Mueller Industries, Inc. To Receive $10.5 Million in Settlement of Its Lawsuit Against Peter Berkman and Jeffrey Berkman

Dec 20, 2010, 07:00 ET from Mueller Industries, Inc.

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Mueller Industries, Inc. (NYSE: MLI).  Peter Berkman and Jeffrey Berkman have agreed to pay Mueller Industries, Inc. $7.5 million in cash, an additional $3 million within 5 years, and other monetary consideration whose value is yet to be determined.  

The lawsuit asserted various claims against the Berkmans, including breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract.  In the action, Peter Berkman personally asserted the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, contending that his testimony and production of documents in discovery may expose him to criminal prosecution.

The counterclaims asserted by the Berkmans in the lawsuit are to be dismissed with prejudice, and Mueller paid NOTHING to the Berkmans and Homewerks (70% owned by Peter Berkman).

Mueller Industries, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of copper tube and fittings; brass and copper alloy rod, bar and shapes; aluminum and brass forgings; aluminum and copper impact extrusions; plastic fittings and valves; refrigeration valves and fittings; and fabricated tubular products.  Mueller's operations are located throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, and China.  Mueller's business is importantly linked to (1) the construction of new homes; (2) the improvement and reconditioning of existing homes and structures; and (3) the commercial construction market which includes office buildings, factories, hotels, hospitals, etc.  

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