Publication of Federal Register notice: The Commission, by a vote of 5-0, has authorized publication of a notice of final rulemaking effecting amendments to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Rules (HSR) (16 C.F.R. Parts 801 - 803). This rulemaking finalizes the proposed rules published April 8, 2004, and responds to public comments addressing those proposed rules. The amendments reconcile, as far as practicable, treatment of unincorporated entities with treatment of corporate entities under the HSR rules. In particular, the amendments address acquisitions of interests in unincorporated entities; formations of unincorporated entities; and the application of certain exemptions, including the intraperson exemption. There are also minor ministerial changes to certain rules to adapt their application to both corporations and unincorporated entities. In addition, there are minor changes to the notification and report form and technical corrections to Sections 801.13, 801.15 and 802.2. This notice will be published in the Federal Register shortly, and will be effective 30 days after publication. (FTC File No. P989316; the staff contact is B. Michael Verne, Bureau of Competition, 202-326-3167; see related press release dated March 30, 2004.)
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, DC 20580. Call toll-free: 1-877-FTC-HELP.