This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed Nov 12, 2008.
(*) Net of the deposit related to the judicial proceedings provisioned for, when applicable.
Search and apprehension of ICMS/taxpayer substitution payments considered to be not due
Petrobras was sued in the courts of Goiás, Tocantins, Bahia, Pará, Maranhão and in the Federal District, by oil distribution companies under the allegation that it does not pass on to state governments the Domestic Value-Added Tax (ICMS) collected according to the legislation upon fuel sales.
Of the total amount related to legal actions of approximately R$ 728.895 thousand, up to September 30, 2008, R$ 80.159 thousand had been withdrawn from the Companys accounts as a result of judicial rulings of advance relief, with a provision having been made for losses of R$ 73.902 thousand. On appeal, these judicial rulings of advance relief were annulled.
Petrobras, with the support of the state and federal authorities, has succeeded in stopping the execution of other withdrawals, and is making all possible efforts to obtain reimbursement of the amounts that had been unduly withdrawn from its accounts.
Other restricted deposits
The courts have blocked other amounts due to labor claims that totaled R$ 57.733 thousand as of September 30, 2008 (R$ 23.213 thousand as of June 30, 2008), recorded in non-current assets as judicial deposits.