|Aug. 24, 2000
8:00 AM ET.
Alert No. 5.
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8/23. Bill Clinton decided not to intervene in NTT Communications
Corp.'s planned acquisition of Verio.
letter to Congress and White
House press office release.
8/23. The FTC and New York Attorney General
filed a complaint in U.S. District Court (SDNY)
against several porn
site operators for fraud and deception. Defendants
illegally billed thousands of consumers for services that were
advertised as "free," and other consumers who never
visited the porn sites. Visa disqualified defendants from using its
credit card system; and then defendants moved their merchant banking
relationship to Guatemala, adopted several new merchant names, and
continued to process credit card transactions. See, FTC release.
8/23. SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt
named Russell Horwitz to the newly created position of Senior
Advisor to the Chairman for Policy. Horwitz, 29, has been at the SEC
since 1998. Before that he worked in the Clinton White House. See, SEC release.
8/23. The SIIA
reported that 1/4 of its open corporate software piracy
audits involve high-tech companies. See, SIIA
8/23. Verizon said it reached
a tentative agreement on a new three year contract with the Communications Workers of America
(CWA) in the mid-Atlantic states. Verizon also said that the deal is
substantively the same as the Aug. 20 agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers (IBEW) and the CWA in New York and New England.
8/23. The USPTO's Patent
Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and Trademark
Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) held their inaugural meetings.
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