Whitestone REIT Wins Court Ruling Ending Hartman Proxy Attempt

Court Upholds the Company's Right to Adopt New By-Laws

HOUSTON, April 11, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Whitestone REIT, formerly known as Hartman Commercial Properties REIT (HCP REIT), announced an important legal victory today. A U.S. District Court issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the company's former chairman and CEO, Allan R. Hartman, from proceeding with a proxy consent solicitation in which he was attempting to remove the company's present board members.

In ruling in favor of Whitestone, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas agreed with the company that Hartman's proxy solicitation was invalid under the company's by-laws and declaration of trust. The court affirmed that changes that the Board of Trustees made to the company's by-laws and declaration of trust on December 2, 2006, were permissible and valid under the anti-takeover statutes of the state of Maryland, where the company is incorporated. The Court's opinion is subject to reconsideration and appeal.

Chairman and Interim CEO James C. Mastandrea explained that the changes in the by-laws and Declaration of Trust, "are intended to provide a more stable corporate governance platform, allowing management to execute its business plan and to position Whitestone REIT for a public listing."

Mastandrea said, "We are delighted that we received a favorable ruling by the court and are hopeful that we can put this behind us and spend our time pursuing profitable value-added acquisitions for our shareholders."


Whitestone REIT owns and operates retail, office and office warehouse properties, 33 of which are in the Houston area, two office buildings in Dallas, and a retail plaza in San Antonio. For more information go to http://www.whitestonereit.com.

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