges that
following disclosure of JDA's serious financial problems on
January 5, 1999, the price of JDA stock plummeted to just $6-1/16
per share, 80% lower than the levels at which defendants had sold
more than $130 million of JDA stock.


LASER TECHNOLOGY: Pomerantz Haudek Files Complaint in Colorado
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Pomerantz Haudek Block Grossman & Gross LLP has filed suit
against Laser Technology, Inc. (AMEX: LSR) and certain corporate
insiders in the United States District Court for the District of
Colorado on behalf of all purchasers of Laser Technology
securities during the period January 25, 1996 through and
including December 23, 1998.

Trading of Laser Technology's common stock was halted on December
23, 1998 as a result of the Company's announcement that its
independent public accountants, BDO Siedman, LLP, had resigned
and withdrawn its previously issued audit letters on Laser
Technology's fiscal year 1993 through 1997 financial statements.  
Several days later, on December 28, 1998, the Company reported  
that the auditor had resigned because it could "no longer rely on
management's representations" and was "unwilling to be
associated" with the Company's previously issued financial
reports.  To date, trading in Laser Technology's stock has not
resumed.

The complaint alleges that, by issuing false and misleading
statements to the public, Laser Technology and certain corporate
executives violated the federal securities laws and thereby
artificially inflated the value of the Company's securities and
damaged class members who acquired such securities during the  
Class Period.

The Denver Post reports that Laser Technology officials declined
to comment on the pending lawsuits.


LERNOUT & HAUSPIE: Rabin & Peckel File Complaint in New York
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Rabin & Peckel LLP commenced a putative class action suit in the
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New
York, on behalf of all those who purchased Lernout & Hauspie
Speech Products, N.V., common stock between  Feb. 3, 1998 and
Dec. 4, 1998, inclusive.

The Complaint alleges that Lernout and certain of its officers
violated the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by making a series
of materially false and misleading statements concerning
Lernout's reported financial results.  In particular, it is
alleged that in connection with a number of acquisitions during
the Class Period, the Company improperly wrote-off certain
acquisition costs as "in process research and development"
charges in violation of generally accepted accounting principles.  
The Complaint alleges that as a result of these false and
misleading statements the price of Lernout common stock was
artificially inflated throughout the Class Period causing
plaintiff and the other members of the Class to suffer damages.


LERNOUT & HAUSPIE: Milberg Weiss Files Complaint in New York
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A class action lawsuit was filed by Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes &
Lerach, LLP, in the United  States District Court for the Eastern
District of New York, on behalf of all  persons who purchased the
common stock of Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products (Nasdaq:LHSPF),
between February 3, 1998 and December  1, 1999, inclusive.

The complaint charges L&H and certain officers 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 false statements
concerning the Company's financial condition and financial  
performance.  Because of the issuance of a series of false and
misleading  statements, the price of L&H common stock was
artificially inflated during the Class Period.  Prior to the
disclosure of the adverse facts described above certain insiders
sold over 500,000 of shares of L&H common stock to the
unsuspecting investing public at inflated prices realizing
proceeds in excess of $23 million.


NATIONAL TECHTEAM: Posts Annual Loss After Settlement Charge
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For the year ending December 31, 1998, National TechTeam Inc.
(Nasdaq: TEAM), posted a $3,185,978 loss on record revenues of
$33,572,564 after class action lawsuit-related expenses.  

Harry A. Lewis, President and Chief Executive Officer, said,
"While we are proud of our record revenue increases and the
growth potential of our businesses, our number one priority is to
achieve sustained and predictable future operating profits.  It's
become clear to us that our rapid growth -- both internal and
through acquisitions -- exceeded the ability of our previous  
reporting systems to keep pace.  We have changed our reporting
systems and intensified the scrutiny of our internal functions,
in conjunction with our outside auditors.  In addition, we have
recently hired a General Counsel and a Director of Financial
Review to augment our due diligence procedures and a C.P.A. for
tax, treasury and accounting review.  We believe these and other  
necessary steps, including management changes, will help clear
away roadblocks to improve our operating profit and realize
enhanced shareholder value."

