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Granting of Request for Early Termination of the Waiting Period Under the Premerger Notification Rules

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Section 7A of the Clayton Act, 15 U.S.C 18a, as added by Title II of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, requires persons contemplating certain mergers or acquisitions to give the Federal Trade Commission and the Assistant Attorney General advance notice and to wait designated periods before consummation of such plans. Section 7A(b)(2) of the Act permits the agencies, in individual cases, to terminate this waiting period prior to its expiration and requires that notice of this action be published in the Federal Register.

The following transactions were granted early termination of the waiting period provided by law and the premerger notification rules. The grants were made by the Federal Trade Commission and the Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. Neither agency intends to take any action with respect to these proposed acquisitions during the applicable waiting period.

Transaction No.Acquiring personAcquired personAcquried entities
Transactions Granted Early Termination—12/27/2001
20020202General Electric CompanyCMS Energy CorporationMichigan Electric Transmission Company LLC
20020204AT&T Wireless Services, Inc.Gerald T. VentoTHC of Houston, Inc.
THC of Melbourne, Inc. THC of Orlando, Inc. THC of San Diego, Inc. THC of Tampa, Inc.
20020216Furniture Brands International, Inc.Furnishings International Inc.Drexel Heritage Furnishings, Inc.
Furnishings International Inc. Henredon Furniture Industries, Inc. Maitland-Smith Pacific, LTD Maitland-Smith, Inc.
20020242Perot Systems CorporationDianne H. PattersonClaim Services Resources Group, Inc.
20020252Omnicare, Inc.Mariner Post-Acute Network, Inc.American Medical Insurance Billing Services, Inc. American Pharmaceutical Serivces, Inc. APS Pharmacy Management, Inc.
Compass Pharmacy Services of Maryland, Inc.
Compass Pharmacy Services of Maryland, Inc. Ocean Pharmacy, Inc. Pinnacle Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—12/28/2001
20020225Nestle S.A.Bristol-Myers Squibb CompanyBristol-Myers Squibb Company
20020226L. BettencourtBistol-Myers Squibb CompanyBistol-Myers Squibb Company
Transactions Granted Early Termination—01/01/2002
20020267American Institute of Certified Public AccountantsRivio, Inc.Rivio, Inc.
20020278Cable and Wireless Inc.Exodus Communications, Inc.Exodus Communications, Inc.
Transactiosn Granted Early Termination—01/03/2002
20020275AOL Time Warner Inc.Oxygen Media CorporationOxygen Media Corporation
20020276Paul G. AllenOxygen Media CorporationOxygen Media Corporation
20020282Berkshire Hathaway Inc.Craig A. PonzioAlbecca Inc.

For Further Information Contact: Sandra M. Peay or Chandra L. Kennedy, Contact Representatives, Federal Trade Commission, Premerger Notification Office, Bureau of Competition, Room 303, Washington, DC 20580, (202) 326-3100.

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By Direction of the Commission.

Donald S. Clark,


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[FR Doc. 02-1478 Filed 1-18-02; 8:45 am]