In re: SERVICE MERCHANDISE COMPANY, INC., et al., Chapter 11, Reorganized Debtors.

Case No. 399-02649, Jointly Administered.United States Bankruptcy Court, M.D. Tennessee, Nashville Division.
May 20, 2004

Paul G. Jennings, Phillip G. Young, Jr. BASS, BERRY SIMS PLC, Nashville, TN, and George Panagakis, Esq. Patrick J. Nash, Jr., Esq. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher Flom (Illinois), Chicago, IL, Attorneys for Reorganized Debtors.

GEORGE PAINE, Chief Judge, Bankruptcy

Upon the motion dated April 28, 2004 (the “Motion”), wherein Service Merchandise Company, Inc. (“Service Merchandise”) and 31 of its affiliates (the “Affiliate Debtors”), (Service Merchandise and the Affiliate Debtors collectively, the “Reorganized Debtors”) requested that this Court enter an order, pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 105, modifying previously established discovery procedures as they apply to certain adversary proceedings; and all defendants in those adversary proceedings having notice of the relief sought by the Motion; and upon the entire record in these cases; and good and sufficient cause appearing therefore,


A. The Court has jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 157 and 1334. Venue is proper pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1408 and 1409. This is a core proceeding pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 157(b)(2).

B. On March 27, 1999 (the “Petition Date”), the Reorganized Debtors filed voluntary petitions in this Court for reorganization relief under chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States

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Code, 11 U.S.C. §§ 101 et seq., as amended (the “Bankruptcy Code”). On March 29, 1999, this Court granted the Reorganized Debtors’ motion for an order consolidating a prior involuntary Chapter 11 petition filed only against Service Merchandise on March 15, 1999 (the “Involuntary Petition”), and for joint administration and procedural consolidation of these Chapter 11 cases.

C. On or about March 14, 2001, the Reorganized Debtors commenced 1,152 actions to recover money or property and to avoid certain preferential and otherwise avoidable transfers (the “Estate Causes of Action”). Pursuant to the Order (I) Establishing Omnibus Initial Filing and Pretrial Procedures for Adversary Proceedings Under 11 U.S.C. §§ 544, 545, 547, 548 or 553, and Certain Other Adversary Proceedings, (II) Granting Authority, Pursuant to F.R.B.P. 9019, to Compromise and Settle Such Actions, and (III) Granting Authority to Abandon Certain De Minimis Claims and Causes of Action (Docket No. 3565), (the “Omnibus Procedures Order”), the Estate Causes of Action are subject to omnibus pretrial procedures that include provisions governing discovery in the Estate Causes of Action.

D. Pursuant to the terms of the Omnibus Procedures Order, all discovery in the Estate Causes of Action has been stayed except that the Defendants are authorized to serve written discovery on the Reorganized Debtors, but the Reorganized Debtors cannot be compelled to provide responses at this time.

E. The relief requested in the Motion is in the best interests of the estate as it provides the most efficient means of finalizing resolutions to the the causes of action and/or preparing the actions for trial.

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1. The Omnibus Procedures Order is hereby amended to allow written discovery in the remaining unresolved Estate Causes of Action listed on Exhibit A (the “Actions”) to proceed as to any factual issues by the parties on the following basis:

(a) Written discovery requests in the form of interrogatories and requests for the production of documents regarding factual matters shall be allowed to proceed. All other discovery requests, including those regarding expert testimony, requests for depositions or requests for admissions shall continue to be stayed.

(b) Responses to written discovery allowed to proceed herein shall be due upon the later of (i) within ninety (90) days of service of such discovery or (ii) August 1, 2004.

2. All other terms and provisions of the Omnibus Procedures Order shall remain in full effect.

3. The Reorganized Debtors shall serve this Order on the parties listed in Exhibit A.

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AP No. Defendant

301-0095 The Herald Company, Inc. d/b/a The Ann Arbor News

301-0096 Phoenix Newspapers, Inc. d/b/a Arizona Republic

301-0102 The Birmingham News Company

301-0105 McClure Newspapers, Inc. d/b/a Burlington Free Press

301-0113 Gannett Co Inc. d/b/a The Clarion Ledger

301-0117 Gannett Co. Inc. d/b/a The Courier-Journal

301-0123 Detroit News, Inc.

