UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT|
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
L.B. FOSTER COMPANY
PORTEC RAIL PRODUCTS, INC.
CASE NO.: 1:10-cv-02115-RMU
JUDGE: Ricardo Urbina
DECK TYPE: Antitrust
DATE: May 2, 2011
WHEREAS, Plaintiff United States of America (“United States”) filed its Complaint on December 14, 2010, the United States and Defendants L.B. Foster Company and Portec Rail Products, Inc., by their respective attorneys, have consented to the entry of this Final Judgment without trial or adjudication of any issue of fact or law, and without this Final Judgment constituting any evidence against or admission by any party regarding any issue of fact or law;
AND WHEREAS, Defendants agree to be bound by the provisions of this Final Judgment pending its approval by the Court;
AND WHEREAS, the essence of this Final Judgment is the prompt and certain divestiture of certain rights or assets by Defendants to assure that competition is not substantially lessened;
AND WHEREAS, the United States requires Defendants to make certain divestitures for the purpose of remedying the loss of competition alleged in the Complaint;
AND WHEREAS, Defendants have represented to the United States that the divestitures required below can and will be made and that Defendants will later raise no claim of hardship or difficulty as grounds for asking the Court to modify any of the divestiture provisions contained below;
NOW THEREFORE, before any testimony is taken, without trial or adjudication of any issue of fact or law, and upon consent of the parties, it is ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED:
This Court has jurisdiction over the subject matter of and each of the parties to this action. 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).
As used in this Final Judgment:
- “Acquirer” means Koppers, the entity to which Defendants shall divest the Divestiture Assets.
- “Foster” means Defendant L.B. Foster Company, a Pennsylvania corporation headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, its successors and assigns, and its subsidiaries, divisions, groups, affiliates, partnerships and joint ventures, and their directors, officers, managers, agents, and employees.
- “Portec” means Defendant Portec Rail Products, Inc., a West Virginia corporation headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, its successors and assigns, and its subsidiaries, divisions, groups, affiliates, partnerships and joint ventures, and their directors, officers, managers, agents, and employees.
- “Koppers” means Koppers Inc., a Pennsylvania corporation headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, its successors and assigns, and its subsidiaries, divisions, groups, affiliates, partnerships and joint ventures, and their directors, officers, managers, agents, and employees.
- “Divested Portec Product Lines” means Portec’s bonded insulated rail joints (assemblies and kits), polyurethane-coated insulated rail joints, end posts, polyurethane-coated gauge and tie plates, fiberglass (CyPly) joint kits, plastic insulation, standard rail joints, compromise and transitional rail joints, and Weldmate joint bars, but excluding Coronet rail joints and end posts manufactured by Coronet Rail Limited.
- “Divestiture Assets” means:
- Portec’s facility located at 900 9th Avenue W, Huntington, West Virginia (the “Huntington Facility”), including all equipment located in and around the Huntington Facility that is used in connection with the Divested Portec Product Lines;
- All tangible assets that are used for any of the Divested Portec Product Lines, including research and development activities; all manufacturing equipment, tooling and fixed assets, personal property, inventory, office furniture, materials, supplies, and other tangible property and all assets used in connection with any of the Divested Portec Product Lines; all licenses, permits and authorizations issued by any governmental organization relating to any of the Divested Portec Product Lines; all contracts, teaming arrangements, agreements, leases, commitments, certifications, and understandings, relating to any of the Divested Portec Product Lines, including supply agreements; all customer lists, contracts, accounts, and credit records; all repair and performance records and all other records relating to any of the Divested Portec Product Lines;
- All intangible assets used in the design, development, production, marketing, servicing, distribution, and/or sale of any of the Divested Portec Product Lines, 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 marketing and sales data relating to any of the Divested Portec Product Lines, quality assurance and control procedures, design tools and simulation capability, all manuals and technical information Portec provides to its own employees, customers, suppliers, agents or licensees, and all research data concerning historic and current research and development efforts relating to any of the Divested Portec Product Lines, including, but not limited to, designs of experiments, and the results of successful and unsuccessful designs and experiments; and
- The Divestiture Assets exclude the trademark, trade name, service mark, or service name “Portec.”
- “Friction Management Products” means wayside gauge-face lubrication systems, top-of-rail lubrication systems, and any other system or equipment used to lubricate rail.
