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A judge blocked Midcon from buying a gas utility.

December 31, 1985

WB Partners, which is attempting a hostile takeover of Midco, a Chicago-area gas pipeline company, said it obtained a temporary restraining order that blocks Midcon from complicating the deal by acquiring Monarch Gas of St. Elmo, Ill. WB Partners, formed by Wagner & Brown and Freeport-McMoRan Inc., is offering $2.7 billion, or $62.50 a share, in cash to buy Midcon.

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