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FTC Flushes McWane in a Big Eleventh Circuit Exclusive Dealing Win

The situations where exclusive dealing policies, explicit or tied to an aggressive discounting program, cross the line under the rule-of-reason remain far from clear. Because it involved appellate review of a Federal Trade...more

4/23/2015 - Appeals Distributors Exclusive Dealing Agreements FTC Manufacturers Monopolization

FTC Settles Radioactive Allegations Against Cardinal Health with a Near Record-Breaking Disgorgement Agreement

In a 3-2 decision, as part of its aggressive antitrust enforcement in health care industries, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or the Commission) announced that Cardinal Health, Inc. (Cardinal) agreed to pay $26.8 million to...more

4/22/2015 - Antitrust Litigation Cardinal Health Disgorgement Enforcement Actions FTC Healthcare Healthcare Providers Pharmaceutical Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Price Manipulation

Hospital Wins First Round Against Largest Rival in Antitrust Suit Alleging Illegal Exclusive Dealing Agreements with Insurers

The waves of change affecting health care providers include reimbursement and funding developments, the impact of the Affordable Care Act, technological and medical advances, provider network design transformations imposed by...more

3/31/2015 - Affordable Care Act Antitrust Litigation Antitrust Provisions Exclusive Dealing Agreements FTC Health Care Providers Health Insurance Healthcare Hospitals

FTC Looks to Accelerate Oncology Drug Growth by Requiring Novartis to Divest Two Protein Inhibitors in Its Clinical Development...

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) on Monday completed its review of Novartis AG’s (“Novartis”) proposed $16 billion acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline’s (“GSK”) oncology drug portfolio with an announced consent decree that...more

3/2/2015 - Divestiture FTC GlaxoSmithKline Novartis Pharmaceutical Patents Prescription Drugs

No Active State Supervision, No Antitrust Immunity for North Carolina State Dental Board

On February 25, 2015, in a 6-3 decision authored by Justice Kennedy, the Supreme Court upheld the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) decision finding that the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners (Board), although a state...more

2/27/2015 - Anti-Competitive Antitrust Litigation Dentists FTC Governmental Immunity Immunity NC Board of Dental Examiners v FTC SCOTUS State Action Immunity

DOJ Releases Electrifying New Guidance on Standard-Essential Patent Policy

The Department of Justice (the “Department” or “DOJ”) continued its multi-pronged defense of standards-setting organizations (SSOs) who adopt patent policies to prevent hold-up during licensing negotiations. Last week’s...more

2/12/2015 - DOJ FTC IEEE ITC New Guidance Patents RAND Standard Essential Patents USPTO

Ninth Circuit Affirms FTC’s Challenge to Hospital-Physician Group Merger, While Rejecting Efficiencies and Health Care Quality...

In a much anticipated appellate health care antitrust decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a district court’s finding that a consummated hospital-physician group merger violated Section 7...more

2/12/2015 - Antitrust Litigation FTC Healthcare Hospital Mergers Hospitals Physicians St. Luke's The Clayton Act

FTC and DOJ to Host Second Public Workshop on Health Care Competition

Last March, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) began a public workshop series entitled, “Examining Health Care Competition.” On February 24 and 25, 2015, the FTC will physically host the...more

1/27/2015 - Affordable Care Act Antitrust Provisions Competition DOJ FTC Health Care Providers Healthcare Market Participants

FTC Announces Annual Revision to HSR Jurisdictional Thresholds

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on January 15, 2015 increased jurisdictional thresholds for premerger notification filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the HSR Act)....more

1/16/2015 - FTC Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Premerger Notifications Threshhold Requirements

Antitrust and Health Care: An Update from the Federal Trade Commission

The interplay between the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and antitrust has been a matter of great moment for several years. It has been an issue in litigation such as the Federal Trade...more

6/26/2014 - ACOs Affordable Care Act Antitrust Litigation Antitrust Provisions FTC Healthcare Healthcare Reform St. Luke's

Federal Trade Commission Extends In re Polygram’s “Inherently Suspect” Anticompetitive Analysis to Endorsements

The Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) recent settlement with ski manufacturers Marker Volkl (International) GmbH (“Marker Volkl”) and Tecnica S.p.A. (“Tecnica”) continues to expand the scope of “inherently suspect” business...more

5/29/2014 - DOJ Enforcement Actions FTC Manufacturers Settlement Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

Antitrust Hospital Merger Policy Gets a Judicial Boost — Sixth Circuit Upholds FTC Decision Challenging Hospital Merger

In a highly anticipated decision, the federal antitrust agencies’ reinvigorated hospital merger enforcement efforts received a boost when, for the first time this century, an appellate court upheld a Federal Trade Commission...more

