John S. Brinzo                                                                  
 
                               SEVERANCE AGREEMENT
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           THIS SEVERANCE AGREEMENT (this "Agreement"), dated as of January 1,
2000 is made and entered by and between Cleveland-Cliffs Inc, an Ohio
corporation (the "Company"), and John S. Brinzo (the "Executive").
 
                                   WITNESSETH:
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           WHEREAS, the Executive is a senior executive of the Company or one or
more of its Subsidiaries and has made and is expected to continue to make major
contributions to the short- and long-term profitability, growth and financial
strength of the Company;
 
           WHEREAS, the Company recognizes that, as is the case for most
publicly held companies, the possibility of a Change in Control (as defined
below) exists;
 
           WHEREAS, the Company desires to assure itself of both present and
future continuity of management and desires to establish certain minimum
severance benefits for certain of its senior executives, including the
Executive, applicable in the event of a Change in Control;
 
           WHEREAS, the Company wishes to ensure that its senior executives are
not practically disabled from discharging their duties in respect of a proposed
or actual transaction involving a Change in Control; and
 
           WHEREAS, the Company desires to provide additional inducement for the
Executive to continue to remain in the employ of the Company.
 
           NOW, THEREFORE, the Company and the Executive agree as follows:
 
           1. CERTAIN DEFINED TERMS. In addition to terms defined elsewhere
herein, the following terms have the following meanings when used in this
Agreement with initial capital letters:
 
           (a) "Base Pay" means the Executive's annual base salary rate as in
effect from time to time.
 
           (b) "Board" means the Board of Directors of the Company.
 
           (c) "Cause" means that, prior to any termination pursuant to Section
3(b) or Section 3(c), the Executive shall have committed:
 
                      (i) and been convicted of a criminal violation involving
           fraud, embezzlement or theft in connection with his duties or in the
           course of his employment with the Company or any Subsidiary;
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                      (ii) intentional wrongful damage to property of the
           Company or any Subsidiary;
 
                      (iii) intentional wrongful disclosure of secret processes
           or confidential information of the Company or any Subsidiary; or
 
                      (iv) intentional wrongful engagement in any Competitive
           Activity;
 
  and any such act shall have been demonstrably and materially harmful to the
  Company. For purposes of this Agreement, no act or failure to act on the part
  of the Executive shall be deemed "intentional" if it was due primarily to an
  error in judgment or negligence, but shall be deemed "intentional" only if
  done or omitted to be done by the Executive not in good faith and without
  reasonable belief that the Executive's action or omission was in the best
  interest of the Company. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Executive shall
  not be deemed to have been terminated for "Cause" hereunder unless and until
  there shall have been delivered to the Executive a copy of a resolution duly
  adopted by the affirmative vote of not less than three quarters of the Board
  then in office at a meeting of the Board called and held for such purpose,
  after reasonable notice to the Executive and an opportunity for the Executive,
  together with the Executive's counsel (if the Executive chooses to have
  counsel present at such meeting), to be heard before the Board, finding that,
  in the good faith opinion of the Board, the Executive had committed an act
  constituting "Cause" as herein defined and specifying the particulars thereof
  in detail. Nothing herein will limit the right of the Executive or his
  beneficiaries to contest the validity or propriety of any such determination.
 
           (d) "Change in Control" means the occurrence during the Term of any
of the following events:
 
 
                    (i) The acquisition by any individual, entity or group
  (within the meaning of Section 13(d)(3) or 14(d)(2) of the Exchange Act) (a
  "Person") of beneficial ownership (within the meaning of Rule 13d-3
  promulgated under the Exchange Act) of 30% or more of the combined voting
  power of the then outstanding Voting Stock of the Company; provided, however,
  that for purposes of this Section 1(d)(i), the following acquisitions shall
  not constitute a Change in Control: (A) any issuance of Voting Stock of the
  Company directly from the Company that is approved by the Incumbent Board (as
  defined in Section 1(d)(ii), below), (B) any acquisition by the Company of
  Voting Stock of the Company, (C) any acquisition of Voting Stock of the
  Company by any employee benefit plan (or related trust) sponsored or
  maintained by the Company or any Subsidiary, or (D) any acquisition of Voting
  Stock of the Company by any Person pursuant to a Business Combination that
  complies with clauses (A), (B) and (C) of Section 1(d)(iii), below; or
 
                    (ii) individuals who, as of the date hereof, constitute the
  Board (the "Incumbent Board") cease for any reason to constitute at least a
  majority of the Board; provided, however, that any individual becoming a
  Director subsequent to the date hereof
 
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     whose election, or nomination for election by the Company's shareholders,
     was approved by a vote of at least a majority of the Directors then
     comprising the Incumbent Board (either by a specific vote or by approval of
     the proxy statement of the Company in which such person is named as a
     nominee for director, without objection to such nomination) shall be deemed
     to have been a member of the Incumbent Board, but excluding, for this
     purpose, any such individual whose initial assumption of office occurs as a
     result of an actual or threatened election contest (within the meaning of
     Rule 14a-11 of the Exchange Act) with respect to the election or removal of
     Directors or other actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or consents
     by or on behalf of a Person other than the Board; or
 
          (iii) consummation of a reorganization, merger or consolidation
     involving the Company, a sale or other disposition of all or substantially
     all of the assets of the Company, or any other transaction involving the
     Company (each, a "Business Combination"), unless, in each case, immediately
     following such Business Combination, (A) all or substantially all of the
     individuals and entities who were the beneficial owners of Voting Stock of
     the Company immediately prior to such Business Combination beneficially
     own, directly or indirectly, more than 55% of the combined voting power of
     the then outstanding shares of Voting Stock of the entity resulting from
     such Business Combination (including, without limitation, an entity which
     as a result of such transaction owns the Company or all or substantially
     all of the Company's assets either directly or through one or more
     subsidiaries) in substantially the same proportions relative to each other
     as their ownership, immediately prior to such Business Combination, of the
     Voting Stock of the Company, (B) no Person (other than the Company, such
     entity resulting from such Business Combination, or any employee benefit
     plan (or related trust) sponsored or maintained by the Company, any
     Subsidiary or such entity resulting from such Business Combination)
     beneficially owns, directly or indirectly, 30% or more of the combined
     voting power of the then outstanding shares of Voting Stock of the entity
     resulting from such Business Combination, and (C) at least a majority of
     the members of the Board of Directors of the entity resulting from such
     Business Combination were members of the Incumbent Board at the time of the
     execution of the initial agreement or of the action of the Board providing
     for such Business Combination; or
 
          (iv) approval by the shareholders of the Company of a complete
     liquidation or dissolution of the Company, except pursuant to a Business
     Combination that complies with clauses (A), (B) and (C) of Section
     1(d)(iii).
 
