Law Firm Brower Piven Announces Investigation of Berry Petroleum Company Proposed Acquisition

  Law Firm Brower Piven Announces Investigation of Berry Petroleum Company
  Proposed Acquisition

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STEVENSON, Md. -- March 12, 2013

The securities litigation firm of Brower Piven, A Professional Corporation,
has commenced an investigation into possible breaches of fiduciary duty to
current shareholders of Berry Petroleum Company (“Berry Petroleum” or the
“Company”) (NYSE: “BRY”) and other violations of state law by the board of
directors of Berry Petroleum relating to the proposed acquisition of the
Company by Linn Energy, LLC (“Linn”) and LinnCo, LLC (“LinnCo”). The firm’s
investigation seeks to determine, among other things, whether Berry
Petroleum’s board of directors breached their fiduciary duties by failing to
maximize shareholder value.

According to the press release announcing the proposed acquisition, Linn and
LinnCo will acquire all of Berry Petroleum’s outstanding shares for total
consideration of $4.3 billion, including the assumption of debt. The proposed
acquisition is structured as a stock-for-stock merger of LinnCo with Berry
Petroleum, followed by the acquisition of Berry Petroleum’s assets by Linn.
The Company’s shareholders will receive 1.25 common shares of LinnCo for every
Berry Petroleum common share they own. According to the companies’ joint press
release, the consideration to be received by the Company’s shareholders is
valued at $46.2375 per Berry Petroleum share based on LinnCo’s closing price
as of February 20, 2013. According to Yahoo! Finance, the high analyst price
target is $50.00 per Berry Petroleum share.

If you currently own common stock of Berry Petroleum and would like to learn
more about the investigation being conducted by Brower Piven, you may email or
call Brower Piven, who will, without obligation or cost to you, attempt to
answer your questions. You may contact Brower Piven by email at, by calling (410) 415-6616, or at Brower Piven, A
Professional Corporation, 1925 Old Valley Road, Stevenson, Maryland 21153.
Attorneys at Brower Piven have combined experience litigating securities and
other class action cases of over 60 years.


Brower Piven, A Professional Corporation
Stevenson, Maryland
Charles J. Piven, 410-415-6616
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