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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.

Trans #AcquiringAcquiredEntities
Transactions Granted Early Termination—12/30/2002
20030207Albert G. LowenthalCanadian Imperial Bank of CommerceCanadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.
20030212General Motors CorporationDaimlerChrysler AGNew Venture Gear of Indiana, LLC.
20030215The Dun & Bradstreet CorporationHoover's, IncHoover's, Inc.
20030225Blackstone Capital Partners IV Merchant Banking Fund L.PNorthrop Grumman CorporationAutomotive Holdings Corp.
20030230Barry DillerEntertainment Publications, IncEntertainment Publications, Inc.
20030231AmerisourceBergen CorporationWhitney V, L.PUS Bioservices Corporation.
20030233MDU Resources Group, IncPG&E CorporationMountain View Power Partners, LLC.
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20030234David H. MurdockDole Food Company, IncDole Food Company, Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—01/02/2003
20030239Sumitomo CorporationMarubeni CorporationMitchell Distributing Company LLC.
20030240Kerry Group plcA.M. Todd Group, IncSurPure, Ltd.
20030243Kerry Group plcHadi B. LashkajaniSunPure, Ltd.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—01/06/2003
20030221Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, IncFBR Asset Investment CorporationFBR Asset Investment Corporation.
20030222FBR Asset Investment CorporationFriedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, IncFriedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—01/07/2003
20030227UCB S.ASolutia IncSolutia Inc.
20030238Groupe DanoneStonyfield Farm, IncStonyfield Farm, Inc.
20030248Phillips-Van Heusen CorporationCalvin Klein, IncCalvin Klein, Inc.
20030250ALLTEL CorporationN. Eric JorgensenCellular XL Associates, L.P.
20030251Apax Excelsior VI, L.PPhillips-Van Heusen CorporationPhillips-Van Heusen Corporation.
20030252Apax Europe V-A, L.PPhillips-Van Heusen CorporationPhillips-Van Heusen Corporation.
20030258Liberty Media CorporationWildblue Communications, IncWildblue Communications, Inc.
20030259Intelsat, LtdWildblue Communications, IncWildblue Communications, Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—01/09/2003
20030260KKR Millennium Fund L.PDTE Energy CompanyInternational Transmission Company.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—01/10/2003
20030262Entravision Communications CorporationStuart and Anita SubotnickBig City Radio.
20030263Emanuel J. FreidmanFoster Merger CorporationFoster Merger Corporation.
20030264Dairy Farmers of America, IncDairy Farmers of America, IncMilk Products, LP.
20030265Osborne Jay CallSt. Mary Land & Exploration CompanySt. Mary Land & Exploration Company.
20030266Household International, IncGottschalks, IncGottschalks, Inc.
20030267GTCR Fund VII, L.PWilliam Blair Capital Partners V, L.OMGP Holding Corp.
20030271ING Furman Selz Investors III L.PRoadway CorporationArnold Transportation Services, Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—01/13/2003
20030269Harry J. PappasHarry J. PappasHispanic America of Houston, LLC. Hispanic America of San Francisco, LLC.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—01/14/2003
20030261GTCR Fund VI, L.PIntegrated Health Services, Inc., (Debtor-in-Possession)IHS Long Term Care, Inc. IHS Therapy Care, Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—01/17/2003
20030245Berkshire Hathaway IncWabash National CorporationApex Trailer Leasing & Rentals, L.P.
20030281VERITAS Software CorporationPrecise Software Solutions LtdPrecise Software Solutions Ltd.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—01/21/2003
20030276Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe IX, L.PAmeriPath, IncAmeriPath, Inc.
20030277Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe IX, L.PNewCoNewCo.
20030278Universal American Financial CorpCeres Group, IncThe Pyramid Life Insurance Company.
20030284ABRY Broadcast Partners II, L.PMorris Network, IncMorris Network of Alabama, Inc. United Broadcasting Corporation.
20030285Eastman Kodak CompanyDonald J. BurrellBurrell Colour, Inc.
20030297Itron, IncSilicon Energy CorpSilicon Energy Corp.
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Transactions Granted Early Termination—01/27/2003
20030289Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Capital partners IV, L.PMichael PardySouthern Care Birmingham, Inc. Southern Care Hospice, Inc. Southern Care Newton, Inc. Southern Hospice Care, Inc. SouthernCare Systems, Inc.
20030291Berkshire Fund VI, Limited PartnershipAcosta, IncAcosta, Inc.
20030292Berkshire Fund V, Limited PartnershipAcosta, IncAcosta, Inc.
20030293Nautic Partners V, L.PCortec Group Fund III, L.PGaymar Holdings, Inc.
20030300K2 IncRawlings Sporting Goods Company, IncRawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc.
20030301Sanmina-SCI CorporationInternational Business Machines CorporationInternational Business Machines Corporation.
20030309Tribune CompanyACME Communications, IncACME Television Holdings of Missouri, Inc (v/s). ACME Television Licenses of Oregon, LLC (Assets). ACME Television of Oregon, LLC (Assets).
Transactions Granted Early Termination—01/28/2003
20030304Solectron CorporationR-2 Group Holdings LLCElectron Manufacturing Services, Inc.
20030311Silgan Holdings, IncAmcor LimitedAmcor White Cap, LLC.
