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               Monday, March 1, 1999, Vol. 1, No. 17

                           Headlines

AIDS-TAINTED BLOOD: Canadians Plan to Sue United States
AT&T WIRELESS: Washington State Minute Rounding Suit to Proceed
CARVER BANCORP: Settles Three Shareholder Suits for $250,000
CITIZENS UTILITIES: Customer Lawyers Prefer Class Action Process
GILL NETS: District Court in Baton Rouge to Consider Lifting Ban

GUN MANUFACTURERS: NRA Supports Florida Law to Bar City Suits
HECHINGER COMPANY: No Progress in Delaware Shareholder Suit
HOME HEALTH: Bankruptcy Filing Stays Shareholder Class Action
INTERCARGO CORPORATION: Shareholders File Merger-Related Suit
INTERMEDIA COMMUNICATIONS: Files Motion to Dismiss DIGEX Action

LOCKHEED MARTIN: Stull Stull Files Complaint in California
MARCOS FAMILY: Marcos/Philippine Govt. Human Rights Case Settled
METRIS COMPANIES: Shareholder Suits Over; Plaintiffs Take Nothing
NOISE POLLUTION: Pentagon Quietly Settles Helicopter Noise Suit
NORTHWEST AIRLINES: Issues Apology for January Runway Detainment

ORBITAL SCIENCES: Bernstein Litowitz Files Complaint in Virginia
ORBITAL SCIENCES: Berger & Montague File Complaint in Virginia
SAFEWAY, INC.: Litigation to Block Carrs Acquisition Resolved
SOLV-EX CORPORATION: Quarterly Material Litigation Status Report
TOBACCO LITIGATION: Addiction Expert & Bennett LeBow Testify

TOTAL RENAL: Hoffman & Edelson Files Complaint in California
TOTAL RENAL: Berman DeValerio Files Complaint in California
TOTAL RENAL: Cauley Firm Files Complaint in California
TWINLAB CORP.: Wolf Haldenstein Files Complaint in New York
WABASH NATIONAL: Rabin & Peckel File Complaint in Indiana

WAL-MART STORES: New Mexico Upholds Sexual Harrassment Award
WASTE MANAGEMENT: Posts Strong Year-End Earnings

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AIDS-TAINTED BLOOD: Canadians Plan to Sue United States
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Maggie Fox, a Health and Science Correspondent for Reuters,
reports that a group of Canadians who say they were infected with
the AIDS virus and hepatitis C from imported U.S. blood in the
early 1980s indicate they plan to sue the United States, and
perhaps even President Bill Clinton.  They say the blood was
taken from inmates at prisons in Louisiana and Arkansas during
the time that Clinton was Arkansas governor and sold not just  
to Canada but to other countries.  They are also asking the
Justice Department to investigate whether prison and health
officials acted criminally in failing to screen the blood and
warn of its source.

"It is time we hold those responsible for the collection and
distribution of prison blood and plasma in the U.S. that was
known to be contaminated with hepatitis C and was shipped to
Canada and elsewhere," Michael McCarthy, a Canadian who says he
is infected with HIV and hepatitis, told a news conference
earlier this week.

The FDA decided the blood product was "not fit for the United
States," hemophiliac Michael McCarthy told the Associated Press.
"It's unbelievable that they allowed it to be exported."  
McCarthy is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit filed against the  
Canadian government for failing to safeguard that nation's blood
supply.

The group of 400 Canadians filed a C$1 billion class-action claim
against the Canadian government and two companies in late January
and vowed then to expand their case over the border.  David
Harvey, lead Canadian attorney for the group, said they had not  
decided just who to sue or on what grounds.  "We are putting
together a lawsuit to parallel what we are doing in Canada,"  he
said. It will focus on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(FDA), which  regulates blood products, as well as authorities in
Louisiana and Arkansas.

The FDA, as usual, declined comment.  But, Reuters says, the FDA
has said in the past that there was no way to know in the early
1980s that the blood was contaminated.   

The group said the prisoners sold their blood, which was
collected by an Arkansas company called Health Management
Associates Inc., which sold some blood to Toronto-based Connaught
Laboratories.  "From there, the plasma was pooled and turned into
a special blood product and then sent to the Canadian Red Cross,
which distributed it to thousands of hemophiliacs," the group
said in a statement.  Hemophiliacs' blood fails to clot properly
and they need regular infusions of blood products.

Regarding President Clinton, "there's no credible suggestion of
any involvement by the president when he was governor," White
House spokesman Jim Kennedy told the AP, adding that, "Any issues
relating to how the state of Arkansas dealt with this matter  
should be referred to the relevant agencies.  Any suggestion of
any possible future legal actions involving the President are at
this point hypothetical, and unless and until legal action is
taken we're not going to comment on hypothetical legal actions."


AT&T WIRELESS: Washington State Minute Rounding Suit to Proceed
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As previously reported, the U.S. Supreme Court declined, without
comment, to stop a class-action lawsuit by AT&T Wireless Services
customers who say they were overcharged millions of dollars when
the company rounded mobile-phone air-time charges to the next
full minute.  The justices, without comment, rebuffed calls from
and an industry trade group to bar suits that demand refunds for
allegedly deceptive billing practices.  The decision, Bloomberg
News explains, now forces AT&T Wireless, with 9 million
subscribers, to fight a Washington state court lawsuit that seeks
tens of millions of dollars on behalf of customers in five
western states.  It also allows customers to pursue dozens of
billing-practices suits that seek hundreds of millions of
dollars from wireless phone companies.

