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Case Status:    SETTLED
On or around 07/29/2005 (Date of order of final judgment)

Filing Date: April 26, 2002

According to a press release on the lead counsel’s web site, by order dated August 29, 2006, Judge Vanessa D. Gilmore, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, denied Ernst & Young’s motion to dismiss in the action In re Seitel, Inc. Securities Litigation, which is pending in federal court in Houston, Texas. After the action was filed, Seitel went into bankruptcy and plaintiff entered into a settlement with the company and the management defendants. After the settlement, Ernst & Young, the only remaining defendant, moved to dismiss the amended complaint that had been filed only against it.

On July 29, 2005, the Settlement Fairness Hearing was held, and the Court issued an Order and Final Judgment that same day granting final approval of the Settlement Fund in the amount of $5,250,000. The case is continuing against Ernst &Young LLP. On July 27, 2005 Lead Plaintiff filed a Second Amended Complaint against E&Y and on September 27, 2005, E&Y filed a Motion to Dismiss this complaint, which Lead Plaintiff opposed on November 14, 2005.

According to the Company’s FORM 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2005, eleven lawsuits were consolidated by an Order entered August 7, 2002, under Cause No. 02-1566, styled In re Seitel, Inc. Securities Litigation, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The Court appointed a lead plaintiff and lead counsel for plaintiffs, who subsequently filed a consolidated amended complaint, which added the Company's previous auditors, Ernst & Young LLP, as a defendant. The consolidated amended complaint alleged that during a proposed class period of May 5, 2000 through April 1, 2002, the defendants violated sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 by overstating revenues in violation of generally accepted accounting principles. The plaintiffs sought an unspecified amount of actual and exemplary damages, costs of court, pre- and post-judgment interest and attorneys' and experts' fees. The Company, its named current and/or former directors and officers, and the class representative entered into a memorandum of understanding, which contemplated allowance of a "class claim" to assert the rights of the class in the Chapter 11 Cases and an ultimate settlement for cash to be funded out of the Debtors' cash and directors' and officers' insurance policies. The memorandum of understanding was approved upon notice and a hearing by order of the Bankruptcy Court dated December 10, 2003. Pursuant thereto, the Company funded its portion of the settlement amount ($980,000) to an escrow account in 2003. The parties have since finalized their settlement agreement, which contains terms substantially in accordance with the terms of the memorandum of understanding. On December 29, 2004, the Bankruptcy Court granted Seitel's motion for approval of the parties' full settlement agreement. By order dated July 29, 2005, the United States District Court approved the parties' settlement. The carrier of the Company's directors' and officers' insurance policies is obligated to timely fund the balance of the settlement (its portion), in accordance with the terms of the order. The action is expected to continue as between the class representative and Ernst & Young LLP.

The original complaint alleges that defendants improperly recognized revenue and net income during fiscal years 2000 and 2001 by recording revenue on data licensing contracts, prior to specific data being selected by and delivered to its customers. The complaint further alleges that top insiders profited illegally from insider trading in Seitel's common stock and earned exorbitant commissions and bonuses that were tied to reported revenue and earnings. During the Class Period and as a result of defendants' misrepresentations, shares of Seitel common stock traded as high as $23.03 per share. Seitel currently trades, after having restated its false financial statements, at approximately $8.00 per share. On May 3, 2002, Seitel issued a press release acknowledging that the financial statements it issued during the class period were not prepared in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles. Seitel also acknowledged that the May 3, 2002 disclosures were a result of its conversations with the SEC.

COMPANY INFORMATION:

Sector: Energy
Industry: Oil Well Services & Equipment
Headquarters: United States

SECURITIES INFORMATION:

Ticker Symbol: SEI
Company Market: New York SE
Market Status: Public (Listed)

