News Briefs from April 26-30, 2001

4/30. The U.S. District Court (DDC) issued its order and opinion [PDF] in IRSG v. FTC upholding the FTC's regulations that require information brokers and credit reporting agencies to offer individuals notice and an opportunity to opt-out before selling their names, addresses, and Social Security numbers. Individual Reference Services Group, a trade association that represents credit reporting agencies and others, and Trans Union, a credit reporting agency, filed a complaint in U.S. District Court against the FTC and other financial regulatory agencies seeking judicial review of the regulations promulgated by the FTC pursuant to Title V [PDF] of the Gramm Leach Bliley Act (GLBA). Title V pertains to the disclosure on nonpublic personal information, and authorizes the FTC to promulgate implementing regulations. Plaintiffs argued that the FTC's regulations were illegal under the GLBA, arbitrary and capricious, and unconstitutional (speech, due process, Fifth Amendment equal protection). The District Court, in ruling on cross motions for summary judgment, rejected all of plaintiffs' arguments.
4/30. The U.S. Court of Appeals (FedCir) issued its opinion in Lockheed Martin v. Space Systems/Loral, a patent infringement case. Lockheed is the assignee of U.S. Patent No. 4,084,772, which discloses an apparatus and method for steering a satellite. Lockheed filed a complaint in U.S. District Court (NDCal) against Space Systems/Loral (SSL) alleging that SSL satellites infringe the '772 patent. The District Court determined that certain limitations required by claim 1 of the '772 Patent are not present in SSL's Intelsat VII satellites either literally or under the doctrine of equivalents, and granted SSL's motion for summary judgment. The Court of Appeals affirmed.
4/30. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) gave a speech in Washington DC to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in which he addressed a wide range of tax and trade issues. He advocated giving the President fast track trade negotiating authority. "On trade promotion authority, I want to see the Finance Committee mark up and approve a bill this summer. Then Congress could approve final legislation by the year's end. Action this year is critical. We'd have trouble taking up a political hot potato like this in an election year. This year is our best chance until 2003. The Finance Committee has a unique opportunity to mark up this trade bill in June. We hope to finish our work on taxes in May. In July, we plan to take up prescription drugs and other issues. That means June is our ideal trade month."
He also stated that "I'm opposed to requiring sanctions to enforce labor and environmental provisions in trade agreements. However, there are several options worth considering. On renewing trade promotion authority, the 1988 Act is a good model. The 1988 Act set out a series of key negotiating objectives, including one relating to worker rights. It required the President to tell Congress how the implementing bill he submitted makes progress on achieving these objectives."
Sen. Grassley also touched on depreciation, the R&D tax credit, and the Internet tax moratorium. He stated that "We also need to update our depreciation rules". However, he offered no elaboration. There is a bill in the House, HR 1411, sponsored by Rep. Jerry Weller (R-IL), that would allow expensing, rather than depreciation, of certain computer and software purchases. Sen. Grassley also stated that "The President wants to make permanent the Research and Experimentation Credit." However, he did not state his view, or predict what the Senate Finance Committee would do. Finally, he stated that "The tax moratorium on electronic commerce expires this fall." Again, he offered no further comment.
4/30. Robert Pitofsky, President Clinton's Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, will soon leave the FTC to return to his former law firm, Arnold & Porter, and to teach at Georgetown University Law Center. The FTC released the following statement: "Chairman Robert Pitofsky today reiterated his intention to resign as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission upon confirmation of his successor, but announced his intention to depart regardless of the timing of confirmation of a successor in early June of this year. Chairman Pitofsky will return to his position as a member of the faculty at Georgetown University Law Center, and also will resume as "Counsel" to the Washington law firm of Arnold & Porter." See also, Arnold & Porter release. President Bush has already nominated Timothy Muris to be the new FTC Chairman. Muris is currently a professor at George Mason University School of Law. He held several top positions at the FTC during the Reagan administration.
