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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—11/03/2003
20040009Barry DillerHotwire, IncBarry Diller.
Hotwire, Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—11/04/2003
20040050Triad Hospitals, IncTenet Healthcare CorporationCentral Arkansas Hospital, Inc.
Central Care, Inc.
Dedicated Health PHO, Inc.
Garland Managed Care Organization, Inc.
Jonesboro Health Services, L.L.C.
National Park Medical Center, Inc.
NPMC Healthcenter—Physician Services, Inc.
StarCare of Jonesboro, Inc.
St. Mary's Medical Group, Inc.
St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, Inc.
Tenet Healthcare Corporation.
Tenet HealthSystem medical, Inc.
Triad Hospitals, Inc.
20040054American Industrial Partners Capital Fund III, L.PAlcoa, IncAdvanced Technology and Equipment, Inc.
Alcoa, Inc.
American Industrial Partners Capital Fund III, L.P.
Stolle Machiner, Inc.
20040055Littlejohn Fund III, LPGeneral Electric CompanyGeneral Electric Canada, Inc.
General Electric Company.
General Electric Plastics France (SNC).
General Electric South Africa (Proprietary) Ltd.
GEP Italia SRL.
GE Plastics Hong Kong Ltd.
GE Plastics Ltd.
GE Polymerland Korea Ltd.
GEP South America LTDA.
GE Superabrasives Europe GmbH.
GE Superabrasives, Inc.
GE Surperabrasives US, Inc.
Littlejohn Fund II, LP.
20040060U.S. Commercial Corp., S.A. de C.VGood Guys, IncGood Guys, Inc.
U.S. Commercial Corp., S.A. de C.V.
20040064Peter M. BrantEnron Corp. (Debtor-in-Possession)Enron Corp. (Debtor-in-Possession).
Papiers Stadacona Ltee.
Peter M. Brant.
St. Aurelie Timberlands, Co., Ltd.
20040066Gryphon Partners II, L.PThe Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, IncGryphon Partners II, L.P.
The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc.
20040069CCG Investments (BVI), L.PConcertro Software, Inc.CCG Investments (BVI), L.P.
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Concertro Software, Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—11/07/2003
20040023Schlumberger LimitedAtos Origin SAAtos Origin SA.
Schlumberger Limited.
20040041Allergan, IncOculex Pharmaceuticals, IncAllergan, Inc.
Oculex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
20040059The BISYS Group, IncRichard P. Love, JrRichard P. Love, Jr.
The BISYS Group, Inc.
USA Insuracne Group, Inc.
20040067ValueClick, IncCommission Junction, IncCommission Junction, Inc.
Value Click, Inc.
20040079The TJX Companies, IncBob's Stores, IncBob's H.C., Inc
Bob's Inc.
Bob's Non-Connecticut Operating Co.
Bob's Stores Center, Inc.
Bob's Stores, Inc.
The TJX Companies, Inc.
20040082Apollo Investment Fund V, L.PConAgra Foods, Inc2326396 Canada, Inc.
Apollo Investment Fund V.
ConAgra Foods, Inc.
United Agri Products Canada Inc.
United Agri Products, Inc.
20040084Apollo Investment Fund V, L.PUAP Holding CorpApollo Investment Fund V, L.P.
UAP Holding Corp.
20040085Macromedia, InceHelp CorporationeHelp Corporation.
Macromedia, Inc.
20040090Lions Gate Entertainment CorpAudax Enterainment, L.PAudax Entertainment, L.P.
Film Holdings Co.
Lions Gate Enterainment Corp.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—11/10/2003
20040068Sabre Holdings CorporationMy Travel Group plcMy Travel Group plc.
Sabre Holdings Corporation.
Travel Services International, Inc.
TTC Holdings, Inc.
World Choice Travel, Inc.
20040071The Goldman Sachs Group, IncCogentrix Energy, IncCongentrix Energy, Inc.
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
20040091Avaya IncNorthWestern CorporationAvaya Inc.
Expanets, Inc.
NorthWestern Corporation.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—11/13/2003
20040058Merit Partners, L.PRoyal Dutch Petroleum CompanyMerit Partners, L.P.
