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HIGH-TECH BASEBALL CARD TRIAL TO BEGIN MONDAY, APRIL 19 IN ORANGE COUNTY

 SANTA ANA, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- A breach-of-contract suit against the Upper Deck Baseball Card Co. and its former and current presidents has been scheduled for trial at 9 a.m., Monday, (April 19) before Orange County Superior Court Judge James W. Cook in Department 6 of the Santa Ana Courthouse.
 Plaintiffs Anthony Passante and Andrew J. Prendiville seek an award of 3 percent of the stock of the multimillion dollar company, which is renown in the world of baseball card collecting as the company combining holographic images on cards of baseball players.
 Passante and his law partner, Prendiville, contend that 3 percent of the company was promised to Passante in return for securing vital financing for Upper Deck Co. at the time of its formation. The defendants -- Upper Deck Co.; Richard P. McWilliams, its current president, and Boris Korbel, its former president, deny such an agreement was made.
 The approaching trial has been the subject of considerable attention in the legal community because the San Diego law firm of Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire & Padilla will premiere in Orange County a high-tech, 21st century system for presenting evidence in the case.
 The trial team, headed by senior partner Vincent J. Bartolotta Jr., plans to use a laser disc coupled with a bar code reader in order to dramatically and instantaneously present on two separate video monitors a variety of evidence ranging from documents to photographs to Upper Deck cards themselves.
 The laser disc-bar code system has been used on previous occasions in San Diego County by Bartolotta's partner, C. Brant Noziska, who, along with associate counsel Eugene Yale, will represent the plaintiffs in the trial.
 So impressed were the San Diego County judges by the high- technology system that they came into a past trial conducted by Noziska to monitor the system for presenting evidence. Subsequently, San Diego's presiding Superior Court Judge James Milliken made a presentation to the State Bar on how such a system could speed trials and save court costs.
 Defendants in the breach of contract case are represented by the law firms of Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth; Baker & McKenzie; and by attorney John Barclay.
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