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THE LOEWEN GROUP INC. ANNOUNCES PROVIDENT LEGAL ACTION

 THE LOEWEN GROUP INC. ANNOUNCES PROVIDENT LEGAL ACTION
 BURNABY, British Columbia, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The following


was issued today by The Loewen Group Inc. (Toronto: LWN):
 The Loewen Group Inc. announced today that it has learned that Provident American Corp., an insurance holding company, of Norristown, Pa., and its wholly owned subsidiary, Provident Indemnity Life Insurance Co. have initiated legal action against TLGI and its wholly owned subsidiary, Loewen Group International Inc., claiming damages in excess of $58 million.
 The dispute relates to previously terminated negotiations between LGII and Provident concerning a possible non-exclusive "pre-need" funeral insurance marketing arrangement between the companies. Despite the fact that no agreement had been reached, Provident chose to announce a "prospective agreement" in November 1991 concerning such an arrangement, and discussed with financial analysts the positive effect such an arrangement might have on Provident.
 The parties did not reach a definitive agreement on the possible arrangement. No agreement was ever signed, nor was any form of agreement approved by the board of TLGI or LGII. Such approval was specified from the outset in the draft documentation prepared by Provident and was a key requirement of any proposed agreement.
 Commenting on the legal action, TLGI Senior Vice President, Law and General Counsel Peter Hyndman said, "The complaint filed by Provident is a gross exaggeration and a gross distortion of the true facts. The motivation attributed to Loewen is totally unfounded."
 TLGI believes the Provident action to be without merit and the amount claimed to be unsupportable. TLGI has instructed external legal counsel to vigorously assert its defenses.
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 /CONTACT: Peter Hyndman, senior VP-law and general counsel of The Loewen Group, 604-299-9321/
 (LWN.) CO: The Loewen Group Inc.; Loewen Group International Inc.; Provident
 American Corp.; Provident Indemnity Life Insurance Co. ST: British Columbia, Pennsylvania IN: INS SU:


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