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Full title: Motion for Entry of an Order Authorizing the Debtors to Enter Into Agreements in the Ordinary Course of Business (with Notice of Opportunity to Request a Hearing on Motion) Filed by Debtor Freedom Communications, Inc. (Friedman, Alan) (Entered: 05/17/2021)

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All Debtors 15321-MW; 8:15-bk-15322-MW; 8:15-bk- 15323-MW; 8:15-bk-15324-MW; 8:15-bk- 15 Freedom Communications, Inc., a Delaware 15325-MW; 8:15-bk-15326-MW; 8:15-bk-corporation, ONLY 15327-MW; 8:15-bk-15328-MW; 8:15-bk- 16 15329-MW; 8:15-bk-15330-MW; 8:15-bk- Freedom Communications Holdings, Inc., a 15332-MW; 8:15-bk-15337-MW; 8:15-bk-17 Delaware corporation, ONLY 15339-MW; 8:15-bk-15340-MW; 8:15-bk-15342-MW; 8:15-bk-15343-MW) 18 Freedom Services, Inc., a Delaware corporation, ONLY DEBTORS’MOTION FORENTRY OF AN 19 ORDER AUTHORIZING THE DEBTORS 2100 Freedom, Inc., a Delaware TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS IN THE20 corporation, ONLY ORDINARY COURSE OF BUSINESS; MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND 21 OCR Community Publications, Inc., a AUTHORITIES; AND DECLARATION OFCalifornia corporation, ONLY BRAD SMITH IN SUPPORTFreedom Colorado Information, Inc., a 1 Freedom Interactive Newspapers, Inc., a 2 California corporation,ONLY 3 Freedom Interactive Newspapers of Texas, Inc., a Delaware corporation, ONLY 4 Freedom Newspaper Acquisitions, Inc., a 5 Delaware corporation, ONLY 6 Freedom Newspapers, a Texas general partnership, ONLY 7 Freedom Newspapers, Inc., a Delaware 8 corporation, ONLY 9 Freedom Newspapers of Southwestern Arizona, Inc., a California corporation, ONLY 10 OCR Information Marketing, Inc., a 11 California corporation, ONLY 12 Odessa American, a Texas general partnership, ONLY 13 Orange County Register Communications, 14 Inc., a California corporation, ONLY 15 Victor Valley Publishing Company, a California corporation, ONLY 16 By this Motion, and pursuant to sections 105(a) and 363 of title 11 of the United States Cod24 (the “Bankruptcy Code”), the Debtors seek entry of an order, out of an abundance of cautio25 authorizing them to enter into certain agreements (the “Agreements”) related to the potenti26 recovery of assets (as discussed below) in the ordinary course of business.As a result of my tenure with the Debtors, both in my role as a financial advisor t8 the Debtors and as CRO, my extensive day to day experience with the financial matters impactin9 the Debtors’operations, my review of relevant documents, and my discussions with other member10 of the Debtors’management in the ordinarycourse of business, I am familiar with the Debtors’da11 to-day operations, business affairs, and books and records.Committee in the Chapter 11 Cases of Freedom Communications, Inc., Freedom Communication 1 Holdings, Inc., Freedom Services, Inc. and OCR Community Publications, Inc., pursuant to sectio2 1102 of the Bankruptcy Code.

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Nos., State Bar No. & Email Address lan J. Friedman – Bar No. 132580 HULMAN BASTIAN FRIEDMAN & BUI LLP 00 Spectrum Center Drive, Suite 600 rvine, California 92618 elephone: (949) 340-3400 acsimile: (949) 340-3000 mail: afriedman@shulmanbastian.com Debtor(s) appearing without an attorney Attorney for:Debtors UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA -S A N T A A N A D I V ISIONDIVISIONIn re: CASE NO.:8:15-bk-15311-MW REEDOM COMMUNICATIONS, INC., et al., CHAPTER: 11 NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO REQUEST A HEARING ON MOTION [LBR 9013-1(o)] [No hearing unless requested in writing] Debtor(s). O THE U.S. TRUSTEE AND ALL PARTIES ENTITLED TO NOTICE,PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT: . Movant(s)_F_r_e_e_d_o_m_ _C_o_m_m__u_n_ic_a_t_io_n_s_, _In_c_._, _e_t _a_l.______________________________________________________,filed a motionor application(Motion)entitled_D_e_b_t_o_rs_' _M_o_t_io_n_ _fo_r_ E__n_tr_y_ o_f_ a_n_ _O_r_d_e_r _A_u_th_o_r_iz_i_n_g_ t_h_e_ D__e_b_to_r_s_ t_o_ E_n_t_e_r__In_t_o_ A_g_r_e_e_m__e_n_ts_ i_n_ t_h_e_ O__rd_i_n_a_ry_ _C_o_u_r_s_e_ o_f_ B_u_s_i_n_e_ss____________________________________________________. Movant(s)is requesting that the court grant the Motion without a hearingas provided for in LBR 9013-1(o), unless aparty in interest timely files and serves awrittenopposition to the Motion and requests a hearing. . The Motion is based upon the legal and factual grounds set forth in the Motion. (Check appropriate box below): The full Motion is attached to this notice; or The full Motion was filed with the courtas docket entry # _____, and a detailed description of the relief sought isattached to this notice. . DEADLINE FOR FILING AND SERVING OPPOSITION PAPERS AND REQUEST FOR A HEARING: Pursuant toLBR 9013-1(o), any party who opposestheMotion may request a hearing on the Motion. The deadline to fileandsera written opposition and request for a hearing is 14 days after the date of service of this notice, plus 3 additional daysyou were served by mailor pursuant to F.R.Civ.P. 5(b)(2)(D) or (F).