4/30. Roll Call, a Capitol Hill daily, published a story that states that President Bush will nominate former Rep. James Rogan (R-CA) to be head of the USPTO. Rogan lost his bid for re-election last November. Rogan has also considered a run for Congress in the 47th District, which is currently represented by Rep. Chris Cox (R-CA). Cox is being considered by President Bush for nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals (9thCir).
Rogan was a key player in the Congress in protecting the economic interests of the entertainment industry. He had been a member of the House Judiciary Committee, and its Courts and Intellectual Property Subcommittee, and the House Commerce Committee, and its Telecom Subcommittee. In the 106th Congress (1999-2000) he sponsored HR 1761, the Copyright Damages Improvement Act of 1999, which became law. He was also involved in the passage of anti cybersquatting legislation. See also, TLJ 1999 Biography of Rogan.
4/30. The Commerce Department announced that it would create a privacy advisor position. House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) praised the action. "For too long, our government has ignored the privacy problems in its own backyard. This key agency recognizes that fixing these problems is something the American people expect and deserve. Government has an obligation to set the best example on privacy. I hope other agencies will follow Secretary Evans' lead."
4/30. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to five federal departments and agencies. The EPIC stated in its web site that this is part of an "effort to determine the Bush Administration's commitment to privacy protection within its first 100 days." The requests were submitted to the FTC, FCC, Commerce Department, Treasury Department, and Health and Human Services Department. However, no requests were submitted to the Justice Department, or any of its divisions or bureaus. The DOJ is central to the debate over many privacy issues, including CALEA, the proposed EC Cyber Crime treaty, and legislative proposals regarding search and seizure in the context of electronic communications. Two requests were sent to each of the five departments and agencies. One requests "all appointment books, calendars, and other scheduling records" for certain named top officials at each department or agency. The other requests "all Bush administration transition team memoranda and all documents implementing policy recommendations from transition team memoranda." Hence, the requests are broad. And notably, none of the FOIA requests asks for documents pertaining to privacy. The requests were submitted by Chris Hoofnagle, Staff Counsel for EPIC. See also, EPIC release.
4/30. President Bush formally nominated several persons, including Kevin Martin and Kathleen Abernathy to be FCC Commissioners, Bruce Mehlman to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy, and James Jochum to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce. Bush had previously announced that he would make each of these nominations. See, White House release.
4/30. Randolph Moss rejoined the Washington DC office of the law firm of Wilmer Cutler & Pickering as a partner. Moss was Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel. See, WCP release.
4/30. Cinnamon Rogers will join the NCTA as Legislative Counsel in the Government Relations Department. She was previously Senior Policy Advisor to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Prior to that, she was Director of Congressional Affairs for the NTIA. And before that, she was an associate at the law firm of Sher & Blackwell in the firm's Legislative Affairs practice. She also worked for former Rep. Thomas Manton (D-NY), who was a member of the House Commerce Committee. See, NCTA release.
4/30. Cliff Riccio will join the NCTA as Manager of Government Relations. He was previously a Legislative Analyst for the House Commerce Committee. See, NCTA release.
4/30. Robert Fore joined the law firm of Wilson Sonsini as a partner in the Fund Services Group, which provides legal services and counsel to venture capital and other private equity funds. He previously worked for Bank of America companies as general counsel to their worldwide private equity businesses. See, WSGR release.
4/30. The U.S. Court of Appeals (4thCir) issued its unpublished opinion in System 4 v. Landis & Gyr, a case involving the Maryland Uniform Trade Secrets Act. Both System 4 and Landis and Gyr (LG) make and install software based building automation systems to control heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting and access systems. The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC solicited bids for renovation of its systems. Both System 4 and LG submitted bids and supporting documents. The Gallery then withdrew its solicitation. It returned System 4's bid documents to LG, which read the contents. System 4 then filed a complaint against LG. The District Court granted LG's motion for summary judgment. The Appeals Court affirmed on the basis that LG's acquisition of the documents was inadvertent, and it had not made use any trade secrets.
4/30. Novell and Cambridge Technology Partners announced that early termination of the waiting period under the Hart Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act has been granted. The two companies previously announced their proposed merger. See, Novell release.
