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Viragen Commences Legal Action Citing Illegal Use Of Internet Message Boards

Monday March 5  9:44am
Source: PR Newswire

PLANTATION, Fla., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Viragen, Inc. (Amex: VRA) today announced the filing of a defamation, slander and libel lawsuit in the Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit In and For Broward County, Florida. A Company spokesperson stated that this is the first in a series of vigorous legal actions against named Internet users. The lawsuit alleges that false, misleading, malicious and untrue statements were intentionally made by the defendants. Viragen is seeking damages and has reserved its right to amend the Complaint to seek punitive damages in excess of $1,000,000.

Mr. Carl Singer, Viragen's Chairman Emeritus, stated, "Viragen will not tolerate any illegal attempts to spread libelous or defamatory information."

In this case it is alleged that the defendants systematically drafted, communicated, published and disseminated under one or more aliases a series of maliciously false and defamatory publications over the World Wide Web via the Raging Bull(TM) Message Board.

Viragen, Inc. is engaged in the research, development and manufacture of immunomodulatory therapeutic products including natural human interferon and human monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of various life-threatening and debilitating diseases such as hepatitis B & C, multiple sclerosis and cancer.

In addition to developing a portfolio of proprietary cancer-fighting drugs, Viragen is engaged in a project designed to deliver efficient, cost- effective alternatives to the biopharmaceutical industry for the large-scale production of protein-based drugs. Viragen holds the worldwide exclusive license to commercialize "Avian (bird) Transgenic Technology" which promises a much faster, cost-effective and virtually unlimited production process.

Please contact them for your free copy of Viragen's latest VHS video, "The Avian Project."

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    Mel Rothberg, Executive Vice President
    Phone: (954) 233-8746; Fax: (954) 233-8743

    Douglas Calder, Director of Communications
    Phone: (954) 233-8746; Fax: (954) 233-1414

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Source: Viragen, Inc.
Contact: Mel Rothberg, Executive Vice President, 954-233-8746, or fax, 954-233-8743, or e-mail,, or Douglas Calder, Director of Communications, 954-233-8746, fax, 954-233-1414, or e-mail,