This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed Apr 10, 2007.
Plaintiff: Adailton de Oliveira Bittencourt and Others
Adailton de Oliveira Bittencourt and Others, filed Labor claims for payment of break and lunch hour, after introduction of 6 working hours per day by 1988 Brazilian Constitution. Period claimed: September 28, 1989 to November 30, 1992 due to the introduction of a six-hour working day by the 1988 Federal Constitution. Denied in first instance. Appeal granted by the Regional Labor Tribunal (TRT). Petrobras filed appeal for clarification of decision, denied on September 25, 2002 and October 24, 2002 respectively. A Motion for Clarification was lastly filed on October 15, 2004 to obtain further clarification without changing the ruling. Final and unappealable decision pronounced. The case is currently at the award calculation stage, at which the amounts due to the plaintiffs are determined. The maximum exposure including monetary restatement for Petrobras as of December 31, 2006 is US$3. Based on the opinion of its legal advisers, the Company considers the risk of loss with respect to this lawsuit to be possible.
19. Commitments and Contingencies (Continued)
(a) Litigation (Continued)
Plaintiff: Distribution Companies
The Company was sued in court by certain small oil distribution companies under the allegation that it does not pass on to state governments the State Value-Added Tax (ICMS) collected according to the legislation upon fuel sales. These suits were filed in the states of Goiás, Tocantins, Bahia, Pará, Maranhão and in the Federal District.
Of the total amount related to legal actions of approximately US$419, up to December 31, 2006 some US$38 (US$34 in 2005) had been withdrawn from the Companys accounts as a result of judicial rulings of advance relief, which were annulled as a result of an appeal filed by the Company.
The Company, 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of other withdrawals, and is making all possible efforts to obtain reimbursement of the amounts that were previously withdrawn from its accounts.