"If the wireless services have to tell people what they're being
billed for, they may have to change their practices," said Steve
W. Berman, a lawyer pressing several of the lawsuits told
Bloomberg, adding that although the suit doesn't specifically
seek to bar AT&T Wireless from ever using full-minute pricing,
the customers claim the company owes them damages because it
broke its promise to them that it wouldn't round charges up to
the next full minute.

AT&T spokesman Jim McGann said the company was simply following a
widespread industry practice by rounding up.  "We make full
disclosure on customer billing agreements regarding rounding up,"
he told Bloomberg.  AT&T contended the lawsuit effectively
demands state regulation of wireless rates, which is barred by a
1993 law that set up a federal system of rate regulation for the
industry.


CARVER BANCORP: Settles Three Shareholder Suits for $250,000
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In its latest quarterly report filed with the SEC, Carver
Bancorp, Inc., reminded investors that, in August, 1998, the
plaintiffs in three suits (Dougherty v. Carver Federal Savings
Bank, Gomberg v. Carver Federal Savings Bank and Uminer v. Carver
Federal Savings Bank, alleging that the offering circular, used
by Carver to sell its never-appraised stock in its public
offering, contained material misstatements and omissions), with
the consent of the defendants, filed a motion with the District
Court for preliminary approval of a settlement proposed by the
parties herein.  In November, 1998, Judge Makasey of the U.S.
District Court for the S.D.N.Y. preliminarily approved the
proposed settlement and scheduled a hearing on the fairness of
the same for February 16, 1999.  On February 16, 1999, Judge
Mukasey approved the final settlement.  The Company incurred a
one time charge of $250,000 during the second quarter of fiscal
year 1999 in connection with the settlement.


CITIZENS UTILITIES: Customer Lawyers Prefer Class Action Process
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Citizens Utilities customers would collect more by joining a
lawsuit against the utility than by using the previously
established claims process, attorneys argued this week in a
class-action suit against the utility moved in court to block the
process that the city of Nogales and the utility agreed to last
week.

As previously reported, the utility has been under fire since
power went out in Santa Cruz County nine times in four months
last year.  The city filed a complaint against the utility with
the Arizona Corporation Commission, and three businesses filed a  
class-action suit against the utility.  Last week, the Nogales
City Council approved a settlement that included a process
through which utility customers could file claims of damages
resulting from power outages.  Under the settlement, the utility
agreed to send out claim forms and a list of outage dates to its
approximately 12,500 Santa Cruz County customers.  If a customer
was not satisfied with the utility's decision on a claim, the
issue would go before an arbitrator, whose decision would be
binding.

Attorney Eric S. Sparks argued the process would unnecessarily
limit the pay-outs the utility makes.  "Citizens has crafted a
process that it obviously hopes will result in customers
unknowingly binding themselves to its one-sided arbitration
process,"  Sparks wrote.

Nogales City Attorney Hugh Holub, who helped negotiate the claims
process, said the motives of Sparks and his colleagues are
selfish.  "They think a bunch of lawyers can make a lot of money
out of squeezing Citizens," Holub told the Arizona Daily Star.  
"More money going to legal-service fees means less money going to
electric service."


GILL NETS: District Court in Baton Rouge to Consider Lifting Ban
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>From Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United Press International reports
that the Louisiana gill net law is headed back to federal court.  
Commercial fisherman want a 1996 lawsuit challenging the law to
be reopened.  A judge had put the suit on hold until a similar
suit in state court was decided.  A March 3rd hearing is set to
discuss the ban which took effect in 1995.


GUN MANUFACTURERS: NRA Supports Florida Law to Bar City Suits
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The National Rifle Association has indicated its support of the
bill introduced in the Florida Legislature to make it a class-
three felony for Florida mayors to sue weapons manufacturers.

As previously reported, State Rep. George Albright, an Ocala
Republican, says his bill would retroactively apply to a suit
filed last month by Miami-Dade County that seeks to force gun
manufacturers to pay the costs of gun violence for failing to
make their firearms "reasonably safe."

In introducing the legislation, Albright said, "I look forward to
(Miami-Dade) Mayor (Alex) Penelas, if he continues this lawsuit,
being a convicted felon and being removed from office by the
governor."

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has said he disagrees with using lawsuits
to strong-arm gunmakers.  Speaking of the suit engineered by
Penelas, Bush said: "His motives  are good.  The end result he
aspires to is good, but this is bad policy."

A similar lawsuit by the city of Atlanta was dropped days after
it was filed when the Georgia Legislature made it against the law
for any community to sue gunmakers.


HECHINGER COMPANY: No Progress in Delaware Shareholder Suit
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Hechinger Company in its latest quarterly report filed wit the
SEC, reminds investors that, on July 23, 1997, a purported class
action complaint was filed in the Delaware Chancery Court on
behalf of all holders of the Company's common stock against
the Company and the former Company directors.  The plaintiff has
alleged that the former officers and directors of the Company
breached their fiduciary duties to the holders of the common
stock by, among other things, failing to take all reasonable
steps to assure the maximization of stockholder value including
the implementation of a bidding mechanism to foster a fair
auction of the Company and by entering into an agreement with
Centers Holdings under which the consideration offered by Centers
Holdings to holders of the common stock was "unfair and grossly
inadequate."

