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Eljer Industries reports it is participant
        in proposed polybutylene settlement - Eljer Agreement Subject to
        Confirmation of Reorganization Plan Providing Complete Relief to
        Eljer and U.S. Brass Unit -

        
            DALLAS, Texas--Nov. 9, 1995--Eljer Industries,
        Inc.  (NYSE:ELJ) announced today that it is a participant in the
        tentative settlement dealing with liabilities related to
        polybutylene plumbing systems announced earlier today by Shell
        Chemical and Hoechst Celanese.  Certain of the plumbing systems were
        manufactured and sold by Eljer's indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary
        United States Brass Corporation.  
The tentative agreement involving
        Eljer was reached as part of a global settlement with counsel
        representing the classes in the two certified national class actions
        dealing with polybutylene claims and with representatives of Shell
        Chemical and Hoechst Celanese.  Shell and Celanese were suppliers of
        the resins used in the manufacture of the polybutylene plumbing
        systems.  As part of the settlement, Shell and Celanese have agreed
        to make up to $950 million available to repair such systems.  
        


            Eljer's participation in the settlement is conditioned on
        finalization of an agreement between U.S.  Brass, Eljer and the
        other parties to the litigation and confirmation of a plan of
        reorganization in the U.S.  Brass bankruptcy.  The contemplated
        agreement would provide complete relief for U.S.  Brass, Eljer
        Manufacturing and Eljer Industries arising from polybutylene sales
        to date.  The plan of reorganization is supported by a majority of
        the members of the Polybutylene Claimant s Committee in the U.S.
        Brass bankruptcy.  U.S.  Brass had filed for voluntary Chapter 11
        bankruptcy protection in May 1994 as a result of the polybutylene
        plumbing systems claims.  
        


            Under the terms of the proposed agreement, Eljer will contribute
        an amount equal to the proceeds it receives from certain insurance
        coverage; a portion of the net proceeds, if any, resulting from the
        litigation with its former parent, Household International, Inc.; $3
        million in cash; a non-interest bearing note for $20 million payable
        over 10 years; and 17.5 percent of the equity of Eljer Industries.
        Under the terms of the proposed agreement, U.S.  Brass will continue
        to be an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Eljer Industries.  
        


            Scott G.  Arbuckle, President and Chief Executive Officer of
        Eljer Industries, commented: "This proposed settlement is the
        milestone we have long worked towards.  The completion of the
        agreement will finally remove an enormous burden from Eljer and its
        shareholders."  
        


            Eljer Industries, Inc.  is a leading manufacturer and marketer
        of high quality building products, including plumbing, heating and
        venting products, for the residential and commercial construction,
        remodeling and repair, and do-it-yourself markets.  
        


        CONTACT: Brooks Sherman,
                 Chief Financial Officer
                 (214) 407-2600
                         OR
                 Morgen-Walke Associates,
                 Lynn Morgen/June Filingeri,
                 Stan Froelich, Media contact
                 (212) 850-5600
        




Jones Plumbing Systems Inc. makes
        announcement

        
            BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--Nov. 9, 1995--href="chap11.jones.html">Jones Plumbing
        Systems Inc.
(AMEX:JPS) announced today that it and its wholly
owned
        subsidiary, Jones Manufacturing Co. Inc., have filed voluntary
        petitions for relief under the provisions of Chapter 11 of the U.S.
        Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern
        District of New York.
        


            The filings are intended to allow the companies to restructure
        their financial obligations through a plan of reorganization.
        


            Jones has recently implemented a plan to reverse recent declines
        in sales and operating results, but a shortage of working capital
        and debt repayment obligations have prevented Jones from fully
        implementing the plan.
        


            The board of directors determined that the Chapter 11 filings
        were the alternatives that would allow Jones to continue in business
        while pursuing additional financing and would be in the best
        interests of its customers, creditors, employees and shareholders.
        


            Jones, headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., is a publicly owned
        company engaged in the manufacture and wholesale distribution of
        plumbing and related products.
        


        CONTACT:  Jones Plumbing Inc., Birmingham,
                  Robert F. Amter, 205/956-5511
        




Hemdale Communications Inc. files a
        voluntary petition for bankruptcy

        
        Subsidiary Hemdale Home Video joins in seeking to reorganize
        under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code

        
            BROWARD COUNTY, Fla.--Nov. 9, 1995--href="chap11.hemdale.html">Hemdale
        Communications Inc.
and its subsidiary Hemdale Home Video Inc.
filed
        separate voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of
        the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Broward
        County.
        


            Hemdale Communications and its subsidiary have requested that
        these Chapter 11 proceedings be jointly administered for procedural
        purposes by the Court, while new management operates these
        businesses as debtors-in-possession, subject to the approval of the
        Court for their proposed actions.
        


            Hemdale Communications and its subsidiary recently came under
        new management.  Ray Bennett and Larry Glauber were appointed
        chairman of the board and chief executive officer, respectively, on
        Nov. 7, 1995.
        


            In announcing the filing, Bennett stated, "Hemdale
        Communications and its subsidiary's debts exceed the value of the
        companies' assets.  This step, while unfortunate, is necessary if
        Hemdale is to recover from its financial problems and once again be
        a prominent independent film distributor.  
        


            "We have reduced the companies' head count since coming in.  We
        plan on petitioning the court to allow us to provide post-petition
        financing so that Hemdale can acquire new product and once again
        become a functioning distributor."
        


            On Oct. 3, 1995, Hemdale Communications filed a Form 8-K with
        the Securities and Exchange Commission describing its liquidity
        problems and discussing the possibility of a bankruptcy filing.
        


        CONTACT:  Rogers & Cowan Inc., Los Angeles,
                  Michael Russell, 310/201-8834




        HAMBURGER HAMLET REPORTS THIRD QUARTER EARNINGS

        
            SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., Nov. 9, 1995--Hamburger
Hamlet
        Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq-NNM: HAMB), noting heavy trading in its
        stock, today reported that its 1995 third quarter operating loss
        widened to $.43 per share from $.16 per share in the year earlier
        quarter.  The company indicated that details concerning the third
        quarter are contained in its Form 10Q for the quarter ended
        September 24, 1995, which was timely filed with the SEC yesterday,
        November 8, 1995.
        


            The Company noted that the Form 10Q includes uncertainties
        concerning the company's liquidity and capital resource position.
        As reported in the Form 10Q, the company is currently in covenant
        default with its bank lender.  As a result the bank is not
        permitting additional borrowings under the revolving credit facility
        at this time.
        


            In addition, the Form 10Q reflects management's determination
        that real property leases with certain landlords must be terminated
        or amended in order for the company to significantly improve
        operating results.  The company indicated that while it hopes to
        obtain a waiver and resetting of covenants from the bank and
        consensual settlements with the landlords, these goals may not be
        achieved.  In that event, the company reported that it may be forced
        to file a chapter 11 petition for reorganization.
        


        /CONTACT:  Jack Lavine of Hamburger Hamlet Restaurants Inc.,
        818-995-7333/