Hold Separate Stipulation and Order

Date: 
Friday, November 17, 2000
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Hold Separate Stipulations and Orders
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA


UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
                  Plaintiff,

                  v.

WORLDCOM, INC., and
INTERMEDIA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.          
                  Defendants.


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Civil Action No. 1:00CV02789

Filed: 11/17/2000

HOLD SEPARATE STIPULATION AND ORDER

It is hereby stipulated and agreed by and between the undersigned parties, subject to approval and entry by the Court, that:

I. DEFINITIONS

As used in this Hold Separate Stipulation and Order:

A. "Acquirer" means the entity to whom defendants divest the Intermedia Assets.

B. "WorldCom" means defendant WorldCom, Inc., a Georgia corporation with its headquarters in Clinton, Mississippi, its successors and assigns, and its subsidiaries, divisions, groups, affiliates, partnerships and joint ventures, and their directors, officers, managers, agents and employees.

C. "Intermedia" means defendant Intermedia Communications, Inc., a Delaware Corporation with its headquarters in Tampa, Florida, its successors and assigns, and its subsidiaries, divisions, groups, affiliates, partnerships and joint ventures, and their directors, officers, managers, agents and employees.

D. "Digex" means Digex, Inc., a Delaware Corporation with its headquarters in Beltsville, Maryland, its successors and assigns, and its subsidiaries, divisions, groups, affiliates, partnerships and joint ventures, and their directors, officers, managers, agents and employees.

E. "Capital Stock of Digex" means the capital stock of Digex, regardless of class, owned by Intermedia.

F. "Intermedia Assets" means all ofassets of Intermedia, except for the Capital Stock of Digex, including:

  1. All tangible assets that comprise the Intermedia business, including research and development activities; all networking equipment and fixed assets, personal property, office furniture, materials, supplies, and other tangible property and all assets used exclusively in connection with the Intermedia Assets; all licenses, permits and authorizations issued by any governmental organization relating to the Intermedia Assets; all contracts, teaming arrangements, agreements, leases, commitments, certifications, and understandings, relating to the Intermedia Assets, including supply agreements; all customer lists, contracts, accounts, and credit records; all repair and performance records and all other records relating to the Intermedia Assets;
  2. All intangible assets used in the development, production, servicing and sale of Intermedia Assets, including, but not limited to all patents, licenses and sublicenses, intellectual property, copyrights, trademarks, trade names, service marks, service names, technical information, computer software and related documentation, know-how, trade secrets, drawings, blueprints, designs, design protocols, specifications for materials, specifications for parts and devices, safety procedures for the handling of materials and substances, all research data concerning historic and current research and development relating to the Intermedia Assets, quality assurance and control procedures, design tools and simulation capability, all manuals and technical information defendants provide to their own employees, customers, suppliers, agents or licensees, and all research data concerning historic and current research and development efforts relating to the Intermedia Assets, including, but not limited to designs of experiments, and the results of successful and unsuccessful designs and experiments.

G. "Merger" means the proposed merger of WorldCom and Intermedia pursuant to the merger agreement dated September 5, 2000.

II. OBJECTIVES

The Final Judgment filed in this case is meant to ensure defendants' prompt divestiture of the Intermedia Assets for the purpose of preserving a viable competitor in the provision of Internet backbone and access services in order to remedy the effects that the United States alleges would otherwise result from WorldCom's acquisition of Intermedia. This Hold Separate Stipulation and Order ensures, prior to such divestitures, that the Intermedia Assets remain independent, economically viable, and ongoing business concerns that will remain independent and uninfluenced by WorldCom, and that competition is maintained during the pendency of the ordered divestitures.

III. JURISDICTION AND VENUE

This Court has jurisdiction over each of the parties hereto and over the subject matter of this action, and venue of this action is proper in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The Complaint states a claim upon which relief may be granted against defendants under Section 7 of the Clayton Act, as amended, 15 U.S.C. § 18.

IV. COMPLIANCE WITH AND ENTRY OF FINAL JUDGMENT

A. The parties stipulate that a Final Judgment in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A may be filed with and entered by the Court, upon the motion of any party or upon the Court's own motion, at any time after compliance with the requirements of the Antitrust Procedures and Penalties Act (15 U.S.C. § 16), and without further notice to any party or other proceedings, provided that the United States has not withdrawn its consent, which it may do at any time before the entry of the proposed Final Judgment by serving notice thereof on defendants and by filing that notice with the Court.

B. Defendants shall abide by and comply with the provisions of the proposed Final Judgment, pending the Judgment's entry by the Court, or until expiration of time for all appeals of any Court ruling declining entry of the proposed Final Judgment, and shall, from the date of the signing of this Stipulation by the parties, comply with all the terms and provisions of the proposed Final Judgment as though the same were in full force and effect as an order of the Court.

C. Defendants shall not consummate the transaction sought to be enjoined by the Complaint herein before the Court has signed this Hold Separate Stipulation and Order.

D. This Stipulation shall apply with equal force and effect to any amended proposed Final Judgment agreed upon in writing by the parties and submitted to the Court.

E. In the event (1) the United States has withdrawn its consent, as provided in Section IV(A) above, or (2) the proposed Final Judgment is not entered pursuant to this Stipulation, the time has expired for all appeals of any Court ruling declining entry of the proposed Final Judgment, and the Court has not otherwise ordered continued compliance with the terms and provisions of the proposed Final Judgment, then the parties are released from all further obligations under this Stipulation, and the making of this Stipulation shall be without prejudice to any party in this or any other proceeding.

F. Defendants represent that the divestiture ordered in the proposed Final Judgment can and will be made, and that defendants will later raise no claim of mistake, hardship or difficulty of compliance as grounds for asking the Court to modify any of the provisions contained therein.

