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Report: Asbestos Litigation Disaster for Investors Could Be Repeated With Nanotechnology Unless SEC and FASB Close Eight Major Loopholes Now Preventing Honest Disclosures
Date:6/16/2009

Investor Environmental Health Network Analysis Finds Disturbing Asbestos-Nanotech Parallels That Could Saddle Investors with a Major New Round of Costly Mega-Litigation

WASHINGTON, June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Billions of dollars in potential asbestos-like litigation risks for nanotechnology companies and investors are now hidden due to weak regulations governing disclosures of liabilities, according to a major new report from the Investor Environmental Health Network (IEHN). Nanotechnologies are now commonly found in sunscreen, cosmetics, food, clothing, sporting goods and packaging. Yet some of these technologies are showing signs of posing serious hazards to human health and the environment, including the same kind of grave threats resulting from exposure to asbestos, according to the IEHN report.

The good news for investors is that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) are now in the process of examining disclosure requirements and could remedy the eight securities and accounting loopholes identified in the report. IEHN is a partnership of investment managers overseeing more than $25 billion in assets.

The report and a related video interview with the author are now available online at http://www.iehn.org.

Report author Sanford Lewis, counsel to IEHN, said: "In the midst of the current crisis of investor confidence, our report flags a major new argument for demanding honest accounting. Investors cannot afford the repetition of another asbestos-like wiping out of billions of dollars of equity when it comes to new technologies like nanotechnologies that are seeking investment dollars now. This report is a call to action for regulators to bolster the integrity of securities disclosure and financial reporting, and to restore credibility to the investing marketplace. Based
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SOURCE Investor Environmental Health Network, Falls Church, VA
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