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hearing at least 14 days in advance of the hearing. [LBR 9013-1(o)(4)]b. If you fail to comply with this deadline: (1) Movant will file a declaration toindicate:(1) the Motion was properly served, (2) the response periodelapsedand(3) no party filedand serveda written opposition and request for a hearingwithin 14 days after the date of service of the notice[LBR 9013-1(o)(3)]; (2) Movant will lodge an order that the court may use to grant the Motion; and(3) The court may treat your failure as a waiver of your right to oppose the Motion and may grant the Motionwithoutfurther hearing and notice. [LBR 9013-1(h)] Respectfully submitted, ate: 05/17/2021 / s / A l a n J . F r i e d m a n . Signature of Movant or attorney for Movant A l a n J . F r i e d m a n . Printedname of Movant or attorney for Movant

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1 Alan J. Friedman –Bar No. 132580 SHULMANBASTIAN FRIEDMAN & BUI LLP 2 100 Spectrum Center Drive, Suite 600 Irvine, California 92618 3 Telephone: (949) 340-3400 4 Facsimile: (949) 340-3000 Email: afriedman@shulmanbastian.com 5 General Insolvency Counsel 6 for Debtors and Debtors-in-Possession 7 UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT 8 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA -SANTA ANA DIVISION 9 In re Case No. 8:15-bk-15311-MW 10 FREEDOM COMMUNICATIONS, INC., et Chapter 11 11 al., (Jointly Administered with Case Nos. 12 Debtors and 8:15-bk-15312-MW; 8:15-bk-15313-MW; Debtors-in-Possession. 8:15-bk-15315-MW; 8:15-bk-15316-MW; 8:1513 Affects: bk-15317-MW; 8:15-bk-15318-MW; 8:15-bk- 15319-MW; 8:15-bk-15320-MW; 8:15-bk- 14 All Debtors 15321-MW; 8:15-bk-15322-MW; 8:15-bk- 15323-MW; 8:15-bk-15324-MW; 8:15-bk- 15 Freedom Communications, Inc., a Delaware 15325-MW; 8:15-bk-15326-MW; 8:15-bk-corporation, ONLY 15327-MW; 8:15-bk-15328-MW; 8:15-bk- 16 15329-MW; 8:15-bk-15330-MW; 8:15-bk- Freedom Communications Holdings, Inc., a 15332-MW; 8:15-bk-15337-MW; 8:15-bk-17 Delaware corporation, ONLY 15339-MW; 8:15-bk-15340-MW; 8:15-bk-15342-MW; 8:15-bk-15343-MW) 18 Freedom Services, Inc., a Delaware corporation, ONLY DEBTORS’MOTION FORENTRY OF AN 19 ORDER AUTHORIZING THE DEBTORS 2100 Freedom, Inc., a Delaware TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS IN THE20 corporation, ONLY ORDINARY COURSE OF BUSINESS; MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND 21 OCR Community Publications, Inc., a AUTHORITIES; AND DECLARATION OFCalifornia corporation, ONLY BRAD SMITH IN SUPPORT THEREOF 22 Daily Press, LLC, a California limited [No Hearing Set Pursuant to Local Bankruptcy 23 liability company, ONLY Rule 9013-1(o)] 24 Freedom California Mary Publishing, Inc., a California corporation, ONLY 25 Freedom California Ville Publishing 26 Company LP, a California limited partnership, ONLY 27 Freedom Colorado Information, Inc., a

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1 Freedom Interactive Newspapers, Inc., a 2 California corporation,ONLY 3 Freedom Interactive Newspapers of Texas, Inc., a Delaware corporation, ONLY 4 Freedom Newspaper Acquisitions, Inc., a 5 Delaware corporation, ONLY 6 Freedom Newspapers, a Texas general partnership, ONLY 7 Freedom Newspapers, Inc., a Delaware 8 corporation, ONLY 9 Freedom Newspapers of Southwestern Arizona, Inc., a California corporation, ONLY 10 OCR Information Marketing, Inc., a 11 California corporation, ONLY 12 Odessa American, a Texas general partnership, ONLY 13 Orange County Register Communications, 14 Inc., a California corporation, ONLY 15 Victor Valley Publishing Company, a California corporation, ONLY 16 Victorville Publishing Company, a 17 California limited partnership, ONLY 18 Freedom SPV II, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, ONLY 19 Freedom SPV VI, LLC, a Delaware limited 20 liability company, ONLY 21 Freedom SPV I, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, ONLY 22 Freedom SPV IV, LLC, a Delaware limited 23 liability company, ONLY 24 Freedom SPV V, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, ONLY 25 26 27

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1 TO THE HONORABLE MARK S. WALLACE, UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY 2 JUDGE, THE OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRUSTEE, AND ALL PARTIES-IN- 3 INTEREST: 4 Freedom Communications, Inc.,and its jointly administered debtors and debtors-in-5 possession in the above-captioned chapter 11 bankruptcy cases (collectively, the “Debtors”), brin6 this Motion for Order Authorizing the Debtors to Enter Into Agreements in the Ordinary Course o 7 Business (the “Motion”) In support thereof, the Debtors respectfully represents as follows: 8 I. JURISDICTION AND VENUE 9 On November 1, 2015 and November 2, 2015 (the “Petition Date”), the Debtors 10 commenced the chapter 11 cases in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of11 California (the “Bankruptcy Court”or “Court”). The Bankruptcy Court authorized the joint 12 administration of the chapter 11 cases by order entered on November 2, 2015. 13 On November 10, 2015, the Office of the United States Trustee appointed the Committee 14 in the Chapter 11 Cases of Freedom Communications, Inc., Freedom Communications Holdings, 15 Inc., Freedom Services, Inc. and OCR Community Publications, Inc., pursuant to section 1102 of 16 the Bankruptcy Code. 17 This Court has jurisdiction to consider this Motion under 28 U.S.C. §§ 157 and 1334. Thi18 is a core proceeding under 28 U.S.C. § 157(b)(2). Venue of this matter in this district is proper 19 under 28 U.S.C. §§ 1408 and 1409. 20 21 II. STATEMENT OF FACTS 22 A. Relief Requested 23 By this Motion, and pursuant to sections 105(a) and 363 of title 11 of the United States Cod24 (the “Bankruptcy Code”), the Debtors seek entry of an order, out of an abundance of cautio25 authorizing them to enter into certain agreements (the “Agreements”) related to the potenti26 recovery of assets (as discussed below) in the ordinary course of business. 27