4/24/2014 - FTC Hospitals Mergers

Is 4-3 the New 3-2? FTC Continues to Target Pharmaceutical Mergers

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) has often stated that merger analysis requires more than a simplistic determination that high market concentration leads to anticompetitive effects. Still, the antitrust...more

4/17/2014 - Anti-Competitive Antitrust Litigation FTC Mergers Pharmaceutical

FTC Cautions States against Overbroad Regulation of Nurse Practitioners in Continued Effort to Promote Expanded Roles for...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has a well-established role in promoting competition in the health care industry through enforcement, study and advocacy. To that end, the agency actively urges the opening of health care...more

3/13/2014 - FTC Healthcare Nurses

FTC Successfully Obtains Divestiture of Physician Group Previously Acquired by Hospital System

In a significant groundbreaking victory, on January 24, 2014 after a bench trial, an Idaho federal district court judge upheld the FTC’s antitrust challenge to a hospital system’s (St. Luke’s) acquisition of a multispecialty...more

1/31/2014 - Acquisitions Antitrust Litigation Divestiture FTC Healthcare Hospitals

FTC Announces Annual HSR Thresholds Revision

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on January 17, 2014 increased jurisdictional thresholds for premerger notification filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the HSR Act)....more

1/20/2014 - Filing Deadlines Filing Fees FTC Hart-Scott-Rodino Act

Is There a Maverick in the House? The FTC’s Resolution of the Fidelity National Financial – Lender Processing Services Deal ...

Under the antitrust merger guidelines, a maverick is a firm “that plays a disruptive role in the market to the benefit of customers.” In Washington political circles, a maverick often refers to a politician that does not hew...more

1/8/2014 - Compliance Enforcement Actions Fidelity Bank FTC Lenders Mergers

What a Difference 16 Years Can Make: FTC Approves Merger Between Office Superstore Giants Office Depot and OfficeMax

In 1997, most people thought of Amazon.com as mainly an online bookseller, you couldn't buy groceries at Wal-Mart or Target, and if you wanted floppy disks, VHS tapes, or a fax machine, you drove to your local Staples,...more

11/6/2013 - Antitrust Litigation Enforcement Actions FTC Mergers

Supreme Court Holds That Reverse Payment Patent Settlements Are Subject to Antitrust Scrutiny

For over a decade, the antitrust enforcers at the Federal Trade Commission have challenged the type of patent settlement where a brand-name drug manufacturer pays a prospective generic manufacturer to settle patent...more

6/24/2013 - Actavis Inc. FTC FTC v Actavis Generic Drugs Pay-For-Delay Pharmaceutical Prescription Drugs Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements SCOTUS Settlement

Fourth Circuit Holds State Agencies Operated by Market Participants Are Private Actors for State Action Purposes

On May 31, 2013, the Fourth Circuit issued an opinion upholding the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) determination that the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners (Board) illegally expelled non-dentists from the teeth...more

6/12/2013 - Competition Dentists FTC Market Participants Restraint of Trade State Action Doctrine

FTC Voids Confidentiality and Non-Compete Provisions in Non-Reportable Transaction and Requires Notification of All Future...

Merger agreements often contain ancillary provisions that seem acceptable to the parties in the context of what they are obtaining from the transaction—and those provisions often do not get a hard look by antitrust legal...more

4/8/2013 - Competition Confidentiality Agreements FTC Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Non-Compete Agreements Notice Requirements

Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Unforeseeability Bars Immunity Defense for Allegedly Anticompetitive Hospital Merger

On February 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that state-action immunity does not protect a state-created hospital authority from antitrust scrutiny over a proposed hospital merger where the anticompetitive...more

2/22/2013 - Acquisitions FTC FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System Government Entities Governmental Immunity Governmental Liability Hospital Mergers Hospitals Monopolization SCOTUS

FTC Issues Favorable Clinical Integration Advisory Opinion to Norman, Oklahoma PHO

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), much attention has been paid to the antitrust treatment of Accountable Care Organizations, provider ventures contemplated by the ACA that the Federal Trade Commission and...more

2/15/2013 - Advisory Opinions Affordable Care Act Clinical Integration FTC Joint Contracting Norman Physician Association Physician Hospital Organizations Rule-of-Reason Analysis

FTC Announces Annual HSR Thresholds Adjustments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on January 10, 2013 increased jurisdictional thresholds for premerger notification filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the HSR Act)....more

1/15/2013 - Exemptions Filing Fees FTC Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Notifications Pre-Merger Filing Requirements

FTC Commissioners Disagree on Limits of Section 5 Applicability to Conduct Not Otherwise Covered by Antitrust Laws

The balancing of antitrust enforcement with intellectual property protections is often controversial. Equally controversial is identifying the outer limit of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act as it may apply to...more

12/3/2012 - FTC Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

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