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Case Status:    SETTLED
On or around 03/21/2007 (Date of order of final judgment)

Filing Date: March 01, 2005

By the Order and Final Judgment entered on March 21, 2007, and signed by U.S. District Judge Richard A. Schell, the settlement is approved as fair, reasonable and adequate, and the Class Members and the parties are directed to consummate the Settlement in accordance with the terms and provisions of the Stipulation. The Complaint is dismissed with prejudice.

On February 1, 2007, the Court issued a Report and Recommendations that the motion settlement is approved and that both the proposed plan of allocation and attorneys’ fees and expenses should be granted. On February 21, 2007, the Court entered the Order adopting the Report and Recommendations. Plaintiffs’ counsel was awarded $1,000,000.00 in attorneys' fees and $73,384.00 in expenses.

On October 9, 2006, a Stipulation and Agreement of Settlement – Corrected was filed. According to the Stipulation, the proposed settlement is in the amount of $3 million. The Settlement Fairness Hearing has been set for January 19, 2007.

On May 17, 2005, the Court entered the Order granting the motion to consolidate the cases into 4:05cv78. On June 3, 2006, the Court entered the Order appointing the ANSI Institutional Group as Lead Plaintiff and appointing Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman LLP and Entwistle & Cappucci LLP as Co-Lead Counsel, and the law firm of Claxton & Hill PLLC as Liaision Counsel. On September 28, 2005, the plaintiffs filed a Consolidated Amended Class Action Complaint, and on January 13, 2006, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss the Consolidated Amended Class Action Complaint. Before any ruling on the motion to dismiss, on August 24, 2006, a Joint Notice of Settlement was filed.

The original complaint alleges that defendants' Class Period statements about the Company's strong performance, made in quarterly press releases and SEC filings, were materially false and misleading because: (a) as part of its marketing strategy, the Company improperly paid certain physicians $1,000 for each device implanted in patients; (b) the Company's strong growth was driven, in material part, by improperly paying off physicians to recommend and implant ANSI products in patients; (c) the Company's growth was dependent on an improper and unethical practices that were inherently unsustainable, presenting a material and undisclosed risk to ANSI's business and stock price; and (d) the Company's much-touted relationship with its physician customers was, in fact, based on payments to physicians for recommending the Company's products and did not, as defendants represented, reflect growing acceptance of its products based on their benefits.

The complaint further states defendants engaged in the alleged wrongdoing so that they could profit by selling their personally held ANSI shares at artificially inflated prices. During the Class Period, ANSI insiders, including certain of ANSI’s officers, sold a total of 700,759 shares of ANSI stock for gross proceeds of $28,617,666.

On or around February 17, 2004, before the open of trading, defendants revealed that the Company had received a subpoena from the Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services, "requesting documents relating to the Company's sales and marketing, reimbursement, Medicare and Medicaid billing, and certain other business practices." In addition, defendants announced that revenues in the first quarter of 2005 could be below previous expectations, based on early indications. In reaction to this announcement, the price of ANSI common stock plummeted, falling from $37.60 per share on February 16, 2005 to $29.37 per share on February 17, 2005, a one-day drop of 22% on unusually heavy trading volume of more than 7.9 million shares.

COMPANY INFORMATION:

Sector: Healthcare
Industry: Medical Equipment & Supplies
Headquarters: United States

SECURITIES INFORMATION:

Ticker Symbol: ANSI
Company Market: NASDAQ
Market Status: Public (Listed)

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COURT: E.D. Texas
DOCKET #: 05-CV-00078
JUDGE: Hon. Don D. Bush
DATE FILED: 03/01/2005
CLASS PERIOD START: 04/24/2003
CLASS PERIOD END: 02/16/2005
PLAINTIFF FIRMS NAMED IN COMPLAINT:
  1. Baron & Budd, P.C. (Dallas)
    3102 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 1100, Baron & Budd, P.C. (Dallas), TX 75219
    800-946-9646 · info@baronbudd.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. Dyer & Shuman, LLP
    801 East 17th Avenue, Dyer & Shuman, LLP, CO 80218-1417
    303.861.3003 800.711.6483 · info@dyershuman.com
  4. Federman & Sherwood (Oklahoma City)
    120 North Robinson, Suite 2720, Federman & Sherwood (Oklahoma City), OK 73102
    405-235-1560 · wfederman@aol.com
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Paskowitz & Associates
    60 East 42nd Street, 46th Floor, Paskowitz & Associates, NY 10165
    212.685.0969 212.685.2306 · classattorney@aol.com
  8. Schatz & Nobel, P.C.
    330 Main Street, Schatz & Nobel, P.C., CT 06106
    800.797.5499 860.493.6290 · sn06106@AOL.com
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COURT: E.D. Texas
DOCKET #: 05-CV-00078
JUDGE: Hon. Don D. Bush
DATE FILED: 09/28/2005
CLASS PERIOD START: 04/24/2003
CLASS PERIOD END: 02/16/2005
PLAINTIFF FIRMS NAMED IN COMPLAINT:
  1. Baron & Budd, P.C.
    312 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 1100, Baron & Budd, P.C., TX 75219
    1800-946-9646 · info@baronandbudd.com
  2. Claxton & Hill
    3131 McKinney Ave., Suite 700 LB 103, Claxton & Hill, TX 75204-2471
    214.969.9099 ·
  3. Entwistle & Cappucci LLP
    299 Park Avenue, 14th Floor, Entwistle & Cappucci LLP, NY 10171
    212.894.7200 212.894.7272 · info@entwistle-law.com
  4. Goodkind Labaton Rudoff & Sucharow LLP
    100 Park Avenue, Goodkind Labaton Rudoff & Sucharow LLP, NY 10017
    212.907.0700 212.818.0477 · info@glrslaw.com
  5. Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos, PC
    One Charles Center, 100 N. Charles St., Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos, PC, MA 21201-3804
    800.556.5522 410.649.2110 ·
  6. 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
  7. Paskowitz & Associates
    60 East 42nd Street, 46th Floor, Paskowitz & Associates, NY 10165
    212.685.0969 212.685.2306 · classattorney@aol.com
  8. Provost & Umphrey Law Firm, LLP (Dallas )
    3232 McKinney Avenue, Suite 700, Provost & Umphrey Law Firm, LLP (Dallas ), TX 75204
    214.744.3000 214.744.3015 · info@provostumphrey.com
  9. Schiffrin & Barroway LLP
    3 Bala Plaza E, Schiffrin & Barroway LLP, PA 19004
    610.667.7706 610.667.7056 · info@sbclasslaw.com
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