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1 B. The Debtors’Business Operations 2 Prior to the sale of substantially all of their assets, the Debtors were a privately owne3 information and entertainment company consisting of print publications and interactive businesse 4 The Debtors’ portfolio included daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and other specialt5 publications. In addition, the Debtors operated an interactive business which offered websit6 complements, as well as digital and mobile products, to their print publications. The Orange Count 7 Register was the Debtors’flagship newspaper. The Debtors also operated the Press-Enterprise an 8 Unidos (a Spanish language newspaper), and owned real property in Santa Ana and Riversid 9 California. 10 C. The Asset Purchase Agreement 11 On March 1, 2016, the Buyer (“DFM”) and the Sellers entered into that certain Ass12 Purchase Agreement (“APA”), pursuant and subject to which Sellers sold, assigned, transferre13 conveyed and delivered to DFM, and DFMpurchased from Sellers, the Purchased Assets. The AP14 and the transactions contemplated therein were approved by this Court pursuant to order entered o15 March 20, 2016 [Docket No. 562], and on March 31, 2019, the sale closed. 16 D. Status of Debtors’Post-Petition Operations 17 Upon the closing of the sale, the primary operations of the businesses were transferred t18 DFM. However, the Debtors’continue to be debtors-in-possession and are in the process of windin19 down the remaining business operations as contemplated under the sale, and they continue to mak20 the necessary decisions to maximize recovery to creditors. 21 On April 30, 2021, this Court entered its Order Re: Approval of Second Amended Disclosur22 Statement for Second Amended Joint Chapter 11 Plan of Liquidation as Modified and Schedulin23 Order [Docket No. 1752]. 24 On May 6, 2021, the Debtors filed their Second Amended Disclosure Statement for Secon25 Amended Joint Chapter 11 Plan of Liquidation Proposed by Debtors and Official Committee 26 Unsecured Creditors, as Modified [Docket No. 1758] and Second Amended Joint Chapter 11 Pla27 of Liquidation Proposed by Debtors and Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, as Modifie

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1 (the “Plan”)[Docket No. 1760]. A hearing on confirmation of the Plan is scheduled to be heard o 2 July 7, 2021. 3 As stated above, since the closing of the sale, the Debtors have continued to make th4 necessary decisions to maximize recovery to creditors. In connection with the same, the Debtor5 bring this Motion to approve the agreements set forth below in order to obtain additional recoverie6 of assets for the benefit of creditors. 7 E. The Agreements 8 (1) Asset Recovery Contract –Re Ebay Inc. 9 The Debtors received a letter and related Asset Recovery Contract from Californi10 Inheritance Group (“CIG”) relating to a potential recovery of approximately $80,000 with respe11 to an Ebay Inc. asset to which the Debtors may be entitled. By said agreement, CIG agrees t12 investigate whether the Debtors are entitled to possession of the funds relating to Ebay Inc. I13 consideration for CIG’s efforts in locating and assisting in the actual recovery of said assets, th14 Debtors agree to assign to CIG ten percent (10%) of the net assets which the Debtors recover, wit15 such fee to be paid upon payment of the claim. No fee is payable unless and until any funds ar16 actually recovered by the Debtors. A true and complete copy of the CIG letter and agreement i17 attached as Exhibit “1” to the Declaration of Brad Smith appended hereto. 18 (2) Agreement and Fee Memorandum –Re Dormant Funds 19 The Debtors received a letter and related Agreement and Fee Memorandum fro20 International Equity Research Corp. (“IER”) relating to a potential recovery of dormant funds du21 the Debtors of approximately $40,000. By said agreement, IER agrees to investigate whether th22 Debtors are entitled to possession of the dormant funds. In consideration for IER’s efforts i23 locating and assisting in the actual recovery of said assets, the Debtors agree to assign to IER 24 finder’s fee equal to ten percent (10%) of the funds which the Debtors recover, with such fee to b25 paid upon payment of the claim. No fee is payable unless and until any funds are actually recovere26 by the Debtors. A true and complete copy of the IER letter and agreement is attached as Exhib27 “2”to the Declaration of Brad Smith appended hereto.