           (e) "Competitive Activity" means the Executive's participation,
without the written consent of an officer of the Company, in the management of
any business enterprise if such enterprise engages in substantial and direct
competition with the Company and such enterprise's sales of any product or
service competitive with any product or service of the Company amounted to 10%
of such enterprise's net sales for its most recently completed fiscal year and
if the Company's net sales of said product or service amounted to 10% of the
Company's net sales for its most recently completed fiscal year. "Competitive
Activity" will not include (i) the mere ownership of securities in any such
enterprise and the exercise of rights appurtenant thereto or (ii) participation
in the management of any such enterprise other than in connection with the
competitive operations of such enterprise.
 
 
 
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           (f) "Employee Benefits" means the perquisites, benefits and service
credit for benefits as provided under any and all employee retirement income and
welfare benefit policies, plans, programs or arrangements in which Executive is
entitled to participate, including without limitation any stock option,
performance share, performance unit, stock purchase, stock appreciation,
savings, pension, supplemental executive retirement, or other retirement income
or welfare benefit, deferred compensation, incentive compensation, group or
other life, health, medical/hospital or other insurance (whether funded by
actual insurance or self-insured by the Company or a Subsidiary), disability,
salary continuation, expense reimbursement and other employee benefit policies,
plans, programs or arrangements that may now exist or any equivalent successor
policies, plans, programs or arrangements that may be adopted hereafter by the
Company or a Subsidiary, providing perquisites, benefits and service credit for
benefits at least as great in value in the aggregate as are payable thereunder
prior to a Change in Control.
 
           (g) "Exchange Act" means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as
amended.
 
           (h) "Incentive Pay" means an annual bonus, incentive or other payment
of compensation, in addition to Base Pay, made or to be made in regard to
services rendered in any year or other period pursuant to any bonus, incentive,
profit-sharing, performance, discretionary pay or similar agreement, policy,
plan, program or arrangement (whether or not funded) of the Company or a
Subsidiary, or any successor thereto.
 
           (i) "Industry Service" means professionally related service, prior to
his employment by the Company or a Subsidiary, by the Executive as an employee
within the iron, steel and mining industries or service within an industry to
which such Executive's position with the Company relates. The Executive shall be
given credit for one year of Industry Service for every two years of service
with the Company, as designated in writing by, or in minutes of the actions of,
the Compensation and Organization Committee of the Board, and such years of
credited Industry Service shall be defined as "Credited Years of Industry
Service."
 
           (j) "Retirement Plans" means the retirement income, supplemental
executive retirement, excess benefits and retiree medical, life and similar
benefit plans providing retirement perquisites, benefits and service credit for
benefits at least as great in value in the aggregate as are payable thereunder
prior to a Change in Control.
 
           (k) "Severance Period" means the period of time commencing on the
date of the first occurrence of a Change in Control and continuing until the
earlier of (i) the second anniversary of the occurrence of the Change in
Control, or (ii) the Executive's death.
 
           (l) "Subsidiary" means an entity in which the Company directly or
indirectly beneficially owns 50% or more of the outstanding capital or profits
interests or Voting Stock.
 
           (m) "Supplemental Retirement Plan" or "SRP" means the
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc Supplemental Retirement Benefit Plan (as Amended and
Restated as of January 1, 1999), as it may be amended prior to a Change in
Control, and modified as provided in Annex A, Paragraph (3).
 
 
 
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           (n) "Term" means the period commencing as of the date hereof and
expiring as of the later of (i) the close of business on December 31, 2001, or
(ii) the expiration of the Severance Period; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that (A)
commencing on January 1, 2001 and each January 1 thereafter, the term of this
Agreement will automatically be extended for an additional year unless, not
later than September 30 of the immediately preceding year, the Company or the
Executive shall have given notice that it or the Executive, as the case may be,
does not wish to have the Term extended and (B) subject to the last sentence of
Section 9, if, prior to a Change in Control, the Executive ceases for any reason
to be an officer of the Company and any Subsidiary, thereupon without further
action the Term shall be deemed to have expired and this Agreement will
immediately terminate and be of no further effect. For purposes of this Section
1(n), the Executive shall not be deemed to have ceased to be an employee of the
Company and any Subsidiary by reason of the transfer of Executive's employment
between the Company and any Subsidiary, or among any Subsidiaries.
 
           (o) "Termination Date" means the date on which the Executive's
employment is terminated pursuant to Section 3 (the effective date of which
shall be the date of termination, or such other date that may be specified by
the Executive if the termination is pursuant to Section 3(b) or Section 3(c)).
 
           (p) "Voting Stock" means securities entitled to vote generally in the
election of directors.
 
           2. OPERATION OF AGREEMENT. This Agreement will be effective and
binding immediately upon its execution, but, anything in this Agreement to the
contrary notwithstanding, this Agreement will not be operative unless and until
a Change in Control occurs. Upon the occurrence of a Change in Control at any
time during the Term, without further action, this Agreement shall become
immediately operative, including without limitation, the last sentence of
Section 9 notwithstanding that the Term may have theretofore expired.
 
           3. TERMINATION FOLLOWING A CHANGE IN CONTROL. (a) In the event of the
occurrence of a Change in Control, the Executive's employment may be terminated
by the Company or a Subsidiary during the Severance Period and the Executive
shall be entitled to the benefits provided by Section 4 unless such termination
is the result of the occurrence of one or more of the following events:
 
                    (i) The Executive's death;
 
                    (ii) If the Executive becomes permanently disabled within
               the meaning of, and begins actually to receive disability
               benefits pursuant to, the long-term disability plan in effect
               for, or applicable to, the Executive immediately prior to the
               Change in Control; or
 
                    (iii) Cause.
 
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If, during the Severance Period, the Executive's employment is terminated by the
Company or any Subsidiary other than pursuant to Section 3(a)(i), 3(a)(ii) or
3(a)(iii), the Executive will be entitled to the benefits provided by Section 4
hereof.
 
