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Annual HSR Merger Notification Threshold Adjustments Announced

On January 19, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual changes to the thresholds of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (the HSR Act). These thresholds are adjusted annually based on changes in...more

Antitrust Division Threatens Criminal Prosecution for Employment Practices: Antitrust Agencies Issue Joint Guidance on Employment...

Even in the absence of an agreement to fix compensation, simply exchanging competitively sensitive information could serve as evidence of an implicit illegal agreement. On October 20, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and...more

When Classes Collide: Court Rejects $7.25 Billion Visa/MasterCard Settlement, Competition News Volume 2016, Issue 1

The Second Circuit’s decision highlights that, whenever there are groups of plaintiffs that will obtain different categories of relief as a part of a settlement, both plaintiffs and defense counsel should seriously consider...more

FTC's Winning Streak Restored: Seventh Circuit Reverses Denial of Preliminary Injunction in Chicago Hospital Merger, Competition...

Recent appellate decisions confirm the uphill battle hospitals face when merging with other hospitals. On October 31, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit overturned the district court’s ruling in Federal Trade...more

The End of the Road for Hershey Medical Center's Merger: Parties Abandon Transaction After Third Circuit Rules That Hospital...

The decision serves as a reminder of the uphill battle that merging health care providers have faced since the FTC’s adoption of its current rigid market definition standard in 2007. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

[Webinar] How to Navigate the Antitrust Cartel Labyrinth - October 27th, 12:00p.m. EDT

Antitrust class action price-fixing claims are among the most costly corporate litigation your company or client can face. In many cases, plaintiffs seek to plead and prove the alleged cartel through alleged indirect...more

A Sweet Win for Hershey Medical Center's Proposed Merger: District Court Denies FTC's Attempt to Block Pennsylvania Hospital...

The district court’s decision may mark a turning point away from purely formulaic reliance on the FTC’s preferred approach and the testimony of self-interested payers....more

Some Useful Insights from Steris-Synergy Merger Case

The Federal Trade Commission suffered a rare loss when, on Sept. 24, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio denied its request for a preliminary injunction, despite having accepted the FTC’s “actual...more

Federal Judge in Ohio Accepts Future Competition Theory: Parties Should Proceed with Caution in Deals to Acquire Potential...

The court’s decision in FTC v. Steris demonstrates the importance of conducting a thorough antitrust analysis of all aspects of a merger or acquisition from every possible angle, including likely future competition. On...more

Applicability of 'Investment Purpose' Exemption to HSR Reportability Focuses on Intent of Equity Purchasers

If a purchaser’s goals shift to include influence on the business management or board composition of the target issuer, an HSR filing must be considered. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) has once again...more

FTC Issues First Formal Policy on Section 5's Unfair Competition Authority

Although the brief FTC statement is beneficial, the sweeping language contained in the policy statement gives little practical guidance to the business community. On August 13, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued...more

Seventh Circuit Limits Antitrust Actions for Harm Caused to Foreign Affiliates of U.S. Companies

The Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act (FTAIA), 15 U.S.C. § 6a, was enacted to provide greater clarity on the Sherman Antitrust Act’s reach. However, the FTAIA continues to muddy the waters. In a recent decision from...more

A Cautionary Tale on Gun-Jumping: The Antitrust Division Expands its Use of Disgorgement in Enforcement of Civil Antitrust

The success of a merger or acquisition often largely depends on pre-closing planning and the rapid integration of the merged entities or acquired assets. In any transaction, the need for planning and speed create certain...more

DOJ, Antitrust Division Speaks Out On Non-Reportable Transactions

On April 25, Deputy Assistant Attorney General of Civil Enforcement Leslie Overton gave a speech focused entirely on the Antitrust Division’s enforcement activities related to transactions that do not trigger a filing under...more

FTC Finalizes Amendments To HSR Rules Regarding Transfer Of Exclusive Patent Rights In The Pharmaceutical Industry

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized certain amendments to the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) premerger notification regulations clarifying the scope of reportable transactions involving transfers of patent rights in the...more

Court Finds That Apple’s E-Book Market Entry Plan Violates The Sherman Act

After a three-week bench trial, the court has ruled that Apple violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act....more

Beware And Be Smart: California Remains A Danger Zone For Resale Price Restrictions

Most recently, the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California denied a retailer’s motion to dismiss vertical price fixing claims filed under the state’s Cartwright Act and Unfair Competition Law....more

Class Arbitration Contractual Waivers Are Valid And Enforceable Even When Plaintiff’s Recovery Is Outweighed By Individual...

On June 20, 2013, the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-3 opinion in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, 2013 U.S. LEXIS 4700 (June 20, 2013), dealt yet another blow to antitrust plaintiffs’ ability to seek...more

Class Actions: A Tougher Row To Hoe

On March 27, the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 opinion, further heightened plaintiffs’ burden in seeking class certification. The Court held that, under Rule 23, plaintiffs must “‘tie each theory of antitrust impact’...more

Just How Much Integration Is Enough: FTC Advisory Opinion Finally Provides Guidance For Competitors Seeking To Collaborate Or...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued its first advisory opinion addressing clinical integration programs since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Without a doubt the advisory opinion is useful for...more

Eaton Looks To U.S. Supreme Court For Help After Third Circuit Upholds

On February 25, 2013, Eaton Corporation (Eaton) filed a petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court seeking to reverse a jury verdict finding Eaton liable for illegal monopolization. In late 1999/early 2000,...more

A Cure For Antitrust Standing?

Recently, the Third Circuit reexamined the test for antitrust standing in Ethypharm S. A. France v. Abbott Laboratories. The importance of the opinion, however, lies not just in the court’s affirmation of the multifactor test...more

Will FTC Chairman Leibowitz’s Departure Change The Enforcement Landscape?

After three years at the helm of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Chairman Jon Leibowitz stepped down. Without a doubt Chairman Leibowitz has been a visible and relentless advocate for restricting pay-for-day or reverse...more

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