- “Transaction” means Foster’s acceptance for payment of at least 65 percent of the Fully Diluted Number of Company Shares of Portec, as defined in the Agreement and Plan of Merger dated February 16, 2010, between L.B. Foster Company, Foster Thomas Company, and Portec Rail Products, Inc.
This Final Judgment applies to Foster and Portec, as defined above, and all other persons in active concert or participation with any of them who receive actual notice of this Final Judgment by personal service or otherwise.
- Defendants are ordered and directed, within ten (10) calendar days after the Court signs the Hold Separate Stipulation and Order in this matter, to divest the Divestiture Assets to the Acquirer in a manner consistent with this Final Judgment.
- Defendants will not interfere with any negotiations by the Acquirer to employ any current or former Portec employee who is responsible in any way for the design, development, production, marketing, servicing, distribution, and/or sale of any of the Divested Portec Product Lines. Interference with respect to this paragraph includes, but is not limited to, enforcement of non-compete clauses and offers to increase salary or other benefits apart from those offered company-wide. In addition, for each employee who elects employment by the Acquirer, Defendants shall vest all unvested pension and other equity rights of that employee and provide all benefits to which the employee would have been entitled if terminated without cause.
- Defendants shall warrant to the Acquirer that each asset will be operational on the date of sale.
- Defendants shall not take any action that will impede in any way the permitting, operation, use, or divestiture of the Divestiture Assets.
- Defendants shall warrant to the Acquirer that there are no material defects in the environmental, zoning or other permits pertaining to the operation of each asset, and that following the sale of the Divestiture Assets, Defendants will not undertake, directly or indirectly, any challenges to the environmental, zoning, or other permits relating to the operation of the Divestiture Assets.
- Defendants shall be permitted to occupy, under sublease to the Acquirer or other arrangement, for a period of sixty (60) days from the date the Transaction is closed, that portion of the Huntington Facility that is not currently being used to manufacture any of the Divested Portec Product Lines.
- Defendants shall divest Portec’s entire business relating to each of the Divested Portec Product Lines and will not manufacture any products using any intangible assets divested pursuant to paragraph II(F)(3) of this Final Judgment.
- Defendants shall, as soon as possible, but within one business day after completion of the relevant event, notify the United States of: (1) the effective date of the Transaction; and (2) the effective date of the sale of the Divestiture Assets to the Acquirer.
- Unless the United States otherwise consents in writing, the divestiture pursuant to Section IV of this Final Judgment, shall include the entire Divestiture Assets, and shall be accomplished in such a way as to satisfy the United States, in its sole discretion, that the Divestiture Assets can and will be used by the Acquirer as part of a viable, ongoing business involved in the design, development, production, marketing, servicing, distribution, and sale of the Divested Portec Product Lines, that the Divestiture Assets will remain viable, and the divestiture of such assets will remedy the competitive harm alleged in the Complaint. The divestitures shall be:
- made to an Acquirer that, in the United States’s sole judgment, has the intent and capability (including the necessary managerial, operational, technical and financial capability) of competing effectively in the design, development, production, marketing, servicing, distribution, and sale of the Divested Portec Product Lines; and
- accomplished so as to satisfy the United States, in its sole discretion, that none of the terms of any agreement between the Acquirer and Defendants give Defendants the ability unreasonably to raise the Acquirer’s costs, to lower the Acquirer’s efficiency, or otherwise to interfere in the ability of the Acquirer to compete effectively.
Defendants shall not finance all or any part of any purchase made pursuant to Section IV of this Final Judgment.
VI. HOLD SEPARATE
Until the divestiture required by this Final Judgment have been accomplished, Defendants shall take all steps necessary to comply with the Hold Separate Stipulation and Order entered by this Court. Defendants shall take no action that would jeopardize the divestitures ordered by this Court.
VII. COMPLIANCE INSPECTION
- For the purposes of determining or securing compliance with this Final Judgment, or of determining whether the Final Judgment should be modified or vacated, and subject to any legally recognized privilege, from time to time authorized representatives of the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division, including consultants and other persons retained by the United States, shall, upon written request of an authorized representative of the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division, and on reasonable notice to Defendants, be permitted:
- access during Defendants’ office hours to inspect and copy, or at the option of the United States, to require Defendants to provide hard copy or electronic copies of, all books, ledgers, accounts, records, data, and documents in the possession, custody, or control of Defendants, relating to any matters contained in this Final Judgment; and
- to interview, either informally or on the record, Defendants’ officers, employees, or agents, who may have their individual counsel present, regarding such matters. The interviews shall be subject to the reasonable convenience of the interviewee and without restraint or interference by Defendants.