G. The United States and Defendants, WorldCom and Intermedia, by their respective attorneys, have consented to the entry of this Hold Separate Stipulation and Order without trial or adjudication of any issue of fact or law, and without this Hold Separate Stipulation and Order constituting any evidence against or admission by any party regarding any issue of fact or law.

V. HOLD SEPARATE PROVISIONS

A. Until the closing of the Merger contemplated by the Final Judgment:

  1. Intermedia shall preserve, maintain, and continue to operate the Intermedia Assets as an independent, ongoing, economically viable competitive business, with management, sales, and operations of such assets held entirely separate, distinct, and apart from those of WorldCom's operations. WorldCom shall not coordinate its production, marketing, or terms of sale of any products with those produced by or sold under any of the Intermedia Assets. Within twenty (20) days after the entry of the Hold Separate Stipulation and Order, defendants will inform the United States of the steps defendants have taken to comply with this Hold Separate Stipulation and Order.
  2. Intermedia shall use all reasonable efforts to maintain and increase the sales and revenues of the services provided by the Intermedia Assets, and shall maintain at 2000 or previously approved levels for 2001, whichever are higher, all promotional, advertising, sales, technical assistance, network capacity configurations and expansions, marketing and merchandising support for the Intermedia Assets.
  3. Intermedia shall take all steps necessary to ensure that the Intermedia Assets are fully maintained in operable condition at no less than their current capacity and sales, including projected capacity expansions currently planned or planned prior to negotiations between the defendants relating to the Merger, and shall maintain and adhere to normal repair and maintenance schedules for the Intermedia Assets.
  4. Intermedia shall not remove, sell, lease, assign, transfer, pledge, or otherwise dispose of any of the Intermedia Assets.
  5. WorldCom shall not solicit to hire, or hire, any employee of any business that is a part of the Intermedia Assets.
  6. Defendants shall take no action that would jeopardize, delay, or impede the sale of the Intermedia Assets.

B. After the closing of the Merger and until the divestiture required by the Final Judgment has been accomplished:

  1. Defendants shall preserve, maintain, and continue to operate the Intermedia Assets as an independent, ongoing, economically viable competitive business, with management, sales, and operations of such assets held entirely separate, distinct, and apart from those of WorldCom's other operations. WorldCom shall not coordinate its production, marketing, or terms of sale of any products with those produced by or sold under any of the Intermedia Assets. Within twenty (20) days after the closing of the Merger, defendants will inform the United States of the steps defendants have taken to comply with this Hold Separate Stipulation and Order.
  2. Defendants shall take all steps necessary to ensure that (1) the Intermedia Assets will be maintained and operated as independent, ongoing, economically viable and active competitor in the provision of telecommunications services currently offered by Intermedia; (2) management of the Intermedia Assets will not be influenced by WorldCom (or Digex); and (3) the books, records, competitively sensitive sales, marketing and pricing information, and decision-making concerning provision of services by any of the Intermedia Assets will be kept separate and apart from WorldCom's other operations.
  3. Defendants shall use all reasonable efforts to maintain and increase the sales and revenues of the services provided by the Intermedia Assets, and shall maintain at 2000 or previously approved levels for 2001, whichever are higher, all promotional, advertising, sales, technical assistance, network capacity configurations and expansions, marketing and merchandising support for the Intermedia Assets.
  4. WorldCom shall provide sufficient working capital and lines and sources of credit to continue to maintain the Intermedia Assets as economically viable and competitive, ongoing businesses, consistent with the requirements of Sections V(A) and (B).
  5. WorldCom shall take all steps necessary to ensure that the Intermedia Assets are fully maintained in operable condition at no less than its current capacity and sales, including projected capacity expansions currently planned or planned prior to negotiations between the defendants relating to the Merger, and shall maintain and adhere to normal repair and maintenance schedules for the Intermedia Assets.
  6. Defendants shall not, except as part of a divestiture approved by the United States in accordance with the terms of the proposed Final Judgment, remove, sell, lease, assign, transfer, pledge, or otherwise dispose of any of the Intermedia Assets.
  7. Defendants shall maintain, in accordance with sound accounting principles, separate, accurate, and complete financial ledgers, books, and records that report on a periodic basis, such as the last business day of every month, consistent with past practices, the assets, liabilities, expenses, revenues and income of products produced, distributed or sold utilizing the Intermedia Assets.
  8. Defendants shall take no action that would jeopardize, delay, or impede the sale of the Intermedia Assets.
  9. Except in the ordinary course of business or as is otherwise consistent with this Hold Separate Stipulation and Order, defendants shall not hire, transfer, terminate, or otherwise alter the salary or employment agreements for any Intermedia employee who, on the date of defendants' signing of this Hold Separate Stipulation and Order is a member of Intermedia's management. Further, during the pendency of this Hold Separate Stipulation and Order, and consistent with the Final Judgment, defendant WorldCom shall not solicit to hire, or hire, any employee of any business that is a part of the Intermedia Assets.

C. Defendants shall take no action that would interfere with the ability of any trustee appointed pursuant to the Final Judgment to complete the divestitures pursuant to the Final Judgment to an Acquirer acceptable to the United States.

D. This Hold Separate Stipulation and Order shall remain in effect until consummation of the divestiture required by the proposed Final Judgment or until further order of the Court.

Dated: November 17, 2000.

    Respectfully submitted,
__________________________________
FOR PLAINTIFF
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
_______________/s/________________
FOR DEFENDANT
WORLDCOM, INC.

_______________/s/________________
FOR DEFENDANT
INTERMEDIA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

ORDER

IT IS SO ORDERED by the Court, this _____ day of ______________, 2000.

  __________________________________
United States District Judge

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