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Case Status:    SETTLED
On or around 01/10/2011 (Date of order of final judgment)

Filing Date: September 05, 2003

On 10/25/10 The Hon. Catherine C. Blake signed the Final Order and Judgment.

On 5/29/2009 the Final Stipulation was signed, based on Stipulation dated 4/22/10.

According to the latest docket dated November 5, 2007, discovery has been proceeding in the multi-district mutual funds litigation. Simultaneously, some of the defendants have been involved in settlement discussions with the plaintiffs. This settlement process has been impacted by parallel regulatory proceedings occurring at the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Nevertheless, the court has been advised that several settlements have been agreed upon in principle. Additionally, numerous individuals and firms have been voluntarily dismissed by plaintiffs throughout 2005 and 2006. On June 11, 2007, the over-seeing judges issued a scheduling order calling for completion of discovery by March 28, 2008.

On October 19, 2007 the three judges over-seeing the mutual funds sub-tracks submitted an order denying defendants’ motions to dismiss for “lack of standing”.

On March 17, 2006 defendant Bank of America Corporation was dismissed without prejudice from the mutual funds class action.

On October 13, 2004 defendants T. Rowe Price were voluntarily dismissed. An amended complaint against the Invesco Funds Group was filed on December 7, 2004. Several motions to dismiss the September 30, 2004 complaints were filed in February and March of 2005.

On September 30, 2004, a Consolidated Amended Complaint was filed.

In March 2004, all actions were transferred to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings in MDL 1586.

The Complaint alleges that defendants violated Sections 11 and 15 of the Securities Act of 1933; Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder; and Section 206 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. The Complaint charges that, throughout the Class Period, defendants failed to disclose that they improperly allowed certain hedge funds, such as Canary, to engage in the 'timing' of their transactions in the Funds' securities. Timing is excessive, arbitrage trading undertaken to turn a quick profit. Timing injures ordinary mutual fund investors -- who are not allowed to engage in such practices -- and is acknowledged as an improper practice by the Funds. In return for receiving extra fees from Canary and other favored investors, Strong Financial Corporation and its subsidiaries allowed and facilitated Canary's timing activities, to the detriment of class members, who paid, dollar for dollar, for Canary's improper profits. These practices were undisclosed in the prospectuses of the Funds, which falsely represented that the Funds actively police against timing.

A number of putative stockholder class action lawsuits were filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin against defendants Strong Financial Corporation, Strong Capital Management, Inc., and each of the Funds' registrants and issuers. The Funds, and the symbols for the respective Funds are named as follows:

Strong Advisor Bond Fund (SVBDX, SADBX, SABCX, SIBNX, F008W1, SBDIX);
Strong Advisor Municipal Bond Fund (SAMAX, SMBBX, F00BH8);
Strong Advisor Municipal Select Fund (SMUIX, STAEX, F005LZ, F005M9);
Strong Advisor Short Duration Bond A Fund (STSDX, SSDKX, SSHCX, STGBX);
Strong Advisor Common Stock Fund (SCSAX, SCSKX, STSAX, STCSX);
Strong Advisor Endeavor Large Cap Fund (STALX, F008GO);
Strong Advisor Focus Fund (F005MO, F005M7, F005LT);
Strong Advisor International Core Fund (F008GQ, F008GR, F008GS);
Strong Advisor Large Company Core Fund (SLGAX, F00AO2, F00AO3, SLCKX);
Strong Advisor Mid-Cap Growth Fund (F005LQ, F005M1, F005LO, SMDCX);
Strong Advisor Small Cap Value Fund (SMVAX, SMVBX, SMVCX, SSMVX);
Strong Advisor Strategic Income Fund (SASAX, F005L7, SASCX Strong Advisor Technology Fund (SASCX, F005LM, F005LM);
Strong Advisor U.S. Small/Mid Cap Growth Fund (F009D0, F009D1);
Strong Advisor U.S. Value (F005M2, F005M5, F005MA, SEQKX, SEQIX);
Strong Advisor Utilities and Energy Fund (SUEAX, F00AED, F00AEE, F009D5);
Strong All Cap Value Fund (F009D5);
Strong Asia Pacific Fund (SASPX);
Strong Balanced Fund (STAAX);
Strong Blue Chip Fund (SBCHX);
Strong Discovery Fund (STDIX);
Strong Dividend Income Fund (SDVIX, F008VY);
Strong Dow 30 Value Fund (SDOWX);
Strong Endeavor Fund (SENDX);
Strong Energy Fund (SENGX);
Strong Enterprise Fund (SENAX, F04ANX, SENTX, SEPKX);
Strong Growth & Income Fund (SGNAX, SGNIX, SGRIX, SGIKX);
Strong Growth 20 Fund (SGTWX, SGRTX, SGRAX, F00B67, SGRNX);
Strong Growth Fund (SGROX, SGRKX);
Strong Index 500 Fund (SINEX);
Strong Large Cap Core Fund (SLCRX);
Strong Large Cap Growth Fund (STRFX);
Strong Large Company Growth Fund (SLGIX, F04ANY);
Strong Mid Cap Disciplined Fund (SMCDX);
Strong Multi-Cap Value Fund (SMTVX);
Strong Opportunity Fund (SOPVX, SOPFX, F00AH2);
Strong Overseas Fund (F00B4I, SOVRX);
Strong Small Company Value Fund (F009D3);
Strong Technology 100 Fund (STEKX);
Strong U.S. Emerging Growth Fund (SEMRX);
Strong Value Fund (STVAX);
Strong Life Stages - Aggressive Portfolio Fund (SAGGX);
Strong Life Stages - Conservative Portfolio Fund (SCONX);
Strong Life Stages - Moderate Portfolio Fund (SMDPX);
Strong Corporate Bond Fund (SCBDX, SCBNX, STCBX);
Strong Corporate Income Fund (SCORX);
Strong High-Yield Bond Fund (SHBAX, SHYYX, STHYX);
Strong Government Securities Fund (SGVDX, F00B66, SGVIX, STVSX);
Strong High-Yield Municipal Bond Fund (SHYLX);
Strong Intermediate Municipal Bond Fund (SIMBX);
Strong Municipal Bond Fund (SXFIX);
Strong Minnesota Tax-Free Fund (F00B64, F00B65, F00B63 Strong Wisconsin Tax-Free Fund (F0068K);
Strong Short-Term High-Yield Municipal Bond Fund (SSHMX, SSTHX, STHBX);
Strong Short-Term Municipal Bond Fund (F00B62, STSMX);
Strong Short-Term Income Fund (F00B1K);
Strong Short-Term Bond Fund (SSTVX, SSHIX, SSTBX);
Strong Ultra Short-Term Income Fund (SADAX, SADIX, STADX);
Strong Ultra Short-Term Municipal Income Fund (SMAVX, SMAIX, SMUAX);
Strong Florida Municipal Money Market Fund (SLFXX);
Strong Heritage Money Fund (SHMXX);
Strong Money Market Fund (SMNXX);
Strong Municipal Money Market Fund (SXFXX);
Strong Tax-Free Money Fund (STMXX)

