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DENNY'S STATEMENT ON WASHINGTON LAWYERS PRESS CONFERENCE WASHINGTON, JULY 8

 WASHINGTON, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Denny's issued the following statement:
 We are disappointed and offended by comments and the misstatement of facts made today by the Washington Lawyers Committee at a press conference it held in Washington. Based on its actions today, it appears this group is more interested in seeking publicity for their litigation rather than in long-term resolutions.
 John Relman, an attorney for the Washington Lawyers Committee, incorrectly stated that Judge Joseph H. Young of the U.S. District Court in Maryland found on Friday that Relman had a good faith basis to bring a class action suit against Denny's. The judge merely allowed the filing of class claims in a routine proceeding that was not even opposed by Denny's. Whether or not a class action is proper will be determined by the court next spring.
 We are also disappointed the Lawyers Committee characterizes the Fair Share agreement Denny's parent company, Flagstar Companies, Inc., recently signed with the NAACP as "irrelevant." Although we agree the Fair Share Agreement we have been working on for the past 18 months is not connected to the lawsuit, we believe this innovative and far- reaching partnership demonstrates our commitment to fair and equal treatment and will provide significant economic opportunity for all minorities, particularly African-Americans.
 We are hopeful corporate leaders, private citizens and groups dedicated to civil and human rights will support the NAACP as we work toward success of this historic program.
 We strongly deny the suggestion by the Washington Lawyers Committee that the 17 alleged discrimination complaints made since the consent decree was issued on April 1, despite its published toll-free number, indicate a pattern of intentional discrimination. During the same period of time of the alleged incidents, Denny's has served more than 70 million customers across the United States.
 Discrimination of any kind by any employee is not tolerated by our company. We take all allegations of discrimination very seriously and have undertaken prompt investigations of all those brought to our attention. Where we have found violation of policy, we have taken appropriate action.
 We continue to work to implement the terms of the consent decree signed with the U.S. Department of Justice to ensure fair and equitable treatment for all customers. Our invitation remains open to the Lawyers Committee and its clients to provide us with suggestions to improve upon any elements of the consent decree and our other programs.
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 /CONTACT: Karen Randall, 803-597-8440, or Coleman Sullivan, 803-597-8642, both of Denny's/


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