The Company continues to believe that the plaintiff's claims are
without merit and intends to defend such action vigorously.

No significant activity occurred with respect to this lawsuit
during 1998 or thus far in 1999.


HOME HEALTH: Bankruptcy Filing Stays Shareholder Class Action
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Home Health Corporation of America, Inc., filed its annual report
with the SEC and reminded investors that the Company and certain
officers are party to a class action lawsuit against the Company
entitled Koenig v. Feldman, et al., which was filed on February
19, 1998 in the United States District Court for the Eastern
District of Pennsylvania.  

On January 24, 1999, the court granted, in part, a motion filed
by the Company to dismiss the lawsuit; but also concluded that
valid claims were stated concerning disclosure regarding possible
managed care organization terminations and that a substantial
write-down in the value of the Company's oxygen business would be
necessary.  The court also granted the plaintiffs leave to file a
second amended complaint within 30 days.

Because Home Health Corporation of America, Inc. and its
subsidiaries have filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the
Bankruptcy Code, any further actions on pre-petition claims,
including continuation of legal proceedings, like the shareholder
suit, or entry of or execution of any judgments in any legal
proceedings against the Company, generally violate the automatic
stay provisions of Section 362 of the Bankruptcy Code.


INTERCARGO CORPORATION: Shareholders File Merger-Related Suit
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Intercargo Corporation (NASDAQ:ICAR) disclosed that, on February
17, 1999, certain purported stockholders of Intercargo filed a
lawsuit in the Court of Chancery in New Castle County, Delaware
against Intercargo and Intercargo's directors, seeking class
action status and claiming, among other things, that Intercargo's  
directors breached their fiduciary duties to Intercargo's
stockholders in approving the previously announced definitive
agreement to merge between Intercargo and a subsidiary of XL
Capital Ltd. (NYSE.XL) and that they failed to adequately explore
alternative transactions and maximize shareholder value.  The
lawsuit requests, among other things, injunctive relief and
payment of  damages to the class members.  Intercargo believes
that the lawsuit is without merit and intends to contest the
lawsuit vigorously.


INTERMEDIA COMMUNICATIONS: Files Motion to Dismiss DIGEX Action
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On June 5, 1997, Intermedia Communications, Inc., announced its
intention to acquire 100% of the outstanding equity of DIGEX.  
The DIGEX Acquisition was consummated through a tender offer for
all of the outstanding shares of DIGEX, which closed on July 9,
1997, followed by a cash merger effective on July 11, 1997.

On June 20, 1997, two purported class action complaints were
filed in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware in and
for New Castle County respectively by TAAM Associates, Inc. and
David and Chaise Steinberg, purported stockholders of DIGEX, on
behalf of all non-affiliated common stockholders of DIGEX,
against us, DIGEX and the directors of DIGEX.  The Complaints
allege that the DIGEX Directors violated their fiduciary duties
to the public stockholders of DIGEX by agreeing to vote in favor
of the DIGEX Merger and that we knowingly aided and abetted such
violation by offering to retain DIGEX management in their present
positions and consenting to stock option grants to certain
executive officers of DIGEX.  The Complaints sought preliminary
and permanent injunctions enjoining the DIGEX Merger but no
applications were made for such injunctions prior to consummation
of the DIGEX Merger on July 11, 1997.  In addition, the
Complaints seek cash damages from the DIGEX Directors. In August
1997, a motion to dismiss the Complaints was filed on behalf of
us, DIGEX and the DIGEX Directors.  

Intermedia discloses in its annual report filed with the SEC that
it filed a motion to dismiss for failure to prosecute in February
1999.  If not granted, Intermedia intends to defend vigorously
the claims in the Complaints.


LOCKHEED MARTIN: Stull Stull Files Complaint in California
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Stull, Stull, & Brody announced that it filed a class action suit
in the United States District Court for the Central District of
California on behalf of purchasers of Lockheed Martin Corporation
(NYSE:LMT) common stock during the period August 13, 1998 to
December 23, 1998.

The complaint charges Lockheed and certain of its officers and
directors with violations of the Securities and Exchange Act of
1934.  The complaint alleges that beginning in August of 1998, in
an effort to overcome investor's and analysts' skepticism about
Lockheed's first half of 1998 performance, and in an attempt to
boost its stock price, Lockheed launched a concerted publicity  
campaign.  In furtherance, Lockheed, on October 20, 1998,
reported its third quarter 1998 results, and stated that EPS of
$1.67 were "consistent with expectations" and that "we are on
track" for 10% EPS growth in 1998, with $1 billion in cash flow.
Lockheed additionally assured analysts that it was "on target" to
achieve 10% EPS for 1998, with fourth quarter EPS of about
$2.06 - $2.10, resulting in fourth quarter 1998 cash flow of $750
million.  However, Lockheed concealed that $78 million of the
$318 million in net income which Lockheed reported for the third
quarter 1998 was generated by a secret accounting adjustment of
$120 million from reserves maintained in connection with
Lockheed's Atlas rocket launch program. The profits came not from
operation, but rather from the secret accounting adjustment.
Thus, in actuality, 25% of Lockheed's EPS and $0.41 of its
reported $1.67 EPS for the third quarter 1998 came from this
accounting adjustment and not from the current operations.  Had
this adjustment not occurred, Lockheed's third quarter 1998 EPS,
net income and operating margins would have been far below that
which Lockheed forecasted.

