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COURT GIVES PRELIMINARY APPROVAL TO PROPOSED MENTOR BREAST IMPLANT SETTLEMENT

 SANTA BARBARA, Calif., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Mentor Corp. (NASDAQ: MNTR) today reported that the United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama, has given preliminary approval to the proposed class settlement agreement which will settle all breast implant litigation and claims against the company. The court also issued an order staying all federal and state litigation brought by breast implant claimants against the company pending a fairness hearing on Sept. 9, 1993, to determine final approval.
 As previously announced, the agreement will establish a settlement fund of $24 million to be funded by the company and its insurers. It will settle all claims alleging injury due to breast implants, asserted now or brought in the future, in federal or state courts, for breast implants implanted prior to June 1, 1993.
 In order to meet Mentor's payment obligations to the settlement fund, the company's board of directors has determined that, effective immediately, it is necessary to suspend future payments of the quarterly dividend of $0.04 per share of common stock.
 Mentor Corp. produces medical and surgical devices for the specialties of urology, ophthalmology and plastic surgery.
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 /CONTACT: Christopher J. Conway, chairman of Mentor, 805-681-6000; or William F. Coffin of Coffin Communications, 818-578-0500, for Mentor/
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CO: Mentor Corp. ST: California IN: MTC SU: DIV

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