           (b) In the event of the occurrence of a Change in Control, the
Executive may terminate employment with the Company and any Subsidiary during
the Severance Period with the right to severance compensation as provided in
Section 4 upon the occurrence of one or more of the following events (regardless
of whether any other reason, other than Cause as hereinabove provided, for such
termination exists or has occurred, including without limitation other
employment):
 
                    (i) Failure to elect or reelect or otherwise to maintain the
               Executive in the office or the position, or a substantially
               equivalent office or position, of or with the Company and/or a
               Subsidiary (or any successor thereto by operation of law of or
               otherwise), as the case may be, which the Executive held
               immediately prior to a Change in Control, or the removal of the
               Executive as a Director of the Company and/or a Subsidiary (or
               any successor thereto) if the Executive shall have been a
               Director of the Company and/or a Subsidiary immediately prior to
               the Change in Control;
 
                    (ii) (A) A significant adverse change in the nature or scope
               of the authorities, powers, functions, responsibilities or duties
               attached to the position with the Company and any Subsidiary
               which the Executive held immediately prior to the Change in
               Control, (B) a reduction in the Executive's Base Pay, (C) a
               reduction in the Executive's opportunity to receive Incentive Pay
               from the Company and any Subsidiary, or (D) the termination or
               denial of the Executive's rights to Employee Benefits or a
               reduction in the scope or value thereof, any of which is not
               remedied by the Company within 10 calendar days after receipt by
               the Company of written notice from the Executive of such change,
               reduction or termination, as the case may be;
 
                    (iii) A determination by the Executive (which determination
               will be conclusive and binding upon the parties hereto provided
               it has been made in good faith and in all events will be presumed
               to have been made in good faith unless otherwise shown by the
               Company by clear and convincing evidence) that a change in
               circumstances has occurred following a Change in Control,
               including, without limitation, a change in the scope of the
               business or other activities for which the Executive was
               responsible immediately prior to the Change in Control, which has
               rendered the Executive substantially unable to carry out, has
               substantially hindered Executive's performance of, or has caused
               Executive to suffer a substantial reduction in, any of the
               authorities, powers, functions, responsibilities or duties
               attached to the position held by the Executive immediately prior
               to the Change in Control, which situation is not remedied within
               10 calendar days after written notice to the Company from the
               Executive of such determination;
 
                    (iv) The liquidation, dissolution, merger, consolidation or
               reorganization of the Company or transfer of all or substantially
               all of its business and/or assets, unless the successor or
               successors (by liquidation, merger, consolidation,
 
 
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               reorganization, transfer or otherwise) to which all or
               substantially all of its business and/or assets have been
               transferred (by operation of law or otherwise) assumed all duties
               and obligations of the Company under this Agreement pursuant to
               Section 11(a);
 
                    (v) The Company relocates its principal executive offices
               (if such offices are the principal location of Executive's work),
               or requires the Executive to have his principal location of work
               changed, to any location that, in either case, is in excess of 25
               miles from the location thereof immediately prior to the Change
               in Control, without his prior written consent; or
 
                    (vi) Without limiting the generality or effect of the
               foregoing, any material breach of this Agreement by the Company
               or any successor thereto which is not remedied by the Company
               within 10 calendar days after receipt by the Company of written
               notice from the Executive of such breach.
 
           (c) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Agreement to the
contrary, in the event of a Change in Control [other than a Change in Control
within the meaning of Section 1(d)(iv)], the Executive may terminate employment
with the Company and any Subsidiary for any reason, or without reason, during
the 30-day period immediately following the first anniversary of the first
occurrence of a Change in Control with the right to severance compensation as
provided in Section 4.
 
           (d) A termination by the Company pursuant to Section 3(a) or by the
Executive pursuant to Section 3(b) or Section 3(c) will not affect any rights
that the Executive may have pursuant to any agreement, policy, plan, program or
arrangement of the Company or Subsidiary providing Employee Benefits, which
rights shall be governed by the terms thereof, except for any rights to
severance compensation to which the Executive may be entitled upon termination
of employment under any severance pay policy, plan, program or arrangement of
the Company, which rights shall, during the Severance Period, be superseded by
this Agreement.
 
           4. SEVERANCE COMPENSATION. (a) If, following the occurrence of a
Change in Control, the Company or Subsidiary terminates the Executive's
employment during the Severance Period other than pursuant to Section 3(a)(i),
3(a)(ii) or 3(a)(iii), or if the Executive terminates his employment pursuant to
Section 3(b) or Section 3(c), the Company will pay to the Executive the amounts
described in Annex A within ten business days after the Termination Date, or, if
later, upon the expiration of the revocation period provided for in Exhibit A,
and will continue to provide to the Executive the benefits described on Annex A
for the periods described therein.
 
           (b) Without limiting the rights of the Executive at law or in equity,
if the Company fails to make any payment or provide any benefit required to be
made or provided hereunder on a timely basis, the Company will pay interest on
the amount or value thereof at an annualized rate of interest equal to the
so-called composite "prime rate" as quoted from time to time during the relevant
period in the Midwest Edition of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, plus 2%. Such interest
will be payable as it accrues on demand. Any change in such prime rate will be
effective on and as of the date of such change.
 
 
 
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           (c) Notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement to the contrary,
the parties' respective rights and obligations under this Section 4 and under
Sections 5, 7, 8 and the last sentence of Section 9 and Paragraph (3) of Annex A
will survive any termination or expiration of this Agreement or the termination
of the Executive's employment following a Change in Control for any reason
whatsoever.
 
           (d) Unless otherwise expressly provided by the applicable policy,
plan, program or agreement, after the occurrence of a Change in Control, the
Company shall pay in cash to the Executive a lump sum amount equal to the value
of any annual bonus or long-term incentive pay (including, without limitation,
incentive-based annual cash bonuses and performance units, but not including any
equity-based compensation or compensation provided under a qualified plan)
earned or granted with respect to the Executive's service during the performance
period or periods that includes the date on which the Change in Control
occurred, disregarding any applicable vesting requirements; provided that such
amount shall be calculated at the plan target rate, but prorated on the portion
of the Executive's service that had elapsed during the applicable performance
period. Such payment shall take into account service rendered through the
payment date and shall be made at the earlier of (i) the date prescribed for
payment pursuant to the applicable plan, program or agreement, and (ii) within
five business days after the Termination Date.
 
           (e) Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in any applicable
policy, plan, program or agreement, upon the occurrence of a Change in Control,
all equity incentive grants and awards held by the Executive shall become fully
vested and all stock options held by the Executive shall become fully
exercisable.
 