On December 23, 1998, Lockheed revealed that fourth quarter 1998
and 1998 results and 1999 results, would fall below that
previously forecasted due to shortfalls in the delivery of
C-130-J aircraft and Proton satellite launches and a large
CalComp write-off.  Lockheed's stock declined from $95 3/4 to
$82.  However, prior to the December 23, 1998 revelations,
Individual Defendants Bennett, Augustine, Marafino, Blackwell and
Corcoran sold 268,659 shares of Lockheed stock at artificially
inflated prices as high as $109.97, for over $28 million in
proceeds.


MARCOS FAMILY: Marcos/Philippine Govt. Human Rights Case Settled
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The Marcos family and the Philippine government have agreed to
pay $150 million to settle a lawsuit filed by thousands of people
who were tortured and abused under the late dictator Ferdinand
Marcos, according to press reports released by the Associated
Press, Reuters and an article appearing in the Los Angeles Times.  
U.S. District Judge Manuel Real, who is based in Los Angeles,
gave preliminary approval to the settlement.  A final hearing is
scheduled April 14 in Hawaii.

"The result is both historic and fair," plaintiffs' attorney
Robert Swift told the AP.  "Never before have human rights
victims in any country recovered on a judgment against the
perpetrator," Swift said.  "The average victim, or the heir
of a deceased victim, will receive enough to buy land, start a
business, educate children, or just improve his or her quality of
life."

The lawsuit was filed in Honolulu on behalf of 9,539 Filipinos
who in 1995 won a class-action suit against the Marcos estate for
torture, summary executions and disappearances.  The original
lawsuit was filed in 1986 against Marcos, who was subject to the
jurisdiction of the U.S. courts because he was residing in
Hawaii.  Jurors awarded $1.9 billion to the plaintiffs, including
$1.2 billion in punitive damages.  The judgment was upheld by the
9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in December 1996, but the
plaintiffs had trouble collecting money in foreign accounts with
contested ownership.

Lawyers representing the Marcos family applauded the settlement.
"Any time you can settle a judgment like that $1.9 billion for
that kind of money, $150 million, you've got a good deal," said
James Linn, the Oklahoma City lawyer who represented Marcos'
widow, Imelda.

If the deal is approved, the money will be distributed through
the U.S. District court in Hawaii.  The plaintiffs could get
about $16,000 each.

Mrs. Marcos said last September that she was willing to settle
the case for $150 million "out of compassion, not guilt" for the
victims, the AP recalled.  The Philippine government was involved
in the suit because it claimed that all of Marcos' assets rightly
belonged to the government.

"A despot who abuses his people will finally pay," said a
statement issued by Mr. Swift and lawyer Rod Domingo, the
victims' Philippine counsel.  Domingo, who released the statement
in Manila, told Reuters the agreement would still need the
approval of the Manila government, which has accused Marcos of
looting the Treasury and also claims his assets.  

Domingo confirmed to Reuters that the agreement was signed for
the Marcos family by former first lady Imelda Marcos and her son,
provincial governor Ferdinand Jr, and by Swift for the victims.  
The Marcos family declined comment on the report.  "All
statements will come from the office of President Estrada," a  
spokesman for Marcos's son told Reuters.


METRIS COMPANIES: Shareholder Suits Over; Plaintiffs Take Nothing
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Metris Companies, Inc., announced that the claims against the
Company in the shareholder lawsuits filed in October 1998 in
United States District Court, District of Minnesota have been
dismissed with prejudice.

The Complaints had alleged securities fraud and other claims
related to a decline in Metris Companies stock price.  The
lawsuits were dismissed through a Stipulation and Order entered
into by counsel for the plaintiffs and defendants, and ordered by
the Federal District Court.  This dismissal was agreed to and
ordered prior to the case having been certified as a class
action and without payment to the named plaintiffs or their
counsel.


NOISE POLLUTION: Pentagon Quietly Settles Helicopter Noise Suit
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The San Diego Union And Tribune says, "It's a deal."  Helicopters
will stay at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station and the Marines  
will look for new routes in hopes of reducing the noise and
public rancor caused by chopper flights near residential
neighborhoods.  With a few handshakes and signatures last week, a
grass-roots group, the city of Del Mar and two area residents
settled a two-year lawsuit against the Pentagon over the noise
caused by the transfer of helicopters to Miramar.

The controversy, the Tribune explains, began nearly four years
ago when the federal Base Closure and Realignment Commission
decided to transfer control of Miramar from the Navy to the
Marine Corps, close down two Orange County bases and move Marine  
helicopters and jets to Miramar.  Area residents, mainly in Poway
and Del Mar, protested the move, arguing the helicopters would
increase noise, while reducing safety and property values.

