Commission action regarding applications for approval: Following a public comment period, the Commission has ruled on an application for approval of a transaction from the following:
- The Commission has granted Roche Holding Ltd.'s request for approval to divest its drugs of abuse testing (DAT) reagents business to Microgenics Corporation. The divestiture was required by a consent order settling charges that Roche's acquisition of Corange Limited would eliminate competition between two leading suppliers of reagents used to test for drug abuse in the workplace. The Commission vote to approve the divestiture was 4-0. (See news releases dated August 7, 1998; February 25, 1998; Docket No. C-3809; Staff contact is Daniel P. Ducore, 202-326-2526.)
Consent agreements given final approval: Following a public comment period, the Commission has made final a consent agreement with the following entities. The Commission's action makes the consent orders binding on the respondents.
- Under the terms of a final consent order with Sky Chefs, Inc., the company will be prohibited for 10 years from acquiring any concern that controls the Las Vegas catering operations formerly operated by Ogden Corporation's in-flight catering operation at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, for 10 years, Sky Chefs is required to provide prior notice to the FTC before it acquires its only in-flight catering competitor at any airport in the United States. The consent order responds to the FTC's concern that Sky Chefs' acquisition of Ogden's Las Vegas operations would have eliminated competition because Sky Chefs would become the only caterer at that airport. The Commission vote to approve the consent order as final was 4-0. (See news release dated June 29, 1998; Docket No. C-3828; Staff contact is Phillip L. Broyles, 202-326-2805.)
- The Commission has made final a consent order with Herbal Worldwide Holdings, Inc. and two individual defendants, Jose Diaz and Eduardo N. Naranjo. The order will prohibit unsubstantiated weight-loss claims for "Fattache," a purported dietary product sold by the company. The Commission vote to approve the final order was 4-0. (See news release dated June 26, 1998; Docket No. C-3827; Staff contacts are Jeffrey Klurfeld or Sylvia Kundig, 415-356-5270.)
- The FTC has filed an amended complaint adding Gregory Flemming as a defendant in an action announced against World Interactive Gaming Corp. This case was filed by the FTC as part of "Project Risky Business," a cooperative federal-state effort targeting fraudulent investment opportunities. The Commission vote to file the amended complaint was 4-0. The amended complaint was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York on September 23, 1998. (See news release dated August 11, 1998; Staff contact is Carole Paynter, 212-264-1225; CV 98 5115 (JS); FTC File No. X980073.)
Copies of the documents referenced above are available from the FTC's web site at http://www.ftc.gov and also from the FTC's Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580; 202-326-3128; TTY for the hearing impaired 1-866-653-4261. To find out the latest news as it is announced, call the FTC NewsPhone recording at 202-326-2710.