[Proposed] Hold Separate Stipulation and Order
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
It is hereby stipulated and agreed by and between the undersigned parties, subject to approval and entry by the Court, that:
As used in this Hold Separate Stipulation and Order:
A. "Acquirer" or "Acquirers" means the entity or entities to whom defendants divest some or all of the Divestiture Assets.
B. "Coarse aggregate" means crushed stone produced at quarries or mines and used for, among other things, road base and the production of ready mix concrete and asphalt.
C. "Divestiture Assets" means:
D. "Florida Rock" means defendant Florida Rock Industries, Inc., a Florida corporation with its headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida, its successors and assigns, and its subsidiaries, divisions, groups, affiliates, partnerships and joint ventures, and their directors, officers, managers, agents, and employees.
E. "Vulcan" means defendant Vulcan Materials Company, a New Jersey corporation with its headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama, its successors and assigns, and its subsidiaries, divisions, groups, affiliates, partnerships and joint ventures, and their directors, officers, managers, agents, and employees.
The proposed Final Judgment filed in this case is meant to ensure defendants' prompt divestiture of the Divestiture Assets, for the purpose of maintaining competition in the production, distribution, and sale of coarse aggregate in certain areas of Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia in order to remedy the effects that the United States alleges would otherwise result from Vulcan's acquisition of Florida Rock. This Hold Separate Stipulation and Order ensures that, prior to such divestitures, the Divestiture Assets remain independent, economically viable, and ongoing business concerns that will remain independent and uninfluenced by Vulcan's acquisition of Florida Rock, and that competition is maintained during the pendency of the ordered divestitures.
III. JURISDICTION AND VENUE
This Court has jurisdiction over the subject matter of this action and defendants do not object either to the Court's exercise of personal jurisdiction in this case or to the propriety of venue of this action in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
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 ("APPA"), 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 Hold Separate Stipulation and Order 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 Hold Separate Stipulation and Order 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 Paragraph IV(A); or (2) the proposed Final Judgment is not entered pursuant to this Hold Separate Stipulation and Order, 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 Hold Separate Stipulation and Order, and the making of this Hold Separate Stipulation and Order shall be without prejudice to any party in this or any other proceeding.
F. Defendants represent that the divestitures ordered in the proposed Final Judgment can and will be made and that defendants later will raise no claim of mistake, hardship, or difficulty of compliance as grounds for asking the Court to modify any of the provisions contained therein.
V. HOLD SEPARATE PROVISIONS
Until the divestitures required by the Final Judgment have been accomplished:
A. Defendants shall preserve, maintain, and continue to operate the Divestiture Assets as independent, ongoing, economically viable competitive businesses, with management, sales, and operations of such assets held entirely separate, distinct, and apart from those of defendants' other operations. Vulcan shall not coordinate its production, marketing, or terms of sale of any products with those produced by or sold under any of the Divestiture Assets. Within twenty (20) days after the entry of this 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.
B. Defendants shall take all steps necessary to ensure that: (1) the Divestiture Assets will be maintained and operated as independent, ongoing, economically viable, and active competitors in the coarse aggregate business; (2) management of the Divestiture Assets will not be influenced by defendants; and (3) the books, records, competitively sensitive sales, marketing, and pricing information, and decision-making concerning the production, distribution, and sale of products produced by or sold under any of the Divestiture Assets will be kept separate and apart from defendants' other operations.
C. Defendants shall use all reasonable efforts to maintain and increase the sales and revenues of the products produced by or sold under the Divestiture Assets, and shall maintain at 2007 or previously approved levels for 2008, whichever are higher, all promotional, advertising, sales, technical assistance, marketing, and merchandising support for the Divestiture Assets.
D. Defendants shall provide sufficient working capital and lines and sources of credit to continue to maintain the Divestiture Assets as economically viable and competitive, ongoing businesses, consistent with the requirements of Paragraphs V(A) and (B).
E. Defendants shall take all steps necessary to ensure that the Divestiture Assets are fully maintained in operable condition at no less than their current capacity and sales and shall maintain and adhere to normal repair and maintenance schedules for the Divestiture Assets.
F. 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 Divestiture Assets.
G. 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 the Divestiture Assets.
H. Defendants shall take no action that would jeopardize, delay, or impede the sale of the Divestiture Assets.
I. Defendants' employees involved in production, operations, distribution, and sales at the Divestiture Assets shall not be transferred or reassigned to other areas within the company except for transfer bids initiated by employees pursuant to defendants' regular, established job posting policy. Defendants shall provide the United States with ten (10) calendar days notice of such transfer.
J. Defendants shall appoint a person or persons to oversee the Divestiture Assets, and who will be responsible for defendants' compliance with this Section. This person shall have complete managerial responsibility for the Divestiture Assets, subject to the provisions of the proposed Final Judgment. In the event such person is unable to perform his duties, defendants shall appoint, subject to the approval of the United States, a replacement within ten (10) working days. Should defendants fail to appoint a replacement acceptable to the United States within this time period, the United States shall appoint a replacement.
K. 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 or Acquirers acceptable to the United States.
L. This Hold Separate Stipulation and Order shall remain in effect until: (1) the consummation of the divestitures required by the proposed Final Judgment; (2) further order of the Court; or (3) the United States' voluntary dismissal of the Complaint in this matter.
Dated: November 13, 2007
IT IS SO ORDERED by the Court, this _______ day of ____________________, 2007.