Yesterday's settlement requires the Marines to study noise and
air pollution caused by approximately 250 jets and helicopters
based at Miramar and, if needed, change flight paths and reduce
pollution emissions.  Monitoring the studies and any changes will
be the plaintiffs who sued -- the Move Against Relocating
Choppers Here coalition, or MARCH; the group's chairman,
Jerry  Hargarten; the city of Del Mar; and Del Mar businessman
Richard Hertzberg.

"Yeah, we won, but so did they," Hertzberg said.  The Marines'
top officer here, Maj. Gen. Robert Magnus, said the military, the
plaintiffs and the community are winners because everyone will be
working together in the future.  Both sides gave on some of their
positions in the settlement.

The major terms of the agreement are:

   (1) The Marines will study new routes for helicopters along
       the coast and inland areas in hopes of minimizing noise to
       area communities.

   (2) In the meantime, helicopters will fly higher and less
       often, and late-night flights will be restricted on some
       routes.  And, the military will give the plaintiffs
       monthly statistics on helicopter flights.

   (3) A new air pollution impact study will be conducted to
       determine whether Miramar operations meet the federal
       Clean Air Act.  If the study confirms the base pollutes
       too much, the Marines would develop a plan to reduce air
       pollution to acceptable levels.

   (4) The government will pay the plaintiffs $680,000 to cover
       legal bills.

   (5) The agreement will expire in two to three years, depending
       on how soon the various studies and mitigation efforts are
       completed.

The MARCH coalition, founded in hopes of keeping helicopters out
of Miramar, tacitly acknowledged that the helicopters are here to
stay.  The Marines agreed there were flaws in earlier
environmental studies.  "It's a trade," Hertzberg said.  "It's
part law, it's part deal . . . it's a new start."


NORTHWEST AIRLINES: Issues Apology for January Runway Detainment
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Admitting to mistakes during the January blizzard that snarled  
Metro Airport traffic, Northwest Airlines said Tuesday it is
taking steps to cope more effectively.  "The whole thing could've
been handled a lot better," Ray Vecci, Northwest's new president
of Michigan operations was quoted as saying in Detroit News.  
"Everyone had good intentions, but it was a simple matter of  
miscommunication," Vecci said. "We get in the habit of trying to
get all our flights out on time, but looking back, we should've
cancelled a lot of those flights."

Northwest admits to "shortcomings in planning, coordination and  
communication" and a remediation plan calls for formation of "Go
Teams," Minneapolis employees to be dispatched to Metro when
inclement weather looms.  A newly outlined company-wide system
also would allow instant communication among executives.

Yousif Ghafari of Dearborn told Detroit News he was glad to hear
Northwest admitted it erred, but he said it's too little too
late.  He is among passengers who filed a class-action lawsuit
against the airline for being forced to remain on the planes
during the storm.  Ghafari and his family sat in an airplane for
seven hours during the blizzard.  "I'm still very angry at
Northwest.  It wasn't the pilots or the flight attendants -- they
were great.  I felt sorry for them.  I blame the top management."


ORBITAL SCIENCES: Bernstein Litowitz Files Complaint in Virginia
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Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP commenced a class
action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the
Eastern District of Virginia on February 23, 1999, on behalf of  
purchasers of the common stock of Orbital Sciences Corp.
(NYSE:ORB), from April 21, 1998 through February 16, 1999,
inclusive.

The complaint charges Orbital, and certain of its officers and
directors, with violations of Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as well as SEC Rule 10b-5
promulgated thereunder.  Specifically, the complaint alleges
that, during the Class Period, Orbital issued materially
false and  misleading financial statements for its first three
quarters of fiscal 1998, that artificially inflated the Company's
financial results through the improper recognition of revenue in
violation of generally accepted accounting principles.  The
Complaint further 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 holdings for proceeds of over $3 million.


ORBITAL SCIENCES: Berger & Montague File Complaint in Virginia
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Berger & Montague, P.C. announced that on February 18, 1999, it
filed a class action lawsuit for violations of the federal
securities laws in the United States District Court for the
Eastern  District of Virginia against Orbital Sciences Corp.
(NYSE: ORB) and its two  highest officers, on behalf of all
persons who purchased Orbital common stock between April 21,
1998, and February 16, 1999.

The Complaint charges that Orbital and its two highest officers
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'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.  Its earnings had been
decreasing in the first three quarters of 1998, not increasing as  
previously claimed.

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


SAFEWAY, INC.: Litigation to Block Carrs Acquisition Resolved
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In a Form 8-K filed with the SEC, Safeway Inc. and Carr-Gottstein
Foods Co. report that, on February 19, 1999, the companies
settled with the Alaska Public Interest Research Group and six
individual plaintiffs in Meyers et al. v Safeway et al., a
purported class action lawsuit pending in state court in
Anchorage, Alaska, which sought to prevent the proposed
acquisition of Carrs by Safeway.

The settlement says Alaska Public Interest and the plaintiffs
will no longer oppose the proposed acquisition of Carrs by
Safeway or the consent decree regarding the merger filed recently
in a proceeding initiated by the Alaska Attorney General's
office, and will dismiss the Meyers et al. v Safeway et al.  
action.


