New York (March 19, 2004) -- Fourteen states have called for KPMG to be disqualified as WorldCom's auditor.

In a brief filed this week in bankruptcy court in the Southern District of New York, 14 states, led by Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue Alan LeBovidge, asked the court to disqualify the Big Four firm from serving as WorldCom's accountant and requested that KPMG give up $146 million in fees it received or has applied for from the company, which filed the largest bankruptcy in history in July 2002.

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