Business Briefs

Reported by Star-Bulletin staff & wire

Tuesday, November 23, 1999

Aloha flights gets hotline to doctors

Crews on all Aloha Airlines flights now have in-flight telephone access to an emergency physician for advice when passengers have medical problems. The airline has contracted with MedAire Inc. of Phoenix, Ariz., to provide the service. MedAire provides telemedicine services worldwide and has contracts with seven of the top 10 U.S. airlines.

Pfizer sues in bid for Warner-Lambert

NEW YORK -- Pfizer Inc. sued its partner Warner-Lambert Co. today alleging the company breached their contract to jointly market the blockbuster cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor.

The lawsuit is part of Pfizer's aggressive legal strategy to break up Warner-Lambert's deal to merge with American Home Products Corp. Pfizer, which countered with a higher bid for Warner-Lambert, filed a lawsuit earlier this month against both Warner-Lambert and American Home, claiming their deal was illegal.

Today's suit, filed in Delaware Chancery Court, seeks to block Warner-Lambert's planned merger with American Home Products and allow Pfizer to make a higher bid for Warner-Lambert.

AOL, Intuit create bill-paying service

DULLES, Va. -- America Online Inc. and Intuit Inc. said today they plan to offer an online service for managing and paying household bills. The companies said the service, set to launch early next year, will allow consumers to view, track, and pay all of their bills, whether they are issued electronically or as paper bills. Utilities, credit card companies and others will be able to present their bills online. Intuit, based in Mountain View, Calif., makes financial software for PCs.

In other news . . .

Bullet NEEDHAM, Mass. -- Inc.'s initial public offering of 4.5 million common shares was priced at $14 a share today. The online educational toy store, based in Needham, Mass., had expected the stock to be priced at $13 to $15 per share.

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