SOLV-EX CORPORATION: Quarterly Material Litigation Status Report
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In its latest quarterly filing with the SEC, Solv-Ex Corporation
provides investors with a status report about material litigation
in which the Company is involved:

     (1) The Company and certain officers of the Company were
defendants in securities actions pending in the federal courts of
New York and New Mexico and in state courts in Arizona and New
Mexico.  In October 1996, the Company was served with a complaint
in the Sedita v. Solv-Ex Corporation, Butler, Campbell, Rendall
and Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Inc., case #96CIV7575, U.S.
District Court, Southern District of New York, and in December
1996, the Company was also served with a complaint in Joseph B.
Grossman and Stephen Disch v. Butler, Rendall, Campbell,
Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Inc., Charles Maxwell, and Solv-Ex
Corporation, case #96CIV8744, United States District Court,
Southern District of New York.  On December 23, 1996 the New York
federal court consolidated the two actions.  The complaints in
the consolidated actions allege, among other things, damage to
shareholders of the Company by acts or conduct of the Company and
its officers in violation of Section 10(b) of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder, and
the New Mexico Securities Act.  The plaintiffs asked that the
court accord class action status to purchasers of the Company's
common stock between February 15, 1995 and September 30, 1996.
Two similar actions were filed in U.S. District Court, District
of New Mexico, and served upon the Company in November, 1996.   
These two cases, Fournier v. Solv-Ex Corporation, Butler,
Campbell, Rendall and Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Inc., case  
#CIV961526JC, and Boyer v. Solv-Ex Corporation, Rendall and
Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Inc., case #CIV96602JC, were
consolidated with the other actions in the U.S. District Court,
Southern District of New York.

     (2) In November 1996, the Company was served with a
complaint in Murken v. Solv-Ex Corporation, Rendall, Butler,
Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Inc., case CV9609869, Second Judicial
District, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, in which plaintiffs
sought class action treatment for purchasers of the Company's
common stock between February 15, 1995 and September 10, 1996,
alleging that shareholders suffered damage as a result of
violations of New Mexico securities laws and negligent
misrepresentation.  The case was dismissed against the Company
during its Chapter 11 proceedings but is still pending against
Deutsche Morgan Grenfell and the individual defendants. The
Company cannot determine at present how this litigation will
proceed and whether any further proceedings will be pursued
against the individual defendants, Messrs. Rendall and Butler.
Mr. Rendall is a director and the Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer of the Company and Mr. Butler is a former officer and
director of the Company and, as such, both individuals have
certain rights of indemnification against the Company as
provided in the By-laws.

     (3) In December 1996, the Company was served with a
complaint in Phoenix Pacific Properties, Ltd., John C. Padelford
III and Patricia J. Padelford v. Solv-Ex Corporation, Rendall,
and Campbell, case #CV96-20453, Superior Court, Maricopa County,
Arizona.  The plaintiffs alleged violation of the Arizona
Securities Act, fraud, consumer fraud, negligent
misrepresentation, and breach of contract resulting from the
Plaintiffs' purchase of shares of the Company's common stock in
the open market and in a private placement directly from the
Company. The case was removed by the defendants to the United
States District Court for the District of Arizona (No. CIV 96-
2765 PHX ROS), where it is pending against the individual
defendants.

The Order of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District
of New Mexico dated July 31, 1998, confirming the Company's Plan
of Reorganization constitutes a permanent injunction against the
Plaintiffs in the Sedita and Phoenix Pacific Properties cases
regarding further pursuit of the litigation claims against the
Company other than as claims against the estate through the
Bankruptcy Court.  The Court Order does not, however, affect the
litigation claims against the individual defendants, all of whom
may have claims for indemnification against the Company regarding
defense of the actions.  

The Company intends to vigorously defend the claims filed against
it if such actions are pursued as claims in the U.S. Bankruptcy
Court and believes that the allegations made against the Company,
its officers and directors are without merit.  Within limits of
its financial capability, the Company also intends to provide the
legal defense for the individual officer and director defendants
named in the New York, New Mexico and Arizona actions described
above.

Additionally, On December 4, 1998, the Company brought an action
styled as, Solv-Ex Corporation, et. al. v. Deutsche Bank AG, et
al., in the District Court for the State of New Mexico,
Bernalillo County, case #CV98-11647, against Deutsche Bank
AG, and its affiliates, Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Inc., and
Morgan Grenfell Asset Management Ltd., as well as against certain
short-sellers of the Company's common stock, including Parker
Quillen, Quilcap Corporation, Martin Zweig, Zweig Advisors,
Michelle Sarian, Fahnestock & Co. Inc., George Voelker, Tim Rice,
Rice Voelker Bros. & Frantzen, Lee Mikles, Mark Miller,
Mikles/Miller Management Inc., Stanley Trilling, Trilling
Partners, Paine Webber Group, Inc., Manuel Asensio, Asensio &
Co., and Weir-Jones Engineering Consultants, Ltd.

In the suit, the Company alleges damages caused by a campaign to
destroy the Company as an ongoing concern, misuse of its
confidential information and manipulation of its common stock.
The  Company also alleges that it was forced to seek bankruptcy
protection as a result of the alleged wrongdoing.  The Zweig,
Quilcap and Weir-Jones defendants attempted to block this action
as to them by claiming that the suit was brought in violation of
the New York Federal Court's order in Solv-Ex v. Quillen et al.,
which was dismissed without prejudice as described above. On
January 29, 1999, the New York Court ruled against the
defendants, which allows the suit to continue in New Mexico. In
New Mexico, the defendants have removed the suit to the United
States District Court for the District of New Mexico. The Company
does not believe that the basis for removal is proper and is
seeking to have the case remanded to the New Mexico State Court.

