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December 27, 2011

Memphis, Tenn. – Michelle Kimbril-Parks, First Assistant, Office of the United States Attorney for the
Western District of Tennessee, announced today that the United States has filed suit against Federal
Express Corporation (FedEx) to recover $1,550,000 in civil penalties for violations of Federal Aviation
Administration regulations (FAA). The penalty claims arose from FedEx’s use of battery powered
refrigerated cargo containers. As set out in the government’s lawsuit, on March 20, 2008, the FAA
notified FedEx that the carrier was using the containers in violation of published FAA standards and
without approved maintenance and operation procedures. The United States’ civil complaint further states that after FedEx got the March 20 letter, it continued its impermissible use of the cargo containers, for more than three weeks, on 124 flights.

To ensure the safety of airport ground crews, flight crews, the flying public, and the general public, the
Federal Aviation Administration has established important standards for the safe operation and
maintenance of not only aircraft but also the wide variety of sophisticated electrical and mechanical
components placed on those aircraft.

The United States Attorneys Office is committed to joining with the FAA to ensure that air cargo carriers
adhere to the prescribed rules and regulations.

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