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AEQUITRON MEDICAL CHALLENGES CLASS ACTION SUIT INVOLVING APNEA MONITOR

 AEQUITRON MEDICAL CHALLENGES CLASS ACTION SUIT
 INVOLVING APNEA MONITOR
 MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Aequitron Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: AQTN) announced today that a class action suit has been initiated against the company in the Federal District Court of Western Michigan. The plaintiff in the suit seeks damages for the 1985 death of her daughter which she claims occurred while using an Aequitron apnea monitor.
 According to the suit, the plaintiff alleges that Aequitron breached various warranties and duties, and violated certain federal statutes. The plaintiff seeks $15 million in damages for herself and similarly situated members of her class, and $15 million in damages for the estate of her deceased daughter and similarly situated members of her daughter's class. The plaintiff also seeks treble damages under one of the federal statutory claims.
 Aequitron President and CEO Curtis J. Olson said, "We believe that this lawsuit is totally without merit and, based on discussions with counsel, we anticipate no material adverse impact on the company."
 He went on to say, "Although Aequitron remains optimistic about the outcome of the suit, the insurance company that carried Aequitron's liability insurance in 1985 is now insolvent. Consequently, any recovery by the plaintiff will have to be paid directly by the company." Depending on the recovery amount, therefore, a damage award could have a material adverse effect on the company, according to Olson.
 "The health and safety of the people using Aequitron products is our first concern," said Olson. "We continue to stand behind the reliability and safety of our products and we are confident that our reputation for quality, reliability and safety will prevail."
 Aequitron Medical, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets electronic products for home health care and hospital use; and wheelchair lifts and automobile hand controls for the mobility impaired. The company's common stock is traded on the National Market System under the NASDAQ symbol AQTN.
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 /CONTACT: Dave Neuger, 612-333-6621 or 612-699-6730, or Ed Neuger, 612-333-6621 or 612-929-0945 both of Edwin Neuger & Associates for Aequitron Medical/
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