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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.

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.

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.

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.

Hawk joined by Huser

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

Vietnam moves to implement competition rules

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Vietnam has started work on implementing the unfair competition provisions of the new Commercial Law passed last year. A working group set up in January under the auspices of the Ministry of Trade has begun to draw up detailed regulations on the basis of Articles 8.2 and 9 of the Law.

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.

New FTC Deputy Director

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Richard G Parker, who has spent a significant part of his practice representing clients in antitrust proceedings before the Federal Trade Commission, has been recruited by Bill Baer as the new Senior Deputy Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition to replace George S Carey.

Van Miert under pressure from Lufthansa

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Lufthansa chief executive Jürgen Weber vowed that the German airline would resort to legal action to fight what he called the 'irrational and ideologically-based' proposals of the European Commission to limit the power of proposed airline alliances.

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.