4/30. The U.S. Court of Appeals (DCCir) issued its opinion in FTC v. Heinz, a baby food industry antitrust merger review case. In early 2000 Heinz and Beech-Nut, the second and third largest baby food companies in the U.S., entered into a merger agreement. Gerber holds a 65% market share. The FTC sought a preliminary injunction pursuant to  13(b) of the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. 53(b), to enjoin the merger. The U.S. District Court (DDC) denied the preliminary injunction. The FTC appealed. The Appeals Court reversed and remanded for entry of a preliminary injunction against Heinz and Beech-Nut.
4/30. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) said that it released its annual Super 301, Special 301 and Title VII reports. See, USTR release and executive summary. See also, reaction from the IIPA [PDF] and RIAA.
4/30. Edwin Saleh plead guilty in U.S. District Court (CDCal) to one count of using the Internet to attempt to induce a minor to engage in criminal sezual activity, and one count of possession of child pormography. Saleh was arrested following IRC and e-mail communications with an undercover officer posing as a teenage girl. Law enforcement authorities then obtained and executed a search warrant at Saleh's residence. They found computer discs that contained pictures of minors. See, release.
4/29. The ICANN published in its web site a preliminary agenda for the ICANN Board meeting in Stockholm, Sweden on June 4, 2001.
4/27. President Bush announced his intent to renominate Michael Powell for another five year term as FCC Commissioner. This is a five year term commencing on July 2, 2002 and expiring on June 30, 2007. See, White House release and Powell reaction.
4/27. The FCC released its order [72 pages in PDF] that adopts rules setting prices for intercarrier compensation for ISP bound traffic. 251(b)(5) of the 1996 Telecom Act provides that local phone companies must compensate each other for handling each other's local calls. One telephone company pays a second telephone company for each local call the second company completes to one of its customers. ILECs, such as BellSouth, Verizon, and SBC, complain that some CLECs are abusing the system by concentrating on serving ISPs, but not residential customers, and making the money off of reciprocal compensation payments that are not in fact reciprocal, and involve little cost to provide. They want to end reciprocal compensation for ISP bound traffic. The FCC order does not eliminate intercarrier compensation for ISP bound traffic. Rather, it regulates the rates for three years. The argument advanced by the FCC in the order is that telecommunications traffic delivered to an ISP is interstate access traffic under 201 of the Communications Act, specifically "information access," thus not subject to reciprocal compensation. See, CC Docket Nos. 96-98 and 99-68, Order on Remand and Report and Order, FCC 01-131.
FCC Commissioner Furchtgott-Roth issued a lengthy dissent. He wrote: "There is, however, one solution that is not respectful of other governmental institutions. It is a solution that places under exclusive federal jurisdiction broad expanses of telecommunications. It is a solution that does not directly solve the problem at hand. It is a solution that can be reached only through a twisted interpretation of the law and a vitiation of economic reasoning and general common sense. That solution is nationwide price regulation. That is the regrettable solution the Commission has adopted." He added that "The result will be another round of litigation, and, in all likelihood, this issue will be back at the agency in another couple of years."
4/27. The FCC also released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) [70 pages in PDF] regarding reciprocal compensation specifically, and all intercarrier compensation generally. The NPRM states that it begins "a fundamental re-examination of all currently regulated forms of intercarrier compensation." It adds that this is "in light of increasing competition and new technologies, such as the Internet and Internet-based services, and commercial mobile radio services ..." See, In the Matter of Developing a Unified Intercarrier Compensation Regime, CC Docket No. 01-92.
The FCC seeks public comments "on our proposal to adopt a bill-and-keep rule to govern local exchange carrier ("LEC") recovery of costs associated with the delivery of ISP-bound traffic after the three-year interim period. We also seek comment on the potential adoption of a bill-and-keep approach to reciprocal compensation payments governed by section 251 ..., and the eventual application of bill and keep to interstate access charges regulated under section 201 ..."
The NPRM and Order were both announced by the FCC on April 19, but not released until April 27. This is common FCC practice. Public comments in response to the NPRM will be due within 90 days after publication in the Federal Register, which has not yet occurred. Reply comments will be due within another 45 days.
