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Hubbell Settles Suit Against Elite Lighting

ORANGE, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 17, 2003--Hubbell Incorporated (NYSE: HUBA, HUBB) has favorably settled a lawsuit filed on behalf of its subsidiary, Progress Lighting, Inc., for patent infringement of Hubbell's US Patent No. 6,357,891 against Elite Lighting Corporation in the US District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles. The patent issued in March 2002 and will last until March 2020. Hubbell had sought preliminary and permanent injunctions as well as unspecified damages.

The patent is for a preassembled, fire resistant, recessed light fixture that is used to maintain a fire resistant rating for ceiling/floor and ceiling/roof structures. Progress Lighting sells the invention under the FIREBOX(R) trademark and has received UL ratings for these fixtures in incandescent as well as fluorescent versions. Through its related entity Fire Proof, Inc., Defendant Elite Lighting sells the FIREFIGHTER light fixture that was charged with infringement of the Hubbell patent.

Richard W. Davies, Vice President and General Counsel of Hubbell Incorporated, wants the lighting industry to take note: "The industry should be aware that Hubbell Incorporated will vigorously defend its intellectual property included in our patents and copyrights."

Hubbell Incorporated is an international manufacturer of quality electrical and electronic products for commercial, industrial, residential, utility, and telecommunications markets. With 2002 revenues of $1.6 billion, Hubbell Incorporated operates manufacturing facilities in North America, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Italy, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, participates in a joint venture in Taiwan, and maintains sales offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, People's Republic of China, and the Middle East. The corporate headquarters is located in Orange, CT.

    CONTACT: Hubbell Incorporated
             Thomas R. Conlin, 203/799-4100

    SOURCE: Hubbell Incorporated