DEFENDANTS’ PRAECIPE REGARDING INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTIES WHO SHOULD BE ASKED TO FILE BRIEFS CONCERNING POINT-OF-SALE DISPLAYS - March 7, 2011

March 17, 2011 11:51 pm by Gene Borio

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At the outset, Defendants point out that the D.C. Circuit’s mandate contemplates protecting the rights of third-party retailers, not, as the Government would propose, invading those rights by abrogating their contracts. Moreover, the Court has little if any authority to adjudicate the rights of third-party retailers, because the Government has never sought to join them as parties to this case. . . .

In any event, Defendants believe that in order to fully understand this issue the impact that any order will have on retailers, the Court should solicit the views of a diverse group of retailer trade associations and retailers to understand how the Court’s order would impact different types of retailers. Therefore, Defendants recommend that any views the Court chooses to solicit include national and regional trade associations, large national retailers, mid-sized and regional retailers, and smaller retailers. Set forth below are names, addresses, and points of contact for entities in each of these four categories. Finally, Defendants note that it will ultimately be up to each entity to determine whether and how to respond to any judicial request for its views.

1. Trade associations

Association for Convenience & Petroleum Retailing (“NACS”)

National Association of Tobacco Outlets

Petroleum Marketers Association of America . . .

2. Large National Retailers (400+ stores)

7-Eleven, Inc.

Cumberland Farms, Inc.

Smoker Friendly . . .

3. Mid-sized / Regional Retailers (100 to 399 stores)

Admiral Petroleum Company

E-Z Mart Stores, Inc. . . .

4. Smaller Retailers (under 100 stores)

Blarney Castle Oil & Propane Company

GasAmerica Services, Inc.

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

Plaintiff,

v.

PHILIP MORRIS USA INC., et al.,

Defendants.

Civil Action No. 99-2496 (GK)

Next Scheduled Court Date: September 15, 2010

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DEFENDANTS’ PRAECIPE REGARDING INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTIES WHO SHOULD BE ASKED TO FILE BRIEFS CONCERNING POINT-OF-SALE DISPLAYS

Defendants, Altria Group, Inc., Philip Morris USA Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (individually and as successor by merger to Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation), Lorillard Tobacco Company, and British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited hereby submit this praecipe pursuant to the Court’s February 25, 2011 Order. That Order required the parties to submit praecipes “containing suggested independent third parties who should be asked to file briefs on the impact of point-of-sale displays.” This Order was issued pursuant to the D.C. Circuit’s “vacat[ur] [of] the order regarding point-of-sale displays and remand for the district court to evaluate and ‘mak[e] due provision for the rights of innocent persons,’ either by abandoning this part of the remedial order or by crafting a new version reflecting the rights of third parties.’” United States v. Philip Morris USA Inc., 566 F.3d 1095, 1142 (D.C. Cir. 2009).

At the outset, Defendants point out that the D.C. Circuit’s mandate contemplates protecting the rights of third-party retailers, not, as the Government would propose, invading

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those rights by abrogating their contracts. Moreover, the Court has little if any authority to adjudicate the rights of third-party retailers, because the Government has never sought to join them as parties to this case. For example, in Martin v. Wilkes, 490 U.S. 755 (1989), the Supreme Court held that a group of firefighters could challenge a consent decree to which they were not a party, even if they “were aware that the underlying suit might affect them” and “chose to pass up an opportunity to intervene.” Id. at 762. The district court’s decision dismissing the lawsuit “contravene[d] the general rule that a person cannot be deprived of his legal rights in a proceeding to which he is not a party.” Id. at 759. As the Supreme Court explained, “a party seeking a judgment binding on another cannot obligate that person to intervene; he must be joined.” Id. at 763. See also, e.g., Regal Knitware Co. v. NLRB, 324 U.S. 9, 13 (1945) (“The courts, nevertheless, may not grant an enforcement order or injunction so broad as to make punishable the conduct of persons who act independently and whose rights have not been adjudged according to law.”); Holland v. Nat’l Mining Ass’n, 309 F.3d 808, 813 (D.C. Cir. 2002)

(“‘Joinder as a party, rather than knowledge of a lawsuit and an opportunity to intervene, is the method by which potential parties are … bound by a judgment or decree.’ Not having been a party in the Eleventh Circuit litigation, the Trustees cannot be bound by the judgment, and thus are entitled to bring their claim.”). And here, the Government never sought to join any of the innocent third-party retailers upon whom it now seeks to impose remedial obligations. Accordingly, it is doubtful that it is legally permissible for this Court to impose obligations on innocent retailers at all, which may explain why the D.C. Circuit suggested that the Court consider “abandoning this part of the remedial order.” Philip Morris, 566 F.3d at 1142.