As announced on December 24, 1998, TechTeam reached an agreement
in principle to settle all of the consolidated class action  
lawsuits that were brought against the Company and certain of its
current and former officers and directors.  In connection with
this settlement, the Company recorded a pre-tax charge in the
fourth quarter 1998 of $3.2 million for legal and settlement
expenses.  The settlement is subject to certain contingencies,  
including, but not necessarily limited to, final court approval.


ORBITAL SCIENCES: Abbey Gardy Files Complaint in Virginia
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Abbey, Gardy & Squitieri, LLP, commenced a class action suit in
the United  States District Court for the Eastern District of
Virginia, on behalf of all  purchasers of Orbital Sciences Corp.
(NYSE: ORB) common  stock between April 21, 1998 and February 16,
1999, inclusive.

The Complaint charges that, during the Class Period, Orbital
Sciences and certain officers and directors of that Company
violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act
of 1934.  The Complaint alleges that defendants issued a series
of materially false and misleading financial statements and
failed to reveal that the Company was employing fraudulent  
accounting methods which artificially inflated Orbital Sciences'
earnings.  After the close of trading on February 16, 1999, the
Company announced that due to the improper accounting treatment
of certain items, the Company would materially restate earnings
for the first three quarters of 1998.

The Complaint also alleges that defendants utilized their inside
information regarding the artificial inflation of the Company's
stock price to sell significant amounts of their own personal
Orbital Sciences holdings for proceeds of over $3 million.


ORBITAL SCIENCES: Schatz & Nobel File Complaint in Virginia
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A class action complaint was commenced on February 23, 1999 in
the United States District Court for the Eastern District of
Virginia on behalf of all purchasers of Orbital Sciences Corp.
(NYSE:ORB) common stock from April 21, 1998 to February 16, 1999,
inclusive.  The Plaintiff is represented by the law firm of
Schatz & Nobel, P.C.

The Complaint alleges that, during the Class Period, Orbital and
certain of its officers and directors violated Sections 10(b)  
and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by, among other
things, issuing a series of materially false and misleading
financial statements and failing to reveal that the Company was
employing fraudulent accounting methods which artificially
inflated Orbital's earnings. After the close of trading on  
February 16, 1999, the Company announced that, due to the
improper accounting treatment of certain items, the Company would
materially restate earnings for the first three quarters of 1998.
The Complaint further alleges that the Defendants utilized inside
information regarding to sell significant amounts of their own
personal Orbtital holdings for proceeds of over $3 million.


PEDIATRIX MEDICAL: Stull Stull Files Complaint in Florida
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Stull, Stull & Brody filed, on Feb. 18, 1999, a securities class
action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for
the Southern District of Florida against Pediatrix Medical
Group, Inc., and certain of its officers on behalf of all persons
who purchased or otherwise acquired Pediatrix common stock during
the period April 28, 1998 through and including Feb. 12, 1999 at
artificially inflated prices.

The complaint charges Pediatrix and certain of its executive
officers 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
during the Class Period regarding the Company financial condition
and results of operations.  These false and misleading statements
caused the price of Pediatrix's common stock to be artificially
inflated during the Class Period.


PEDIATRIX MEDICAL: Milberg Weiss Files Complaint in Florida
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A class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District
Court for the Southern District  of Florida, West Palm Beach
Division, on behalf of all persons who purchased  the common
stock of Pediatrix Medical Group Inc. (NYSE: PDX), between April
28, 1998 and February 12, 1999, inclusive, by Milberg Weiss
Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP.

The complaint charges Pediatrix and certain officers 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 false
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 Pediatrix common
stock was artificially inflated during the Class Period.


