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          The Int'l Skating Union and its marketing arm, IMG, are
     being sued by a company claiming "fraud and tortuous
     interference in business relations."  Norbert Gschwend and
     Stadion "initiated the suit" in N.Y. on Friday.  They allege
     that IMG and the ISU "conspired to eliminate Stadion by not
     honoring contracts Stadion had with both groups."  Gschwend,
     in a statement released at the World Figure Skating
     Championships: "Our businesses were completely wiped out by
     the way IMG and ISU conspired to steal our ISU contract out
     from under us."  Gschwend "estimated" that Stadion lost $20-
     $30M a year in net profits.  ISU General Secretary Fredi
     Schmid said "the claims of Gschwend against the ISU ... are
     totally unfounded and will be vigorously contested" (AP/
     HARTFORD COURANT, 4/5)....A total of 95,994 attended the
     World Figure Skating Championships at the Target Center in
     Minneapolis, including 9,570 at Sunday's "Celebration of
     Champions" exhibition.  "Thousands more" attended practice
     sessions and related events (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/6).
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