Announced Actions for August 3, 2001

For Your Information

Pursuant to the consent order in the following matter, the Commission has granted prior approval of a proposed divestiture and approved Hold Separate and Trustee Agreements: Lafarge S.A./Blue Circle Industries PLC; Lafarge S.A., et al (Lafarge). Through these actions, the Commission has approved the divestiture of Lafarge's "Great Lakes Assets" to S.A. Industrias Votorantim of Brazil and has approved the Hold Separate and Trustee agreements as developed by Lafarge, William M. Troutman and Daniel E. Somes. The Commission votes to grant prior approval of the divestiture and approve the Hold Separate and Trustee agreements were 5-0. (FTC File No. 001-0112, C-4014; staff contact is Roberta Baruch, Bureau of Competition, 202-326-2861; see press release dated June 18, 2001.)

Release of Commission report:

The FTC has approved the release of the following: Sunshine Act Report for 2000. The government's Sunshine Act (named because it is designed to shed light on federal agency operations) requires each affected agency to report annually to Congress about its compliance with the Act. Specifically, the report must contain: 1) the total number of agency meetings that were open to the public over the past year; 2) the total number of meetings closed to the public; 3) the reasons for closing such meetings; 4) a description of any litigation brought against the agency under the Act, including any costs assessed against the agency in such litigation; and 5) responses to additional questions detailed in a 1985 letter from two members of the Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations.

The Commission vote to release the report to Congress was 5-0. It has been transmitted to the President of the Senate, Speaker of the House and relevant Senate and House Subcommittee Chairmen, and will also be made part of the public record. Copies will be available soon from the FTC's Web site or by calling the Consumer Response Center toll-free at 1-877-382-4357. (FTC File No. P859907; staff contact is Consuella R. Goosby, Office of the General.

Consent agreements given final approval:

Following a public comment period, the Commission has made final a consent agreement regarding the following: Michael Forrest, d/b/a Jaguar Enterprises. The Commission vote to finalize the consent agreement was 5-0. (FTC File No. 012-3091; staff contacts are Richard Cleland or Michelle Rusk, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 202-326-3088 or 202-326-3148; see press release dated June 14, 2001.)

Following a public comment period, the Commission has made final a consent agreement regarding the following: ForMor International Group. The Commission vote to finalize the consent agreement was 5-0. (FTC File No. 002-3226; staff contacts are Richard Cleland or Michelle Rusk, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 202-326-3088 or 202-326-3148; see press release dated June 14, 2001.)

Following a public comment period, the Commission has made final a consent agreement regarding the following: Panda Herbal International, Inc. The Commission vote to finalize the consent agreement was 5-0. (FTC File No. 002-3229; staff contacts are Richard Cleland or Michelle Rusk, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 202-326-3088 or 202-326-3148; see press release dated June 14, 2001.)

Following a public comment period, the Commission has made final a consent agreement regarding the following: MaxCell BioScience, Inc. The Commission vote to finalize the consent agreement was 5-0. (FTC File No. 002-3098; staff contacts are Richard Cleland or Michelle Rusk, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 202-326-3088 or 202-326-3148; see press release dated June 14, 2001.)

Following a public comment period, the Commission has made final a consent agreement regarding the following: Aaron Company. The Commission vote to finalize the consent agreement was 5-0. (FTC File No. 002-3312; staff contacts are Richard Cleland or Michelle Rusk, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 202-326-3088 or 202-326-3148; see press release dated June 14, 2001.)

Copies of the documents mentioned in this release are available from the FTC's Web site at http://www.ftc.gov and also from the FTC's Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580. The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them. To file a complaint, or to get free information on any of 150 consumer topics, call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357), or use the complaint form at www.ftc.gov. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

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