Kirby McInerney & Squire LLP Commences Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Charter Communications Investors -- CHTR

New York, New York, UNITED STATES

NEW YORK, Aug. 6, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Please take notice that the law firm of Kirby McInerney & Squire, LLP has commenced a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California on behalf of all purchasers of Charter Communications, Inc. securities (Nasdaq:CHTR) during the period from November 9, 1999 through July 17, 2002 (the "Class Period"). The action seeks to recover losses suffered by such investors.

A copy of the complaint is available from the Court or from Kirby McInerney & Squire. Please visit our website, which offers summary and detailed information concerning the case at, or contact us by phone at (888) 529-4787 or by email at

The complaint asserts claims for violation of Section 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 against Charter Communications, as well as its Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officers. The alleged violations, according to the complaint, stem from materially false and misleading statements made by the defendants during the Class Period that, as detailed below: (i) materially misrepresented Charter Communications' financial performance; thereby (ii) causing Charter Communications securities to trade at artificially-inflated prices.

The complaint alleges that defendants: (i) overstated Charter's revenue; (ii) failed to account appropriately for installation costs; and (iii) artificially inflated the reported number of subscribers for the Company's basic cable services. On July 18, 2002, when a Merrill Lynch analyst expressed concerns about potentially misleading accounting practices, Charter's stock fell more than 13%. A subsequent article in Forbes discusses a Credit Suisse First Boston report that further amplifies these concerns and describes how Charter handles the impact of "churn" -- labor and advertising costs -- on the Company's balance sheet, by improperly capitalizing approximately 30% of its installation labor costs over an extended time period.

Plaintiffs are represented by Kirby McInerney & Squire, LLP, which specializes in complex litigation, including securities class actions. The firm has repeatedly demonstrated its expertise in this field, and has been recognized by various courts which have appointed the firm to major positions in consolidated and multi-district litigation. The firm's efforts on behalf of shareholders in securities litigation have resulted in recoveries totaling hundreds of millions of dollars, and its achievements and quality of service have been chronicled in numerous published decisions. More information about the firm, class actions in general or about the role of the lead plaintiff in a securities class action can be obtained through Kirby McInerney & Squire's website at

If you are a member of the class described above, you may, no later than September 30, 2002, move the Court to serve as lead plaintiff of the class, if you so choose, pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "PSLRA"), 15 U.S.C. section 78u-4(a). A lead plaintiff is a representative party that acts on behalf of other class members in directing the litigation. 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 seek appointment as a lead plaintiff. For more information about the case, its claims, and your rights, please contact:

 Ira M. Press, Esq.
 Ori Braun
 830 Third Avenue, 10th Floor
 New York, New York  10022
 Telephone:  (212) 317-2300
 or Toll Free (888) 529-4787

More information on this and other class actions can be found on the Class Action Newsline at