STIPULATION AND SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

 

                                                                   EXHIBIT 10.15

                     STIPULATION AND SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT
                   BETWEEN PHAR-MOR, INC. AND ITS AFFILIATED
                       DEBTORS AND FOXMEYER DRUG COMPANY

        Phar-Mor, Inc., Tamco Distributors Company, Phar-Mor of California, 
Inc., Phar-Mor of Delaware, Inc., Phar-Mor of Florida, Inc., Phar-Mor of
Michigan, Inc., Phar-Mor of Milwaukee, Inc., Phar-Mor of Nevada, Inc., Phar-Mor
of Ohio, Inc., Phar-Mor of Texas, Inc., Phar-Mor of Virginia, Inc., Phar-Mor of
Wisconsin, Inc., Phar-Mor Real Estate, Inc., PM Investments, Inc., PM Real
Estate Holdings, Inc., and Wisconsin Beverage Company, Inc. (collectively, as
debtors and debtors-in-possession, "Phar-Mor"), on the one hand, and FoxMeyer
Drug Company ("FoxMeyer"), on the other, hereby enter into this Stipulation and
Settlement Agreement as of April 14, 1995 (the "Stipulation"), subject to
approval by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio
(the "Court"). This Stipulation is intended,inter alia, to resolve all 
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outstanding disputes between the parties concerning the following: (i)
FoxMeyer's asserted reclamation claim and all other potential claims related to
reclaimed goods shipped by FoxMeyer to Phar-Mor; (ii) all potential preference
claims and counter-claims that have been or could have been asserted by Phar-Mor
against FoxMeyer; (iii) all subordination claims by FoxMeyer against Phar-Mor or
Phar-Mor's Secured Lenders (as defined below); and (iv) any other claims for
priority related to pre-petition shipments of goods to Phar-Mor. Further, this
Stipulation shall serve as a binding amendment to that certain pharmaceutical
supply agreement between Phar-Mor and FoxMeyer dated as of August 17, 1992, as
amended (the "Supply Agreement"), which is hereby modified to amend Section 
6.B(iv) thereof and to permit Phar-Mor to reduce the number of retail stores it
will operate without penalty.

                                   RECITALS
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        WHEREAS, on August 17, 1992, Phar-Mor filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy 
protection in the Northern District of Ohio and has remained in possession of
its estate under Bankruptcy Code Section 1107, with authority to operate its
business under Bankruptcy Code Section 1108;

        WHEREAS, prior to filing its bankruptcy petition, Phar-Mor purchased 
prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs and health and beauty aids from 
FoxMeyer;

        WHEREAS, FoxMeyer asserts that during the period August 4, 1992 through 
August 14, 1992, inclusive (the "Reclamation Period"), it delivered 
$21,062,609.56 worth of pharmaceutical and other goods (the "Reclaimed Goods")
to Phar-Mor;

        WHEREAS, Phar-Mor and FoxMeyer entered into the post-petition Supply 
Agreement dated as of August 17, 1992 for shipment of pharmaceutical and other 
goods, which agreement is incorporated by reference as if fully set forth 
herein;

        WHEREAS, Section 6.B.(iv) of the current Supply Agreement provides that
Phar-Mor must continue to operate a specified number of retail pharmacy stores
or be in breach of the Supply Agreement,

        WHEREAS, on or about March 24, 1994, FoxMeyer moved for an 
administrative reclamation claim under Bankruptcy Code Section 546(c) equal to 
the alleged value of the Reclaimed Goods (the "Reclamation Claim"), which is 
currently pending before the Court;

        WHEREAS, on or about April 25, 1994, Phar-Mor objected to the 
Reclamation Claim and filed a preference counter-claim seeking recovery of 
$24,526,415.76 in payments made to FoxMeyer beteween August 5, 1992 and 
August 14, 1992 inclusive, which preference claim is presently pending before
the Court as Adversary Proceeding Number 94-4035;

        WHEREAS, on or about August 15, 1994, Phar-Mor filed an omnibus 
preference complaint against parties, including FoxMeyer, for recovery of other 
alleged preferences, which adversary proceeding is presently pending before the 
Court as Adversary Proceeding Number 94-4067 and is stayed by order of the 
Court;

        WHEREAS, on or about August 22, 1994, FoxMeyer Drug Company filed a 
subordination complaint against Phar-Mor and Phar-Mor's secured bank group 
(together with Phar-Mor's secured noteholders and their respective predecessors,
successors and assigns, the "Secured Lenders"), which subordination action is 
presently pending before the Court as Adversary Proceeding Number 94-4081;

        WHEREAS, the parties wish to settle certain pending or potential 
disputes and amend the Supply Agreement;

        THE PARTIES HEREBY AGREE AS FOLLOWS:

