Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. Announces Verdict in Texas Antitrust Case

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Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (the “Company” or “Reliance”) (NYSE:RS) announced today that a Houston, Texas jury returned a verdict yesterday against the Company and its subsidiary, Chapel Steel Corp. (“Chapel”), along with four other co-defendants in an antitrust lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. As discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ending December 31, 2013 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Reliance has been involved in legal proceedings brought by two former employees who left the Company to start their own business and claim that Reliance and the co-defendants engaged in anticompetitive activities. The jury returned a verdict against all six defendants jointly of $52 million in damages, which amount is expected to be trebled under the federal antitrust laws. Reliance and Chapel disagree with the verdict and intend to pursue all available remedies, including taking the matter up on appeal. The ultimate amount of any final judgment that Reliance may be required to bear is unknown at this time.

Commenting on the verdict, David Hannah, Reliance’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are deeply disappointed with the outcome of this trial and we continue to believe that Reliance and Chapel acted appropriately and within their legal rights.”

About Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is the largest metals service center company in North America. Through a network of more than 290 locations in 39 states and ten countries outside of the United States, the Company provides value-added metals processing services and distributes a full line of over 100,000 metal products to more than 125,000 customers in a broad range of industries.

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