On July 20, 1998, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC")
filed a civil action against the Company and two of its senior
officers, Securities and Exchange Commission v. Solv-Ex
Corporation, et al., Civil No. 98-860 BB/RLP, United States
District Court, District of New Mexico.  The complaint alleges
among other things that the Company, John S. Rendall (Chairman
and CEO) and Herbert M. Campbell II (Senior Vice President),
violated the securities laws through issuance of false,
misleading or deficient public statements and filings during the
period January 1995 through April 1997 regarding the Company's
processes developed to extract oil and industrial minerals from
oil sands, as well as its technology to produce metallic
aluminum.  The complaint also alleges that the Company
understated its outstanding common stock by 3 million shares in
the Form 10-Q filed for the period ending March 31, 1996. This
allegation relates to a 3 million-share certificate issued in the
name of Mr. Rendall (which was subsequently cancelled) in
connection with a transaction, which was never completed.

The complaint seeks injunctive relief against the defendants with
respect to future violations of the securities laws and, in the
case of Mr. Rendall and Mr. Campbell, civil penalties in an
amount to be determined by the Court. No civil penalties are
being sought against the Company.

In its Answer, the Company denies any allegations of wrongdoing
and, in a separate motion filed concurrently, specifically asked
that the Court dismiss the complaint with respect to allegations
involving issuance of the 3 million-share certificate to Mr.
Rendall.  The Company also has requested that it be awarded its
fees and other expenses in the matter pursuant to the Equal
Access to Justice Act.


TOBACCO LITIGATION: Addiction Expert & Bennett LeBow Testify
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Jeffrey Arnett, a visiting professor at the University of
Maryland, testified on the third day of the $2 billion class-
action lawsuit filled against tobacco companies by more than 100
Ohio labor union health and benefit funds.

During today's Akron, Ohio, federal court session, Jeffrey T.
Ottenbacher, writing for United Press International, reports that
Arnett described what he called the "optimistic bias" that exists
in teenagers, making them believe they are invincible to disease
even though they understand the risks of smoking.  Arnett said
teenagers accept the health risk, believing long range
consequences are avoidable or not applicable to them.  Arnett,
Mr. Ottenbacher says, told the jury that tobacco industry
documents prove the companies knew about adolescent and teenage
optimistic bias.  He cited one document that said, "Attract a  
smoker at the earliest opportunity and let brand loyalty turn
that smoker into a valuable asset."  

Arnett said the nation's tobacco companies learned "that kids are
the key to corporate profits."  He said the documents show
tobacco industry officials understood that less than a third of
smokers start smoking after age 18 and only 5 percent after the
age of 24.  

Prior to presenting Arnett's testimony, the Unions called an
expert witness to talk about chemical dependency.  That expert
detailed for the jury the affects of drug addiction and
withdrawal.

On day four of the trial, Bennett LeBow, president and CEO of the
Liggett Group Inc., told the jury that the nation's tobacco
companies targeted young people in their advertising and
promotional campaigns.  

Mr. LeBow said: "I believe the industry targeted young people
with marketing campaigns like Joe Camel [because] if you aren't
selling to children, you'll have no business in 25 years.  You'll
have no customers left."  Mr. LeBow explained that is what
happened to the Liggett Group, which produced two of the most
popular brands of cigarettes during the 1940s and 1950s --
Chesterfield and L&M.  Mr. LeBow said his company is the only
tobacco company that has publicly linked cigarette smoking to
illnesses such as lung cancer, heat disease and emphysema.

On cross examination today, Mr. LeBow admitted his company had
been dropped as a defendant from the union lawsuit in exchange
for his testimony.  Defense lawyers accused Mr. LeBow of not
being concerned for anyone's health, but rather being concerned
for the health of his company.  The defense lawyers accused LeBow
of testifying for the plaintiffs to avoid his company paying
a  portion of any court-ordered settlement in the case.  Mr.
LeBow denied the accusation.


TOTAL RENAL: Hoffman & Edelson Files Complaint in California
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Hoffman & Edelson announce that it filed a class action lawsuit
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.


TOTAL RENAL: Berman DeValerio Files Complaint in California
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Total Renal Care Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: TRL) was charged with
misleading investors by overstating its earnings and understating
expenses throughout 1998 and 1999.  The case was filed by Berman
DeValerio & Pease LLP as a class action on behalf of all persons
and entities who purchased the common stock of Total Renal Care
during the period February 17, 1998 through and including
February 17, 1999.  The complaint, filed in the United States
District Court for the Central District of California, charges  
defendants with violations of the federal securities laws.

The action charges that Total Renal Care and certain of its
senior officers issued a series of false and misleading
statements about Total Renal Care's business, the successful
integration of Renal Treatment Centers, Total Renal Care's
earnings growth and financial condition, and its ability to
continue to achieve profitable growth. Specifically, it is
charged that defendants overstated earnings, understated expenses
and liabilities and concealed the failure of Total Renal Care to
establish adequate internal controls of Renal Treatment Centers'
accounting and management systems which it acquired in February
1998.

