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                       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): JANUARY 13, 1994
 
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                           THE COOPER COMPANIES, INC.
             (EXACT NAME OF REGISTRANT AS SPECIFIED IN ITS CHARTER)
 
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        Delaware                             1-8597                              94-2657368
(State or other jurisdiction              (Commission                          (IRS Employer
     of incorporation)                    File Number)                      Identification No.)
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            ONE BRIDGE PLAZA, 6TH FLOOR, FORT LEE, NEW JERSEY 07024
                    (ADDRESS OF PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICES)
                                 (201) 585-5100
              (REGISTRANT'S TELEPHONE NUMBER, INCLUDING AREA CODE)
                                 NOT APPLICABLE
         (FORMER NAME OR FORMER ADDRESS, IF CHANGED SINCE LAST REPORT.)
 
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ITEM 5. OTHER EVENTS.
 
    The Cooper Companies, Inc. (the 'Company') announced that a verdict had been
reached  in  the trial  with  respect to  the  charges in  the  federal criminal
indictment against the  Company and  Gary Singer,  a former  Co-Chairman of  the
Company,  relating  to,  among  other  things, an  alleged  securities  'trading
scheme.'
 
     The  foregoing is qualified  in its entirety  by the text  of the Company's
press release dated January  14, 1994 which  is filed as  an exhibit hereto  and
incorporated by reference herein.
 

ITEM 7. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS.
 
     (c) Exhibits.
 

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99.1                Press Release dated January 14, 1994 of The Cooper Companies, Inc.
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                                   SIGNATURE
 
     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.
 
                                          THE COOPER COMPANIES, INC.
 
                                          By:/s/ MARISA F. JACOBS
                                          Marisa F. Jacobs
                                          Secretary and
                                          Associate General Counsel
 
Date: January 14, 1994
 
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99.1                Press Release dated January 14, 1994 of The Cooper Companies, Inc.
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NEWS RELEASE
 
                                          The Cooper Companies
                                          1 Bridge Plaza, Sixth Floor
                                          Fort Lee, NJ 07024 USA
                                          201-585-5100
                                          201-585-5355 (Fax)
 
                                          CONTACTS:
                                          Marisa A. Heine
                                          Peter C. Harkins
                                          D.F. King & Co., Inc.
                                          (212) 269-5550
                                          (212) 952-0137 (Fax)
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
     FORT  LEE, NEW JERSEY,  JANUARY 14, 1994  . . .  The Cooper Companies, Inc.
(NYSE:COO)(the 'Company') announced today that a verdict had been reached in the
trial with respect to the charges in the federal criminal indictment against the
Company and Gary Singer, a former Co-Chairman of the Company, relating to, among
other  things,  an  alleged securities 'trading scheme.' Mr. Singer  was   found
guilty on 21 counts, including racketeering, conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud,
money  laundering and aiding and abetting violations by an investment   advisor.
The Company was  found  guilty  on  seven  counts  of  mail fraud and wire fraud
related to Mr. Singer's  conduct,  but acquitted  of  conspiracy and  aiding
and  abetting charges.
 
     Sentencing  is expected  to occur  on March  25, 1994.  The maximum penalty
which could be imposed  on the Company  is the greatest  of $500,000 per  count,
twice the gross gain derived from each count or twice the gross loss suffered by
the  victim of each  count. In addition  to penalties, the  court could impose a
fine equal
 to restitution.
 
     The Company, Gary Singer  and Steven Singer,  the Company's Executive  Vice
President and Chief Operating Officer, face various related charges contained in
a civil complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
NOTE  TO EDITOR:  The principal subsidiaries  of The Cooper  Companies, Inc. are
CooperVision, Inc., CooperVision Pharmaceuticals, Inc., CooperSurgical, Inc. and
Hospital Group of  America, Inc. See  press releases dated  October 7, 1993  and
January  7, 1994  for information regarding  the Company's  recent settlement of
liability for breast implant litigation and completion of an exchange offer  and
consent solicitation relating to its 10-5/8% subordinated debentures.
 
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