United States District Court, S.D. New York
May 7, 2004.
IN RE WORLDCOM, INC. SECURITIES LITIGATION; IN RE WORLDCOM, INC. ERISA LITIGATION This Document Relates to: ALL ACTIONS This Document Relates to: All Actions
The opinion of the court was delivered by: DENISE COTE, District Judge
In an Opinion and Order of April 15, 2004 ("April 15 Opinion"), the
Court granted the Government's request to embargo depositions and
interrogatories of seven witnesses the Government expects to be critical
witnesses at the trial of former WorldCom Chief Executive Officer Bernard
J. Ebbers. The April 15 Opinion reserved judgment on the Government's
request to embargo an additional six witnesses. Pursuant to the Court's
direction at the conference on April 29, parties to this litigation
provided the Government with the names of additional witnesses they
intended to depose and who they believed the Government would seek to
embargo. In a May 3 letter, the Government requested that the Court
embargo six witnesses: Michael Higgins, Lisa Taranto, Robert Pierson, Jon
McGuire, Ashwin Damodaran, and Kimber McDowell. For the reasons stated on
the record at the conference on May 7, 2004, and in the Opinion and Order
of April 15, 2004, it is hereby ORDERED that the Government's request to embargo the six additional
witnesses listed in its May 3 letter is granted.
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