Both DHL and UPS say they will not honor a request by the chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee that the companies voluntarily not seal a deal at least until the congressional committee holds a second information-gathering hearing.
In DHL’s reply to a News Journal email inquiry, the corporate press office referred the paper to DHL CEO John Mullen’s testimony on Tuesday before the committee, especially where Mullen said, “With projected operating losses of $1.3 billion in 2008, decisive action is now required.” Mullen’s quoted words following the comma were in bold font in the DHL email.
The DHL reply also used the following excerpt from Mullen’s testimony — testimony prepared prior to Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. making his request. “If and when the agreement is concluded, we will provide a copy to the Department of Justice and will cooperate fully with any review of the contract that the Department chooses to undertake.”
Norman Black, a spokesman for UPS at corporate headquarters in Atlanta, said by phone Wednesday that lawyers for both companies “are continuing to work on finalizing the contract as quickly as possible.”