6001: Consent MOTION for Order Concerning an Additional Issue to be Referred to Mediation Under Order #34- Remand (1/25/13)

January 29, 2013 8:52 pm by Gene Borio

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Each of the corrective statements specified in Order #34-Remand refers generally to “the Defendant tobacco companies,” without mentioning the Defendants by name. Plaintiffs wish to replace this language and Defendants have agreed to have this issue referred to the Special Master to be incorporated into the existing mediation. The parties respectfully request that the Court enter the attached (proposed) Consent Order adding to the list of issues referred to mediation whether the phrase “the Defendant tobacco companies” should be replaced with some other text in the various corrective statements.

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FULL TEXT:

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

____________________________________

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,

Plaintiff,

and

TOBACCO-FREE KIDS

ACTION FUND, et al.

Plaintiff-Intervenors

v.

PHILIP MORRIS USA, INC., et al.,

Defendants.

Civil Action No. 99-CV-2496 (GK)

Next scheduled court appearance:

February 7, 2013

____________________________________)

JOINT MOTION FOR CONSENT ORDER BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES, THE PUBLIC HEALTH INTERVENORS, PHILIP MORRIS USA INC., ALTRIA GROUP, INC., R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY, AND LORILLARD TOBACCO COMPANY CONCERNING AN ADDITIONAL ISSUE TO BE REFERRED TO MEDIATION UNDER ORDER #34-REMAND

On November 27, 2012, the Court issued an Order setting forth the text of the corrective statements remedy in this case, and referring issues related to the implementation of the corrective statements to the Special Master for resolution. Order #34-Remand (DN 5991). Each of the corrective statements specified in Order #34-Remand refers generally to “the Defendant tobacco companies,” without mentioning the Defendants by name. Plaintiffs wish to replace this language and Defendants have agreed to have this issue referred to the Special Master to be incorporated into the existing mediation. The parties respectfully request that the Court enter the attached (proposed) Consent Order adding to the list of issues referred to mediation whether the phrase “the Defendant tobacco companies” should be replaced with some other text in the various corrective statements.

WHEREFORE, Plaintiffs and Defendants respectfully ask the Court to enter the attached (proposed) Consent Order.

Dated: January ___, 2013 Respectfully submitted,

STUART F. DELERY

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General

MAAME EWUSI-MENSAH FRIMPONG

Deputy Assistant Attorney General

MICHAEL BLUME, Director

ANDREW CLARK, Assistant Director

Consumer Protection Branch

___/s/_____________________________

DANIEL K. CRANE-HIRSCH

JOHN W. BURKE

LINDA M. McMAHON

Trial Attorneys

Civil Division

United States Department of Justice

PO Box 386

Washington, DC 20004-0386

Telephone: 202-616-8242 (Crane-Hirsch)

202-353-2001 (Burke)

202-307-0448 (McMahon)

Facsimile: 202-514-8742

E-mail address: daniel.crane-hirsch@usdoj…

josh.burke@usdoj.gov

linda.mcmahon@usdoj.gov

Attorneys for Plaintiff United States of America

/s/ Howard M. Crystal

Howard M. Crystal (D.C. Bar No. 446189)

MEYER GLITZENSTEIN & CRYSTAL

1601 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 700

Washington, DC 20009

202-588-5206

hcrystal@meyerglitz.com

Attorney for the Public-Health Plaintiff-Intervenors

/s/ Thomas J. Frederick

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/ Robert F. McDermott

Robert F. McDermott

Peter J. Biersteker

Noel J. Francisco

JONES DAY

51 Louisiana Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20001-2113

Telephone: (202) 879-3939

Facsimile: (202) 626-1700

R. Michael Leonard

Geoffrey K. Beach*

(*not admitted in NC; admitted in Md., D.C., and Fla.)

WOMBLE CARLYLE SANDRIDGE & RICE, PLLC

One West Fourth Street

Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Telephone: (336) 721-3600

Fax: (336) 733-3660

Counsel for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, individually and as successor by merger to Brown & Williamson Tobacco

Corporation

/s/ Michael Minton

MICHAEL MINTON

ELIZABETH BLACKWELL

THOMPSON COBURN LLP

One U.S. Bank Plaza, Suite 3500

St. Louis, Missouri 63101-1693

Telephone: (314) 552-6000

Facsimile: (314) 552-7597

Attorneys for Defendant Lorillard Tobacco Company

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