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In re Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC

United States District Court, W.D. North Carolina, Charlotte Division

June 12, 2017

IN RE GARLOCK SEALING TECHNOLOGIES LLC, et al., Debtors.[1]

          ORDER APPROVING SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RELEASE BETWEEN THE COLTEC PARTIES AND EMPLOYERS MUTUAL CASUALTY COMPANY

          Graham C. Mulreh District Court Judge

         Having considered the "Debtors' Motion for Order Approving Settlement Agreement With Employers Mutual Casualty Company" (the "Motion"), including the "Settlement Agreement and Release Between the Coltec Parties and Employers Mutual Casualty Company" (the "Settlement Agreement"), which is attached as an exhibit to the Motion, and any objection to the Motion, it is hereby

         FOUND AND DETERMINED THAT:

         A. The Court has jurisdiction over the Motion under 28 U.S.C. §§ 157 and 1334. This matter is a "core proceeding" under 28 U.S.C. § 157(b)(2). Venue of this bankruptcy case and the Motion in this district is proper under 28 U.S.C. §§ 1408 and 1409.

         B. Due and adequate notice of the Motion was provided to necessary parties in interest, including designated representatives of GST Asbestos Claimants and Coltec Asbestos Claimants, and a reasonable opportunity to object or be heard with respect to the Motion and relief requested in the Motion and in this Order has been provided to all parties in interest.

         C. The Settlement Agreement is the product of arm's length, good faith negotiations by and among the Coltec Parties and Employers Mutual. [2]

         D. Subject to entry of this order approving Motion, the Coltec Parties have agreed to identify Employers Mutual as an Asbestos Protected Party pursuant to Sections 7.3.10 and 1.1.21(f) of the Plan.

         E. The relief sought in the Motion is in the best interests of the Debtors, their respective estates, and their creditors.

         F. The legal and factual bases set forth in the Motion establish just cause for granting the relief sought in the Motion. Accordingly, it is hereby

         ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED THAT:

         1. The Motion is GRANTED in its entirety, and all objections to the Motion are overruled.

         2. The findings of fact set forth above and the conclusions of law stated herein shall constitute the Court's findings of fact and conclusions of law pursuant to Bankruptcy Rule 7052, made applicable pursuant to Bankruptcy Rule 9014. To the extent any finding of fact later shall be determined to be a conclusion of law, it shall be so deemed, and to the extent any conclusion of law shall later be determined to be a finding of fact, it shall be so deemed.

         3. The Settlement Agreement and any agreements, documents and instruments executed by agreement of the Parties in connection with or pursuant to the Settlement Agreement are approved in all respects.

         4. The Coltec Parties are hereby authorized, empowered, and directed to take all necessary acts to carry out and implement the Settlement ...


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