    A.  ISSUANCE OF STOCK TO FOXMEYER.
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        1. Under Phar-Mor's Second Amended Joint Plan of Reorganization as
amended which does not provide for a material equity investment by a third party
(the "Stand Alone Plan") or any plan of reorganization supported by Robert Haft
(the "Haft Plan") (the Stand Alone Plan and the Haft Plan, collectively the
"Plan"), whichever is confirmed by the Court, Phar-Mor will issue to FoxMeyer in
consideration of FoxMeyer's Reclamation Claim, shares of common stock in
reorganized Phar-Mor (the "Equity Interest") representing not less than 6.94% of
all common shares initially issued under the Plan. Based upon a total number of
common shares to be initially issued under the Haft Plan of 24,312,500 of and
21,687,500 under the Stand Alone Plan, the Equity Interest will comprise
1,687,500 common shares under either Plan. If the total number of shares
initially issued under the Plan is greater or lesser than anticipated, the
number of shares comprising the Equity Interest will be adjusted accordingly.

        2.  In the event that a plan of reorganization, other than the Plan, is 
proposed by Phar-Mor or any other party, the parties hereto agree to use their 
best efforts to agree upon a settlement of the Reclamation Claim consistent 
with the economic terms of this Stipulation.

    B.  WAIVER AND RELEASE OF PREFERENCE CLAIMS UPON THE EFFECTIVE DATE.
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Upon the Effective Date, the following shall occur:

        1.  Phar-mor will dismiss with prejudice any pending adversary 
proceeding against Foxmeyer seeking to recover preferential transfers, including
without limitation, Adversary Proceedings 94-4035 and 94-4067.

        2.  Phar-Mor further waives, releases and agrees not to assert any 
preference claim it may have against FoxMeyer, whether such claim is known or 
unknown.

        3.  Nothing in this Stipulation shall be deemed a waiver of any claim 
Phar-Mor may have against any party other than FoxMeyer.

    C.  WAIVER AND RELEASE OF RECLAMATION CLAIMS AND RIGHTS RELATED TO THE 
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        RECLAIMED GOODS UPON THE EFFECTIVE DATE.
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Upon the Effective Date, the following shall occur:

        1.  Foxmeyer waives, releases and agrees not to assert any reclamation 
or similar action against Phar-Mor related to the pre-petition shipment of goods
(including, without limitation, the Reclaimed Goods), whether such claim is 
known or unknown, filed or unfiled, contingent or non-contingent, liquidated or 
unliquidated, disputed or undisputed.  FoxMeyer waives any right to 
administrative priority concerning the Reclaimed Goods or any other reclamation
claim it may have otherwise had in Phar-Mor's bankruptcy case.  Except for the 
Equity Interest and the benefits of the other express provisions of this 
Stipulation, FoxMeyer will neither seek nor obtain any other consideration on 
account of the Reclamation Claim.

        2.  FoxMeyer will dismiss with prejudice any pending contested matter 
concerning its Reclamation Claim against Phar-Mor.

        3.  FoxMeyer will dismiss with prejudice any pending adversary 
proceeding against Phar-Mor and its Secured Lenders, including without 
limitation, Adversary Proceeding Number 94-4081.  FoxMeyer further releases the 
Secured Lenders from any and all liabilities related to Phar-Mor or its 
bankruptcy case, whether such liabilities are known or unknown, filed or
unfiled, contingent

or non-contingent, liquidated or unliquidated, disputed or undisputed.

                4.  FoxMeyer waives and releases all pre-petition claims and 
pre-petition causes of action against Phar-Mor, whether such claims are known or
unknown, except for:  (i) the rights under this Stipulation; and (ii) any 
general unsecured claim it may have against Phar-Mor for any goods, services or 
extensions of credit provided to Phar-Mor reduced by the value of the Equity 
Interest (the "Unsecured Claim").  Phar-Mor retains all defenses to the 
Unsecured Claim, none of which shall be deemed waived or altered by this 
Stipulation.

        D.      AMENDMENT TO SUPPLY AGREEMENT:
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                1.  Upon entry of an order of the Court approving the 
Stipulation, the Supply Agreement will be deemed and shall be amended to delete 
any provision that limits or affects the right of Phar-Mor to reduce the number 
of its operating retail stores below one hundred and thirty (130) in number or 
would otherwise provide for a breach of the Supply Agreement as a result of such
reduction.  Section 6.B.(iv) of the Supply Agreement is hereby amended to allow 
Phar-Mor to reduce the number of its operating retail stores to one-hundred 
(100) in number (or such lower number as the parties may agree) without default 
or penalty.

        E.      GENERAL PROVISIONS:
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                1.  Recitals.  The recitals and introductory provisions of this
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Stipulation are hereby incorporated by reference and form part of the terms of 
the agreement.

                2.  Entire Agreement.  This Stipulation and the exhibits hereto
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constitute the entire agreement between the parties.  All prior or 
contemporaneous discussions, negotiations or agreements related to this 
Stipulation are hereby merged into this agreement.

                3.  Written Modification.  This Stipulation may only be modified
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through a written instrument signed by both parties and approved by the Court.

