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Action Products International Receives $5.66M Cash From Legal Judgment

ORLANDO, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/11/08 -- Action Products International, Inc. (NASDAQ: APII), a manufacturer and distributor of brand-focused educational toys and products, announced the receipt of $5.66 M in cash and accrued interest awarded to the company stemming from a trial judgment against Lung Cheong International Holdings Ltd., a Chinese toy manufacturer, and related parties.

The judgment, reached in late 2006, was the result of a breach of contract lawsuit and related complaints filed by Action Products against Lung Cheong, et al, in 2002. After enforcement steps initiated by APII, the funds were deposited in escrow while Lung Cheong appealed the Circuit Court's ruling to the State Court of Appeals. After appellate hearings, in November 2007 the Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the original judgment in its entirety; last month, Action Products petitioned Alachua County circuit court to release the funds. The total sum, $5.66 M, includes $5.1 M of the funds from the judgment plus interest earned on the cash over the appeal period. The Company estimates net proceeds at $3.23M, after contingent and other, legal fees and expenses. There are court actions pending regarding the recovery of costs and expenses.

"The receipt of these funds marks the successful end of a protracted, but critical action taken by the company," said Ron Kaplan, CEO of Action Products. "With our recent improvements, including a back-to-basics approach, focusing on our core business initiatives and new product launches, this resolution and proceeds provide additional resources to significantly improve our balance sheet and propel our growth. We believe the settlement will give us the financial flexibility to support the execution of our vision for the future of Action Products."

About Action Products International, Inc.

Action Products International, Inc. is a global manufacturer and distributor of brand-focused educational toys and products serving the non-violent children's toys market for over thirty years. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, the Company's product line includes premium wooden toys, action figures, play-sets and activity kits that emphasizes on educational fun within the themes of arts and crafts, nature and science. The Company's products are distributed and sold by more than two thousand retail stores in the US, Canada, and the UK. For more information about Action Products International, Inc., please visit our website at

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