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Case Status:    SETTLED
On or around 10/26/2007 (Date of order of final judgment)

Filing Date: May 29, 2002

On September 5, 2007, the Court issued the Opinion and Order No. 95140. According to the Order, U.S. District Judge John F. Keenan certified the class action, approved the settlement, approved the Plan of Allocation and finalized the award of attorneys’ fees and expenses. On September 19, 2007, the Court entered the Order and Final Judgment for In re Merrill Lynch Research Reports Securities Litigation, 02 MDL 1484.

According to the Notice of Pendency and Proposed Settlement of Class Actions, dated March 19, 2007, for In re Merrill Lynch Research Reports Securities Litigation, 02 MDL 1484, this case, In re Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. B2B HOLDRs Securities Litigation, 02-CV-5002, is part of a proposed settlement of $125 million in cash. A settlement hearing will be held before the Honorable John F. Keenan, United States District Judge of the Southern District of New York to determine whether the settlement should be approved.

On December 19, 2002, the Court entered the Case Management Order #1. According to the Order, the actions filed on behalf of purchasers of depositary receipts of the Merrill Lynch B2B HOLDRs/SM Trust were consolidated and now carried out under In re Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. B2B HOLDRs Securities Litigation, 02-CV-5002(MP). On March 14, 2003, an Amended Complaint was filed. On June 2, 2006, the Court entered the Minute Order signed by Judge Michael B. Mukasey administratively closing the case pursuant to Memorandum from the Administrative Office of the United States Courts dated June 15th, 1973.

In October 2002, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation granted the Merrill Lynch Defendants’ motion to transfer all such cases to the Southern District of New York for coordinated pre-trial proceedings. The cases were transferred to the Honorable Milton Pollack, Senior United States District Judge, and were coordinated under the caption In re Merrill Lynch Research Reports Securities Litigation, 02 MDL 1484.

The complaint alleges that defendants violated Sections 11, 12(a)(2), and 15 of the Securities Act of 1933 by issuing a series of false and misleading statements, and omissions of material fact contained in the Prospectus filed with the SEC on February 24, 2000, for the issuance and initial public offering (the "Offering") of B2B Internet HOLDRS depository receipts, through which defendants raised over $950 million. In particular, it is alleged that the Prospectus was materially false and misleading because it failed to disclose that defendants recommended the purchase of and set price targets for stocks of certain of the companies that were included as assets of the Trust (the "Underlying Securities") without any reasonable factual basis therefor, failed to disclose significant material conflicts of interest to obtain investment banking business for Merrill Lynch and failed to disclose material, non-public, adverse information which they possessed about such companies, as well as their true opinion about such companies. It is further alleged that the Prospectus failed to disclose that, consequently, stocks of the Underlying Securities covered by Merrill Lynch traded at artificially inflated prices, which in turn artificially inflated the price of the B2B Internet HOLDRS throughout the Class Period, causing plaintiff and the other members of the Class to suffer damages.

COMPANY INFORMATION:

Sector: Financial
Industry: Misc. Financial Services
Headquarters: United States

SECURITIES INFORMATION:

Ticker Symbol: BHH
Company Market: American SE
Market Status: Public (Listed)

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COURT: S.D. New York
DOCKET #: 02-CV-2576
JUDGE: Hon. Jerome B. Simandle
DATE FILED: 05/29/2002
CLASS PERIOD START: 02/24/2000
CLASS PERIOD END: 04/08/2002
PLAINTIFF FIRMS NAMED IN COMPLAINT:
  1. Innelli and Molder
    325 Chestnut Street, Suite 903, Innelli and Molder, PA 19106
    215.627.3394 215.627.3397 · admin@innellilaw.com
  2. Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer, LLP (former New York, NY)
    805 Third Avenue, 22nd Floor, Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer, LLP (former New York, NY), NY 10022
    212.687.1980 212.687.7714 · info@kaplanfox.com
  3. Rabin & Peckel LLP
    275 Madison Avenue, 34th Floor, Rabin & Peckel LLP, NY 10016
    212.682.1818 212.682.1892 · email@rabinlaw.com
  4. Stull, Stull & Brody (New York)
    6 East 45th Street, Stull, Stull & Brody (New York), NY 10017
    310.209.2468 310.209.2087 · SSBNY@aol.com
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COURT: S.D. New York
DOCKET #: 02-CV-5002
JUDGE: Hon. Jerome B. Simandle
DATE FILED: 03/14/2003
CLASS PERIOD START: 02/24/2000
CLASS PERIOD END: 04/08/2002
PLAINTIFF FIRMS NAMED IN COMPLAINT:
  1. Abbey Gardy, LLP (New York)
    212 East 39th Street, Abbey Gardy, LLP (New York), NY 10016
    212.889.3700 · info@abbeygardy.com
  2. Beatie & Osborne LLP
    599 Lexington Avenue, 42nd Floor, Beatie & Osborne LLP, NY 10022
    212.888.9000 212.888.9664 ·
  3. Berger & Montague PC
    1622 Locust Street, Berger & Montague PC, PA 19103
    800.424.6690 215.875.4604 · investorprotect@bm.net
  4. Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, P.L.L.C. (Washington, DC)
    1100 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 500, West Tower, Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, P.L.L.C. (Washington, DC), DC 20005
    202.408.4600 202.408.4699 · lawinfo@cmht.com
  5. Finkelstein, Thompson & Loughran
    1050 30th Street, NW, Finkelstein, Thompson & Loughran, DC 20007
    202.337.8000 202.337.8090 · contact@ftllaw.com
  6. Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer, LLP (former New York, NY)
    805 Third Avenue, 22nd Floor, Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer, LLP (former New York, NY), NY 10022
    212.687.1980 212.687.7714 · info@kaplanfox.com
  7. Much Shelist Freed Denenberg Ament & Rubenstein, PC

    800-470-6824 312-621-1750 ·
  8. Pomerantz LLP (New York)
    600 Third Avenue, Pomerantz LLP (New York), NY 10016
    212.661.1100 212.661.8665 · info@pomerantzlaw.com/
  9. Rabin & Peckel LLP
    275 Madison Avenue, 34th Floor, Rabin & Peckel LLP, NY 10016
    212.682.1818 212.682.1892 · email@rabinlaw.com
  10. Shapiro Haber & Urmy LLP (Boston)
    75 State Street, Shapiro Haber & Urmy LLP (Boston), MA 02109
    617.439.3939 617.439.0134 · info@shulaw.com
  11. 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
  12. 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
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