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GRAPHNET FILES ANTITRUST CLAIM AGAINST MCI INTERNATIONAL

 TEANECK, N.J., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Graphnet, Inc., the international data communications company based in Teaneck, N.J., filed a complaint in federal court today against MCI International, Inc., a subsidiary of MCI Communications Corporation engaged in telex and data transmission services.
 Graphnet's complaint seeks damages against MCII under the federal antitrust laws based upon Graphnet's contention that MCII has engaged in "a scheme and plan to drive Graphnet out of business and to eliminate Graphnet as a competitor in the market for value-added telex and facsimile transmission services." Graphnet contends in its six-count complaint that MCII has sought to monopolize telex transmission services by an unfair rate structure whereby it charges its customers a higher rate for domestic telex transmissions to Graphnet customers than it charges for transmissions to customers of any other carrier.
 Graphnet alleges that this practice has caused it to lose a substantial amount of business as a result of pressure and complaints from MCII's customers to Graphnet's customers about the higher rates, which has caused Graphnet's customers to stop using Graphnet services.
 Graphnet's complaint also alleges that MCII's anticompetitive activities have included maintaining unreasonably low and subsidized rates for international telex transmission services; disparagement and defamation of Graphnet; and the organized recruitment of key marketing and sales employees from Graphnet, thus increasing its marketshare by using Graphnet's proprietary information.
 Graphnet, Inc., headquartered in Teaneck, N.J., is a leader in telecommunications and electronic mail products and services. Graphnet offers a full spectrum of global messaging services, including digitized facsimile, electronic mail, EDI, automated express mail, domestic and international telex, integrated packet circuit switched and frame relay data communications services and network management.
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 /CONTACT: Larry Gabler of Graphnet, Inc., 201-837-5100/


CO: Graphnet, Inc.; MCI International, Inc. ST: New Jersey IN: TLS SU:

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