Pathe Communications Corp. sued a dissident bondholders group to stop it from declaring default on two classes of the company's outstanding debt, a Pathe spokesman said yesterday.

Los Angeles-based Pathe, which last November acquired MGM-UA Communications Co. for an estimated $1.3 billion, filed suit in Delaware Chancery Court Tuesday against Magten Asset Management Corp. and Grace Brothers Limited, Pathe spokesman Greg F. Romano said. The bondholders group contends that Pathe violated terms of the bonds' indenture agreement when it sold some assets in connection with its merger with MGM-UA Communications.

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