SARA LEE: Attorneys Will Tour Meat Plant Next Week
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Attorneys next week will begin touring a West Michigan meat
packing plant that was linked to Listeria-tainted meat
distributed nationwide.  The Sara Lee subsidiary, Bil Mar Foods
in Zeeland, Mich., faces at least five lawsuits from deaths
linked to the contaminated meat.  The parent company recalled 15
million pounds of hot dogs and cold cuts Dec. 23, after a rare
strain of Listeria was found in opened and unopened packages  
at the plant.  At least 17 deaths nationwide have been linked to
the tainted meat.

Chicago attorney Kenneth Moll plans to tour the Michigan plant
next week, according to a report circulated by United Press
International.  Moll represents clients in two suits.  He plans
to take photos and video footage of the plant before the company
starts modifying the facility.  Arizona attorney Steve Copple,
who is handling two other suits against the company, will tour
the faciity in early March.

A Sara Lee spokesman declined comment on the tours in the Grand
Rapids Press, saying the company does not talk about pending
litigation.  

Moll plans to ask a circuit court judge in Chicago to grant
class-action  status to a lawsuit he filed in late December,
according to UPI.  Moll has broadened the complaint to include at
least eight other people, including a Memphis man whose wife died  
of listeriosis last year.  Moll is alleging that the recall
wasn't done soon enough by company officials and that they knew
of the contamination as early as June of last year.


SERVICE CORPORATION: Finkelstein & Krinsk File Complaint in Texas
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Finkelstein & Krinsk alleges Service Corporation International
(NYSE:SRV) commits fraud in Equity Corp. takeover and that SCI
fails to tell shareholders of major 4th quarter earnings decline.

A class action lawsuit charges that Service Corporation
International defrauded  its shareholders and those of Equity
Corporation in a takeover scheme when SCI  failed to disclose
that its 4th quarter 1998 earnings would be dramatically lower
than expectations.  As a result the stock price of Service
Corporation International collapsed $15.31 per share, a 45%
single-day decline.

The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for
the Southern District in Texas on behalf of all persons who
purchased or otherwise acquired the common stock of Service
Corporation International between July 23, 1998 and January 26,
1999.


SERVICE CORPORATION: Whittington Firm Files Complaint in Texas
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Whittington, von Sternberg, Emerson & Wilsher filed a class
action lawsuit against Service Corporation International (NYSE:  
SRV) and certain of its officers and directors in the United
States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston
Division.  This suit is brought on behalf of all persons or
entities who purchased or acquired securities of Service
Corporation International between February 22, 1998 and January
26, 1999, inclusive, or exchanged the common stock of Equity
Corporation International (NYSE: EOU) for the shares of Service
Corporation in the January 19, 1999 merger between the two
companies.

The 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.

The lawsuit also alleges that the following senior officers
and/or directors of Service Corporation sold the following
amounts of service corporation stock, totaling of $96 million,
before it collapsed in price on January 26, 1999:

         Name            Shares Sold  % of Proceeds    Holdings
         ----            -----------  -------------    --------
    Robert L. Waltrip      1,000,000       48%        $39,010,000
    L. William Heiligbrodt   650,000       19%         25,356,500
    William B. Waltrip       450,000       52%         17,554,500
    John W. Morrow, Jr.      250,000       58%          9,752,500
    Glenn McMillen            39,260       46%          1,560,585
    George R. Champagne       54,000       41%          2,268,000
    Vincent L. Visosky        30,026       40%          1,261,092

After these sales were made, however, Service Corporation issued
a press release published in PR Newswire on January 26, 1999 that
it expected "diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of
1998 to be lower than current analyst expectations," causing its
stock price to collapse, according to the complaint.


SPYGLASS, INC.: Bernstein Liebhard Files Complaint in Illinois
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Bernstein Liebhard & Lifshitz, LLP announces that it commenced a
securities class action lawsuiton behalf of purchasers of the
common stock of Spyglass, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPYG), between October
20, 1998 and January  4, 1999, inclusive, in the United States
District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  The
lawsuit alleges violations of the federal securities laws and  
names as defendants the Company and certain of its officers and
directors.

