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Two competitors went to court to prevent Bell Atlantic from offering long- distance telephone service in New York. No. 1 long-distance carrier AT&T Corp. and Covad Communications Group, a high-speed Internet connections provider, asked the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's Dec. 22 decision allowing No. 2 local carrier Bell Atlantic into New York's $7 billion long-distance market. New York- based Bell Atlantic plans to begin offering service on Jan. 5, but New York- based AT&T and Santa Clara, Calif.-based Covad asked the court to delay the company's entry until their challenge is resolved.

A Hong Kong-based tiremaker took Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. to federal court in Cleveland over what a Goodyear spokesman has called "retreaded allegations." China Tire Holdings Ltd., which is seeking $3 billion to $5 billion in damages, alleges Goodyear violated US racketeering law in entering into a joint venture in China. It brought similar charges against Goodyear in California several years ago. That court case was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds.

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