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Home > News & Media > Press Center > Archives > 2012 > Statement on denial of motion for emergency stay

NAA President and CEO Caroline Little comments on denial of motion for emergency stay of USPS-Valassis special-rate deal

Marina Hendricks
Director of Communications
(571) 366-1009

September 25, 2012

Arlington, Va. – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied the emergency motion for a stay of the Postal Regulatory Commission’s decision on a special-rate deal for the U.S. Postal Service and Valassis Direct Mail. Caroline H. Little, president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America, issued the following statement:

"We are deeply disappointed that the court has not granted a stay of the Postal Service’s special-rate deal for Valassis Direct Mail until its review is complete," said Caroline Little, NAA president and CEO. “However, we believe strongly that we will prevail on the merits of the case. The Postal Regulatory Commission ignored the very clear standards Congress established for agency review of these types of arrangements. Also, the commission failed to fully evaluate the marketplace harm that will occur if this special-rate deal is implemented."

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NAA is a nonprofit organization representing nearly 2,000 newspapers and their multiplatform businesses in the United States and Canada. NAA members include daily newspapers, as well as nondailies, other print publications and online products. Headquartered near Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Va., the association focuses on the major issues that affect today's newspaper industry: public policy/legal matters, advertising revenue growth and audience development across the medium's broad portfolio of products and digital platforms. Information about NAA and the industry also may be found at www.naa.org.