4/27. The U.S. Court of Appeals (5thCir) issued its opinion in Lycon v. EVI, an oil industry antitrust case. Lycon sued EVI alleging that EVI had violated federal antitrust laws by engaging in price discrimination in violation of 15 U.S.C. 13. The District Court granted summary judgment for EVI reasoning that "Lycon cannot prove that EVI's alleged price discrimination had a prohibited effect on competition ..." The Appeals Court affirmed.
4/27. The U.S. Court of Appeals (7thCir) issued its opinion in Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Bugher, a constitutional challenge to a Wisconsin program that subsidizes Internet and telecommunications service for both public and private, sectarian and nonsectarian, schools. The FFFR and several individuals filed a complaint in U.S. District Court (WDWisc) pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983 alleging that Wisconsin's TEACH program is unconstitutional. The District Court granted summary judgment in part in favor of the Wisconsin defendants, finding the access portion of the program was constitutional. However, it also granted summary judgment in part in favor of the FFFR plaintiffs, finding that the grant aspect of the program was unconstitutional under the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Wisconsin appealed the later portion. The Court of Appeals affirmed.
4/27. The U.S. Court of Appeals (4thCir) issued it unpublished opinion in Repede v. Course Technology. Repede entered into a publishing agreement with Course Technology (CT) to contribute material to a computer programming textbook. After Repede contributed several sections, CT hired another writer to replace him. Repede filed a complaint against Course Technology (CT) in U.S. District Court (DSC) alleging breached the contract by denying him a right of first refusal to draft subsequent versions of the textbook, and alleging fraud for underestimating royalties. The District Court found that there was no right of first refusal in the contract, and no fraud. The Appeals Court affirmed without explanation.
4/27. Secretary of State Colin Powell gave a speech in Washington DC regarding trade, the WTO, World Bank, and IMF. He stated that "We must acknowledge first that engagement with the global economy, opening up to trade and investment, is the engine of poverty-easing growth. The last thing nations should do in response to the desperate needs of the ill-housed, ill-fed, uneducated and unhealthy is to adopt policies that have the effect of slowing growth. That is why the President supports the launch of a new round of multilateral trade negotiations in the WTO."
4/27. The U.S. Court of Appeals (DCCir) issued its opinion in Global NAPs v. FCC a petition for review of an FCC Order (FCC 99-381) that Globals Naps' tariff for Internet-bound traffic was facially invalid under FCC regulations. Upheld.
4/26. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) gave a speech in the Senate regarding S 450, the Financial Institution Privacy Protection Act of 2001, which he introduced on March 1, 2001. He condemned the practice of pretext calling, in which a caller "contacts a business or government entity and uses a person's social security number or other personal identifier to trick an unsuspecting clerk to provide confidential information ..." He added that these "Information brokers with little regard for people's privacy are doing the dirty work for organizations that otherwise portray themselves as privacy proponents", such as banks, insurance companies and law firms.
4/26. Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC) introduced S 791, the Video Teleconferencing Improvements Act of 2001, a bill amend the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure to provide that video teleconferencing may be used to arraign defendants, and for certain other criminal proceedings.
4/26. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) gave a speech in the Senate on World Intellectual Property Day. He stated that "Our country's technological prowess and our high standard of living stem from the creativity, determination, and entrepreneurial drive of our citizens and the protection we provide for their creations."
4/26. The Senate Judiciary Committee, which had scheduled a business meeting for April 26 to consider the nominations of of Larry Thompson to be Deputy Attorney General and Ted Olson to be Solicitor General, held over the meeting for one week.
4/26. The House Commerce Committee's Telecom and Internet Subcommittee approved HR 1542, with several amendments that do not alter the nature of the bill, by a roll call vote of 19-14. The bill is titled "The Internet Freedom and Broadband Deployment Act of 2001". It is sponsored by Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-LA) and Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), the Chairman and ranking Democrat of the full committee, and by many other members. It was also introduced in the 106th Congress as HR 2420. It would, among other things, exempt interLATA data from Section 271 requirements. Telecom Subcommittee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) stated that the full committee mark up will take place next week.