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COURT: S.D. Texas
DOCKET #: 02-CV-01566
JUDGE: Hon. Ewing Werlein, Jr.
DATE FILED: 04/26/2002
CLASS PERIOD START: 07/13/2000
CLASS PERIOD END: 04/01/2002
PLAINTIFF FIRMS NAMED IN COMPLAINT:
  1. Berger & Montague PC
    1622 Locust Street, Berger & Montague PC, PA 19103
    800.424.6690 215.875.4604 · investorprotect@bm.net
  2. Berman DeValerio Pease Tabacco Burt & Pucillo (FL)
    515 North Flagler Drive - Suite 1701, Berman DeValerio Pease Tabacco Burt & Pucillo (FL), FL 33401
    561.835.9400 ·
  3. Brian Felgoise
    230 South Broad Street, Suite 404 , Brian Felgoise, PA 19102
    215.735.6810 215/735.5185. ·
  4. Cauley Geller Bowman Coates & Rudman LLP (Little Rock, AR)
    P.O. Box 25438, Cauley Geller Bowman Coates & Rudman LLP (Little Rock, AR), AR 72221-5438
    501.312.8500 501.312.8505 ·
  5. Federman & Sherwood (Oklahoma City)
    120 North Robinson, Suite 2720, Federman & Sherwood (Oklahoma City), OK 73102
    405-235-1560 · wfederman@aol.com
  6. Holzer Holzer & Cannon, LLP
    1117 Perimeter Center West, Suite E-107 , Holzer Holzer & Cannon, LLP , GA 30338
    888.508.6832 · holzerlaw@aol.com
  7. Law Offices of Charles J. Piven, P.A.
    World Trade Center-Baltimore,401 East Pratt Suite 2525, Law Offices of Charles J. Piven, P.A., MD 21202
    410.332.0030 · pivenlaw@erols.com
  8. LeBlanc & Waddell, LLC
    201 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 3204, LeBlanc & Waddell, LLC, LA 70170
    504.523.9900 504.522.9300 ·
  9. Leo W. Desmond
    2161 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, Suite 204, Leo W. Desmond, FL 33409
    561.712.8000 561.712.8000 · stocklaw@bellsouth.net
  10. Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP (New York, NY)
    One Pennsylvania Plaza, Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP (New York, NY), NY 10119-1065
    212.594.5300 ·
  11. Rabin & Peckel LLP
    275 Madison Avenue, 34th Floor, Rabin & Peckel LLP, NY 10016
    212.682.1818 212.682.1892 · email@rabinlaw.com
  12. Schiffrin & Barroway LLP
    3 Bala Plaza E, Schiffrin & Barroway LLP, PA 19004
    610.667.7706 610.667.7056 · info@sbclasslaw.com
  13. The Emerson Firm
    2228 Cottondale Avenue, Suite 100, The Emerson Firm, AR 72202
    800.663.9817 501.907.2556 · epllp@emersonpoynter.com
  14. Wechsler Harwood LLP
    488 Madison Avenue 8th Floor, Wechsler Harwood LLP, NY 10022
    212.935.7400 · info@whhf.com
  15. Weiss & Yourman (New York, NY)
    The French Building, 551 Fifth Ave., Suite 1600, Weiss & Yourman (New York, NY), NY 10126
    212.682.3025 212.682.3010 · info@wyca.com
  16. Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP (New York)
    270 Madison Avenue, Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP (New York), NY 10016
    212.545.4600 212.686.0114 · newyork@whafh.com
  17. Wolf Popper, LLP
    845 Third Avenue, Wolf Popper, LLP, NY 10022-6689
    877.370.7703 212.486.2093 · IRRep@wolfpopper.com
  18. Zwerling, Schachter, Zwerling & Koppell LLP
    767 Third Avenue , Zwerling, Schachter, Zwerling & Koppell LLP, NY 10017
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COURT: S.D. Texas
DOCKET #: 02-CV-01566
JUDGE: Hon. Ewing Werlein, Jr.
DATE FILED: 12/06/2002
CLASS PERIOD START: 05/05/2000
CLASS PERIOD END: 04/01/2002
PLAINTIFF FIRMS NAMED IN COMPLAINT:
  1. Cunningham, Welsh, Darlow, Zook & Chapoton, LLP
    600 Travis, Suite 1700, Cunningham, Welsh, Darlow, Zook & Chapoton, LLP, TX 77002
    713.255.5500 713.255.5555 · info@cdzc.com
  2. Wolf Popper, LLP
    845 Third Avenue, Wolf Popper, LLP, NY 10022-6689
    877.370.7703 212.486.2093 · IRRep@wolfpopper.com
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