Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Business digest

Ohio bar association offers local seminars

The Ohio State Bar Association will offer several continuing-education seminars in Southwest Ohio during November and December.

The seminars will be presented by the association's Continuing Legal Education Institute. Information and registration: (800) 232-7124; www.ohiobar.org.

The schedule:

• Microsoft PowerPoint for Legal Professionals, Nov. 30, Holiday Inn Interstate 275 North, 3855 Hauck Road, Sharonville.

• Microsoft Excel for Legal Firms, Nov. 30, Holiday Inn I-275 North, Sharonville.

• Ethics Satellite, Dec. 2, Litigation Support Services, 817 Main St., fourth floor, Cincinnati, and Sinclair Community College, Sinclair Center, 444 W. Third St., Dayton.

• Negotiation and Presentation Skills for Lawyers, Dec. 17, Holiday Inn I-275 North, Sharonville.

• Stress Management for Lawyers, Dec. 21, Holiday Inn I-275 North, Sharonville.

Steel makers reach $4.5 billion merger

AMSTERDAM - Steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal on Monday announced plans to pay $4.5 billion in cash and stock for U.S. steel maker International Steel Group Inc., which had been cobbled together by onetime investment banker Wilbur Ross Jr. from mills whose parents landed in bankruptcy court.

The takeover and the consolidation of two Mittal-controlled companies also announced Monday will create a global metals mammoth with anticipated 2004 sales of $31.8 billion, 70 million tons of steel production capacity and 165,000 employees.

Cingular-AT&T deal clears antitrust hurdle

WASHINGTON - Justice Department antitrust regulators cleared the way for Cingular Wireless LLC's $41 billion acquisition of AT&T Wireless Services Inc., a crucial step toward creating the nation's largest wireless telephone company. The merger must be approved by the Federal Communications Commission.

Shares of San Antonio-based SBC slipped 25 cents to $24.99, while Atlanta-based BellSouth fell 13 cents to $26.42 Monday on the New York Stock Exchange. Cingular is a joint venture of the two companies.

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