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Milberg Weiss goes strong When the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act was enacted in 1995, some observers thought the law would put New York’s Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach-and especially partner William Lerach, the lawyer corporate executives love to hate-out of business. Instead, says a new study by Stanford Law School’s Securities Class Action Clearinghouse and Cornerstone Research, Milberg Weiss is doing better than ever. The study found that the 200-lawyer firm has served as lead or co-lead plaintiffs’ counsel in more than half of all securities class actions settled since the law was enacted. The list of suits in which the firm is involved reads like a Who’s Who of corporate wrongdoing, including the Enron Corp., Tyco International Ltd. and ImClone Systems Inc. cases, and the case that could be the biggest of them all, the class action accusing Wall Street investment banks of illegally rigging more than 300 initial public offerings. Ironically, securities lawyers attribute much of the firm’s success directly to the 1995 reform act, which created a more concentrated securities plaintiffs’ bar dominated by big firms that can afford to spend the huge sums necessary to investigate and prosecute these cases. California Supremes act Appellate justices in Sacramento, Calif., shocked women three months ago by rejecting sexual harassment claims by two women whose boss blatantly promoted females who slept with him. The state Supreme Court has voted unanimously to review the ruling. The case began when Frances Mackey and Edna Miller, both ex-employees of the Chowchilla, Calif., Valley State Prison for Women, sued the state Department of Corrections for sexual harassment under the state’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. They claimed that then-Warden Lewis Kuykendall promoted female underlings with whom he had affairs. The state 3d District Court of Appeal in January told the two they had no case, that they “were not complaining about sexual harassment, but unfairness.” Andrea Carlise, president of California Women Lawyers, expressed shock at the ruling when it was first released. “Underlying this case,” the lawyer said then, “is the message that job benefits are tied to acquiescence [to] sexual advances.” Mackey v. Department of Corrections, No. S114097. EEOC’s mediation The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has launched a mediation pilot program with nine state and local fair employment practices agencies. Under the pilot program, part of the EEOC’s continuing expansion of voluntary mediation, agencies will mediate private-sector charges with the EEOC on a contract basis in Alaska, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, New Mexico, New York, Ohio and South Carolina. The EEOC maintains contractual relationships and work-sharing agreements with more than 90 fair employment practice agencies nationwide to process discrimination charges filed against private employers and state and local governments.

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