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Dispute results in $17 million settlement for Pittsburgh casket company

A casket manufacturer in Indiana agreed to pay $17 million to settle claims of poaching customers and employees from a Pittsburgh competitor, and interfering with its business, according to federal court documents.

Batesville Casket Co. of Batesville, Ind., also will pay North Shore-based Matthews International Corp. $1.75 million in attorney fees, Matthews said in a statement Monday. The settlement closes a lawsuit Matthews filed against Batesville in August 2010.

Thomas Pontone, president of Matthews Funeral Home Products Division, said in the statement he was pleased Batesville decided to settle “for a significant amount.” Representatives from Batesville could not be reached for comment.

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