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1 III. BASIS FOR RELIEF 2 The Agreements Represent Ordinary Course Transactions 3 The Bankruptcy Code contemplates that a debtor in possession will continue business a4 usualand undertake transactionsin the ordinary course of its business. Unless the Bankruptcy Cou5 orders otherwise, section 1108 of the Bankruptcy Code authorizes a debtor in possession to “operat6 the debtor’s business,”and section 363 states that “[i]f the business of the debtor is authorized to b7 operated under section . . . 1108 . . . and unless the court orders otherwise, the [debtor in possession8 may enter into transactions . . . in the ordinary course of business, without notice or a hearing.” 1 9 U.S.C § 363(c)(1). 10 As the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recognized: 11 The touchstone of ‘ordinariness’is . . . the interested parties’reasonable expectations of what transactions the debtor in possession is likely to 12 enter in the course of its business. So long as the transactions conducted are consistent with these expectations, creditors have no right to notice 13 and a hearing . . . 14 15 Burlington N. R.R. Co. v. Dant & Russell, Inc. (In re Dant & Russell, Inc), 853 F.2d 700, 705 (9tCir. 1988) (citation omitted). 16 At this point in the chapter 11 cases, the Debtors’“business”consists primarily of collectin17 assets and winding up the estates (and addressing pending litigation issues). Although the Debtor18 believe that entering into the Agreements is within the ordinary course of their businesses and ma19 be entered into without notice and a hearing, they are bringing this Motion in an abundance o20 caution. Entering into the Agreements are consistent with the Debtors’ process of winding dow21 the remaining business operations as contemplated under the sale and its Plan and represents th22 exercise of theirsound business judgment in attempting to maximize any recovery to creditors. 23 24 Authorizing the Debtors to Enter into the Agreements is in the Best Interests of theDebtorand their Estates and Creditors 25 Notwithstanding the Debtors’ belief that entry into the Agreements is soundly within th26 ordinary course of the Debtors’ businesses, the Debtors further submit that the Court should ente27 an order granting the relief requested herein because it represents the exercise of the Debtors

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1 business judgment pursuant to section 363(b)(1) of the Bankruptcy Code and is appropriate unde2 section 105(a) of the Bankruptcy Code. 3 The terms of the Agreements are reasonable andprovide a significant benefit to the Debtors4 estate and its creditors in that there are no out-of-pocket expenses to be incurred by the Debtors i5 entering into the Agreements, but rather a potential recovery of assets for the benefit of the Debtor6 estate and its creditors. As stated, no fee is due under either of the Agreements unless and unt7 there is any recovery by the Debtors. 8 VI. APPROVING THE MOTION WITHOUT A HEARING IS PROPER 9 Local Bankruptcy Rule 9013-1(o)(1) provides as follows: 10 (1) Matters That May Be Determined Upon Notice of Opportunity to Request Hearin11 Except as to matters specifically noted in subsection (o)(2) below, and as otherwise ordereby the court, any matter that may be set for hearing in accordance with LBR 9013-1(d) ma12 be determined upon notice of opportunity to request a hearing. 13 Further Bankruptcy Code Section 102(1) (B) provides that “after notice and a hearing”, or 14 similar phrase – 15 (B) authorizes an act without an actual hearing if such notice is given properly and if –16 (i) such a hearing is not requested timely be a party in interest; or17 (ii) there is insufficient time for a hearing to be commenced before such act must be don18 and the court authorizes such act. 19 See11 U.S.C. § 102(1)(B). 20 The Debtors believe the Local Bankruptcy Rule 9013-1(o)(1) procedure is appropriate i21 this case as the Debtors do not anticipate any opposition to the Motion. Thus, the procedure wi22 save the Estate the fees and costs associated with conducting a hearing on approval of a matter th23 the Debtors anticipate will not be opposed. 24 / / / 25 / / / 26 27

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1 VII. CONCLUSION 2 Based on the foregoing, the Debtors respectfullyrequest that the Bankruptcy Court enter a 3 Order: (1) granting the Motion; (2)authorizing the Debtors to enter into the Agreements in the 4 ordinary course of business; and (3) for such other and further relief as the Bankruptcy Court ma5 deem just and proper. 6 Respectfully submitted, 7 Dated: May14, 2021 SHULMAN BASTIAN FRIEDMAN & BUI LLP 8 By: _/s/ Alan J. Friedman________________ 9 Alan J. Friedman Attorneys for Debtors 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27

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1 DECLARATION OF BRAD SMITH 2 I, Brad Smith, declare as follows: 3 1. I am the Chief Restructuring Officer (“CRO”) of the Debtors (the “Debtors”) in th4 above-captioned cases. In my role as CRO, I am responsible for the winding-down of the Debtor5 operations following the sale of substantially all of the Debtors’assets. I am responsible for all da6 to-day management decisions and for implementing the Debtor’s short and long-term plans. 7 2. As a result of my tenure with the Debtors, both in my role as a financial advisor t8 the Debtors and as CRO, my extensive day to day experience with the financial matters impactin9 the Debtors’operations, my review of relevant documents, and my discussions with other member10 of the Debtors’management in the ordinarycourse of business, I am familiar with the Debtors’da11 to-day operations, business affairs, and books and records. Except as otherwise noted, I hav12 personal knowledge of the matters set forth herein and, if called as a witness, could testif13 competently thereto. Except as otherwise stated, all facts set forth in this Declaration are based o14 my personal knowledge, my discussions with other members of the Debtors’ management, m15 review of relevant documents, or my opinion, based on my experience and knowledge of th16 Debtors’operations and financial conditions. 17 3. I am submitting this declaration in support of the Debtors’ Motion for Entry of a18 Order Authorizing the Debtors to Enter Into Agreements in the Ordinary Course of Business (th19 “Motion”). I have reviewed the Motion, am familiar with the factual information set forth therei20 and incorporate such facts into this Declaration by reference and adopt them as my own as if the21 were set forth herein. 22 4. On November 1, 2015 and November 2, 2015 (the “Petition Date”), the Debtor23 commenced the Chapter 11 Cases in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District 24 California (the “Bankruptcy Court” or “Court”). The Bankruptcy Court authorized the joi25 administration of the Chapter 11 Cases by order entered on November 2, 2015. 26 5. On November 10, 2015, the Office of the United States Trustee appointed th27 Committee in the Chapter 11 Cases of Freedom Communications, Inc., Freedom Communication

