New York (July 27, 2004) -- Investors have filed a class-action lawsuit against Cardinal Healthcare Inc., an Ohio-based wholesale distributor of pharmaceutical products, several of its top executives, and its auditor, Ernst & Young.

In addition to Cardinal and E&Y, the lawsuit, filed on July 21 on behalf of purchasers of Cardinal securities between Oct. 24, 2000, and June 30, 2004, names as defendants Cardinal chairman and chief executive Robert D. Walter, chief operating officer George L. Fotiades and chief financial officer Richard J. Miller. The suit seeks compensatory damages and legal costs and expenses.

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