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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 personAcquired entities
Transactions Granted Early Termination—05/28/2002
20020702Performance Food Group CompanyDon and Carolyn KirkpatrickQuality Foods, Inc.
20020713Kroll IncONTRACK Data International, IncONTRACK Data International, Inc
20020738UnitedHealth Group IncorporatedGeoAccess, IncGeoAccess, Inc
20020743John Hancock Financial Services, IncInternational Paper CompanySustainable Forest, L.L.C.
20020754Providence Equity Partners IV, L.P.AT&T CorpAT&T Broadband of Colorado, LLC. AT&T Broadband, LLC. United Cable Television of Western Colorado, Inc
20020757Goodman Company, LtdAvantec Vascular CorporationAvantec Vascular Corporation.
20020764Bethlehem Steel CorporationLTV Corporation (Debtor-in-Possession)Columbus Processing Company. Columbus Coatings Company.
20020765Royal Bank of CanadaAssicurazioni Generali S.p.ABusiness Men's Assurance Company of America. Jones & Babson Inc Transocean Holding Corporation.
20020766Headwaters IncorporatedLarry E. KoenigH Briquetters, Ltd. I Briquetters, Ltd. P Briquetters, Ltd.
20020767Headwaters IncorporatedStartec, IncH Briquetters, Ltd. I Briquetters, Ltd. P Briquetters, Ltd.
20020770Grande Communications Holdings, IncClearSource, IncClearSource, Inc,
20020772Bank of MontrealMorgan Stanley Dean Witter & CoMorgan Stanley DW Inc.
20020774Kellwood CompanyGerber Childrenswear, IncGerber Childrenswear, Inc., IncNordstrom,, Inc.
20020785John A. CatsimatidisMarks & Spencer p.l.cKings Super Markets, Inc.
20020787United Rentals, IncNational Equipment Services, IncNational Equipment Services, Inc.
20020791Cardinal Health, IncBoron, Lepore and Associates, IncBoron, Lepore and Associates, Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—05/30/2002
20020760Berkshire Hathaway IncLumbermens Mutual Casualty CompanyKemper Insurance Group, Inc
20020773Liberty Media CorporationNaspers, LtdOpenTV Corp.
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Transactions Granted Early Termination—06/03/2002
20020784Cumulus Media IncWicks Communications & Media Partners, L.PWilks Broadcasting LLC.
20020792Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe IX, L.PSpectraSite Holdings, IncSpectraSite Holdings, Inc.
20020793Welsh, Carons, Anderson & Stowe VIII, L.PSpectraSite Holdings, IncSpectraSite Holdings, Inc.
20020799Olin CorporationChase Industries IncChase Industries Inc.
20020801Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst Equity Fund V, L.PConAgra Foods, IncAustralia Meat Holdings Pty, Ltd. ConAgra Beef Company. ConAgra Refrigerated Foods, S.A. de C.V. kabushiki Kaisha ConAgra Japan. Monfort Finance Company, Inc. S&C Holdco, Inc. Swift & Company.
20020807Landry's Restaurants, IncChart House Enterprises, IncChart House, Inc.
20020810Windward Capital Partners II, L.PApostolos G. AllamanisCastle Park. Jazzland. Mountain Creek/Water World. N-Ovation Park Management, LLC. Raging Waters—San Dimas. Raging Waters—San Jose. Silver Springs/Wild Waters. Wet'N Wild Las Vegas
20020813Mr. Alian MerieuxNouvelle bioMerieux Alliance S.ANouvelle bioMerieux Alliance S.A.
20020814Mr. Pierre FabrebioMerieux Pierre Fabre S.AbioMerieux Pierre Fabre S.A.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—06/04/2002
20020788Affiliated Computer Services, IncFleetBoston Financial CorporationAFSA Data Corporation.
20020805STMicroelectronics N.VAlcatelAlcatel Microelectronics.
20020815VallourecCargill, IncorporatedNorth Star Steel Company. Universal Tubular Services, Inc.


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. 02-15841 Filed 6-21-02; 8:45 am]