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The following is an excerpt from a 10-Q SEC Filing, filed by ATEL CASH DISTRIBUTION FUND V L P on 8/14/2003.
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Item 1. Legal Proceedings.

The following is a discussion of legal matters involving the Partnership, but which do not represent claims against the Partnership or its assets. No other material legal proceedings are currently pending against the Partnership or against any of its assets.

This matter involves litigation over the enforceability of a liquidated damages clause in a lease, and a combined claim of the Partnership and some affiliates of the Partnership, of approximately $4,000,000. The General Partner has brought a suit in San Francisco Superior Court on behalf of the Partnership. The suit was removed to Federal District Court in San Francisco. The lessee, Quaker Coal Company, leases mining equipment from the Partnership. On December 31, 1997, the lessee requested a forbearance and relief on lease payments for a period of three months. By May 1998, the lessee was past due for five months.

On or about May 12, 1998, the General Partner declared the lessee to be in default of the lease and demanded the acceleration of all lease receivables, or alternatively, a modification of the lease obligation. On or about June 1998, the Lessee made itself current on substantially all outstanding amounts. The Partnership filed a suit against the lessee for its contractual damages in the U.S. District Court of Northern California (the "Court").

On June 16, 2000, the lessee filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The Partnership obtained a stipulation for relief from the automatic bankruptcy stay to allow the Court to issue its ruling, and filed a request to participate on the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the bankruptcy proceedings. The Partnership succeeded in securing the return of its equipment, which equipment has been since liquidated

The Court issued a ruling on March 4, 2001, denying the Partnership's claim for damages. The lessee subsequently filed a claim against the Partnership, for reimbursement of its legal expenses. The Partnership believed the Court's decision is erroneous as a matter law, and filed an appeal of the decision in the U.S. District Court of Appeals

Upon the termination of the Debtor's exclusivity period, competing plans were filed by other creditors to the plan, and voting on the competing plans occurred October 8, 2001. The results of the vote were that, another of the creditor's (i.e., American Electric Power ("AEP")) Plan of Reorganization ("AEP Plan") was successful. Under the AEP Plan, the claim of the Partnership has been assigned to a liquidating trustee for resolution and satisfaction from the Debtor's estate.

The lessee filed a plan of reorganization in the Bankruptcy Court, which plan was objected to by several large creditors, including the Partnership. These creditors were also seeking a formal role on the creditors committee or formation of their own committee.

In January 2002, ATEL attended an appellate settlement conference seeking to resolve the outstanding disputed claim. A reserve had been set aside by the debtor's liquidating trustee in the amount of $1.2 million in partial satisfaction of the Partnership's claim, although this claim amount remains in dispute. In January 2003, the Federal Appellate Court in San Francisco heard an appeal of the lower Court's decision. The appellate decision, handed down in March of 2003, was adverse to ATEL's position. Currently, the Partnership is not expected to recover any amounts above the payment of the lease rent and the proceeds of the liquidation of the equipment already received. In addition, Funds III, IV, V, and VI may be compelled to pay approximately $125,000 of the defendant's legal expenses in the aggregate.