Monday, August 28, 2006


According to an 8-K filed last week, The Sands Regent (NASDAQ: SNDS), has agreed in principle to settle a shareholder class action, which challenged the proposed merger of Sands Regent with Herbst Gaming, Inc., the operator of the Terrible's casino chain.

The litigation was pending in the Second Judicial District Court for Washoe County, Nevada. Counsel for the plaintiff included Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP and Ademi & O'Reilly, LLP.

A review of the docket reveals that the settlement was reached just one day after an amended complaint was filed.

The settlement requires the defendants to: 1) make certain modifications to the merger documents; 2) amend the disclosures contained in the proxy statement; 3) pay $345,000 in attorneys fees to plaintiffs' counsel.

The proposed merger, which was announced on May 17, 2006 is valued at approximately $148 million.

According to an earlier 8-K, you guessed:
The Company believes the lawsuit is without merit and intends to vigorously defend the action.
Daily Trivia: Herbst Gaming began in 1987 as an offshoot of the family business, Terrible Herbst Oil Company, which now operates 80 gasoline stations and convenience stores throughout Nevada. Herbst Gaming serviced the slot machines located in the Terrible Herbst locations and is now one of the largest slot route operators in the State of Nevada.

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