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Minorities protest EchoStar-Hughes
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Minorities protest EchoStar-Hughes

BY Ron Orol

HIGHLIGHT: Protesters marched on EchoStar Communications' D.C. office Feb. 11 urging the rejection of the satellite company's $26 billion merger with Hughes Electronics. Several groups claimed that the merger would cut programming available to African-Americans. BODY: WASHINGTON - Toting signs reading, 'We're dis'n the DISH,' and 'Access for African-Americans,' protesters marched on EchoStar Communications Corp.'s Washington office Feb. 11 and urged rejection of the satellite company's $26 billion merger with Hughes Electronics Corp.

02/11/2002
Give and Take
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Give and Take

BY Jaret Seiberg and Shanon D. Murray

Dorgan bends on airline merger billRather than see his airline merger moratorium bill defeated, Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., has agreed to exempt AMR Corp.'s acquisition of Trans World Airlines Inc. from the legislation. In a letter sent Friday to Sen. Jean Carnahan, D-Mo., Dorgan said he would accept her amendment excluding the TWA deal from the proposed two-year ban on large airline mergers.

03/27/2001
Rules of the Road: Europe Buckles Down
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Rules of the Road: Europe Buckles Down

BY Jaret Seiberg and Shanon D. Murray

EC tightens merger reviews Europe's top antitrust official, Mario Monti, announced plans Tuesday to set up a special unit within the European Commission for regulating concessions in merger reviews. Monti, the European Commissioner for Competition, said the unit will operate under the EC's merger task force, the team of antitrust officials responsible for reviewing mergers. "What we want is this special unit to look at remedies and to make sure they're actually being implemented," he said in a speech at the European Parliament in Brussels.

02/27/2001
Rules of the Road: Starr Power
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Rules of the Road: Starr Power

BY Jaret Seiberg and Shanon D. Murray

Former Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr has joined the fight against the Federal Trade Commission's efforts to prevent H.J. Heinz Co. from acquiring Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. In briefs filed Dec. 29 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Starr is listed as the lead lawyer for Beech-Nut and its Milnot Holding Corp. parent. He joins fellow Kirkland & Ellis partner Tefft W. Smith in arguing that a trial court was correct in ruling that the efficiencies of the merger of the two baby-food operations outweigh any anti-competitive harms.

01/09/2001