           5. CERTAIN ADDITIONAL PAYMENTS BY THE COMPANY. (a) Anything in this
Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, in the event that this Agreement
shall become operative and it shall be determined (as hereafter provided) that
any payment (other than the Gross-Up payments provided for in this Section 5) or
distribution by the Company or any of its affiliates to or for the benefit of
the Executive, whether paid or payable or distributed or distributable pursuant
to the terms of this Agreement or otherwise pursuant to or by reason of any
other agreement, policy, plan, program or arrangement, including without
limitation any stock option, performance share, performance unit, stock
appreciation right or similar right, or the lapse or termination of any
restriction on or the vesting or exercisability of any of the foregoing (a
"Payment"), would be subject to the excise tax imposed by Section 4999 of the
Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code") (or any successor
provision thereto) by reason of being considered "contingent on a change in
ownership or control" of the Company, within the meaning of Section 280G of the
Code (or any successor provision thereto) or to any similar tax imposed by state
or local law, or any interest or penalties with respect to such tax (such tax or
taxes, together with any such interest and penalties, being hereafter
collectively referred to as the "Excise Tax"), then the Executive shall be
entitled to receive an additional payment or payments (collectively, a "Gross-Up
Payment"); PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that no Gross-up Payment shall be made with
respect to the Excise Tax, if any, attributable to (i) any incentive stock
option, as defined by Section 422 of the Code ("ISO") granted prior to the
execution of this Agreement, or (ii) any stock appreciation or similar right,
whether or not limited, granted in tandem with any
 
 
 
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ISO described in clause (i). The Gross-Up Payment shall be in an amount such
that, after payment by the Executive of all taxes (including any interest or
penalties imposed with respect to such taxes), including any Excise Tax imposed
upon the Gross-Up Payment, the Executive retains an amount of the Gross-Up
Payment equal to the Excise Tax imposed upon the Payment.
 
           (b) Subject to the provisions of Section 5(f), all determinations
required to be made under this Section 5, including whether an Excise Tax is
payable by the Executive and the amount of such Excise Tax and whether a
Gross-Up Payment is required to be paid by the Company to the Executive and the
amount of such Gross-Up Payment, if any, shall be made by a nationally
recognized accounting firm (the "Accounting Firm") selected by the Executive in
his sole discretion. The Executive shall direct the Accounting Firm to submit
its determination and detailed supporting calculations to both the Company and
the Executive within 30 calendar days after the Termination Date, if applicable,
and any such other time or times as may be requested by the Company or the
Executive. If the Accounting Firm determines that any Excise Tax is payable by
the Executive, the Company shall pay the required Gross-Up Payment to the
Executive within five business days after receipt of such determination and
calculations with respect to any Payment to the Executive. If the Accounting
Firm determines that no Excise Tax is payable by the Executive, it shall, at the
same time as it makes such determination, furnish the Company and the Executive
an opinion that the Executive has substantial authority not to report any Excise
Tax on his federal, state or local income or other tax return. As a result of
the uncertainty in the application of Section 4999 of the Code (or any successor
provision thereto) and the possibility of similar uncertainty regarding
applicable state or local tax law at the time of any determination by the
Accounting Firm hereunder, it is possible that Gross-Up Payments which will not
have been made by the Company should have been made (an "Underpayment"),
consistent with the calculations required to be made hereunder. In the event
that the Company exhausts or fails to pursue its remedies pursuant to Section
5(f) and the Executive thereafter is required to make a payment of any Excise
Tax, the Executive shall direct the Accounting Firm to determine the amount of
the Underpayment that has occurred and to submit its determination and detailed
supporting calculations to both the Company and the Executive as promptly as
possible. Any such Underpayment shall be promptly paid by the Company to, or for
the benefit of, the Executive within five business days after receipt of such
determination and calculations.
 
           (c) The Company and the Executive shall each provide the Accounting
Firm access to and copies of any books, records and documents in the possession
of the Company or the Executive, as the case may be, reasonably requested by the
Accounting Firm, and otherwise cooperate with the Accounting Firm in connection
with the preparation and issuance of the determinations and calculations
contemplated by Section 5(b). Any determination by the Accounting Firm as to the
amount of the Gross-Up Payment shall be binding upon the Company and the
Executive.
 
           (d) The federal, state and local income or other tax returns filed by
the Executive shall be prepared and filed on a consistent basis with the
determination of the Accounting Firm with respect to the Excise Tax payable by
the Executive. The Executive shall make proper payment of the amount of any
Excise Payment, and at the request of the Company, provide to the Company true
and correct copies (with any amendments) of his federal income tax return as
filed with the Internal Revenue Service and corresponding state and local tax
returns, if
 
 
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relevant, as filed with the applicable taxing authority, and such other
documents reasonably requested by the Company, evidencing such payment. If prior
to the filing of the Executive's federal income tax return, or corresponding
state or local tax return, if relevant, the Accounting Firm determines that the
amount of the Gross-Up Payment should be reduced, the Executive shall within
five business days pay to the Company the amount of such reduction.
 
           (e) The fees and expenses of the Accounting Firm for its services in
connection with the determinations and calculations contemplated by Section 5(b)
shall be borne by the Company. If such fees and expenses are initially paid by
the Executive, the Company shall reimburse the Executive the full amount of such
fees and expenses within five business days after receipt from the Executive of
a statement therefor and reasonable evidence of his payment thereof.
 
           (f) The Executive shall notify the Company in writing of any claim by
the Internal Revenue Service or any other taxing authority that, if successful,
would require the payment by the Company of a Gross-Up Payment. Such
notification shall be given as promptly as practicable but no later than 10
business days after the Executive actually receives notice of such claim and the
Executive shall further apprise the Company of the nature of such claim and the
date on which such claim is requested to be paid (in each case, to the extent
known by the Executive). The Executive shall not pay such claim prior to the
earlier of (i) the expiration of the 30-calendar-day period following the date
on which he gives such notice to the Company and (ii) the date that any payment
of amount with respect to such claim is due. If the Company notifies the
Executive in writing prior to the expiration of such period that it desires to
contest such claim, the Executive shall:
 
                     (i) provide the Company with any written records or
               documents in his possession relating to such claim reasonably
               requested by the Company;
 
                    (ii) take such action in connection with contesting such
               claim as the Company shall reasonably request in writing from
               time to time, including without limitation accepting legal
               representation with respect to such claim by an attorney
               competent in respect of the subject matter and reasonably
               selected by the Company;
 
                    (iii) cooperate with the Company in good faith in order
               effectively to contest such claim; and
 
                    (iv) permit the Company to participate in any proceedings
               relating to such claim;
 
PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that the Company shall bear and pay directly all costs and
expenses (including interest and penalties) incurred in connection with such
contest and shall indemnify and hold harmless the Executive, on an after-tax
basis, for and against any Excise Tax or income tax, including interest and
penalties with respect thereto, imposed as a result of such representation and
payment of costs and expenses. Without limiting the foregoing provisions of this
Section 5(f), the Company shall control all proceedings taken in connection with
the contest of any claim contemplated by this Section 5(f) and, at its sole
option, may pursue or forego any
 
 
 
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and all administrative appeals, proceedings, hearings and conferences with the
taxing authority in respect of such claim (provided, however, that the Executive
may participate therein at his own cost and expense) and may, at its option,
either direct the Executive to pay the tax claimed and sue for a refund or
contest the claim in any permissible manner, and the Executive agrees to
prosecute such contest to a determination before any administrative tribunal, in
a court of initial jurisdiction and in one or more appellate courts, as the
Company shall determine; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that if the Company directs the
Executive to pay the tax claimed and sue for a refund, the Company shall advance
the amount of such payment to the Executive on an interest-free basis and shall
indemnify and hold the Executive harmless, on an after-tax basis, from any
Excise Tax or income or other tax, including interest or penalties with respect
thereto, imposed with respect to such advance; and PROVIDED FURTHER, HOWEVER,
that any extension of the statute of limitations relating to payment of taxes
for the taxable year of the Executive with respect to which the contested amount
is claimed to be due is limited solely to such contested amount. Furthermore,
the Company's control of any such contested claim shall be limited to issues
with respect to which a Gross-Up Payment would be payable hereunder and the
Executive shall be entitled to settle or contest, as the case may be, any other
issue raised by the Internal Revenue Service or any other taxing authority.
 
