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Monday, September 18, 2006

Court Approves Congoleum Settlement: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance: "Court Approves Congoleum Settlement
Wednesday September 13, 5:52 pm ET
By Marie Beaudette, Dow Jones Newswires
Court Approves Congoleum $16.95M Insurance Settlement for Asbestos Fund
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal court approved a settlement that will add $16.95 million to Congoleum Corp.'s trust to pay victims who were exposed to the company's asbestos-containing products.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Trenton, N.J., signed off on the flooring manufacturer's settlement with insurer Century Indemnity on Monday, according to a note on the court's docket.

Congoleum said the Century deal brings total insurance settlements in the case to about $207 million. The company will use the settlement money to fund a trust to repay asbestos victims.
The Mercerville, N.J.-based flooring company is facing thousands of asbestos-related personal injury claims.
The company recently announced it has reached a tentative deal with bondholders and asbestos claimants' representatives on the terms of its Chapter 11 reorganization plan.
Congoleum said its bondholders have agreed to withdraw a reorganization plan they filed and support Congoleum's own turnaround plan. The official committee of bondholders had previously supported the Chapter 11 plan it proposed along with insurers Continental Casualty Co. and Continental Insurance Co.
Congoleum said it will file a new reorganization plan with the court by Friday and expects to seek approval of the plan's disclosure statement at an Oct. 19 hearing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Trenton, N.J.
Congoleum, a subsidiary of American Biltrite Inc., filed for bankruptcy protection on Dec. 31, 2003.
Shares of Congoleum rose 1 cent to close at $2.22 Wednesday on the Am"


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