In any event, Defendants believe that in order to fully understand this issue the impact that any order will have on retailers, the Court should solicit the views of a diverse group of

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retailer trade associations and retailers to understand how the Court’s order would impact different types of retailers. Therefore, Defendants recommend that any views the Court chooses to solicit include national and regional trade associations, large national retailers, mid-sized and regional retailers, and smaller retailers. Set forth below are names, addresses, and points of contact for entities in each of these four categories. Finally, Defendants note that it will ultimately be up to each entity to determine whether and how to respond to any judicial request for its views.

1. Trade associations

Association for Convenience & Petroleum Retailing (“NACS”)

1600 Duke Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

Contact: Lyle Beckwith, Sr. V.P., Government Relations

Tel: (703) 518-4220

E-mail: lbeckwith@nacsonline.com

National Association of Tobacco Outlets

15560 Boulder Pointe Road

Minneapolis, MN 55347

Contact: Tom Briant, Executive Director

Tel: (866) 869-8888

E-mail: abriant@sprynet.com

Petroleum Marketers Association of America

1901 North Fort Myer Drive, Suite 500

Arlington, VA 22209

Contact: Dan Gilligan, President

Tel: (703) 351-8000

E-mail: dgilligan@pmaa.org

Georgia Association of Convenience Stores

168 North Johnston Street, Suite 209

Dallas, GA 30132

Contact: Jim Tudor, President

Tel: (770) 736-9723

E-mail: jtudor@aol.com

Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association/Illinois Association of Convenience Stores

112 West Cook Street

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Springfield, IL 62704

Contact: Bill Fleischli, Executive Vice President

Tel: (217) 544-4609

E-mail: wjf@ipma-iacs.org

Michigan Petroleum Association/Michigan Association of Convenience Stores

7521 Westshire Drive, Suite 200

Lansing, MI 48917

Contact: Mark Griffin, President

Tel: (517) 622-3530

E-mail: griffin@mpamacs.org

Mississippi Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores Association

808 North President Street

Jackson, MS 39202

Contact: Philip Chamblee, Executive Director

Tel: (601) 353-1624

E-mail: phillip@mpmcsa.comcastbiz…

New York Association of Convenience Stores (“NYACS”)

130 Washington Avenue, Suite 300

Albany, NY 12210

Contact: Jim Calvin, President

Tel: 518-432-1400 (x 100)

E-mail: jim@nyacs.org

North Carolina Petroleum & Convenience Marketers

7300 Glenwood Avenue

Raleigh, NC 27612

Contact: Gary Harris, Executive Director

Tel: (919) 782-4411

E-mail: gharris@ncpcm.org

North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association

1025 North 3rd Street

Bismarck, ND 58502

Contact: Mike Rud, President

Tel: (701) 223-3370

E-mail: mike.ndrpma@midconetwork….

Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association of Kansas

115 SE 7th Street

Topeka, KS 66603

Contact: Tom Palace, Executive Director

Tel: (785) 233-9655

E-mail: tom@pmcaofks.org

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South Carolina Petroleum Marketers Association

1809 Gadsden Street

Columbia, SC 29201

Contact: Michael Fields, Executive Director

Tel.: (803) 765-9570

E-mail: michael@scpma.com

West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association

2506 Kanawha Boulevard East

Charleston, WV 25311

Contact: Jan Vineyard, President

Tel: (304) 343-5500

E-mail: jan@omegawv.com

Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association

121 South Pinckney Street, Suite 300

Madison, WI 53703

Contact: Matthew Hauser, President

Tel: (608) 256-7555

E-mail: hauser@wpmca.org

2. Large National Retailers (400+ stores)

7-Eleven, Inc.

1722 Routh Street, Suite 1000

Dallas, TX 75201

Contact: Terry Kaily, Category Business Manager

Tel: (972) 828-7301

E-mail: terry.kailey@7-11.com

Cumberland Farms, Inc.

100 Crossing Boulevard

Framingham, MA 01702

Contact: Anne Flint, Retail Purchase Manager

Tel: (508) 270-1578

E-mail: aflint@cumberlandfarms.co…

Holiday Companies Inc.

4567 American Boulevard West

Bloomington, MN 55437

Contact: Larry Mitchell, V.P. Merchandising

Tel: (952) 830 -8758

E-mail: larry.mitchell@holidaycom…

Smoker Friendly

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5303 Spine Road, Suite 101

Boulder, CO 80301

Contact: Mary Szarmach, V.P. Sales and Marketing

Tel: (303) 442-2520

E-mail: mszarmach@cigarettestore….

Speedway SuperAmerica LLC

500 Speedway Drive

Enon, OH 45323

Contact: Tony Kenney, President

Tel: (937) 863-7101

E-mail: arkenney@ssallc.com

3. Mid-sized / Regional Retailers (100 to 399 stores)

Admiral Petroleum Company

13 Randall Street

Coopersville, MI 49404

Contact: Dennis Lemmen, President

Tel: (616) 460-9140

E-mail: dennis@admiralpetroleum.c…

E-Z Mart Stores, Inc.