The complaint charges Spyglass and certain of its officers and
directors with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder.  The complaint alleges
that the defendants issued materially false and misleading
statements and failed to disclose material facts throughout the  
Class Period in the Company's public filings related to the
Company's financial  and operating condition.

Specifically, the complaint alleges that defendants
misrepresented that certain contracts with key customers had been
finalized when in fact these contracts had not been finalized.  
The revenue expected from these contracts, which is never likely
to materialize, had formed the basis for forecasts of first  
quarter profitability.  As a result of these misrepresentations
and omissions, the price of Spyglass's common stock was
artificially inflated throughout the Class Period.


TOBACCO LITIGATION: First Witness Called in Ohio Union Trial
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Brandeis University economist Adam Jaffe has accused the nation's
tobacco companies of conspiring to control advertising and  
competition, reports Jeffrey T. Ottenbacher, writing for United
Press International, after being called as the first witness in
the Labor Unions' suit against tobacco companies.  

Jaffe testified, Mr. Ottenbacher relates, that shortly after the
first link between cancer and cigarettes became public in 1953,
tobacco company leaders met in a New York City hotel and agreed
to fight the "health issue," with no one company claiming its
products were less risky than another firm's products.  Jaffe
said company documents also show tobacco leaders during the New
York City meeting admitted their advertising aggravated the
"health issue," which included anything linking smoking with
disease, and agreed to collectively restrict biological research.

Jaffe showed the jury the internal documents indicating that the
tobacco companies agreed to develop a public relations program on
the health issue, and subsequently formed the Tobacco Industry
Research Committee.  Jaffe said the committee was publicly  
heralded as an objective, independent scientific entity, but
actually performed public relations functions.

During Jaffe's cross examination, Bob Webber, representing the
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., attempted to disprove the unions'
argument that the industry tried to suppress a safer cigarette.
Webber said domestic tobacco firms could not control research
into such a product from foreign tobacco companies and,
therefore, could not afford to abandon such research.  He noted
that both Philip Morris and Reynolds at different times produced  
"safer" cigarettes, but both products failed in the marketplace.
However, he said the existence of those products also disproves
Jaffe's claim that no research was conducted on a safer cigarette
as part of an industry-wide conspiracy.

Jaffe, under questioning from union lawyers, said he believed
tobacco companies should have offered consumers sufficient
research information to allow them to decide whether to smoke.
But defense lawyers said Federal Trade Commission rules enacted
in 1955, and still in force, prohibit tobacco companies from  
presenting any references to the presence or absence of the
physical affects of smoking.


TOTAL RENAL: Spector & Roseman File Complaint in California
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Spector & Roseman, P.C., filed a class action lawsuit on behalf
of all purchasers of  the common stock of Total Renal Care
Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRL) between February 17, 1998 and
February 17, 1999.  

The lawsuit has been commenced in the United States District
Court for the Central District of California.  It charges TRC and
certain of its officers and directors with violating the federal
securities laws by making misrepresentations about TRC's
business, the successful integration of Renal Treatment Centers,
TRC's earnings growth and financial condition, and its ability to
continue to achieve profitable growth.  These allegedly false and
misleading statements caused TRC's stock price to be artificially
inflated during the Class Period, and allowed TRC to make
acquisitions using TRC stock as currency, and to complete a $345
million convertible debt offering.

On February 17, 1999, however, the Company unexpectedly disclosed
much weaker earnings for the fourth quarter, that it was writing-
off $11 million in receivables, and that it received a letter
from the Securities and Exchange Commission questioning the
Company's accounting practices in its 1998 filings.  As a result
of this announcement, TRC's stock price collapsed from a Class  
Period high of $36-1/8 in June 1998, to as low as $8-3/4 per
share.


TOTAL RENAL: Wechsler Harwood Files Complaint in California
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A class action lawsuit was filed by the firm of Wechsler Harwood
Halebian & Feffer LLP in the United District Court for the  
Central District of California against Total Renal Care Holdings,
Inc. and its officers and directors for violations of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934.


