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Class Action Lawsuit Against SBC by Its Employees

Cohen, Millsteien, et al (
Wed, 30 Nov 2005 01:34:58 -0600

Lawsuit Concerning Elimination and Reduction of SBC Telephone
Concession Plan Benefits Filed On Behalf of Current and Former
Employees and Retirees of SBC, Ameritech, Pacific Telesis and Southern
New England Telephone.

Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, P.L.L.C. has filed a complaint
against SBC Telecommunications (and its predecessors) concerning the
management of and the reduction of benefits by the SBC Telephone
Concession Plan. This lawsuit alleges that SBC violated nearly every
provision of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA")
governing defined benefit plans with respect to the SBC Telephone
Concession Plan (the "Plan") by failing to treat the provision of the
Telephone Concession to retirees as an ERISA covered employee benefit
plan. This lawsuit seeks a determination that the Plan is a defined
benefit pension plan covered by ERISA, seeks to reform the Plan so
that it complies with ERISA and also seeks to restore telephone
concession benefits to retirees and other employees of SBC (and its
predecessors and/or affiliates) who were vested in the Plan pursuant
to ERISA which SBC has attempted to eliminate or reduce.

This lawsuit is filed on behalf of the following groups of retirees
and employees: (1) Retirees of SBC or a predecessor of SBC (including,
but not limited to Ameritech, Pacific Telesis and Southern New England
Telephone) who were entitled to receive received the Telephone
Concession Benefit after they retired; or (2) Current or former
employees of SBC with more than five years of service during the time
that SBC had a policy to provide employees with a Telephone Concession
Benefit upon retirement.

If you are a current, former or retired employee of SBC (or its
predecessors and/or affiliates) who are receiving or did receive the
telephone concession benefit, or you have information which might
assist us in the prosecution of these allegations, please contact one
of the following persons:

R. Joseph Barton, Esq.
Jill Soroka
Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, P.L.L.C.
1100 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005
Telephone: 888-240-0775 or 202-408-4600

The law firm of Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, P.L.L.C., is a
nationally recognized plaintiffs' class action law firm and has
significant experience in representing employees injured by corporate
misconduct. The firm's reputation for excellence has been recognized
on repeated occasions by courts which have appointed the firm to lead
positions in complex multi-district or consolidated litigation. Cohen,
Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll's ERISA practice is headed by Marc
I. Machiz, formerly the Department of Labor's chief ERISA lawyer.

Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, P.L.L.C. 1100 New York Ave. NW, Ste
500, West Tower Washington, D.C. 20005 T: 202.408.4600 F: 202.408.4699

Copyright 2005 CMHT

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