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1 Holdings, Inc., Freedom Services, Inc. and OCR Community Publications, Inc., pursuant to sectio2 1102 of the Bankruptcy Code. 3 6. Prior to the sale of substantially all of their assets, the Debtors were a privately owne4 information and entertainment company consisting of print publications and interactive businesse 5 The Debtors’ portfolio included daily and weekly newspapers, magazines and other specialt6 publications. In addition, the Debtors operated an interactive business which offered websit7 complements, as well as digital and mobile products, to their print publications. The Orange Count 8 Register was the Debtors’flagship newspaper. The Debtors also operated the Press-Enterprise an 9 Unidos (a Spanish language newspaper), and owned real property in Santa Ana and Riversid10 California. 11 7. On March 1, 2016, the Buyer (“DFM”) and the Sellers entered into that certain Ass12 Purchase Agreement (“APA”), pursuant and subject to which Sellers sold, assigned, transferre13 conveyed and delivered to DFM, and DFM purchased from Sellers, the Purchased Assets. The AP14 and the transactions contemplated therein were approved by this Court pursuant to order entered o15 March 20, 2016 [Docket No. 562], and on March 31, 2019, the sale closed. 16 8. Upon the closing of the sale, the primary operations of the businesses wer17 transferred to DFM. However, the Debtors’ continue to be debtors-in-possession and are in th18 process of winding down the remaining business operations as contemplated under the sale, an19 they continue to make the necessary decisions to maximize recovery to creditors. 20 9. On April 30, 2021, this Court entered its Order Re: Approval of Second Amende21 Disclosure Statement for Second Amended Joint Chapter 11 Plan of Liquidation as Modified an22 Scheduling Order. 23 10. On May 6, 2021, the Debtors filed their Second Amended Disclosure Statement fo24 Second Amended Joint Chapter 11 Plan of Liquidation Proposed by Debtors and Official Committe25 of Unsecured Creditors, as Modified and Second Amended Joint Chapter 11 Plan of Liquidatio26 Proposed by Debtors and Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, as Modified (the “Plan”). 27 hearing on confirmation of the Plan is scheduled to be heard on July 7, 2021.

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1 11. Since the closing of the sale, the Debtors have continued to make the necessar2 decisions to maximize recovery to creditors. In connection with the same, the Debtors bring thi 3 Motion to approve the agreements set forth below in order to obtain additional recoveries of asset4 for the benefit of creditors. 5 12. The Debtors received a letter and related Asset Recovery Contract from Californi 6 Inheritance Group (“CIG”) relating to a potential recovery of approximately $80,000 with respe7 to an Ebay Inc. asset to which the Debtors may be entitled. By said agreement, CIG agrees t8 investigate whether the Debtors are entitled to possession of the funds relating to Ebay Inc. I9 consideration for CIG’s efforts in locating and assisting in the actual recovery of said assets, th10 Debtors agree to assign to CIG ten percent (10%) of the net assets which the Debtors recover, wit11 such fee to be paid upon payment of the claim. No fee is payable unless and until any funds ar12 actually recovered by the Debtors. A true and complete copy of the CIG letter and agreement i13 attached heretoas Exhibit “1”. 14 13. The Debtors received a letter and related Agreement and Fee Memorandum fro15 International Equity Research Corp. (“IER”) relating to a potential recovery of dormant funds du16 the Debtors of approximately $40,000. By said agreement, IER agrees to investigate whether th17 Debtors are entitled to possession of the dormant funds. In consideration for IER’s efforts i18 locating and assisting in the actual recovery of said assets, the Debtors agree to assign to IER 19 finder’s fee equal to ten percent (10%) of the funds which the Debtors recover, with such fee to b20 paid upon payment of the claim. No fee is payable unless and until any funds are actually recovere21 by the Debtors. A true and complete copy of the IER letter and agreement is attached hereto a22 Exhibit “2”. 23 14. At this point in the chapter 11 cases, the Debtors’ “business” consists primarily 24 collecting assets and winding up the estates (and addressing pending litigation issues). Althoug25 the Debtors believe that entering into the Agreements is within the ordinary course of thei26 businesses and may be entered into without notice and a hearing, they are bringing this Motion i27 an abundance of caution. Entering into the Agreements are consistent with the Debtors’process o

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854 Massachusetts Ave. Suite #10 Cambridge, MA 02139 617-547-7737 FAX 617-547-3911 Email:afriedman@shulmanbastian.com April 20, 2020 Alan Friedman, Esq. Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP 100 Spectrum Center Drive, Suite #600 Irvine, CA 92618 RE: Dormant Fundsdue Freedom Communications Inc. Dear Mr. Friedman: Freedom Communications Inc. was issued eight checks in the amounts $21,449.47, $8662.22, $4918.27, $2570.00, $2271.05, $2212.96, $1665.62 and $1575.00 some time ago that were never cashed nor replaced. Their custodian is a government agency under no obligation to inform you of this matter. Since 1993, International Equity Research searches public records for information on uncashed checks issued / held by municipal, state and federal agencies. We have identified the above items as dormant and presumed abandoned. We offer to extend the effort necessary to achieve the replacement of these checks on a contingency fee basis. The proposed relationship would be limited to the recovery of these eight items and expire upon your receipt of the funds. We worked with Carl Hoover, Senior Director, Tax @Freedom Newspapers in 2014 for a similar dormant funds recovery matter. Upon receipt of a signed contract (copy attached), we will provide the following: payees, amounts, issue dates, check / reference numbers and the identity of the agency that is holding and able to replace these items. If there are any questionsor comments, please let me know. Sincerely, Original Signed By Peter Lawless President PL/wg Enclosure

