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ValueAct Settles for Record HSR Fine

Activist investor ValueAct Capital agreed to pay an $11 million fine and also agreed to injunctive relief to settle the DOJ’s allegations that it violated the HSR Act in connection with its acquisition of over $2.5 billion of...more

FTC Records Two Wins as Staples-Office Depot Merger Abandoned for a Second Time

On May 10, Staples and Office Depot announced that they would be terminating their $6.3 billion merger in the wake of a federal judge’s decision to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the deal. This represents the second...more

Activism (Re)Defined: DOJ Files Complaint Against ValueAct for Alleged HSR Act Violation

In filing a complaint and seeking $19 million of damages against ValueAct for failing to file a premerger notification and observe the statutory waiting period pursuant to the HSR Act in connection with its 2014 purchase of...more

FTC Increases HSR Notification Thresholds for 2016

Effective February 25, 2016, the US Federal Trade Commission has raised the thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, which requires that parties to proposed stock or asset acquisitions exceeding...more

No X-Ray Vision at the FTC: Court Hands Agency a Rare Defeat in the Steris/Synergy Merger

In FTC v. Steris, the FTC was handed a rare litigation defeat. The case was notable because it involved a merger between companies who were not current competitors. The FTC alleged that without the merger, Synergy would have...more

9/28/2015  /  Disruptive Technology , FTC , Mergers

FTC Scores Decisive Win in Challenge to Food Distribution

On Tuesday, a federal judge issued an injunction blocking the Sysco – US Foods (“USF”) merger pending further administrative review by the FTC. The move, which ended Sysco’s acquisition plans, represents a decisive victory...more

FTC Clears Zillow-Trulia Merger Without Conditions

In a ruling on February 13, the FTC unconditionally approved the Zillow-Trulia merger after an intensive six-month antitrust review. Despite reported concerns “that the merger might concentrate too much power in one company,”...more

2/23/2015  /  FTC , Internet , Mergers , Trulia , Zillow

FTC Increases HSR Notification Thresholds for 2015

The US Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has revised and, once again, raised the thresholds for the Hart Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”). The HSR Act may require that parties to...more

1/22/2015

New EU Directive Promoting Antitrust Damage Claims

Today, the EU considers that those affected by competition law infringement in some Member States are not able to effectively exercise their right to compensation. New EU legislation seeks to address obstacles to successful...more

12/5/2014  /  Antitrust Injuries , Competition , EU

Foreign Antitrust Defendants Feel Some Relief from the Reach of the Sherman Act in Civil Matters

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Motorola cannot recover overcharges to its non-U.S. subsidiaries that purchased price-fixed LCD panels abroad, even though finished cellphones incorporating those panels were...more

Resurgence of Protectionism – Can European Member States Really Do Whatever They Want to Foreign Takeovers?

EU Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia recently cited the French initiatives to block the GE-Alstom deal as an example of “worrying signals of protectionist threats” in Europe. France is not, however, to be singled out....more

Ski Manufacturers Hit for Off-Piste Non-Compete

When it comes to the US Federal Trade Commission, healthy competition for ski manufacturers is just as important off the slopes as on. Ski equipment makers, Tecnica Group and Marker Völkl, learned this lesson on Monday when...more

DOJ Scores First Antitrust Extradition: More to Come?

With Friday’s announcement of the first-ever extradition of a foreign executive on criminal antitrust charges to the United States, the US Department of Justice has won a major victory in its effort to prosecute and deter...more

FTC Workshop Seeks to Spark Biosimilars Competition

Demand for biologics is growing fast, but even after Congress passed authorizing legislation in 2010, the pace of generic entry appears to have stalled. Seeking to spur increased generic competition, the FTC held an all-day...more

FTC Increases HSR Notification Thresholds for 2014

The US Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has revised and, once again, raised the thresholds for the Hart Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”). The HSR Act requires that parties to...more

Bazaarvoice Shows Courts’ and Agencies’ Orthodox Approach to Mergers in High-Tech Markets

The District Court’s decision finding the Bazaarvoice/PowerReviews acquisition unlawful demonstrates that agencies and courts will continue to apply traditional methods of merger analysis based on market definition and market...more

The DOJ’s Antitrust Division Cuts Back On Its Carve-Out Policy For Corporate Officers In Plea Agreements

Last Friday, Bill Baer, Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, announced that the Division will no longer publicly name the executives excluded from immunity granted in corporate cartel...more

Vitamin C Purchasers Awarded $162 Million In First-Ever Civil Price-Fixing Verdict Against Chinese Companies

On March 14, 2013, a federal jury in Brooklyn, New York returned a verdict in In re Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation, No. 1:06-md-1738 (E.D.N.Y.), finding that two Chinese companies had unlawfully fixed prices and controlled...more

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