           (g) If, after the receipt by the Executive of an amount advanced by
the Company pursuant to Section 5(f), the Executive receives any refund with
respect to such claim, the Executive shall (subject to the Company's complying
with the requirements of Section 5(f)) promptly pay to the Company the amount of
such refund (together with any interest paid or credited thereon after any taxes
applicable thereto). If, after the receipt by the Executive of an amount
advanced by the Company pursuant to Section 5(f), a determination is made that
the Executive shall not be entitled to any refund with respect to such claim and
the Company does not notify the Executive in writing of its intent to contest
such denial or refund prior to the expiration of 30 calendar days after such
determination, then such advance shall be forgiven and shall not be required to
be repaid and the amount of any such advance shall offset, to the extent
thereof, the amount of Gross-Up Payment required to be paid by the Company to
the Executive pursuant to this Section 5.
 
           6. NO MITIGATION OBLIGATION. The Company hereby acknowledges that it
will be difficult and may be impossible for the Executive to find reasonably
comparable employment following the Termination Date and that the
non-competition covenant contained in Section 8 will further limit the
employment opportunities for the Executive. In addition, the Company
acknowledges that its severance pay plans applicable in general to its salaried
employees do not provide for mitigation, offset or reduction of any severance
payment received thereunder. Accordingly, the payment of the severance
compensation by the Company to the Executive in accordance with the terms of
this Agreement is hereby acknowledged by the Company to be reasonable, and the
Executive will not be required to mitigate the amount of any payment provided
for in this Agreement by seeking other employment or otherwise, nor will any
profits, income, earnings or other benefits from any source whatsoever create
any mitigation, offset, reduction or any other obligation on the part of the
Executive hereunder or otherwise, except as expressly provided in the last
sentence of Paragraph (2) set forth on Annex A.
 
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           7. LEGAL FEES AND EXPENSES. (a) It is the intent of the Company that
the Executive not be required to incur legal fees and the related expenses
associated with the interpretation, enforcement or defense of Executive's rights
under this Agreement by litigation or otherwise because the cost and expense
thereof would substantially detract from the benefits intended to be extended to
the Executive hereunder. Accordingly, if it should appear to the Executive that
the Company has failed to comply with any of its obligations under this
Agreement or in the event that the Company or any other person takes or
threatens to take any action to declare this Agreement void or unenforceable, or
institutes any litigation or other action or proceeding designed to deny, or to
recover from, the Executive the benefits provided or intended to be provided to
the Executive hereunder, the Company irrevocably authorizes the Executive from
time to time to retain counsel of Executive's choice, at the expense of the
Company as hereafter provided, to advise and represent the Executive in
connection with any such interpretation, enforcement or defense, including
without limitation the initiation or defense of any litigation or other legal
action, whether by or against the Company or any Director, officer, stockholder
or other person affiliated with the Company, in any jurisdiction.
Notwithstanding any existing or prior attorney-client relationship between the
Company and such counsel, the Company irrevocably consents to the Executive's
entering into an attorney-client relationship with such counsel, and in that
connection the Company and the Executive agree that a confidential relationship
shall exist between the Executive and such counsel. Without respect to whether
the Executive prevails, in whole or in part, in connection with any of the
foregoing, the Company will pay and be solely financially responsible for any
and all attorneys' and related fees and expenses incurred by the Executive in
connection with any of the foregoing; provided that, in regard to such matters,
the Executive has not acted in bad faith or with no colorable claim of success.
 
           (b) To ensure that the provisions of this Agreement can be enforced
by the Executive, certain trust arrangements ("Trusts") have been established
between KeyTrust Company of Ohio, N.A., as Trustee ("Trustee"), and the Company.
Each of Trust Agreement No. 1 (Amended and Restated Effective June 1, 1997)
("Trust Agreement No. 1"), Trust Agreement No. 2 (Amended and Restated Effective
June 1, 1997) ("Trust Agreement No. 2"), and Trust Agreement No. 7 dated April
9, 1991, as amended ("Trust Agreement No. 7"), as it may be subsequently amended
and/or restated, between the Trustee and the Company, sets forth the terms and
conditions relating to payment from Trust Agreement No. 1 of compensation,
pension benefits and other benefits pursuant to the Agreement owed by the
Company, payment from Trust Agreement No. 2 for attorneys' fees and related fees
and expenses pursuant to Section 7(a) hereof owed by the Company, and payment
from Trust Agreement No. 7 of pension benefits owed by the Company. Executive
shall make demand on the Company for any payments due Executive pursuant to
Section 7(a) hereof prior to making demand therefor on the Trustee under Trust
Agreement No. 2.
 
           (c) Upon the earlier to occur of (i) a Change in Control or (ii) a
declaration by the Board that a Change Control is imminent, the Company shall
promptly to the extent it has not previously done so, and in any event within
five (5) business days:
 
                      (A) transfer to Trustee to be added to the principal of
           the Trust under Trust Agreement No. 1 a sum equal to (I) the present
           value on the date of the Change in
 
 
 
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           Control (or on such fifth business day if the Board has declared a
           Change in Control to be imminent) of the payments to be made to
           Executive under the provisions of Annex A and Section 5 hereof, such
           present value to be computed using the assumptions set forth in Annex
           A hereof and the computations provided for in Section 5 hereof less
           (II) the balance in the Executive's accounts provided for in Trust
           Agreement No. 1 as of the most recent completed valuation thereof, as
           certified by the Trustee under Trust Agreement No. 1 less (III) the
           balance in the Executive's accounts provided for in Trust Agreement
           No. 7 as of the most recently completed valuation thereof, as
           certified by the Trustee under Trust Agreement No. 7; provided,
           however, that if the Trustee under Trust Agreement No. 1 and/or Trust
           Agreement No. 7 does not so certify by the end of the fourth (4th)
           business day after the earlier of such Change in Control or
           declaration, then the balance of such respective account shall be
           deemed to be zero. Any payments of compensation, pension or other
           benefits by the Trustee pursuant to Trust Agreement No. 1 or Trust
           Agreement No. 7 shall, to the extent thereof, discharge the Company's
           obligation to pay compensation, pension and other benefits hereunder,
           it being the intent of the Company that assets in such Trusts be held
           as security for the Company's obligation to pay compensation, pension
           and other benefits under this Agreement; and
 
