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PPG AWARDED $28 MILLION IN PATENT SUIT

 PITTSBURGH, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) has received a $28 million judgment in a jury trial against Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) and its subsidiary Avco Corporation for infringing PPG's patent on a fire-protective coating, the company announced today.
 The judgment consisted of $25.6 million in damages and $2.4 million in pre-judgment interest. Judge William G. Young of the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts yesterday affirmed the verdict and amount of damages and interest.
 PPG filed the suit in 1990 to stop Avco's manufacture of a product that infringed PPG's patent for Pitt-Char intumescent coating. The product is used to protect structural steel in buildings, container vessels, ships, tank cars, drilling rigs and other structures. If a fire should occur, the coating swells, insulating the steel against the high temperature to protect it from damage.
 Under the judgment, Avco and Textron are permanently enjoined from making, using or selling Chartek III and other products that infringe the PPG patent.
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 /CONTACT: Arthur J. Marino of PPG Industries, 412-434-3011/
 (PPG TXT)


CO: PPG Industries; Textron Inc.; Avco Corporation ST: Pennsylvania IN: CHM SU:

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