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BETWEEN International Equity Research Corp. Estate of Freedom Communications 854 Massachusetts Ave. Suite #10 Inc. c/o Alan Friedman, Esq. Cambridge, MA 02139 Shulman Bastian Friedman & Bui LLP (phone: 617-547-7737) 100 Spectrum Center Dr., Suite #600 (fax: 617-547-3911) Irvine, CA 92618 (hereinafter "Finder") (hereinafter "Claimant") In consideration of Finder's successful efforts to notify Claimant of $21,449.47, $8662.22, $4918.27, $2570.00, $2271.05, $2212.96, $1665.62 and $1575.00 payableto Claimant, but as yet uncollected, and based on Finder's promise to direct Claimant's claim into proper channels, Claimant hereby agrees, subject to the conditions below, to pay to Finder a fee equal to 10% (ten percent) of the funds received by Claimant, out of which Finder agrees to pay all its own expenses. It is understood that: 1. Finder shall prepare for Claimant documentation for the replacement of the funds, detailing the amount of the property, its location, how long the property has been dormant and to whom they are payable. 2. Claimant will cooperate by executing documents reasonably necessary to complete the claim. 3. Unless funds are recovered, there will be no charge to Claimant whatsoever. If funds are recovered no expenses or charges will be assessed against Claimant other than the fee set out above. 4. If A) Claimant is actively attempting to recover the funds as of the date of this Agreement or B) Claimant determines that the funds are not beneficially owned by Claimant, this Agreement shall be null and void. The invalidity or unenforceability of any portion of this Agreement shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of any other portion of this Agreement. This Agreement and Finder's authority and entitlement hereunder shall terminate automatically upon Claimant's receipt of the funds and fee payment. Dated this __________ day of _____________________, 2020 Finder: Claimant: International Equity Research Corp. Estate of Freedom Communications Inc. Original Signed By __________________________ _________________________ Peter Lawless President

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am over the age of 18 and not a party to this bankruptcy case or adversary proceeding. My business address is: 00 Spectrum Center Drive, Suite 600, Irvine, CA 92618 true and correct copy ofthe foregoing document entitled:NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO REQUEST AHEARINGOOTION [LBR9013-1(o)]will be served or was served (a)on the judge in chambers in the form and manner required byBR 5005-2(d);and (b)in the manner stated below: . TO BE SERVED BY THE COURT VIA NOTICE OF ELECTRONIC FILING (NEF): Pursuant to controlling General rders and LBR, the foregoing document will be served by the court via NEF and hyperlink to the document. On (date)5/17/2021 ,I checked the CM/ECF docket for this bankruptcy case or adversary proceeding and determined that the llowing persons are on the Electronic Mail Notice List to receive NEF transmission at the email addresses stated below: Service information continued on attached page . SERVED BY UNITED STATES MAIL: n (date) 05/17/2 0 21 ,I served the following persons and/or entities at the last known addresses in this bankruptcy ase or adversary proceeding by placing a true and correct copy thereof in a sealed envelope in the United States mail, rst class, postage prepaid, and addressed as follows. Listing the judge here constitutes a declaration that mailing to the dge will becompletedno later than 24 hours after the document is filed. Service information continued on attached page . SERVED BY PERSONAL DELIVERY, OVERNIGHT MAIL, FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION OR EMAIL(state method r each person or entity served): Pursuant to F.R.Civ.P. 5 and/or controlling LBR, on (date) ,I served the llowing persons and/or entities by personal delivery, overnight mail service, or (for those who consented in writing touch service method), by facsimile transmission and/or email as follows. Listing the judge here constitutes a declaration at personal delivery on, or overnight mail to, the judge will be completedno later than 24 hours after the document is led. Service information continued on attached page declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States that the foregoing is true and correct. 05/17/2021 Lori G a u t h i e r /s/ Lo r i G a u t h ie r Date Printed Name Signature

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1 PROOF OF SERVICE OF DOCUMENT 2 I am over the age of 18 and not a party to this bankruptcy case or adversary proceeding. My businesaddress is: 100 Spectrum Center Drive, Suite 600, Irvine, CA 92618 3 A true and correct copy of the foregoing document entitled: DEBTORS’MOTION FOR 4 ENTRYOF AN ORDER AUTHORIZING THE DEBTORS TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS IN THE ORDINARY COURSE OF BUSINESS; MEMORANDUM OF 5 POINTS AND AUTHORITIES; AND DECLARATION OF BRAD SMITH IN SUPPORT THEREOFwill be served or was served (a)on the judge in chambers in the form and manner 6 required by LBR 5005-2(d); and (b)in the manner stated below: 7 1. TO BE SERVED BY THE COURT VIA NOTICE OF ELECTRONIC FILING (NEFPursuant to controlling General Orders and LBR, the foregoing document will be served by the cou8 via NEF and hyperlink to the document. On May 17, 2021, I checked the CM/ECF docket for thibankruptcy case or adversary proceeding and determined that the following persons are on th 9 Electronic Mail Notice List to receive NEF transmission at the email addresses stated below: 10 Service information continued on attached page 11 2. SERVED BY UNITED STATES MAIL: On May ____, 2021, I served the following persons and/or entities at the last known addresses i12 this bankruptcy case or adversary proceeding by placing a true and correct copy thereof in a sealeenvelope in the United States mail, first class, postage prepaid, and addressed as follows. Listin13 the judge here constitutes a declaration that mailing to the judge will be completedno later than 2hours after the document is filed. 14 15 Service information continued on attached page 16 3. SERVED BY PERSONAL DELIVERY, OVERNIGHT MAIL, FACSIMIL17 TRANSMISSION OR EMAIL (state method for each person or entity served): Pursuant tF.R.Civ.P. 5 and/or controlling LBR, on _____,2021, I served the following persons and/or entitie18 by personal delivery, overnight mail service, or (for those who consented in writing to such servicmethod), by facsimile transmission and/or email as follows. Listing the judge here constitutes 19 declaration that personal delivery on, or overnight mail to, the judge will be completedno later tha24 hours after the document is filed. 20 Service information continued on attached page 21 I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States that the foregoing is true an22 correct. 23 May 17, 2021 Lori Gauthier /s/ Lori Gauthier Date Printed Name Signature 24 25 26 27

