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Van Miert under pressure from US over airlines

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As Karel van Miert prepared to announce the European Commission’s conditions for approving alliances between British Airways and American Airlines, Lufthansa and United Airlines, and Delta Air Lines, Swissair, Austrian Airlines and Sabena, the US Assistant Aviation Secretary, Charles Hunnicutt, said that Washington strongly opposed plans to limit flights on certain routes to curtail the power of the alliances.

US airlines seek greater collaboration

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Following the announcement by Northwest and Continental of a grand partnership in January (currently being investigated by the Justice Department), American Airlines and US Airways have announced more limited links.

FTC clears Intel purchase

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While its wider investigation of Intel rumbles on, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has cleared Intel Corp’s proposed acquisition of Digital Equipment Corp’s microprocessor business - provided Digital licenses its Alpha chip technology to at least three competitors, Samsung Electronics, Advanced Micro Devices and IBM.

Competitors in bid to stop WorldCom/ MCI merger

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GTE has sued in US federal court to block the proposed merger between WorldCom and MCI, which GTE tried to acquire last November.

Hawk joined by Huser

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Henry L Huser has joined Barry Hawk as Skadden’s second resident Brussels partner.

Bill's provisions would have expedited UK bus cartel probe

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The UK’s Office of Fair Trading has referred alleged route-sharing and fare-fixing agreements between local bus operators in northern England to the Restrictive Practices court.

Cleary Gottlieb's rare lateral move

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George S Carey, former senior deputy director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, has become a partner in the Washington DC office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

German cartel law approved

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After three years of discussions, the German Bundestag has approved a revised cartel law bringing German law into line with European legislation.

Cooperation with Europe growing

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In his speech to the American Bar Association, William Baer also hailed growing cooperation with foreign competition authorities.

Brazilian antitrust head awaits reappointment

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Delegates to the annual meeting of the Global Forum on Competition and Trade Policy in Rio de Janeiro in May were keen to hear whether keynote speaker Gesner Oliveira would be confirmed as President of CADE for a second two-year term.