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DUKE POWER ATTEMPTS TO SPUR SETTLEMENT IN CATAWBA INDIAN LAWSUIT

 DUKE POWER ATTEMPTS TO SPUR SETTLEMENT IN CATAWBA INDIAN LAWSUIT
 CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Power Co. (NYSE: DUK) today said it would offer matching funds to settle a 12-year-old lawsuit brought by the Catawba Indian Tribe over some 140,000 acres of land in York and Lancaster counties, S.C.
 Duke is asking that other private landowners make contributions in order to settle the litigation. The company will match these contributions up to a maximum of $500,000.
 The dispute centers around an Oct. 28, 1980, lawsuit brought by the Catawbas against 76 defendants -- including Duke Power.
 In the lawsuit, the Catawbas re-asserted an old claim of ownership to land that was ceded to the state of South Carolina in 1840.
 In a letter to S.C. Gov. Carroll Campbell and Fifth District Congressman John M. Spratt Jr., Duke expressed concern about the possibility of thousands of new lawsuits being filed against all landowners in the disputed area. Titles to the disputed land are held by more than 40,000 individuals, who may be subject to future lawsuits.
 "We are concerned that the filing of 42,500 lawsuits will have a grave impact on the economic vitality of the claim area," wrote Steve C. Griffith Jr., executive vice president and general counsel of Duke Power, in the letter. "For that reason, we believe the landowners in the claim area will benefit from the early settlement of this protracted litigation regardless of the merits of the case."
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 /CONTACT: Randy Wheeless of Duke Power Company, 704-382-8379 or (Home) 704-535-8743/
 (DUK) CO: Duke Power Company ST: South Carolina, North Carolina IN: UTI SU:


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