BP (x1-53678)  -- Cross Country -- 8K

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

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FORM 8-K



CURRENT REPORT


Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)  September 24, 2004



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Cross Country Healthcare, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)



                      

Delaware

0-33169

13-4066229

 

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

(Commission

File Number)

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

 

                                                         

                                                   

                                                  


6551 Park of Commerce Blvd., N.W., Boca Raton, FL 33487

(Address of Principal Executive Office) (Zip Code)


(561) 998-2232

(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)


Not Applicable

(Former Name or Former Address, If Changed Since Last Report.)


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Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.


Incorporated by reference is a press release issued by the Company on September 24, 2004 which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1. This information is being furnished under Item 7.01 and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liability of such section.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.


          

Exhibit

     

Description

    
 

99.1

 

Press Release issued by Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. (“the Company”) on
September 24, 2004








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SIGNATURES


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, hereunto duly authorized.


                                                                                            

CROSS COUNTRY HEALTHCARE, INC.

 

 

                                                    

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ EMIL HENSEL

 

Name: 

Emil Hensel

Dated:  September 24, 2004

Title:

Chief Financial Officer









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Item 7.01  Regulation FD Disclosure

Item 9.01  Financial Statements and Exhibits







<B>BP (53678) -- Cross Country -- Exhibit 99.1

Exhibit 99.1





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     NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


CROSS COUNTRY HEALTHCARE PROVIDES UPDATE

ON LEGAL MATTER


BOCA RATON, Fla. – September 24, 2004 – Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. (Nasdaq: CCRN) reported today that it has been notified that two shareholder derivative lawsuits were filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida on or about September 7, 2004, against the Company’s Board of Directors serving during the period of October 25, 2001 through August 6, 2002. The respective plaintiffs are purporting to sue on behalf of the Company.


The complaints allege, among other things, breach of fiduciary duties, abuse of control, gross mismanagement, waste of corporate assets, and unjust enrichment in relation to the issuance of public documents and statements that were materially false and misleading concerning the Company’s business, operations and prospects during the claim period.


Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. is a leading provider of healthcare staffing services in the United States. The Company has a client base of over 3,000 hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and other healthcare providers across all 50 states. Copies of this and other news releases as well as additional information about Cross Country can be obtained online at www.crosscountry.com. Shareholders and prospective investors can also register at the corporate Web site to automatically receive the Company’s press releases by e-mail.


This release contains forward-looking statements that are predictive in nature, that depend upon or refer to future events or conditions or that include words such as “expects”, “anticipates”, “intends”, “plans”, “believes”, “estimates” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results and performance to be materially different from any future results or performance expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include our ability to attract and retain qualified nurses and other healthcare personnel, costs and availability of short-term leases for our travel nurses, demand for the healthcare services we provide, both nationally and in the regions in which we operate, the functioning of our information systems, the effect of existing or future government regulation and federal and state legislative and enforcement initiatives on our business, our clients’ ability to pay us for our services, our ability to successfully implement our acquisition and development strategies, the effect of liabilities and other claims asserted against us, the effect of competition in the markets we serve, and other factors set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” in the Company’s 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003. In addition, the Company cannot predict its ability to successfully defend itself, its subsidiaries, and its officers and directors on the merits of any lawsuit or determine its potential liability, if any.


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For further information, please contact:

Howard A. Goldman

Director/Investor & Corporate Relations

Phone: 877-686-9779

Email: hgoldman@crosscountry.com


6551 Park of Commerce Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33487

Tel: (800) 347-2264   Fax: (561) 998-8533   www.crosscountry.com