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Two items of interest:

(1) Texas billionaire Sam Wyly’s litigation over the settlement in the Computer Associates securities class action has hit a slight bump. The court decision giving Wyly access to the work product of the lead counsel in the Computer Associates case has been on appeal in New York state court. The New York Law Journal reports that the appellate court has overruled the earlier decision, finding that an absent class member does not have the same right to lawyers’ files as a client in a traditional attorney-client relationship. Wyly’s attorney states that Wyly plans to appeal the decision and, in any event, will be able to obtain the material as part of his ongoing legal malpractice suit against the plaintiffs’ firms.

(2) Was the JDS Uniphase case a harbinger of success for defendants in securities class action trials? We should know soon. According to Securities Litigation Watch, a verdict in the Apollo Group trial could be reached today.

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