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PERMANENT PATE? R. Hewitt Pate, acting assistant attorney general for the Justice Department‘s Antitrust Division, has been tapped to take on the post permanently. Pate, who joined DOJ in July 2001, was a partner at Hunton & Williams. If confirmed, he fills the shoes of Charles James, who left in December 2002 to become vice president and general counsel of Chevron-Texaco Corp. — Vanessa Blum DRUGGED OUT The Federal Trade Commission and Bristol-Myers Squibb have settled charges that the drug maker engaged in a series of anticompetitive acts to block the entry of low-priced generic competition for three widely used medications. The complaint alleges that Bristol’s illegal conduct protected $2 billion in annual sales of cancer-fighting drugs Taxol and Platinol and anti-anxiety medication BuSpar. The March 7 settlement provides injunctive relief, while state attorneys general in related suits secured $650 million in fines. — Jenna Greene ARMS CONTROL The State Department has signed off on a consent decree that imposes a $32 million fine on the Hughes Electronics Corp. and Boeing Satellite Systems Inc. for violations of the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations. The fine is based on satellite services that the companies provided to China, including the failed January 1995 launch of the Long March 2E rocket carrying the APSTAR II Spacecraft, and the failed February 1996 launch of the Long March 3B rocket carrying the INTELSAT 708 Spacecraft. In addition to the fine, which will be paid to the U.S. Treasury and the Customs Service, both companies are required to appoint special compliance officials who will oversee the companies’ activities in China and the countries of the former Soviet Union. — J.G. AN APPEALING JOB Tejpal Chawla has joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia as assistant U.S. attorney in the Appellate Division. Chawla, 29, earned his law degree from the George Washington University Law School. Prior to joining the prosecutor’s office, Chawla was an associate specializing in international litigation, telecommunications, and government contracts at Crowell & Moring. — Eva Rodriguez

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