Bell Atlantic Statement on Domestic Partner Lawsuit

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Bell Atlantic Statement on
Domestic Partner Lawsuit

May 18, 1998

Media contact:

Steve Marcus,
212-395-2363

The following is Bell Atlantic's response to a domestic partner lawsuit,
that was filed against the corporation today in U.S. District Court in Manhattan:

We believe that our policy on domestic partner benefits complies fully with all
applicable laws and regulations.

Last fall, the plaintiff's attorney filed a similar suit in the state court.
We said at the time that in our view the suit had no merit, and it was subsequently
withdrawn.

Now the plaintiff's attorney is trying again, this time in federal court. Bell
Atlantic's position has not changed. We believe that this lawsuit has no merit,
either.

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