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Parker & Waichman Reports WCOEQ and MCWEQ Shareholders Won't Benefit from MCI WorldCom U.S. Government Contract as Shares will be Cancelled

February 20, 2004 Deadline to Opt Out of WorldCom Class Action Approaching; Shareholders Holding WorldCom & MCI Shares Should Immediately Evaluate Legal Options

Jan 14, 2004 | PRIMEZONE

Parker & Waichman ( is encouraging all MCI WorldCom (Other OTC:WCOEQ.PK - News) (Other OTC:MCWEQ.PK - News) (Other OTC:MCIAV.PK - News) investors to evaluate their legal options. This announcement comes in response to thousands of inquiries about the status of MCI WorldCom shares trading under the ticker symbols WCOEQ and MCWEQ. Parker & Waichman has been contacted by thousands of WCOEQ and MCWEQ shareholders who believed their investments would recover as a result the positive developments that were recently announced by the Company. These shareholders were unaware that shares of WCOEQ and MCWEQ will most likely be cancelled when MCI WorldCom emerges from bankruptcy.

Recently, the U.S. Government removed a ban on awarding MCI federal contracts and then awarded the Company a contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars to provide telecommunications services to the U.S. Departments of Defense, Commerce, Transportation and Health and Human Services. MCI WorldCom also announced that it will reduce the size of its Debtor- in-Possession Credit Facility to $300 million from $1.06 billion; this is a result of MCI accumulating significant cash balances making it unnecessary for the company to borrow funds. These steps will help the MCI WorldCom emerge from bankruptcy. When MCI WorldCom emerges from bankruptcy, it is likely that shares of MCI WorldCom stock trading under the symbols (WCOEQ and MCWEQ) will be cancelled. Shares of MCI trading under the ticker symbol (Other OTC:MCIAV.PK - News) are trading on a ``when issued basis'' and will not be cancelled when MCI WorldCom emerges from bankruptcy.

Parker & Waichman and associated counsel are currently representing thousands of current and former MCI WorldCom shareholders and employees who have opted out of the class action lawsuit that was certified last year by Judge Denise Cote in the Southern District of New York. Parker & Waichman's team has filed claims against Salomon Smith Barney, now operating as Citigroup Global Markets, a unit of Citigroup, Inc. (NYSE:C - News) on behalf of MCI WorldCom investors. These individuals have been financially injured by the fraudulent and inappropriate advice of Salomon Smith Barney. Former Salomon Smith Barney analyst Jack Grubman is also named in the claims.

Current and former WorldCom and MCI shareholders and employees can visit and to view and download the WorldCom class action opt-out form, ``Notice of Class Action.'' Parker & Waichman encourages shareholders to request a free case evaluation before deciding to opt-out of the class action. Parker & Waichman is providing free case evaluations to all current and former WorldCom and MCI shareholders and employees. Parker & Waichman believes many shareholders may benefit from opting out of the class action to pursue individual claims.

Current and former shareholders who desire to opt-out of the WorldCom class action lawsuit must mail the opt-out form or required information no later than February 20, 2004. This will permit them to pursue individual claims against the defendants, including Salomon Smith Barney. Parker & Waichman is encouraging current and former shareholders to explore their legal options before the opt-out deadline expires. Current and former WorldCom and MCI shareholders who do not specifically ``opt-out'' of the class action by filing the required form or information are automatically included in the class action lawsuit.

If You Desire To Opt-Out Of The WorldCom Class Action Lawsuit, You MUST Act By Filing The Opt-Out Form Or Required Information No Later Than February 20, 2004 Or You Will Be Automatically Included In The Class Action.

For more information on Parker & Waichman, LLP please visit or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER. Current and former shareholders are also encouraged to visit

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