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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO

Eastern Division



UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,           

                 Plaintiff,

                  v.

VILLAGE VOICE MEDIA, LLC.

                  and

NT MEDIA, LLC.,

                  Defendant.


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Civil Action No. 1:03-CV-0164

Judge Polster

Filed: 3/18/03



NOTICE REGARDING PROPOSED ACQUISITION

Pursuant to Section VII(C) of the Proposed Final Judgment, the United States files this Notice advising the Court that the United States does not object to the proposed acquisition of the Cleveland Free Times assets by an entity which plans to publish the Cleveland Free Times in metropolitan Cleveland, Ohio. The Defendants have presented to the United States an Asset Purchase Agreement, dated March 10, 2003, which would transfer the Cleveland Free Times assets to FT Acquisition, LLC. The United States has investigated the proposed acquirer and, after consultation with the Attorneys General of Ohio and California, does not object to the proposed acquisition of the Cleveland Free Times assets by FT Acquisition, LLC.

FOR PLAINTIFF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:

Dated: March 18, 2003
    Respectfully submitted,


_______________/s/________________
Jon R. Smibert
Trial Attorney
United States Department of Justice
Antitrust Division
Cleveland Field Office
55 Erieview Plaza, Suite 700
Cleveland, Ohio 44114-1816
(216) 522-4070 (telephone)
(216) 522-8332 (facsimile)
Jon.Smibert@usdoj.gov






CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

I hereby certify that on March 18, 2003, a copy of the foregoing Notice Regarding Proposed Acquisition was forwarded via first class mail to:

Melanie Sabo, Esq.
Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds LLP
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006-5209
           Counsel for Defendant Village Voice Media, LLC

Joseph Kattan, P.C.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
           Counsel for Defendant NT Media, LLC








_______________/s/________________
Jon R. Smibert
Trial Attorney
United States Department of Justice
Antitrust Division
Cleveland Field Office
55 Erieview Plaza, Suite 700
Cleveland, Ohio 44114-1816
(216) 522-4070 (telephone)
(216) 522-8332 (facsimile)
Jon.Smibert@usdoj.gov