                      (B) transfer to the Trustee to be added to the principal
           of the Trust under Trust Agreement No. 2 the sum of TWO HUNDRED FIFTY
           THOUSAND DOLLARS ($250,000) less any principal in such Trust on such
           fifth business day. Any payments of the Executive's attorneys' and
           related fees and expenses by the Trustee pursuant to Trust Agreement
           No. 2 shall, to the extent thereof, discharge the Company's
           obligation hereunder, it being the intent of the Company that assets
           in such Trust be held as security for the Company's obligation under
           Section 7(a) hereof. Executive understands and acknowledges that the
           entire corpus of the Trust under Trust Agreement No. 2 will be
           $250,000 and that said amount will be available to discharge not only
           the obligations of the Company to Executive under Section 7(a)
           hereof, but also similar obligations of the Company to other
           executives and employees under similar provisions of other agreements
           and plans.
 
           8. COMPETITIVE ACTIVITY; CONFIDENTIALITY; NONSOLICITATION. (a) During
the Term and for a period ending two years following the Termination Date, if
the Executive shall have received or shall be receiving benefits under Section
4, and, if applicable, Section 5, the Executive shall not, without the prior
written consent of the Company, which consent shall not be unreasonably
withheld, engage in any Competitive Activity.
 
           (b) During the Term, the Company agrees that it will disclose to
Executive its confidential or proprietary information (as defined in this
Section 8(b)) to the extent necessary for Executive to carry out his obligations
to the Company. The Executive hereby covenants and agrees that he will not,
without the prior written consent of the Company, during the Term or thereafter
disclose to any person not employed by the Company, or use in connection with
engaging in competition with the Company, any confidential or proprietary
information of the Company. For purposes of this Agreement, the term
"confidential or proprietary information" will include all information of any
nature and in any form that is owned by the Company and that is not publicly
available (other than by Executive's breach of this Section 8(b)) or generally
 
 
 
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known to persons engaged in businesses similar or related to those of the
Company. Confidential or proprietary information will include, without
limitation, the Company's financial matters, customers, employees, industry
contracts, strategic business plans, product development (or other proprietary
product data), marketing plans, and all other secrets and all other information
of a confidential or proprietary nature. For purposes of the preceding two
sentences, the term "Company" will also include any Subsidiary (collectively,
the "Restricted Group"). The foregoing obligations imposed by this Section 8(b)
will not apply (i) during the Term, in the course of the business of and for the
benefit of the Company, (ii) if such confidential or proprietary information
will have become, through no fault of the Executive, generally known to the
public or (iii) if the Executive is required by law to make disclosure (after
giving the Company notice and an opportunity to contest such requirement).
 
           (c) The Executive hereby covenants and agrees that during the Term
and for two years thereafter Executive will not, without the prior written
consent of the Company, which consent shall not unreasonably be withheld, on
behalf of Executive or on behalf of any person, firm or company, directly or
indirectly, attempt to influence, persuade or induce, or assist any other person
in so persuading or inducing, any employee of the Restricted Group to give up,
or to not commence, employment or a business relationship with the Restricted
Group.
 
           9. EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS. Nothing expressed or implied in this Agreement
will create any right or duty on the part of the Company or the Executive to
have the Executive remain in the employment of the Company or any Subsidiary
prior to or following any Change in Control. Any termination of employment of
the Executive or the removal of the Executive from the office or position in the
Company or any Subsidiary that occurs (i) not more than 180 days prior to the
date on which a Change in Control occurs, and (ii) following the commencement of
any discussion with a third person that ultimately results in a Change in
Control, shall be deemed to be a termination or removal of the Executive after a
Change in Control for purposes of this Agreement.
 
           10. WITHHOLDING OF TAXES. The Company may withhold from any amounts
payable under this Agreement all federal, state, city or other taxes as the
Company is required to withhold pursuant to any applicable law, regulation or
ruling.
 
           11. SUCCESSORS AND BINDING AGREEMENT. (a) The Company will require
any successor (whether direct or indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation,
reorganization or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the business or
assets of the Company, by agreement in form and substance reasonably
satisfactory to the Executive, expressly to assume and agree to perform this
Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent the Company would be
required to perform if no such succession had taken place. This Agreement will
be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Company and any successor to the
Company, including without limitation any persons acquiring directly or
indirectly all or substantially all of the business or assets of the Company
whether by purchase, merger, consolidation, reorganization or otherwise (and
such successor shall thereafter be deemed the "Company" for the purposes of this
Agreement), but will not otherwise be assignable, transferable or delegable by
the Company.
 
 
 
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           (b) This Agreement will inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by
the Executive's personal or legal representatives, executors, administrators,
successors, heirs, distributees and legatees.
 
           (c) This Agreement is personal in nature and neither of the parties
hereto shall, without the consent of the other, assign, transfer or delegate
this Agreement or any rights or obligations hereunder except as expressly
provided in Sections 11(a) and 11(b). Without limiting the generality or effect
of the foregoing, the Executive's right to receive payments hereunder will not
be assignable, transferable or delegable, whether by pledge, creation of a
security interest, or otherwise, other than by a transfer by Executive's will or
by the laws of descent and distribution and, in the event of any attempted
assignment or transfer contrary to this Section 11(c), the Company shall have no
liability to pay any amount so attempted to be assigned, transferred or
delegated.
 
           12. NOTICES. For all purposes of this Agreement, all communications,
including without limitation notices, consents, requests or approvals, required
or permitted to be given hereunder will be in writing and will be deemed to have
been duly given when hand delivered or dispatched by electronic facsimile
transmission (with receipt thereof orally confirmed), or five business days
after having been mailed by United States registered or certified mail, return
receipt requested, postage prepaid, or three business days after having been
sent by a nationally recognized overnight courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or
Purolator, addressed to the Company (to the attention of the Secretary of the
Company) at its principal executive office and to the Executive at his principal
residence, or to such other address as any party may have furnished to the other
in writing and in accordance herewith, except that notices of changes of address
shall be effective only upon receipt.
 
           13. GOVERNING LAW. The validity, interpretation, construction and
performance of this Agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance
with the substantive laws of the State of Ohio, without giving effect to the
principles of conflict of laws of such State.
 
           14. VALIDITY. If any provision of this Agreement or the application
of any provision hereof to any person or circumstances is held invalid,
unenforceable or otherwise illegal, the remainder of this Agreement and the
application of such provision to any other person or circumstances will not be
affected, and the provision so held to be invalid, unenforceable or otherwise
illegal will be reformed to the extent (and only to the extent) necessary to
make it enforceable, valid or legal.
 