Midstream Capital Corp.
Royal Dutch Petroleum Company.
Shell Michigan Pipeline Company.
Shell Onshore Ventures Inc.
20040061National Leisure Group, IncMyTravel Group plcBlue Sea Partners, Inc.
MyTravel Group plc.
National Leisure Group, Inc.
20040074Digital Insight CorporationMagnet Communications, IncDigital Insight Corporation.
Magnet Communications, Inc.
20040075Manulife Financial CorporationJohn Hancock Financial Services, IncJohn Hancock Financial Services, Inc.
Manulife Financial Corporation.
20040089Clipper Group TrustLasco Shipping CoClipper Group Trust.
Lasco Shipping Co.
20040095Jeld-Wen Holdings, IncWindowmaster ProductsJeld-Wen Holdings, Inc.
Windowmaster Products.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—11/17/2003
20040015Vestar Capital Partners IV, L.PTerrance JohnsonMayer-Johnson, Inc.
Terrance Johnson.
Vestar Capital Partners IV, L.P.
20040053dj Orthopedics, IncOrthoLogic Corpdj Orthopedics, Inc.
OrthoLogic Corp.
20040062aaiPharma IncElan Corporation plcaaiPharma Inc.
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Elan Corporation plc.
Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
20040100O. Bruton SmithMichele F. SaltaCL Motors, LLC.
Michele F. Salta
O. Bruton Smith.
20040102MetLife, IncAllianz AktiengesellschaftAllianz Aktiengesellschaft.
Allianz Life Insurance company of North America.
MetLife, Inc.
20040106Veeco Instruments IncLauren D. Lackey and Barbara LackeyAdvanced Imaging, Inc.
Lauren D. Lackey and Barbara Lackey.
Veeco Instruments Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—11/18/2003
20040110Scottish Re Group LimitedGeneral Electric CompanyERC Life Reinsurance Corporation.
General Electric Company.
Scottish Re Group Limited.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—11/20/2003
20040087Apollo Investment Fund V, L.PRoyal Numico, N.VApollo Investment Fund V, L.P.
General Nutrition Companies, Inc.
GNC Franchising Canada, Ltd.
GNC Franchising Nutrition Commpanies, Inc.
Royal Numico, N.V.
20040108Estate of Burk Zanft, c/o Deutsche BankHeritage Fund I, L.PEstate of Burk Zanft, c/o Deutsche Bank.
Heritage Fund I, L.P.
New England Pottery Co., Inc.
20040109Wellspring Capital Partners III, L.PWalter Industries, IncJW Aluminum Company.
Walter Industries, Inc.
Wellspring Capital Partners III, L.P.
20040115Quovadx, IncRogue Wave Software, IncQuovadx, Inc.
Rogue Wave Software, Inc.
20040118Dycom Industries, IncWillian T. StoverDycom Industries, Inc.
First South Utility Construction, Inc.
William T. Stover.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—11/24/2003
200440072Marquette Financial CompaniesKBK Capital CorporationKBK Capital Corporation.
Marquette Financial Companies.
20040093Lehman Brothers Holdings IncHunter Fan Holdings, IncHunter Fan Holdings, Inc.
Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.
20040135Mitsubishi Chemical CorporationMitsubishi Chemical CorporationMitsubishi Chemical Corporation.
Mitsubishi Pharma Corporation.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—11/25/2003
20031016Symantec CorporationPowerQuest CorporationPowerQuest Corporation.
Symantec Corporation., Inclan and Louise, Inc.
lan and Louise Mummery.
International Vision Direct Corp.
20040121TA IX L.PLogistics Health, IncLogistics Health, Inc.
20040123Ephesos Vermogensverwaltung GmbHSirona Dental Systems S.a.r.lEphesos Vermogensverwaltung GmbH.
SIRONA Beteilligungs—und Verwaltungsgesellschaft.
Sirona Dental Systems S.a.r.l.
20040125J.W. Childs Equity Partners III, L.PJohn T. WaltonJohn T. Walton.
J.W. Childs Equity Partners III, LP.
Xyron, Inc.
20040127Liz Claiborne, IncCerberus SBI Investor L.PCerberus SBI Investor L.P.