The bill was approved after a five hour continuous and contentious markup session at which 20 amendments were considered. The subcommittee approved amendments pertaining to FCC imposed penalties.
The Commerce Committee often operates by consensus, or near consensus. However, the committee was sharply divided on this bill. The division was not partisan. Six Republicans and eight Democrats voted against passage. See, roll call vote of April 26. Members from the California and the west, as well as members from districts with technology companies, tended to oppose the bill. Reps. Tauzin and Dingell sat through the markup, and led the debate in support of the bill. They had the votes necessary for passage, and to stop significant amendments. They argued that by exempting data, but not voice, traffic from the requirements of Section 271, the Bell companies would be incented to widely deploy DSL service.
Opponents and critics of the bill lacked the votes to stop it. So, they used the hearing to demonstrate strong opposition to the bill, and weaknesses in the bill. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), who represents an inner city district, and Rep. Tom Sawyer (D-OH), who represents a partly rural Ohio district, offered a hastily drafted amendment that would mandate that the phone companies deploy broadband services in underserved urban and rural districts. Tauzin and Dingell quickly endorsed the concept of the amendment, but asked that it be withdraw for further redrafting. The amendment was withdrawn. Rush and Sawyer then voted for passage. But, Tauzin and Dingell's endorsement gave opponents of the bill the argument that if mandates are necessary to make the Bells deploy broadband, then the rationale for the bill -- that it will incent the Bells to deploy broadband -- is a sham.
Rep. Chip Pickering (R-MS) offered an amendment that would require ILECs to "obtain an outside, independent certification that such carrier can separate voice traffic from data traffic carried over its network and that it is capable of blocking interLATA voice traffic." Rep. Tauzin responded that the bill, which is based upon creating separate regulatory treatment for voice and data traffic, would not take effect if this amendment were adopted. He stated that voice and data cannot be distinguished, and therefore, if the amendment were adopted, ILECs would not be able to comply. Pickering introduced the amendment for the purpose of forcing Rep. Tauzin to make this admission. Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) also threw a jab at the bill's data voice dichotomy by offering a comic amendment that would require Bell companies to appoint a senior employee to watch every digital bit that moves on its networks, and identify whether it is a voice bit or a data bit. The Pickering amendment failed 10 to 21, and Chairman Upton ruled the Markey amendment out of order.
Opponents of the bill also attacked the procedure used to rush the bill through the committee. Chairman Tauzin gave members a less than one week notice of the April 25 hearing and April 26 markup. Moreover, most members were out of town for the Easter recess when the notice was issued. A motion to postpone the markup for one week was tabled by a vote of 17 to 10. It would have passed, had not all of the Republican opponents of the bill voted to table.
Five members fervently opposed the bill throughout the five hour debate: Markey (D-MA), Davis (R-VA), Pickering (R-MS), Largent (R-OK), and Wilson (R-NM). Several others also joined in the debate against the bill, including Eshoo (D-CA), Cox (R-CA), Harmon (D-CA), and Stupak (D-MI). Tauzin and Dingell lead the debate in favor of the bill, and were sometimes joined by Green (D-TX) and Engel (D-NY). Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA), who is also Co-Chair of the Internet Caucus, voted with Tauzin and Dingell throughout, but otherwise sat silently.
4/26. The FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) issued an advisory that warns of increased attacks from hackers in the People's Republic of China. The advisory states "malicious hackers have escalated web page defacements over the Internet. This communication is to advise network administrators of the potential for increased hacker activity directed at U.S. systems during the period of April 30, 2001 to May 7, 2001. Chinese hackers have publicly discussed increasing their activity during this period, which coincides with dates of historic significance in the PRC: May 1 is May Day; May 4 is Youth Day; and, May 7 is the anniversary of the accidental bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade." See, Advisory 01-009.