           15. MISCELLANEOUS. No provision of this Agreement may be modified,
waived or discharged unless such waiver, modification or discharge is agreed to
in writing signed by the Executive and the Company. No waiver by either party
hereto at any time of any breach by the other party hereto or compliance with
any condition or provision of this Agreement to be performed by such other party
will be deemed a waiver of similar or dissimilar provisions or conditions at the
same or at any prior or subsequent time. No agreements or representations, oral
or otherwise, expressed or implied with respect to the subject matter hereof
have been made by
 
 
 
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either party which are not set forth expressly in this Agreement. References to
Sections are to references to Sections of this Agreement.
 
           16. CONSTRUCTION. The masculine gender, when used in this Agreement,
shall be deemed to include the feminine gender and the singular number shall
include the plural, unless the context clearly indicates to the contrary.
 
           17. COUNTERPARTS. This Agreement may be executed in one or more
counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original but all of which
together will constitute one and the same agreement.
 
           18. PRIOR AGREEMENT. This Agreement cancels and supercedes the
Employment Agreement, dated as of June 30, 1997 (the "Prior Agreement"), between
the Company and the Executive, which Prior Agreement shall, without further
action, be canceled and superseded as of the date first above written.
 
           IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have caused this Agreement to be duly
executed and delivered as of the date first above written.
 
 
                                             CLEVELAND-CLIFFS INC
 
 
                                             By: /s/ John C. Morley
                                                -----------------------------
                                                    [Name and Title]
                                                 Chairman - Compensation and
                                                  Organization Committee
 
                                                  /s/ J.S. Brinzo
                                                 ----------------------------
                                                    John S. Brinzo
 
 
 
 
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                                                                         Annex A
                                                                         -------
 
 
 
                             Severance Compensation
                             ----------------------
 
 
                  (1) A lump sum payment in an amount equal to three (3) times
the sum of (A) Base Pay (at the highest rate in effect for any period prior to
the Termination Date), plus (B) Incentive Pay (in an amount equal to not less
than the greater of (i) the target bonus and/or target award opportunity for the
fiscal year immediately preceding the year in which the Change in Control
occurred, or (ii) the target bonus and/or target award opportunity for the
fiscal year in which the Termination Date occurs).
 
                  (2) For a period of thirty-six (36) months following the
Termination Date (the "Continuation Period"), the Company will arrange to
provide the Executive with Employee Benefits that are welfare benefits (but not
stock option, performance share, performance unit, stock purchase, stock
appreciation or similar compensatory benefits) substantially similar to those
that the Executive was receiving or entitled to receive immediately prior to the
Termination Date (or, if greater, immediately prior to the reduction,
termination, or denial described in Section 3(b)(ii)). If and to the extent that
any benefit described in this Paragraph 2 is not or cannot be paid or provided
under any policy, plan, program or arrangement of the Company or any Subsidiary,
as the case may be, then the Company will itself pay or provide for the payment
to the Executive, his dependents and beneficiaries, of such Employee Benefits
along with, in the case of any benefit described in this Paragraph 2 which is
subject to tax because it is not or cannot be paid or provided under any such
policy, plan, program or arrangement of the Company or any Subsidiary, an
additional amount such that after payment by the Executive, or his dependents or
beneficiaries, as the case may be, of all taxes so imposed, the recipient
retains an amount equal to such taxes. Notwithstanding the foregoing, or any
other provision of the Agreement, for purposes of determining the period of
continuation coverage to which the Executive or any of his dependents is
entitled pursuant to Section 4980B of the Code (or any successor provision
thereto) under the Company's medical, dental and other group health plans, or
successor plans, the Executive's "qualifying event" shall be the termination of
the Continuation Period and the Executive shall be considered to have remained
actively employed on a full-time basis through that date. Without otherwise
limiting the purposes or effect of Section 5, Employee Benefits otherwise
receivable by the Executive pursuant to this Paragraph 2 will be reduced to the
extent comparable welfare benefits are actually received by the Executive from
another employer during the Continuation Period following the Executive's
Termination Date, and any such benefits actually received by the Executive shall
be reported by the Executive to the Company.
 
                  (3) A lump sum payment (the "SRP Payment") in an amount equal
to the sum of the future pension benefits (converted to a lump sum of actuarial
equivalence) which the Executive would have been entitled to receive three (3)
years following the Termination Date under the SRP, and as modified by this
Paragraph (3) (assuming Base Salary and Incentive Pay as determined in Paragraph
(1), if the Executive had remained in the full-time employment of the Company
until three (3) years following the Termination Date.
 
The calculation of the SRP Payment and its actuarial equivalence shall be made
as of the Termination Date. The lump sum of actuarial equivalence shall be
calculated as of three (3)
 
 
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years following the Termination Date using the assumptions and factors used in
the SRP, and such sums shall be discounted to the date of payment using a
discount rate prescribed for purposes of valuation computations under Section
280G of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code") or any
successor provision thereto, or if no rate is so prescribed, a rate equal to the
then "applicable interest rate" under Section 417 (e)(3)(A) (ii)(II) of the Code
for the month in which the Termination Date occurs.
 
The Company hereby waives the discretionary right, at any time subsequent to the
date of a Change in Control, to amend or terminate the SRP as to the Executive
as provided in paragraph 8 thereof or to terminate the rights of the Executive
or his beneficiary under the SRP in the event Executive engages in a competitive
business as provided in any plan or arrangement between the Company and the
Executive or applicable to the Executive, including but not limited to, the
provisions of paragraph 4 of the SRP, or any similar provisions of any such plan
or arrangement or other plan or arrangement supplementing or superseding the
same. This Paragraph (3) shall constitute a "Supplemental Agreement" as defined
in Paragraph 1.J of the SRP. If the Company shall terminate the Executive's
employment during the Severance Period, other than for Cause pursuant to Section
3(a)(i), 3(a)(ii) or 3(a)(iii) of the Agreement, or if the Executive shall
terminate his employment pursuant to Section 3(b) of the Agreement, or if,
following the end of the Severance Period, the Executive's employment is
terminated for any reason, for the purposes of computing the Executive's period
of continuous service and of calculating and paying his benefit under the SRP:
 
