I don't see them as being BFF. On the other hand, I CAN see a clear rationale that says, based on the most recent rulings, proceding to cure the 2012 crop without settling would constitute willful infringement. RJR can not risk putting the 2012 crop at risk. I also think that there is the possibility for RJR to be motivated by the opportunity to get a less costly settlement than its competitors and possibly to even position itself to make a royalty on all of its competitors' sales.
The patents not only cover how to cure the tobacco, but using said tobacco in products. There is no need to wait for the 2012 curing season. Star should ask for an immediate injunction and shut RJR down. Even if the judge were to stay it, it would make sure that RJR came to the table in good faith. And then if we couldn't settle it, just tell the judge to shut them on down.