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BENIHANA NATIONAL SUES PLAINTIFFS IN SETTLED STRIKE SUIT

 BENIHANA NATIONAL SUES PLAINTIFFS IN SETTLED STRIKE SUIT
 MIAMI, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Benihana National Corporation


(NASDAQ: BNHN) today announced it has filed suit against four individuals who "have attempted to defame Benihana National."
 BNC filed a two-count complaint against Manuel Asensio, Thomas R. Dilk, Gregory Baxter and Joseph Inloes, the named plaintiffs in a strike suit which had been filed in 1989 against the company, its principal officers and directors and which was recently dismissed in the Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit in and for Broward County, Fla.
 In entering final judgment, which dismissed the strike suit, Judge Patti Englander Henning noted that Asensio's testimony against the settlement was "not worthy of belief," and stated that Asensio had "a hidden agenda." On Jan. 14, 1992, Judge Henning denied a motion for rehearing on the judgment, making the judgment final in the Circuit Court.
 Facing frustrating failures in court, the defendants attempted to discredit Benihana National and to damage and embarrass its officers and directors, according to BNC. The complaint filed by the company outlines the "numerous false and defamatory statements made by Asensio and the other defendants" which form the basis of this action.
 Benihana National also noted that the attorney who filed the complaint withdrew from the representation of the strike suit plaintiffs, a second attorney was purportedly fired, and a third attorney has filed a motion to withdraw which was recently granted by the court.
 "We believe the defendants have been on a personal campaign to hurt the company," said BNC President Joel Schwartz. "There is a price to pay for that type of behavior and we intend for them to pay it," he added.
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 /CONTACT: Joel Schwartz, president of BNC, 305-593-0770/
 (BNHN) CO: Benihana National Corporation ST: Florida IN: LEI SU:


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