                           (A) At the time of his termination of employment with
                  the Company (by death or otherwise), the Executive shall be
                  credited with years of continuous service for benefit accrual
                  and eligibility equal to the greater of (i) the number of his
                  actual years of continuous service or (ii) the number of years
                  of continuous service he would have had if he had continued
                  his employment with the Company for three (3) years after the
                  Termination Date, and had he attained the greater of (iii) his
                  actual chronological age, (iv) sixty-five, or (v) his
                  chronological age three (3) years after the Termination Date.
                  In addition, the Executive shall be eligible for a 30-year
                  pension benefit based upon his years of continuous service as
                  computed under the preceding sentence. Such Executive shall be
                  eligible to commence a 30-year pension benefit on the earlier
                  of (vi) the date upon which the Executive would have otherwise
                  reached 30 years of continuous service with the Company but
                  for his termination of employment after the Change in Control
                  at which time the Executive shall be deemed to be age 65, or
                  (vii) the date upon which the sum of the Executive's years of
                  continuous service (as computed in the first sentence of this
                  subparagraph (A)) and the Executive's Credited Years of
                  Industry Service is equal to 30 years of service, at which
                  time the Executive shall be deemed to be age 65; and
 
                           (B) The Executive shall be a "Participant" in the
                  SRP, notwithstanding any limitations therein. The terms of the
                  Agreement and this Annex A shall take precedence to the extent
                  they are contrary to provisions contained in the SRP.
 
 
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Payment of the SRP Payment by the Company shall be deemed to be a satisfaction
of all obligations of the Company to the Executive under the SRP.
 
                  (4) Base Salary through the Termination Date plus prorata
Incentive Pay for the year in which the Termination Date occurs calculated at
the greater of (i) the target bonus and/or target opportunity or (ii) actual
performance, in each case for the fiscal year in which the Termination Date
occurs.
 
                  (5) In lieu of the Executive's right to receive deferred
compensation under the Voluntary Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plan or any
other plan providing for deferral of income or amounts otherwise payable to the
Executive, a lump sum payment in cash in an amount equal to 100% of the
Executive's cash and stock account balances under such plans.
 
                  (6) Outplacement services by a firm selected by the Executive,
at the expense of the Company in an amount up to 15% of the Executive's Base
Pay.
 
                  (7) Post-retirement medical, hospital, surgical and
prescription drug coverage for the lifetime of the Executive, his spouse and any
eligible dependents equivalent to that which would have been furnished on the
day prior to the Change in Control to an officer of the Company who retired on
such date with full eligibility for such benefits.
 
 
 
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                              CLEVELAND-CLIFFS INC
                               SEVERANCE AGREEMENT
 
                                    EXHIBIT A
 
                                 Form of Release
                                 ---------------
 
 
                  WHEREAS, the Executive's employment has been terminated in
accordance with Section 3 of the Severance Agreement (the "Agreement") dated as
of January 1, 2000 between the Executive and Cleveland-Cliffs Inc; and
 
                  WHEREAS, the Executive is required to sign this Release in
order to receive the Severance Compensation (as such term is defined in the
Agreement) as described in Annex A of the Agreement and the other benefits
described in the Agreement.
 
                  NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the promises and agreements
contained herein and other good and valuable consideration, the sufficiency and
receipt of which are hereby acknowledged, and intending to be legally bound, the
Executive agrees as follows:
 
      1. This Release is effective on the date hereof and will continue in
effect as provided herein.
 
      2. In consideration of the payments to be made and the benefits to be
received by the Executive pursuant to the Agreement, which the Executive
acknowledges are in addition to payments and benefits which the Executive would
be entitled to receive absent the Agreement (other than severance pay and
benefits under any other severance plan, policy, program or arrangement
sponsored by Cleveland-Cliffs Inc), the Executive, for himself and his
dependents, successors, assigns, heirs, executors and administrators (and his
and their legal representatives of every kind), hereby releases, dismisses,
remises and forever discharges Cleveland-Cliffs Inc, its predecessors, parents,
subsidiaries, divisions, related or affiliated companies, officers, directors,
stockholders, members, employees, heirs, successors, assigns, representatives,
agents and counsel (the "Company") from any and all arbitrations, claims,
including claims for attorney's fees, demands, damages, suits, proceedings,
actions and/or causes of action of any kind and every description, whether known
or unknown, which Executive now has or may have had for, upon, or by reason of
any cause whatsoever ("claims"), against the Company, including but not limited
to:
 
                    (a) any and all claims arising out of or relating to
               Executive's employment by or service with the Company and his
               termination from the Company;
 
                    (b) any and all claims of discrimination, including but not
               limited to claims of discrimination on the basis of sex, race,
               age, national origin, marital status, religion or handicap,
               including, specifically, but without limiting the generality of
               the foregoing, any claims under the Age Discrimination in
               Employment Act, as amended, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of
               1964, as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Ohio
               Revised
 
 
                                    Exh. A-1
 
<PAGE>   21
 
 
 
     Code Section 4101.17 and Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4112, including Sections
     4112.02 and 4112.99 thereof; and
 
          (c) any and all claims of wrongful or unjust discharge or breach of
     any contract or promise, express or implied.
 
      3. Executive understands and acknowledges that the Company does not admit
any violation of law, liability or invasion of any of his rights and that any
such violation, liability or invasion is expressly denied. The consideration
provided for this Release is made for the purpose of settling and extinguishing
all claims and rights (and every other similar or dissimilar matter) that
Executive ever had or now may have against the Company to the extent provided in
this Release. Executive further agrees and acknowledges that no representations,
promises or inducements have been made by the Company other than as appear in
the Agreement.
 
     4. Executive further agrees and acknowledges that:
 
          (a) The release provided for herein releases claims to and including
     the date of this Release;
 
          (b) He has been advised by the Company to consult with legal counsel
     prior to executing this Release, has had an opportunity to consult with and
     to be advised by legal counsel of his choice, fully understands the terms
     of this Release, and enters into this Release freely, voluntarily and
     intending to be bound;
 
          (c) He has been given a period of 21 days to review and consider the
     terms of this Release, prior to its execution and that he may use as much
     of the 21 day period as he desires; and
 
          (d) He may, within 7 days after execution, revoke this Release.
     Revocation shall be made by delivering a written notice of revocation to
     the Vice President Human Resources at the Company. For such revocation to
     be effective, written notice must be actually received by the Vice
     President Human Resources at the Company no later than the close of
     business on the 7th day after Executive executes this Release. If Executive
     does exercise his right to revoke this Release, all of the terms and
     conditions of the Release shall be of no force and effect and the Company
     shall not have any obligation to make payments or provide benefits to
     Executive as set forth in Sections 4, 5, and 7 of the Agreement.
 
          5. Executive agrees that he will never file a lawsuit or other
     complaint asserting any claim that is released in this Release.
 
          6. Executive waives and releases any claim that he has or may have to
     reemployment after __________________.
 
 
 
 
                                    Exh. A-2
 
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                  IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Executive has executed and delivered
this Release on the date set forth below.
 
 
Dated:_____________________                       ______________________________
                                                            Executive