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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.

Transaciton No.AcquiringAcquiredEntities
Transactions Granted Early Termination, 12/09/2002
20030026National Fuel Gas CompanyDuke Energy CorporationEmpire State Pipeline Company, Inc. St. Clair Pipeline Company, Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination, 12/10/2002
20030134Groupe DanoneSparkling Spring Water Holdings LimitedSparking Spring Water Holdings Limited.
20030155SHPS, Inc.eBenX, Inc.eBenX, Inc.
20030156Visa U.S.A. Inc.Visa International Service AssociationInovant, Inc.
20030169BC Gas Inc.EnCana CorporationEnCana Pipelines (USA) Inc. Express Holdings (USA) Inc.
20030178O'Charley's Inc.99 Boston Inc.99 Boston Inc.
20030179O'Charley's Inc.Doe Family II, LLCDoe Familym II, LLC.
Transactions Granted Early Termination, 12/11/2002
20030141The Charles A. Sammons 1987 Charitable Remainder Trust #2Sun Life Financial Services of Canada IncClarica U.S. Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination, 12/12/2002
200301123M CompanyCorning IncorporatedCorning Precision Lens Incorporated.
Transactions Granted Early Termination, 12/13/2002
20030124Bertarelli & CieAmgen Inc.Immunex Corporation
20030157Behrman Capital III, L.PElan Corporation, plcAthena Diagnostics, Inc.
20030174Sherritt International CorporationFording IncFording Inc.
20030176Highfields Capital Ltd. c/o Goldman SachsStilwell Financial, IncStilwell Financial, Inc.
20030185Mohamed Bin Issa Al JaberPhilipp Holzmann AG IIJ.A. Jones Inc.
20030195The Williams Companies, IncThe Williams Companies, IncGulf Liquids Holdings LLC
20030199H.I.G. Capital Partners III, L.PJ.W. Child Equity Partners, L.PDESA Holdings Corporation DESA International, Inc.
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Transactions Granted Early Termination, 12/16/2002
20030163Plug Power Inc.H Power CorpH Power Corp.
20030165Cypress Merchant Banking Partners IIRNC Acquisition CorpRNC Acquisition Corp.
20030166Cypress Merchant Banking Partners II L.PRepublic National Cabinet CorporationRepublic National Cabinet Corporation.
20030167HSB Holding plcHousehold International, IncHousehold International, Inc.
20030172The Coca-Cola CompanyPokka CorporationPokka USA, Inc.
20030175The Clorox CompanyThe Procter & Gramble CompanyThe Procter & Gamble Company
20030192Earl E. PaytonVigilant Holdings LLCTrend Holdings, Inc.
20030193Bank of America CorporationVector Capital Management LLCVector Partners Limited Partnership. Vector TradePipe, LLC. Vector Trading, LLC.
20030197Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe IX, L.PUS Investigations Services, Inc. ESOTU.S. Investigations Services, Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination, 12/17/2002
20030177Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance CompanyThe Kansas Farm BureauThe Kansas Farm Bureau.
Transactions Granted Early Termination, 12/18/2002
20030140Glaxo SmithKline plcTheravance, Inc.Theravance, Inc.
20030198Fritz GerberANTISOMA plcAntisoma Research Ltd.
Transactions Granted Early Termination, 12/19/2002
20030180Hormel Foods CorporationImperial Sugar CompanyDiamond Crystal Brands, Inc. Diamond Crystal Holdings, Inc.
20030183J.P. Morgan Chase & CoAllianz AktiengesellschaftDrKW Finance Inc.
20030186HCA Inc.Health MidwestHealth Midwest.
20030194Wolseley plcJELD-WEN HOLDINGS, IncJELD-WEN, Inc. Walker Lumber Company.
Transactions Granted Early Termination, 12/20/2002
20030203Cadence Design Systems, IncCelestry Design Technologies, IncCelestry Design Technologies, Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination, 12/23/2002
20020934Baxter International IncWyethWyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc.
20030173Tecumseh Products CompanyInvensys plcEaton Technologies, Inc. Fasco Australia Pty Limited, Fasco Industries, Inc., Fasco Motors (Thailand) Limited Fasco Motors Limited,
20030202General Electric CompanyOsmonics, Inc.Osmonics, Inc.
20030208Quadrangle (GT) Capital Partners LPGT Merchandising & Licensing CorpGT Merchandising & Licensing Corp.
20030209Quadrangle (GT) Capital Partners LPGood Times Entertainment LimitedGood Times Entertainment Limited.
20030211The Pepsi Bottling Group, IncPepsi Cola Buffalo Bottling CorporationPepsi Cola Buffalo Bottling Corporation.
Transactions Granted Early Termination, 12/24/2002
20030149Herbst Gaming, Inc.International Game TechnologyAnchor Coin, Inc.
20030182King Pharmaceuticals, IncAventis Pharmaceuticals, IncFisons Limited.
Transactions Granted Early Termination, 12/27/2002
20030216Deseret Management CorporationSimmons Media Group, LLCSimmons Media Group, LLC.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Sandra M. Peay or Renee A. Hallman, Contact Representative, 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,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 03-1077 Filed 1-16-03; 8:45 am]

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