Announced Actions for April 7, 1998

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Applications for approval of transactions: After a public comment period, the FTC has approved a petition from the following entity:

  • The FTC has approved a request from TRW, Inc. to divest its Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) program Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) services operations to Computer Sciences Corporation. The Commission's vote to approve the divesture was 5-0, with Commissioner Mary L. Azcuenaga issuing a concurring statement. (See news releases dated March 18, 1998; March 13, 1998; December 24, 1997; FTC File No. 981-0081.) Staff contact is Daniel P. Ducore, 202-326-2526.

Petitions to reopen and modify or set aside orders: The FTC has approved the petitions of the following entities seeking changes in, or termination of, FTC orders.

  • The FTC has approved a petition by Harold A. Honickman of Pennsauken, New Jersey, to reopen and modify a July 1991 consent order (modified in July 1992 and March 1993) to end his obligation to obtain prior approval before acquiring the assets of or the rights related to any bottling operation in the New York metropolitan area. Prior approval is required under the 1991 consent order settling charges that Honickman's 1987 acquisition of Seven-Up Brooklyn substantially reduced competition in the production, distribution and sale of carbonated soft drink brands in the New York metropolitan area. (See news releases dated May 1, 1991; November 6, 1991; November 17, 1992; March 3, 1993; and November 18, 1997; Docket No.9233.) The Commission vote to approve the petition was 4-0, with Commissioner Mary L. Azcuenaga recused. Staff contact is Daniel Ducore, 202-326-2526.
  • The FTC has approved a petition by Reckitt & Colman plc to set aside consent orders issued in 1990 and 1995. As a result of the Commission's action, the company will no longer be required to seek prior approval from the Commission before acquiring carpet deodorizer and rug-cleaning product businesses in the United States. (See news releases dated October 23, 1990; April 6, 1995; June, 2, 1995; August 22, 1995; December 12, 1997; Docket Nos. C-3571 and C-3306.) The Commission votes to set aside the orders were 5-0. Staff contact is Daniel Ducore, 202-326-2526.

Copies of the documents referenced above are available from the FTC's web site at and also from the FTC's Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580; 202-FTC-HELP (202-382-4357); TDD 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.

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