Enyce Holding LLC
Liz Claiborne, Inc.
20040129Maple Leaf Foods IncSmithfield Foods, IncMaple Leaf Foods Inc.
Smithfield Canada Limited.
Smithfield Foods, Inc.
20040134Heritage Propane Partners, L.PLaGrange Energy, L.PETC Oasis GP, LLC.
Five Dawaco, Inc.
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Heritage Propane Partners, L.P.
La Grange Acquisition, L.P.
La Grange Energy, L.P.
20040138Siegwerk GmbH & Co. KGColor Converting Industries CoColor Converting Industries Co.
Color Converting, LLC.
Siegwerk GmbH & Co. KG.
20040145Orbitz, IncOrbitz, LLCOrbitz, Inc.
Orbitz, LLC.
20040147Sun Microsystems, IncWaveset Technologies, IncSun Microsystems, Inc.
Waveset Technologies, Inc.
20040150Lawrence F. Flick, IVFox & Roach/Trident, G.PFox & Roach/Trident, G.P.
Lawrence F. Flick, IV.
20040154Littlejohn Fund II, L.PLTS Holdings, IncLittlejohn Fund II, L.P.
LTS Holdings, Inc.
Transactions Granted Early Termination—11/28/2003
2004076L-3 Communications Holdings, IncThe Veritas Capital Fund L.PL-3 Communications Holdings, Inc.
The Veritas Capital Fund L.P.
Vertex Aerospace LLC.
2004081Computershare LimitedGeogeson Shareholder Coimmunications, IncComputershare Limited.
Geogeson Shareholder Communications Inc.
20040101KAT Holdings, L.PGeneral Electric CompanyAtrium Corporation.
General Electric Company.
KAT Holdings, L.P.
20040119Reliant Pharmaceuticals, LLCAbbott LaboratoriesAbbott Laboratories.
Reliant Pharmaceuticals, LLC.
20040130The Home Depot, IncRMA Home Services, IncRMA Home Services, Inc.
The Home Depot, Inc.
20040131Bain Capital Fund VII, L.PBombardier IncBain Capital Fund VII, L.P.
Bombardier Inc.
Bombardier Motor Corporation of America.
20040132Ralcorp Holdings, IncWind Point Partners III, L.PRalcorp Holdings, Inc.
Value Added Bakery Holding Company.
Wind Point Partners III, L.P.
20040133Unilin Holding N.VFritz HomannFritz Homann.
Homanit USA, Inc.
Unilin Holding N.V.
20040136Rural Cellular CorporationAT&T Wireless Services, IncABC Wireless, LLC
AirCom PCS, Inc.
AMT Cellular, LLC
AT&T Wireless PCS, LLC.
AT&T Wireless Services, Inc.
Comet Wireless, Inc.
QuinCom, Inc.
Rural Cellular Corporation.
Tritel A/B Holding Corp.
Tritel C/F Holding Corp.
20040137AT&T Wireless Services, IncRural Cellular CorporationAT&T Wireless Services, Inc.
RCC Holdings, Inc.
RCC Minnesota, Inc.
Rural Cellular Corporation.
20040142BB&T CorporationMcGriff, Seibels & Williams, IncBB&T Corporation.
McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc.
20040151Aetna IncFrederick H. ChicosAetna Inc.
Chickering Benefit Planning Insurance Agency, Inc.
Chickering Claims Administrators, Inc.
Frederick H. Chicos.
20040155Copperweld Acquisition CorporationThe LTV Corporation (Debtor-in-Possession)Copperweld Acquisition Corporation.
Copperweld Canada, Inc.
Copperweld Corporation.
LTV Copperweld Bimetallics UK (Holdings) Ltd.
The LTV Corporation (Debtor-in-Possession).
20040161Aetna IncKenneth ChicosAetna Inc.
Chickering Benefit Planning Insurance Agency, Inc.
Kenneth Chicos.
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For Further Information Contact: Sandra M. Peay, Contact Representative, or Renee Hallman, Legal Technician. Federal Trade Commission, Premerger Notification Office, Bureau of Competition, Room H-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. 03-30861 Filed 12-12-03; 8:45 am]