4/26. Junsheng Wang and Bell Imaging Technology Corp. plead guilty in U.S. District Court (NDCal) to theft and copying of the trade secrets of Acuson Corporation. Wang obtained documents providing the architecture for the Sequoia ultrasound machine that contained the trade secrets of Acuson from his wife, who worked for Acuson. Wang was arrested last August while carrying the trade secret documents at San Francisco International Airport as he was about to board a flight for Shanghai, PRC. Wang and Bell Imaging were charged in a criminal information [PDF] filed in U.S. District Court on April 19, 2001. Wang was charged with theft of trade secrets in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1832(a)(1); Bell Imaging was charged with copying of trade secrets in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1832(a)(2). Charges against a PRC company are pending. Joseph Sullivan is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who prosecuted the case. See, release.
4/25. A grand jury of the U.S. District Court (CDCal) returned an indictment against Steven Hevell charging him with running an investment scam involving securities in purported high tech companies. He was arrested on April 26. The indictment alleges that Hevell solicited and sold securities in three high technology companies that he controlled -- MicroWest Industries, Advanced Identification Technology, and Consolidated Imaging Centers Radiology Network. He falsely asserted that the three companies were engaged in acquiring and selling computer components and had developed a system to electronically transmit radiological images and fingerprints.
4/26. The Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, and the Judiciary held a hearing on the Department of Justice FY 2002 budget. See, prepared testimony of Attorney General John Aschcroft. His statement addresses increased funding for cyber threats. "The nation's growing dependency on technology systems has resulted in a heightened vulnerability of our banking system, critical transportation networks, and vital government services, while also significantly increasing the incidence and complexity of crime. To address the emerging cyber threat, the FY 2002 budget includes $33 million in increased resources. Within this amount, $28.14 million will support the FBI's counter-encryption capabilities, and the development of cyber technologies for the interception and management of digital evidence. For the U.S. Attorneys, $2.95 million is included to support 24 new positions for the prosecution of crimes committed using the Internet. And, $1.9 million is included for the Criminal Division for 14 new positions to continue coordinating the rising number of investigations and prosecutions of multi-jurisdictional national and international intrusion; denial of service attacks and virus cases; and to provide increased network security and encryption capabilities for its automated infrastructure."
4/26. FCC Commissioner Susan Ness stated in a release that "Although I do not know when the President will formally nominate or the Senate will confirm these excellent choices, I believe that an orderly transition is best accomplished by announcing when my time with the Commission will end. My departure will be no later than June 1st." See also, Powell reaction and Furchtgott-Roth reaction.
4/26. Douglas Melamed rejoined the Washington DC office of the law firm of Wilmer Cutler & Pickering as a partner in the firm's Antitrust and Competition Practice Group. He was previously briefly the Acting Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division. Before that he was the Principle Deputy Assistant Attorney General. His responsibilities included the Microsoft cases. See, release. [PDF]
4/26. Margarita Tapia will be the Press Secretary for the Senate Judiciary Committee. She will replace Jeanne Lopato, who is now Director of Public Relations for the Energy Department. See, Sen. Hatch's release.
4/26. The Senate Commerce Committee's Communications Subcommittee held a hearing on unsolicited commercial e-mail, and legislative options to deter it. Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) presided. See, prepared testimony of witnesses in PDF: Eileen Harrington (FTC), Jerry Cerasale (Direct Marketing Ass.), Jeremiah Buckley (Electronic Financial Services Council), David Moore (24/7 Media), Jason Catlett (Junkbusters), David McClure (US Internet Industry Association).
4/26. InterTrust filed a complaint in U.S. District Court (NDCal) against Microsoft alleging patent infringement. InterTrust's recently issued U.S. Patent No. 6,185,683 discloses systems and techniques for the secure delivery of electronic documents, execution of legal documents, and electronic data interchange. InterTrust alleges that Microsoft's Windows Media Player and other products implementing rights management functions directly and contributorily infringe this patent. See, InterTrust release.
4/26. The Copyright Office published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the requirements for the submission of claims for royalties under the cable statutory license, 17 U.S.C. 111, and the satellite statutory license, 17 U.S.C. 119. Comments are due by May 21, 2001. See, Federal Register, April 26, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 81, at Pages 20958 - 20962.

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