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1 SERVED BY THE COURT VIA NOTICE OF ELECTRONIC FILING (NEF): 2 (cid:120) Jonathan T Amitrano jamitrano@taylorlaw.com, ltaylor@taylorlaw.com,ecf@taylorlaw.com3 (cid:120) Kyra E Andrassy kandrassy@swelawfirm.com, lgarrett@swelawfirm.com;gcruz@swelawfirm.com;jchung@swelawfirm.com4 (cid:120) David M Banker dbanker@lowenstein.com, dbanker@lowenstein.com(cid:120) Richard L Barnett rick@barnettrubin.com, kelly@barnettrubin.com5 (cid:120) James Cornell Behrens jbehrens@milbank.com, gbray@milbank.com;mshinderman@milbank.com;dodonnell@milbank.com;jbrewster@milbank. 6 om;JWeber@milbank.com (cid:120) Shraddha Bharatia notices@becket-lee.com 7 (cid:120) Matthew Bouslog MBouslog@gibsondunn.com, jsprecher@gibsondunn.com8 (cid:120) J Scott Bovitz bovitz@bovitz-spitzer.com (cid:120) Larry Butler notices@becket-lee.com 9 (cid:120) Frank Cadigan frank.cadigan@usdoj.gov (cid:120) Andrew W Caine acaine@pszjlaw.com 10 (cid:120) David Cantrell dcantrell@lc-law-llp.com (cid:120) Jeffrey D Cawdrey jcawdrey@grsm.com, madeyemo@gordonrees.com;sdurazo@grsm.com11 (cid:120) Conrad K Chiu cchiu@pryorcashman.com (cid:120) Shawn M Christianson cmcintire@buchalter.com, schristianson@buchalter.com12 (cid:120) Theodore A Cohen tcohen@sheppardmullin.com, amontoya@sheppardmullin.com(cid:120) Erinn M Contreras econtreras@sheppardmullin.com, nsaucedo@sheppardmullin.com13 (cid:120) Joseph Corrigan Bankruptcy2@ironmountain.com (cid:120) Raphael Cung rcung@callahan-law.com, jeggleston@callahan-law.com;deisenbrey@callahan-14 law.com;mmartinez@callahan-law.com (cid:120) J.D. Cuzzolina info@cuzzlaw.com, jp@cuzzlaw.com 15 (cid:120) Michael T Delaney mdelaney@bakerlaw.com, TBreeden@bakerlaw.com(cid:120) Jessica DiFrancesco notices@becket-lee.com 16 (cid:120) Caroline Djang caroline.djang@bbklaw.com, laurie.verstegen@bbklaw.com;wilma.escalante@bbklaw.com 17 (cid:120) Jeffrey W Dulberg jdulberg@pszjlaw.com 18 (cid:120) Robert J Feinstein rfeinstein@pszjlaw.com (cid:120) Scott D Fink colcaecf@weltman.com 19 (cid:120) Marc C Forsythe kmurphy@goeforlaw.com, mforsythe@goeforlaw.com;goeforecf@gmail.co(cid:120) Alan J Friedman afriedman@shulmanbastian.com, lgauthier@shulmanbastian.com20 (cid:120) Matthew T Furton mfurton@lockelord.com, Donna.Mathis@lockelord.com;autodocket@lockelord.com 21 (cid:120) Thomas M Gaa tgaa@bbslaw.com (cid:120) Beth Gaschen bgaschen@wgllp.com, 22 kadele@wgllp.com;cbmeeker@gmail.com;cyoshonis@wgllp.com;lbracken@wgllp.com;bgaschen@ecf.courtdrive.com 23 (cid:120) Nancy S Goldenberg nancy.goldenberg@usdoj.gov (cid:120) David B Golubchik dbg@lnbyb.com, stephanie@lnbyb.com24 (cid:120) Christopher J Green chrisgreen@ucla.edu, chrisgreen@ucla.edu;christopher-green-2815@ecf.pacerpro.com 25 (cid:120) Justin D Harris jdh@harrislawfirm.net, felicia@harrislawfirm.net(cid:120) Michael J Hauser michael.hauser@usdoj.gov 26 (cid:120) Eric M Heller eric.m.heller@irscounsel.treas.gov (cid:120) Lydia A Hewett lydia.hewett@cpa.state.tx.us 27 (cid:120) Joan Huh joan.huh@cdtfa.ca.gov (cid:120) Lillian Jordan ENOTICES@DONLINRECANO.COM, RMAPA@DONLINRECANO.COM

