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COURT ISSUES RESTRAINING ORDER IN FLAT GLASS ANTITRUST COMPLAINT AGAINST PILKINGTON AND LOF

 PITTSBURGH, Nov. 17 ~PRNewswire~ -- The U.S. District Court in Tucson, Ariz., has issued a preliminary injunction against Pilkington plc of St. Helens, England, and its U.S. subsidiary, Libbey-Owens-Ford Co. (LOF) of Toledo, Ohio, in an antitrust complaint filed by PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) on Nov. 4.
 The injunction, issued on Nov. 13, restrains Pilkington and LOF from taking any action in a non-U.S. court or other forum that would interfere with the U.S. district court's jurisdiction in the complaint and from destroying any relevant evidence.
 The antitrust complaint charged that Pilkington and LOF monopolized flat glass production and sales and the float glass manufacturing process worldwide.
 The PPG complaint does not specify the amount of damages being sought, but requests an award of treble damages plus injunctive relief against Pilkington's alleged violation of federal antitrust laws. The action specifies seven counts of monopolization, attempts to monopolize, conspiracy to monopolize and restraint of trade in worldwide flat glass markets.
 After an evidentiary hearing on Nov. 10, the court issued the preliminary injunction stating that there appeared to be a "reasonable probability" that Pilkington and LOF would try to use a foreign court to block the jurisdiction of the U.S. court. The injunction notes that Pilkington has used English courts in the past to block action by United States agencies and has conducted itself in ways "that would indicate an aversion to United States antitrust laws."
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 ~CONTACT: Arthur Marino of PPG Industries, 412-434-3011, or fax, 412-434-2545~
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