On February 17, 1999, Total Renal Care stunned the market when it
disclosed much weaker earnings for the fourth quarter of 1998,
announced it was writing-off $11 million in receivables, and
revealed it received a letter from the Securities and Exchange
Commission questioning the Company's accounting practices.  In
response to the unexpected disclosures, the price of Total Renal
Care common stock plunged to $8 3/4 per share, from a Class
Period high of $36 1/8.


TOTAL RENAL: Cauley Firm Files Complaint in California
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The Law Offices of Steven Cauley announced that a class action
suit has been filed in United States District Court for the
Central District of California on behalf of all purchasers of
Total Renal Care Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:TRL) common stock during
the period February 17, 1998 to February 17, 1999.

The complaint charges that Total Renal Care and certain of its
officers and directors violated the federal securities laws by
making misrepresentations about Total Renal Care's business, the
successful integration of Renal Treatment Centers, earnings
growth and financial condition and its ability to continue to
achieve profitable growth. By issuing these allegedly false and  
misleading statements, defendants artificially inflated Total
Renal Care's stock price to a Class Period high of $36-1/8 in
June 1998, allowing Total Renal Care to make acquisitions using
its artificially inflated stock as currency and to complete a
$345 million convertible debt offering.  However, when the true
facts about Total Renal Care's troubled integration, diminished  
profitability, and inadequate financial statement disclosures
were revealed, the price of its stock collapsed to as low as
$8-3/4 per share.


TWINLAB CORP.: Wolf Haldenstein Files Complaint in New York
-----------------------------------------------------------
Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP announces that it is
filing a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court
for the Eastern District of New York on behalf of investors who
bought Twinlab Corp. (NASDAQ: TWLB) stock between April 28, 1998
and February 24, 1999.

The lawsuit charges Twinlab and several of its top officers with
violations of the securities laws and regulations of the United
States.  The complaint alleges that defendants issued a series of
false and misleading statements concerning the Company's revenues
during the 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters of its 1998 fiscal year.  
The Company announced today that due to the incorrect statement
of its revenues in the first three quarters of 1998 it would have
to restate those results downwards.  Upon the announcement of the
restatement of its financial results the Company's stock price
dropped approximately 25% on extraordinarily heavy trading
volume.


WABASH NATIONAL: Rabin & Peckel File Complaint in Indiana
---------------------------------------------------------
Rabin & Peckel LLP announced that it filed a putative class
action suit on February 24, 1999 in the United States District
Court for the Northern District of Indiana on behalf of all  
purchasers of Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC) securities
from April 20, 1998 to January 15, 1999, inclusive.

The Complaint alleges that, during the Class Period, Wabash and
certain of its officers and directors violated the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934 (Sections 10(b) and 20(a)) by, among other
things, knowingly or recklessly overstating  Wabash's results of
operations, net worth, gross profit, and earnings for the  first,
second, and third quarters of fiscal 1998.  It was only on
January 19, 1999 that the Company disclosed that it would have to
restate its financial  statements for the first, second, and
third quarters of fiscal 1998, resulting  in a reduction of
approximately 20% in earnings over that time period.  The  
Complaint further alleges that the false and misleading financial
statements  were knowingly or recklessly made by defendants
during the Class Period in violation of Generally Accepted
Accounting Principles, and that defendants' misrepresentations
artificially inflated the price of Wabash securities during the
Class Period.


WAL-MART STORES: New Mexico Upholds Sexual Harrassment Award
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>From Santa Fe, New Mexico, Reuters reports that the New Mexico
Supreme Court upheld a $2.3 million award to two women who sued
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. after their sexual harassment complaints
were repeatedly ignored by the retailer, an attorney for the
women told Reuters.  The high court rejected a Wal-Mart appeal of
a 1996 state court decision in favor of two former employees of a
Santa Fe Sam's Club Stores, a unit of Wal- Mart.  Their lawyers
said they were awarded $1.75 million in punitive damages and  
$177,000 in compensatory damages.    

The plaintiffs in the case, Cathy Jean Coates and Madeline Duran,
claimed they were sexually harassed by a male co-worker in 1993
and 1994 while working at Sam's Club in Santa Fe, Reuters
relates.  The women said management did not investigate, even
though they repeatedly reported incidents of verbal and physical
harassment.  They asserted that many of the incidents were
witnessed by other employees, including an assistant manager.  
The lower court found that store managers were aware of the
conduct and allowed it to continue "with utter indifference to
the consequences".   

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Laura Pope told Reuters that the company had
not yet seen the latest ruling on Monday, and had no comment. But
it disagreed with the lower court's decision.  Albuquerque
attorneys for Wal-Mart were not available to Reuters for comment.


WASTE MANAGEMENT: Posts Strong Year-End Earnings
------------------------------------------------
For the year ended December 31, 1998, Waste Management, Inc.,
reports operating revenues of $12.7 billion and net income of
$1,105.1 million.  "Our successes in this quarter and throughout
1998 give the entire organization confidence and energy as we
enter 1999," John E. Drury, Chief Executive Officer of Waste
Management, stated.  Earnings are net of $191.6 million in
charges related to the shareholder class-action lawsuit against
Waste Management Holdings, Inc., and other legal matters.

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