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1 (cid:120) Rika Kido rkido@shulmanbastian.com, avernon@shulmanbastian.com(cid:120) Jeannie Kim jkim@buchalter.com, dgatmen@sheppardmullin.com2 (cid:120) Alan M Kindred akindred@leechtishman.com, alankindred@hotmail.com;dtomko@leechtishman.com;challer@leechtishman.com3 (cid:120) Armand R. Kizirian armand@kizirianlaw.com, armand@boyamianlaw.com;michael@boyamianlaw.com;narine@boyamianlaw.com4 (cid:120) Stuart I Koenig Skoenig@leechtishman.com, sfrey@leechtishman.com;jabrams@leechtishman.com 5 (cid:120) Alan J Kornfeld akornfeld@pszjlaw.com, mdj@pszjlaw.com(cid:120) MatthewJ Kraus mkraus@lc-lawyers.com, mbuchheit@lc-lawyers.com6 (cid:120) Jeffrey C Krause jkrause@gibsondunn.com, dtrujillo@gibsondunn.com;jstern@gibsondunn.com 7 (cid:120) Donny P Le Donny.Le@doj.ca.gov 8 (cid:120) Yochun Katie Lee kylee@akingump.com, tsouthwell@akingump.com;westdocketing@akingump.com 9 (cid:120) Elan S Levey elan.levey@usdoj.gov, tiffany.davenport@usdoj.gov(cid:120) William N Lobel wlobel@tocounsel.com, jokeefe@tocounsel.com;sschuster@tocounsel.com10 (cid:120) Aaron J Malo amalo@sheppardmullin.com, jsummers@sheppardmullin.com(cid:120) RobertS Marticello Rmarticello@swelawfirm.com, 11 gcruz@swelawfirm.com;lgarrett@swelawfirm.com;jchung@swelawfirm.com(cid:120) Ashley M McDow amcdow@foley.com, sgaeta@foley.com;smoses@foley.com12 (cid:120) David W. Meadows david@davidwmeadowslaw.com (cid:120) Reed M Mercado rmercado@sheppardmullin.com 13 (cid:120) Harlene Miller harlene@harlenemillerlaw.com, harlenejd@gmail.com(cid:120) Raymond F Moats colcaecf@weltman.com 14 (cid:120) Elizabeth L Musser elizabeth.musser@clydeco.us (cid:120) Jeffrey P Nolan jnolan@pszjlaw.com 15 (cid:120) Courtney E Norton cnorton@greenbergglusker.com, kwoodson@greenbergglusker.com;jking@greenbergglusker.com;calendar@greenbergglusker.co16 (cid:120) Ryan D O'Dea rodea@shulmanbastian.com, LGauthier@shulmanbastian.com(cid:120) John M O'Donnell john.o'donnell@ftb.ca.gov, Martha.Gehrig@ftb.ca.gov17 (cid:120) Ernie Zachary Park ernie.park@bewleylaw.com 18 (cid:120) Ronak N Patel rpatel@rivco.org, dresparza@rivco.org;mdominguez@rivco.org(cid:120) Mary A Petrovic petrovic.mary@pbgc.gov, efile@pbgc.gov19 (cid:120) Marc S Pfeuffer pfeuffer.marc@pbgc.gov, efile@pbgc.gov(cid:120) Kathy Bazoian Phelps kphelps@diamondmccarthy.com, helen.choi@diamondmccarthy.com20 (cid:120) Christopher E Prince , jmack@lesnickprince.com;cprince@ecf.courtdrive.com;jnavarro@lesnickprince.com21 (cid:120) Amelia Puertas-Samara itcdbgc@edd.ca.gov, itcdgc@edd.ca.gov(cid:120) Christopher B Queally cqueally@callahan-law.com, jluirette@callahan-law.com22 (cid:120) Michael B Reynolds mreynolds@swlaw.com, kcollins@swlaw.com(cid:120) Todd C. Ringstad becky@ringstadlaw.com, arlene@ringstadlaw.com23 (cid:120) Christopher O Rivas crivas@reedsmith.com, chris-rivas-8658@ecf.pacerpro.com(cid:120) Jeremy E Rosenthal jrosenthal@sidley.com 24 (cid:120) Joel W Ruderman ruderman.joel@pbgc.gov, email@pbgc.gov(cid:120) Peter J Rudinskas pjr.legal@gmail.com 25 (cid:120) James M Sabovich jsabovich@callahan-law.com, ksalour@callahan-law.com;jkirwin@callahan-law.com;rcung@callahan-law.com;bmccormack@callahan-26 law.com;erichards@callahan-law.com;SRobinson@callahan-law.com(cid:120) Jonathan C Sandler jsandler@bhfs.com, pherron@bhfs.com;sgrisham@bhfs.com27 (cid:120) Scott A Schiff sas@soukup-schiff.com (cid:120) Daren M Schlecter daren@schlecterlaw.com, assistant@schlecterlaw.com

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1 (cid:120) George E Schulman GSchulman@DanningGill.Com, danninggill@gmail.com;gschulman@ecf.inforuptcy.com 2 (cid:120) Leonard M Shulman lshulman@shulmanbastian.com (cid:120) DonaldW Sieveke , dws4law@pacbell.net 3 (cid:120) Donald W Sieveke ibmoola@yahoo.com, dws4law@pacbell.net(cid:120) David A Smyth smythlaw@gmail.com, dsmyth2_@hotmail.com4 (cid:120) Alex E Spjute spjute@hugheshubbard.com, gaurav.reddy@hugheshubbard.com(cid:120) Sarah Stuppi Sarah@stuppilaw.com 5 (cid:120) Charles Tsai CHARLES.TSAI@DOJ.CA.GOV (cid:120) Helena Tseregounis helena.tseregounis@lw.com 6 (cid:120) United States Trustee (SA) ustpregion16.sa.ecf@usdoj.gov(cid:120) Daniel Uribe duribe@gmail.com 7 (cid:120) Elissa A Wagner ewagner@pszjlaw.com 8 (cid:120) Michael A Wallin mwallin@wallinrussell.com (cid:120) Michael J. Weiland mweiland@wgllp.com, 9 kadele@wgllp.com;vrosales@wgllp.com;cbmeeker@gmail.com;lbracken@wgllp.com(cid:120) Scott S Weltman colcaecf@weltman.com 10 (cid:120) Johnny White JWhite@wrslawyers.com, aparisi@wrslawyers.com;eweiman@wrslawyers.com;chamilton@wrslawyers.com11 (cid:120) Brandon J Witkow bw@witkowlaw.com, tg@witkowlaw.com(cid:120) Steven D Zansberg zansbergs@ballardspahr.com, DocketClerk_Denver@ballardspahr.com12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27

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