NOTE: The lawsuit of Wisconsin was filed on behalf of all purchasers, redeemers and holders of shares of the Strong Growth Fund, Strong Large-Cap Growth Fund , Strong Growth 20 Fund , Strong Advisor Mid-Cap Growth Fund , Strong Dividend Income Fund , and other funds managed by Strong Capital Management, Inc. between October 26, 2002 and September 3, 2003 (the 'Class Period').

COMPANY INFORMATION:

Sector: Financial
Industry: Investment Services
Headquarters: United States

SECURITIES INFORMATION:

Ticker Symbol:
Company Market: Privately Traded
Market Status: Privately Held

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COURT: D. Maryland
DOCKET #: 03-CV-04221
JUDGE: Hon. Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr.
DATE FILED: 09/05/2003
CLASS PERIOD START: 10/01/1998
CLASS PERIOD END: 07/03/2003
PLAINTIFF FIRMS NAMED IN COMPLAINT:
  1. Barrack, Rodos & Bacine (former New York)
    170 E. 61st Street, Second Floor, Barrack, Rodos & Bacine (former New York), NY 10021
    212.688.0782 212.688.0783 · info@barrack.com
  2. Brodsky & Smith, LLC (former Pennysylvania)
    11 Bala Avenue, Suite 39, Brodsky & Smith, LLC (former Pennysylvania), PA 19004
    610.668.7987 610.660.0450 · esmith@Brodsky-Smith.com
  3. Bull & Lifshitz
    18 East 41st St., Bull & Lifshitz, NY 10017
    212.213.6222 212.213.9405 ·
  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. 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 ·
  6. Murray, Frank & Sailer LLP (Milwaukee)
    3181 South 27th Street, Murray, Frank & Sailer LLP (Milwaukee), WI 53215
    866.264.3995 414.482.8001 · info@murrayfrank.com
  7. Reinhardt, Wendorf & Blanchfield Attorneys at Law
    E-1000 First National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota Street, Reinhardt, Wendorf & Blanchfield Attorneys at Law, MN 55101
    800.465.1592 651.297.6543 · info@ralawfirm.com
  8. Schiffrin & Barroway LLP
    3 Bala Plaza E, Schiffrin & Barroway LLP, PA 19004
    610.667.7706 610.667.7056 · info@sbclasslaw.com
  9. Spector Roseman & Kodroff (San Diego)
    1818 Market Street, Suite 2500, Spector Roseman & Kodroff (San Diego), PA 19103
    215.496.0300 215.496.6611 ·
  10. The Emerson Firm
    2228 Cottondale Avenue, Suite 100, The Emerson Firm, AR 72202
    800.663.9817 501.907.2556 · epllp@emersonpoynter.com
  11. Zwerling, Schachter, Zwerling & Koppell LLP
    767 Third Avenue , Zwerling, Schachter, Zwerling & Koppell LLP, NY 10017
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COURT: D. Maryland
DOCKET #: 04-MD-15864
JUDGE: Hon. Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr.
DATE FILED: 09/30/2004
CLASS PERIOD START: 01/01/1999
CLASS PERIOD END: 09/03/2003
PLAINTIFF FIRMS NAMED IN COMPLAINT:
  1. Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman LLP (New York)
    One Pennsylvania Plaza, 49th Floor, Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman LLP (New York), NY 10119
    212.594.5300 212.868.1229 · info@milbergweiss.com
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