301-0130 Gannett Co Inc. d/b/a Fort Myers News Press

301-0134 Free Lance — Star Publishing Co. of Fredericksburg d/b/a Free Lance-Star
301-0138 Multimedia Publishing of North Carolina Inc. d/b/a Greenville News

301-0141 Gannett River States Publishing Co. d/b/a Hattisburg American

301-0142 Advance Publications, Inc. d/b/a The Huntsville Times

301-0158 The Mobile Press Register, Inc.

301-0160 The Advertiser Company d/b/a Montgomery Advertiser

301-0162 Collier County Publishing Company d/b/a Naples Daily News

301-0166 Gannett Co. Inc. d/b/a The News Journal

301-0168 Gannett River States Publishing Corporation d/b/a Springfield News-Leader

301-0176 The Patriot News Co.

301-0179 Guy Gannett Communications d/b/a Portland Press Herald

301-0180 Evening Post Publishing Company d/b/a The Post Courier

301-0201 Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. d/b/a The Tennesseean


301-0205 Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. d/b/a The Times

301-0207 The Times Picayune Publishing Corporation

301-0208 Times Publishing Company d/b/a St. Petersburg Times

301-0229 Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. d/b/a Binghampton Press Company

301-0235 Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. d/b/a Courier Post

301-0238 Gannett Co Inc. d/b/a Democrat Chronicle

301-0241 El Paso Times, Inc.

301-0243 The Herald Company, Inc. d/b/a The Flint Journal

301-0250 Gannett Co., Inc. d/b/a Journal Courier

301-0253 Gannett Co. Inc. d/b/a Lansing State Journal

301-0261 Observer-Dispatch f/k/a Utica Observer-Dispatch

301-0269 Reno Newspapers Inc. d/b/a Reno Gazette Journal

301-0271 The Republican Company d/b/a The Union News/Sunday Republican

301-0278 The Herald Company Inc. d/b/a Syracuse Newspaper

301-0279 Thomson Newspapers, Inc. d/b/a Thomson Chesapeake, Inc.

301-0285 Gannett Satellite Information Network Inc. d/b/a USA Today

301-0362 Giovanni Jewelry

301-0382 International Gemmological Institute, Inc. d/b/a International Gemmological Information

301-0407 Richard Glatter, Inc. d/b/a Old Victoria

301-0553 Designer Supply

301-0625 Muskin Leisure Products, Inc.

301-0726 Dutailer, Inc.

301-0742 Jay Franco Sons, Inc.

301-0779 NCR Corporation

301-0796 Netmagic Systems, Inc.

301-0802 Software House International, Inc.

301-0815 International Gemmological Institute, Inc. d/b/a International Gemmological Information

301-0907 Madden’s, Inc.

301-0927 Robert Half International Inc. d/b/a Robert Half

301-1048 Vorhof-Duenke, Inc.

301-1124 Browning-Ferris Industries, Inc.

301-1137 Edwards Electrical Mechanical Inc.

301-1145 National Waste Service, Inc.

301-1158 Allied Waste Services d/b/a Olympic Waste Services

301-1179 Allied Waste Systems, Inc. d/b/a Vining Disposal Services

301-1206 American Finance Group, Inc.

301-1227 American Electric Power Company, Inc.

301-1231 American Electric Power Company f/k/a Central Power
Light Co.

301-1241 City Public Service of San Antonio, TX

301-1251 Gainesville Regional Utilities

301-1261 Johnson City Power Board

301-1263 Kansas Gas Electric Company

301-1278 Public Service Company of Oklahoma

301-1282 South Carolina Electric Gas Company

301-1284 Southwestern Electric Power Company

301-1291 West Texas Utilities Co.

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