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Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (“ ETE ” or the “ Partnership ”) today confirmed that The Williams Companies, Inc. (“ Williams ”) has commenced litigation against ETE in the Delaware Court of Chancery and against Kelcy Warren in the district court of Dallas County, Texas, relating to the private offering of Series A Convertible Preferred Units of ETE that ETE disclosed on March 9, 2016. ETE believes that it has complied, and it intends to continue to comply, with its obligations under the merger agreement with Williams and intends to vigorously defend against the claims made by Williams.

The information disclosed in Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated into this Item 8.01 by reference.

This Current Report on Form 8-K may contain forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the potential merger of the Partnership and Williams, the expected future performance of the combined company (including expected results of operations and financial guidance), and the combined company’s future financial condition, operating results, strategy and plans. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of the words “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “may,” “will,” “believes,” “estimates,” “potential,” “target,” “opportunity,” “designed,” “create,” “predict,” “project,” “seek,” “ongoing,” “increases” or “continue” and variations or similar expressions. These statements are based upon the current expectations and beliefs of management and are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties that change over time and could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These assumptions, risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, assumptions, risks and uncertainties discussed in the most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for each of the Partnership, Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (“ ETP ”), Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (“ SXL ”), Sunoco LP (“ SUN ”), Williams and Williams Partners LP (“ WPZ ”) filed with the SEC and assumptions, risks and uncertainties relating to the proposed transaction, as detailed from time to time in the...