Shareholder Class Action Filed Against United Rentals, Inc. By The Law Firm Of Schiffrin & Barroway, LLP -- URI

Radnor, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES

BALA CYNWYD, Pa., Nov. 12, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- The following statement was issued today by the law firm of Schiffrin & Barroway, LLP:

Notice is hereby given that a class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut on behalf of all securities purchasers of the United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE:URI) ("United Rentals" or the "Company") from October 23, 2003 through August 30, 2004 inclusive (the "Class Period").

If you wish to discuss this action or have any questions concerning this notice or your rights or interests with respect to these matters, please contact Schiffrin & Barroway, LLP (Marc A. Topaz, Esq. or Darren J. Check, Esq.) toll free at 1-888-299-7706 or 1-610-667-7706, or via e-mail at

The complaint charges United Rentals, Wayland R. Hicks, Bradley S. Jacobs, John N. Milne , and Joseph B. Sherk with violations of Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder. More specifically, the complaint alleges that the Company failed to disclose and misrepresented the following material adverse facts which were known to defendants or recklessly disregarded by them: (1) that the Company, in an effort to generate a more favorable stock price and raise capital, manipulated its financial results through the use of restructuring charges, asset writedowns, and debt refinancing; (2) that the Company improperly delayed recognition of bad accounts receivable; (3) that as a result of these manipulations, the Company's announced financial results were in violation of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"); and (4) that the Company's financial results were materially inflated at all relevant times.

On August 30, 2004, United Rentals announced that it had received notice that the SEC was conducting a non-public, fact-finding inquiry of the company. The notice was accompanied by a subpoena requesting the production of documents relating to certain of the Company's accounting records. News of this shocked the market. Shares of United Rentals fell $4.39 per share, or 21.53 percent, to close at $16.00 per share on August 30, 2004 on unusually heavy trading volume.

Plaintiff seeks to recover damages on behalf of class members and is represented by the law firm of Schiffrin & Barroway, which prosecutes class actions in both state and federal courts throughout the country. Schiffrin & Barroway is a driving force behind corporate governance reform, and has recovered in excess of a billion dollars on behalf of institutional and high net worth individual investors. For more information about Schiffrin & Barroway, or to sign up to participate in this action online, please visit

If you are a member of the class described above, you may, not later than November 29, 2004 move the Court to serve as lead plaintiff of the class, if you so choose. A lead plaintiff is a representative party that acts on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. In order to be appointed lead plaintiff, the Court must determine that the class member's claim is typical of the claims of other class members, and that the class member will adequately represent the class. Under certain circumstances, one or more class members may together serve as "lead plaintiff." Your ability to share in any recovery is not, however, affected by the decision whether or not to serve as a lead plaintiff. You may retain Schiffrin & Barroway, or other counsel of your choice, to serve as your counsel in this action.

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