20030312Ronald O. PerelmanSpectaGuard Acquisition LLCSpectaGuard Acquisition LLC.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—01/30/2003
20030296EPIQ Systems, IncBankruptcy Services LLCBankruptcy Services LLC.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—01/31/2003
20020479Dainippon Ink and Chemicals, IncorporatedBayer AGBayer Corporation.
20030270Quadrangle Capital Partners LPCablevision Systems CorporationCablevision Systems Corporation.
20030286Watson Pharmaceuticals, IncNovartis AGNovartis Pharma AG. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.
20030331Valassis Communications, IncPrudential plcNCH Marketing Services, Inc.
20030338Great Lakes Chemical CorporationDean A. KellyLime-O-Sol Company.
20030339Great Lakes Chemical CorporationJames L. Godschalk, JrLime-O-Sol Company.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—02/03/2003
20030298SunGard Data Systems IncMichael Picozzi, IIIAndover Brokerage, LLC.
20030322Pfizer IncEyetech Pharmaceuticals, IncEyetech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
20030323Fidelity National Financial, IncPrivate Equity Investors III, L.PLender's Service Holdings, Inc. Lender's Service, Inc.
20030324Fidelity National Financial, IncEquity-Linked Investors-IILender's Service Holdings, Inc. Lender's Service, Inc.
20030337Collins Stewart Holdings plcTullett plcTullett plc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—02/04/2003
20030321Fomento Economico Mexicano, S.A. de C.V.Panamerican Beverages, IncPanamerican Beverages, Inc.
20030330Mr. Graeme HartBurns, Philip & Company LimitedBurns, Philip & Company Limited.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—02/05/2003
20030128Pilot CorporationThe Williams Companies, IncWilliams TravelCenters, Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—02/07/2003
20030129Marathon Oil CorporationThe Williams Companies, IncWilliams TravelCenters, Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—02/10/2003
20030189The Lundbeck FoundationSynaptic Pharmaceutical CorporationSynaptic Pharmaceutical Corporation.
20030280Verizon Communications IncCablevision Systems CorporationBoston Holding, LLC. New York PCS Holding, LLC. Northcoast Communications, L.L.C.
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20030340Fidelity National Financial, IncANFI, IncANFI, Inc.
20030343Level 3 Communications, IncCarl C. IcahnXO Communications, Inc.
20030353Heartland Industrial Partners, L.PLinsalata Capital Partners Fund II, L.PHighland Group Corporation.
20030354Prudential Financial, IncSkandia Insurance Company Ltd. (publ)Skandia U.S. Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—02/12/2003
20030328Pearson plcThe McGraw-Hill Companies, IncS&P Comstock, Inc.
20030342Manulife Financial CorporationCanada Life Financial CorporationCanada Life Financial Corporation.
20030345The Coca-Cola CompanyCoca-Cola Enterprises IncTruesdale Packaging Company LLC.
20030349Forrester Research, IncGiga Information Group, IncGiga Information Group, Inc.
20030356Nichimen CorporationNissho Iwai CorporationNissho Iwai Corporation.
20030357Nissho Iwai CorporationNichimen CorporationNichimen Corporation.
20030359ALLTEL CorporationCellular North Michigan Network General PartnershipCellular North Michigan Network General Partnership.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—02/14/2003
20030305Sunrise Assisted Living, IncMarriott International, IncMarriott Senior Living Services, Inc.
20030326Hertal Acquisition plcRiverdeep Group plcRiverdeep Group plc.
20030347The Bank of New York Company, IncCredit Suisse GroupiNautix Technologies, LLC. Pershing Limited. Pershing LLC. Pershing Trading Company, L.P.
20030362ALLTEL CorporationFidelity National Financial, IncFidelity National Financial, Inc.
20030363Fidelity National Financial, IncALLTEL CorporationALLTEL Information Services, Inc.
20030369Energizer Holdings, IncPfizer IncN.V. Wilkinson Sword S.A. (Belgium). Pfizer Inc. Schnick North America, Inc. Warner-Lambert Trading Co. Ltd. (Hong Kong). Wilkinson Sword—Productos de Higiene, Lda (Portugal).
Wilkinson Sword GmbH (Austria). Wilkinson Sword GmbH (Germany). Wilkinson Sword Limited (UK). Wilkinson Sword S.A.E. (Spain). Wilkinson Sword S.p.A. (Italy).
Wilkinson Sword Verwaltungs-GmbH (Germany). Wilkinson-Sword B.V. (Netherlands).
20030376Valero L.PValero Energy CorporationValero Pipeline Company. Valero refining Company-California. Valero Refining-Texas, L.P.
20030379Canadian Oil Sands TrustEnCana CorporationAEC Oil Sands GP Ltd.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—02/19/2003
20030368Qwest Communications International IncQwest Communications International IncTW Wireless, L.L.C.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—02/20/2003
20030348Techtronic Industries Co., LtdRoyal Appliance Mfg. CoRoyal Appliance Mfg. Co.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—02/21/2003
20030344Odyssey Investment Partners Fund, LPTrans Technology CorporationNorco, Inc.
20030364National Bedding CompanyCitigroup IncSleepmaster LLC.
20030377Morgenthaler Partners VI, L.PWCM Beteiligungs—und Grundbesitz—AktiengesellschaftMPI International Inc.
20030378Matrix Service CompanyFrank W. Hake, IIHake Group, Inc.
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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,


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[FR Doc. 03-6077 Filed 3-12-03; 8:45 am]