Announced Actions for April 22, 1999

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Commission action regarding applications for approval: Following a public comment period, the Commission has ruled on applications for approval transactions from the following:

  • Digital Equipment Corporation -- The Commission vote to approve Digital's request to license Alpha microprocessor technology to Samsung Electronics Co. was 4-0. (See news release dated April 23, 1998; FTC Docket No. C-3818; Staff contact is Daniel Ducore, 202-326-2526.)
  • BAT Industries p.l.c. - The Commission vote to approve BAT's request for the Commission's prior approval to acquire Rothmans International BV was 4-0. (See news releases dated April 21, 1995; November 30, 1995; February 24, 1999; FTC Docket No. 9271; Staff contact is Daniel Ducore, 202-326-2526.)

Consent agreements given final approval: Following a public comment period, the Commission has made final consent agreements with the following entities. The Commission action makes the consent orders binding on the respondents.

  • ABB AG/Elsag Bailey Process Automation N.V. - The Commission vote to make the order final was 4-0. (See news release dated January 11, 1999; FTC Docket No. C-3867; Staff contact is Ann Malester, 202-326-2682.)
  • BP Amoco p.l.c. -- The Commission vote to make the order final was 4-0. Chairman Robert Pitofsky, Commissioner Sheila Anthony and Commissioner Mozelle Thompson issued a joint statement. Commissioner Orson Swindle issued a statement concurring in part and dissenting in part. The full text of the statements and the final order is available on the FTC's website and from the FTC's Consumer Response Center. In approving the final order the Commission modified the order as accepted for public comment by extending the period under which BP and Amoco jobbers could exercise their option to terminate to 60 days, and by allowing BP and Amoco jobbers to elect to terminate on a station-by-station basis. (See news release dated December 30, 1998; FTC Docket No. C-3868; Staff contact is Richard Liebeskind, 202-326-2441.)

1999 HSR Source Book

The FTC's Premerger Notification Office has prepared a new edition of its Source Book - a compilation of Hart-Scott-Rodino Rules and Regulation, Federal Register Publications, Form Filing Information, Formal Interpretations, Press Releases, Speeches, Annual Report and Horizontal Merger Guidelines. The 1999 Source Book replaces the 1990 version. (Please note the following corrections to the 1999 edition: Rules and Regulations section 802.70 was amended on June 25, 1998, and can be found in the Source Book, see 63 FR 34592. Also, Formal Interpretation 15 dated December 2, 1998, is replaced and can be found at 64 FR 5808.)

Copies of the Source Book can be ordered from U. S. Government Printing Office via GPO's web site <> under the title of "Federal Trade Commission Pre-Merger/Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Sourcebook, February 1999" or by calling GPO Order Desk at 202-512-1800 (stock number 018-000-00361-9). GPO Ordering Form may also be accessed through the FTC website at:<>.

Copies of the documents mentioned in this FYI are available from the FTC's web site at and also from the FTC's Consumer Response Center, Room 130, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580; 202-FTC-HELP (202-382-4357); TDD for the hearing impaired 1-866-653-4261. Consent agreements subject to public comment also are available by calling 202-326-3627. To find out the latest news as it is announced, call the FTC NewsPhone recording at 202-326-2710.

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