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The following is an excerpt from a 10-K SEC Filing, filed by ACCLAIM ENTERTAINMENT INC on 11/29/2000.
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The Company and other participants in the entertainment industry were sued in an action entitled James, et al. v. Meow Media, et al. filed in April 1999 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, Paducah Division, Civil Action No. 5:99CV96-J. The plaintiffs allege that the defendants caused injury to the plaintiffs as a result of, in the case of the Company, its manufacture and/or supply of "violent" video games to Michael Carneal, then fourteen. The plaintiffs further allege that the defendants were negligent in such manufacture and/or supply thereby breaching a duty to Mr. Carneal and others, including the plaintiffs (the parents of the deceased individuals). Mr. Carneal killed three individuals and wounded five others during a shooting at the Heath High School in McCracken County, Kentucky. The plaintiffs seek damages in the amount of approximately $110,000,000. The Company intends to defend this action vigorously. The Company has entered into a joint defense agreement and is sharing defense costs with certain of the other defendants. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky dismissed this action; however, it is currently on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

The Company, Iguana Entertainment and Gregory E. Fischbach were sued in an action entitled Jeffery Spangenberg vs. Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., Iguana Entertainment, Inc., and Gregory Fischbach filed in August 1998 in the District Court of Travis County, Texas (Cause No. 98-09418). The plaintiff alleged that the defendants (1) breached their employment obligations to the plaintiff, (2) breached a Texas statute covering wage payment obligations based on their alleged failure to pay bonuses to the plaintiff; and (3) made fraudulent misrepresentations to the plaintiff in connection with the plaintiff's employment relationship with the Company, and accordingly, sought unspecified damages. The Company has negotiated a settlement with regard to this action, the terms of which are confidential, and is in the process of implementing this settlement.

The SEC issued orders in April 1996 directing a private investigation relating to, among other things, the Company's October 1995 release of its earnings estimate for fiscal 1995. The Company provided documents to the SEC, and the SEC took testimony from Company representatives. In September 2000, the SEC completed its investigation and instituted cease and desist proceedings against the Company and the Company's former Chief Financial Officer, Anthony Williams. The SEC found that the Company and Mr. Williams violated Sections 10(b) and 13(b)(2)(A) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 in connection with its release of its earnings in 1995.


Simultaneously, without admitting nor denying the allegations in the proceedings, the Company consented to an order that it cease and desist from committing or causing any violation and any future violation of Sections 10(b) and 13(b)(2)(A) of such Act and Rules 10b-5 and 13b-2 thereunder. Williams separately consented to the order.

The Company received a demand for indemnification from the defendant Lazer-Tron Corporation ("Lazer-Tron") in a matter entitled J. Richard Oltmann v. Steve Simon, No. 98 C1759 and Steve Simon v. J. Richard Oltmann, J Richard Oltmann Enterprises, Inc., d/b/a Haunted Trails Amusement Parks, and RLT Acquisitions, Inc., d/b/a Lazer-Tron, No. A 98 CA426, consolidated as U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Case No. 99 C 1055 (the "Lazer-Tron Action"). The Lazer-Tron Action involves the assertion by plaintiff Simon that defendants Oltmann, Haunted Trails and Lazer-Tron misappropriated plaintiff's trade secrets. Plaintiff alleges claims for Lanham Act violations, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets, conspiracy, and fraud against all defendants, and seeks damages in unspecified amounts, including treble damages for Lanham Act claims, and an accounting. Pursuant to an Asset Purchase Agreement (the "Agreement") made as of March 5, 1997, the Company sold Lazer-Tron to RLT Acquisitions, Inc. ("RLT"). Under the Agreement, the Company assumed and excluded specific liabilities, and agreed to indemnify RLT for certain losses, as specified in the Agreement. In an August 1, 2000 letter, counsel for Lazer-Tron in the Lazer-Tron Action asserted that the Company's indemnification obligations in the Agreement applied to the Lazer-Tron Action, and demanded that the Company indemnify Lazer-Tron for any losses which may be incurred in the Lazer-Tron Action. In an August 22, 2000 response, the Company asserted that any losses which may result from the Lazer-Tron Action are not assumed liabilities under the Agreement for which the Company must indemnify Lazer-Tron. In a November 20, 2000 letter, Lazer-Tron responded to Acclaim's August 22 letter and reiterated its position that the Company must indemnify Lazer-Tron with respect to the Lazer-Tron Action. No other action with respect to this matter has been taken to date.

On November 27, 2000, the Company was sued in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Comedy Partners vs. Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. The plaintiff alleges breach of contract and trademark and copyright infringement in that (i) the Company failed to pay certain royalty obligations under its license agreement and accordingly the license was terminated and certain guaranteed royalties also became due, and (ii) that the Company has continued to sell this product following termination, in violation of the license. The Company does not believe the outcome of this matter will have a material adverse effect on the Company's financial position or operations.

The Company is also party to various litigations arising in the ordinary course of its business, the resolution of none of which, the Company believes, will have a material adverse effect on the Company's liquidity or results of operations.


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