602 West Falvey Avenue

Texarkana, TX 75501

Contact: Sonja Hubbard, Chief Executive Officer

Tel: (903) 832-6502 (x 201)

E-mail: SonjaHubbard@e-zmart.com

Jackson Oil, Inc.

3450 Commercial Court

Meridian, ID 83642

Contact: John Jackson, Chief Executive Officer

Tel: (208) 869-2748

The Jones Company

215 Pendleton Street

Waycross, GA 31501

Contact: Jimmy Walker, President

Tel: (912) 283-1661

E-mail: jwalker@flashfoods.com

Kwik Trip, Inc.

1626 Oak Street

La Crosse, WI 54603

Contact: Steve Loeher, V.P. of Operations Support

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Tel: (608) 793-6286

E-mail: sloehr@kwiktrip.com

Pilot Travel Centers, LLC

5508 Lonas Drive

Knoxville, TN 37909

Contact: Ken Parent, Senior Vice President Operations

Tel: (865) 588-7488

E-mail: parentk@pilottravelcenter…

Quick Chek Corporation

3 Old Highway 28

Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889

Contact: Dean Durling, President & CEO

Tel: (904) 534-7142

E-mail: ddurling@qchek.com

Sheetz, Inc.

5700 6th Avenue

Altoona, PA 16602

Contact: Mike Cortez, Vice President & General Counsel

Tel: (814) 941-5534

E-mail: mcortez@sheetz.com

4. Smaller Retailers (under 100 stores)

Blarney Castle Oil & Propane Company

12218 West Street

Bear Lake, MI 49614

Contact: Bill McCarthy, Executive Vice President

Tel: (231) 342-7433

E-mail: wmccarthy@blarneycastleoi…

GasAmerica Services, Inc.

2700 West Main Street

Greenfield, IN 46140

Contact:

Brent Buyers, Director Purchasing/Merchandising

James Haddock, Chief Operating Officer

Tel: (317) 468-2515

E-mail:

brent.buyers@gasamerica.c…

Gate Petroleum

9540 San Jose Boulevard

Jacksonville, FL 32257

Contact:

Matt Hieb, Director of Tobacco

Mitchell Rhodes, President of Marketing

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Tel: (904) 732-7613

E-mail: mhieb@gatepetro.com

Jet Food Stores

1106 South Harris Street

Sandersville, GA 31082

Contact: Clint Hancock, Vice President

Tel: (478) 552-2588

E-mail: clinth@jetfoodstores.com

Kocolene Marketing Corporation

2060 First Avenue

Seymour, IN 47274

Contact: Andrea Myers, Executive Vice President

Tel: (812) 522-2224

E-mail: amyers@kocolene.com

Miller Oil Company, Inc.

1000 East City Hall Avenue

Norfolk, VA 23504

Contact: Jeff Miller, President

Tel: (757) 623-1682

E-mail: jmiller@milleroil.com

Dated: March 7, 2011 Respectfully submitted,

/s/

Robert F. McDermott (D.C. Bar No. 261164)

Peter J. Biersteker (D.C. Bar No. 358108)

Noel J. Francisco (D.C. Bar No. 464752)

Geoffrey K. Beach (D.C. Bar No. 439763)

JONES DAY

51 Louisiana Avenue, N. W.

Washington, D.C. 20001-2113

Telephone: (202) 879-3939

Fax: (202) 626-1700

R. Michael Leonard

WOMBLE CARLYLE SANDRIDGE &

RICE, PLLC

One West Fourth Street

Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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Tel: (336) 721-3721

Fax: (336) 733-8389

Attorneys for Defendant

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company,

individually and as successor by

merger to Brown & Williamson

Tobacco Corporation

/s/

Beth A. Wilkinson (D.C. Bar No. 462561)

PAUL, WEISS, RIFKIND, WHARTON &

GARRISON LLP

2001 K Street, N.W.

Washington, DC 20006-1047

Telephone: (202) 223-7300

Fax: (202) 223-7420

Miguel A. Estrada (D.C. Bar No. 456289)

GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER LLP

1050 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20036-5306

Telephone: (202) 955-8257

Fax: (202) 530-9016

Thomas J. Frederick

WINSTON & STRAWN LLP

35 West Wacker Drive

Chicago, Illinois 60601-9703

Telephone: (312) 558-6700

Fax: (202) 558-5700

Attorneys for Defendants

Altria Group Inc. and Philip Morris USA Inc.

/s/

Michael B. Minton

THOMPSON COBURN LLP

One US Bank Plaza, Suite 3500

St. Louis, Missouri 63101-1693

Telephone: (314) 552-6000

Fax: (314) 552-7597

Attorneys for Defendant

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Lorillard Tobacco Company

/s/

David L. Wallace

CHADBOURNE & PARKE LLP

30 Rockefeller Plaza, 34th Floor

New York, New York 10112-0219

Telephone: (212) 408-5100

Fax: (212) 541-5369

Attorneys for Defendant

British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited

(f/k/a British-American Tobacco Company Limited)

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