- Upon the written request of an authorized representative of the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division, Defendants shall submit written reports or responses to written interrogatories, under oath if requested, relating to any of the matters contained in this Final Judgment as may be requested.
- No information or documents obtained by the means provided in this Section shall be divulged by the United States to any person other than an authorized representative of the executive branch of the United States, except in the course of legal proceedings to which the United States is a party (including grand jury proceedings), for the purpose of securing compliance with this Final Judgment, or as otherwise required by law.
- If, at the time information or documents are furnished by Defendants to the United States, Defendants represent and identify in writing the material in any such information or documents to which a claim of protection may be asserted under Rule 26(c)(1)(G) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and Defendants mark each pertinent page of such material, “Subject to claim of protection under Rule 26(c)(1)(G) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” then the United States shall give Defendants ten (10) calendar days notice prior to divulging such material in any legal proceeding (other than a grand jury proceeding).
Unless such transaction is otherwise subject to the reporting and waiting period requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, 15 U.S.C. § 18a (the “HSR Act”), during the term of this Final Judgment, Defendants, without providing advance notification to the Antitrust Division, shall not directly or indirectly: (a) acquire any assets of or any interest (including, but not limited to, any financial, security, loan, equity, or management interest) in, any company in the business of designing, developing, producing, marketing, servicing, distributing, and/or selling bonded insulated rail joints and/or polyurethane-coated insulated rail joints, or any company in the business of producing, marketing, distributing, and/or selling Friction Management Products; or (b) enter into any relationship with another company that involves the distribution of Friction Management Products in North America.
Such notification shall be provided to the Antitrust Division in the same format as, and per the instructions relating to the Notification and Report Form set forth in the Appendix to Part 803 of Title 16 of the Code of Federal Regulations as amended, except that the information requested in Items 5 through 9 of the instructions must be provided only about bonded insulated rail joints, polyurethane-coated insulated rail joints, and Friction Management Products. Notification shall be provided at least thirty (30) calendar days prior to acquiring any such interest, and shall include, beyond what may be required by the applicable instructions, the names of the principal representatives of the parties to the agreement who negotiated the agreement, and any management or strategic plans discussing the proposed transaction. If within the 30-day period after notification, representatives of the Antitrust Division make a written request for additional information, Defendants shall not consummate the proposed transaction or agreement until thirty (30) calendar days after submitting all such additional information. Early termination of the waiting periods in this paragraph may be requested and, where appropriate, granted in the same manner as is applicable under the requirements and provisions of the HSR Act and rules promulgated there under. This Section shall be broadly construed and any ambiguity or uncertainty regarding the filing of notice under this Section shall be resolved in favor of filing notice.
IX. NO REACQUISITION
Defendants may not reacquire any part of the Divestiture Assets during the term of this Final Judgment.
X. RETENTION OF JURISDICTION
This Court retains jurisdiction to enable any party to this Final Judgment to apply to this Court at any time for further orders and directions as may be necessary or appropriate to carry out or construe this Final Judgment, to modify any of its provisions, to enforce compliance, and to punish violations of its provisions.
XI. EXPIRATION OF FINAL JUDGMENT
Unless this Court grants an extension, this Final Judgment shall expire ten (10) years from the date of its entry.
XII. PUBLIC INTEREST DETERMINATION
Entry of this Final Judgment is in the public interest. The parties have complied with the requirements of the Antitrust Procedures and Penalties Act, 15 U.S.C. § 16, including making copies available to the public of this Final Judgment, the Competitive Impact Statement, and any comments thereon and the United States’s responses to comments. Based upon the record before the Court, which includes the Competitive Impact Statement and any comments and responses to comments filed with the Court, entry of this Final Judgment is in the public interest.
Date: May 2, 2011
Court approval subject to procedures
of Antitrust Procedures and Penalties
Act, 15 U.S.C. § 16
United States District Judge