Announcement of merger vote count delayed until after Monday TRO hearing

CLEVELAND, September 11 -- A lawsuit against the BLE and UTU was filed in federal court in Cleveland yesterday by three BLE members seeking to stop the BLE-UTU merger vote count, four days after the same suit had been dismissed in Maryland.

The previous suit was dismissed after U.S. District Judge Frederic N. Smalkin found that Baltimore was not the proper location to bring the case.

The case, in U.S. District Court in Cleveland, has been assigned to Judge Ann Aldrich.

In a telephone conference with attorneys from all three sides, Judge Aldrich said that a hearing could not take place until Monday, September 17, because of a scheduling conflict on her part. Aldrich also asked that the announcement of the results of the vote count be voluntarily delayed until after Monday's hearing and her ruling.

The announcement of the results was originally scheduled for Saturday, September, 15. The deadline for receiving ballots remains at noon EDT on September 14.

The hearing will take place Monday morning.

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September 11, 2001
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