TOTAL RENAL: Milberg Weiss Files Complaint in California
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Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP and The Law Offices of
Bruce G. Murphy announced that a class action lawsuit was filed
in the United States District Court for the Central District of  
California against Total Renal Care Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:
TRL) and its officers and directors for violations of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934.


UNITED COMPANIES: Mortgage Lending Practices Under Court Review
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National Mortgage News reports that, as financial problems mount
for United Companies Financial Corp., the Company is also finding
its lending practices under scrutiny by the Federal government
and private litigants.  The U.S. Department of Justice and the
Department of Housing and Urban Development are investigating
UCFC lending practices in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.  
And a U.S. District Court in Philadelphia recently found that
United Cos. violated the Home Owners and Equity Protection Act
(HOEPA) and ordered the  rescission of four mortgages and awarded
each plaintiff $2,000 in damages.  

Legal services attorneys who brought the case are currently
negotiating settlements for other United Cos. borrowers facing
foreclosure.

"The company believes this investigation by DOJ is part of an
overall initiative by the agency to review the practices of the
several large subprime lenders and does not stem from any
findings of wrongdoing by the company," United Cos. says in a
Securities and Exchange Commission disclosure. United Cos. also
notes that HUD is investigating its relationships with mortgage  
brokers and home improvement contractors for possible kick-back
and referral fee violations.

The U.S. District Court decision in Margaret Newton vs. United
Cos. found that the lender violated the disclosure requirements
of HOEPA.  However, industry attorneys are hailing it as a major
decision because it is expected to make it very difficult for
plaintiff attorneys to bring class action lawsuits under HOEPA.
"It probably means that HOEPA is going to proceed on a case-by-
case basis and probably not on a class action basis," said Frank
Swain outside counsel for Home Equity Lenders Leadership
Organization, which represents subprime lenders like United Cos.

U.S. District Court Judge Marvin Katz ruled that it will take
more than a handful of cases to show that United Cos. engages in
a pattern and practice of  making loans without consideration of
the borrower's ability to repay.  The lead attorney for the
plaintiffs, Irv Ackelsberg, Esq., noted that the judge
essentially wants a statistical overview of a company's  lending
to prove a pattern and practice.  "So he is kind of opening the
door to extensive discovery in an individual case," Mr.
Ackelsberg said.  The plaintiffs' attorneys also argued that
United Cos. violates the Equal Credit Opportunity Act by first
offering borrowers home improvement loans and  then changing it
to a first mortgage loan at a higher amount than the borrower  
requested. In the case of Margaret Newton, who wanted a $9,900
home improvement  loan, United Cos. gave her a $15,500 first
mortgage loan that included $1,581.65 for delinquent real estate
taxes.

"The ECOA was designed to avoid bait by a small loan for home
improvements and switch to a large loan clearing title for a
first mortgage," the judge said.  But the judge did not go any
further.  "In view of the fact that this a case of first
impression, the court will not award damages," Judge Katz said.
The  judge's remarks prompted private attorneys to file a class
action lawsuit against United Cos. for alleged violations of  the
Equal Credit Opportunity Act.

Meanwhile, United Cos. has acknowledged that a settlement with
the Massachusetts Attorney General in October cost the company
$1.2 million, which was reflected in third-quarter earnings.  The
state AG alleged UCFC charged excessive points and the settlement
required reimbursement to certain borrowers.  Predictably, UCFC
did not admit to any wrongdoing.


USA TALKS: Stull Stull Files Complaint in [California]
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Stull, Stull & Brody has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf
of purchasers of USA Talks.com, Inc. (OTCBB: USAT) securities
between November 24, 1998 and January 29, 1999 for violations of
federal securities laws. Defendants include USA Talks.com
and  certain of its officers and directors.

The Complaint charges that defendants  violated Sections 10(b)
and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10-b(5)
by, among other things: issuing false misleading statements  
regarding USA Talks.com's financial condition as well as its
present and future business prospects.


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