                4.  Effective Date.  Paragraph D of this Stipulation shall 
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become effective immediately upon the entry of an order by the Court approving 
the Stipulation.  The remaining provisions (including Paragraphs A, B and C) 
shall only become effective upon the occurrence of both the following:  (i) 
entry of a final order by the Court approving this Stipulation and (ii) the 
effective date of the Plan or resolution pursuant to Paragraph A.2.

                5.  Termination.  Except for Paragraphs D and E.6, this 
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Agreement shall terminate and be of no further force and effect if the Plan (or 
a plan of reorganization that meets the requirements of Paragraph A.2) is not 
confirmed on or before December 30, 1995.

     6. Status Quo Provisions. In the event and to the extent that an Effective
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Date does not occur, nothing herein shall be deemed an admission or waiver of
any kind and the parties shall revert to their respective positions as they
existed prior to the negotiation of this Stipulation concerning matters as to
which no Effective Date has occurred. Without limiting the generality of the
foregoing, if no Effective Date occurs concerning Paragraphs A, B and C, the
parties will retain all substantive and procedural rights against each other
related to the Reclamation Claim and Phar-Mor's preference claims, and may
pursue all claims before the Court as filed and without the need to refile any
new complaint or contested matter. The parties recognize that Section D hereof
may become effective even if the remaining provisions of this Stipulation do
not. The parties agree to and do hereby toll any applicable statute of
limitations to the extent necessary to make this Paragraph E.6 effective. This
Stipulation shall not be admitted into evidence in any proceeding other than one
to enforce its terms.

     7. Integrated Settlement. Each of the provisions of this Stipulation are
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integral to the agreement and represent consideration for the other provisions
herein. This Stipulation shall not become effective if any of its material
provisions fail to obtain Court approval, unless the provision is expressly
waived in writing by the beneficiary of such provision.

     8. Costs. The parties shall bear their own fees and costs in all pending
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litigation among them.

     9. Definitions. All undefined terms shall have the meanings ascribed to
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them under the Bankruptcy Code and the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.

     10. Choice of law and jurisdiction. This Stipulation shall be governed by
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the law of Ohio, without regard to principles of choice of law.

     11. Successors, Predecessors and Assigns. Upon an Effective Date, this
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Stipulation binds and inures to the benefit of Phar-Mor and FoxMeyer, as well as
their respective parents, predecessors, successors, and assigns. Phar-Mor enters
this Stipulation in its capacities as both debtor and debtor-in-possession.

     12. Authority. Subject to any approval that may be required from the Court,
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the undersigned represent and warrant that they have all requisite authority to
execute this Stipulation.
 
     13. Best Efforts. The parties agree to use their best efforts to (i) obtain
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Court approval of this Stipulation, (ii) implement the terms of this Stipulation
(including, without limitation, the issuance of the Equity Interest), and (iii)
obtain confirmation of the Plan. FoxMeyer further agrees that it will not object
to or take any other action that could reasonably be expected to impede
confirmation of the Plan.

                14. Counterparts.  This Stipulation may be signed in separate
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counterparts, each one of which shall be deemed part of the original document.

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                                        FoxMeyer Drug Company

                                        By:  [SIGNATURE APPEARS HERE]
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                                        Its:  Senior Vice President
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                                        Phar-Mor, Inc. and its affiliated
                                        debtors

                                        By:  [SIGNATURE APPEARS HERE]
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                                        Its:  Sr. V.P. - Admin.
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Basic Info X:

Name: STIPULATION AND SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT
Type: Stipulation and Settlement Agreement
Date: Jan. 13, 1997
Company: CABOT NOBLE INC
State: District of Columbia

Other info:

Date:

  • April 14 , 1995
  • August 4 , 1992
  • August 17 , 1992
  • March 24 , 1994
  • April 25 , 1994
  • August 5 , 1992
  • August 14 , 1992
  • August 15 , 1994
  • August 22 , 1994
  • December 30 , 1995

Organization:

  • Tamco Distributors Company
  • Phar-Mor of California , Inc.
  • Phar-Mor of Delaware , Inc.
  • Phar-Mor of Florida , Inc.
  • Phar-Mor of Michigan , Inc.
  • Phar-Mor of Milwaukee , Inc.
  • Phar-Mor of Nevada , Inc.
  • Phar-Mor of Ohio , Inc.
  • Phar-Mor of Texas , Inc.
  • Phar-Mor of Virginia , Inc.
  • Phar-Mor of Wisconsin , Inc.
  • Phar-Mor Real Estate , Inc.
  • PM Investments , Inc.
  • PM Real Estate Holdings , Inc.
  • Wisconsin Beverage Company , Inc.
  • United States Bankruptcy Court
  • Northern District of Ohio
  • FoxMeyer Drug Company
  • Second Amended Joint Plan of Reorganization
  • Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure
  • Phar-Mor , Inc.

Location:

  • Northern District of Ohio

Money:

  • $ 21,062,609.56
  • $ 24,526,415.76

Person:

  • Robert Haft

Percent:

  • 6.94 %