Clifford Aronson

Clifford Aronson

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

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"FTC and DOJ Announce HSR-Related Changes"

On November 28, 2016, the Premerger Notification Office of the Federal Trade Commission (PNO) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) both announced potentially important changes in the way the agencies...more

12/1/2016 - Acquisitions Antitrust Provisions Competition Corporate Counsel DOJ FTC Global Market Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Mergers Premerger Notifications

"Wage-Fixing, No-Poaching Agreements to Be Prosecuted Criminally Under New Guidance"

On October 20, 2016, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly issued new guidance designed to help human resources professionals and their companies understand...more

11/4/2016 - Antitrust Violations Civil Liability Criminal Liability DOJ FTC Health Care Providers Hiring & Firing Human Resources Professionals New Guidance No-Poaching Technology Sector Wage and Hour Wage-Fixing

"Staples-Office Depot Mergers, 1997 v. 2016: Changed Industry, Same Result"

On May 17, 2016, one week after announcing his decision, Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia released a public version of his opinion siding with the Federal Trade Commission in its...more

5/23/2016 - B2B Transactions Burden of Proof Competition Evidence Expert Testimony FTC Mergers Office Depot Staples

"Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction, Staples-Office Depot Call Off $6.3 Billion Deal"

On May 10, 2016, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia released his highly anticipated decision in the matter of Staples’ acquisition of Office Depot, granting the Federal Trade...more

5/14/2016 - Acquisitions B2B Transactions Competition FTC Mergers Office Depot Preliminary Injunctions Staples

"Interpretation of Antitrust Exemption at Heart of DOJ Action Against ValueAct"

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (DOJ) filed a complaint against activist investor ValueAct Capital in California federal court, requesting a $19 million fine for violations of the...more

4/11/2016 - Antitrust Violations Civil Monetary Penalty Corporate Counsel DOJ FTC Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Investment-Only Exemption Investors Notice Requirements Popular SEC

"DOJ Scores as Electrolux and General Electric Abandon Deal; FTC Challenges (Again) Staple’s Proposed Acquisition of Office Depot"

December 7, 2015, was an eventful day for U.S. antitrust enforcement agencies. The Department of Justice achieved a high-profile win when General Electric Co. decided to abandon the proposed sale of its appliance unit to...more

12/9/2015 - Acquisitions Competition DOJ FTC General Electric Office Depot Staples The Clayton Act

"Federal Trade Commission Loses Challenge to Steris-Synergy Deal"

On September 24, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio denied the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) bid to enjoin Steris Corporation (Steris) from acquiring its alleged potential competitor, Synergy...more

9/28/2015 - Acquisitions Competition FTC Horizontal Mergers Mergers The Clayton Act TRO

"After Long Debate, FTC Issues Only General Principles Regarding Section 5"

On August 13, 2015, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued formal guidance on Section 5 enforcement consisting of a general statement of principles1 to guide application of its authority to challenge “unfair methods...more

8/24/2015 - Antitrust Provisions Competition FTC FTC Act Public Policy Rule-of-Reason Analysis Section 5 Sherman Act Standalone Authority The Clayton Act Unfair Competition

"DOJ Antitrust Action Condemns Pre-Merger Coordination Requiring Target Company to Sell Factory"

On November 7, 2014, the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (DOJ) announced a $5 million agreement to settle charges that Flakeboard and SierraPine had engaged in unlawful pre-merger coordination. The...more

11/26/2014 - Antitrust Provisions Civil Monetary Penalty Disgorgement DOJ Due Diligence Enforcement Actions Flakeboard America Gun-Jumping Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Sherman Act SierraPine Waiting Periods

"The Potential Impact of ProMedica: Health Care and Beyond"

On April 22, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit handed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) another significant victory in a hospital merger, ruling that the FTC’s decision and order...more

4/30/2014 - FTC Healthcare Hospitals ProMedica

"US Department of Justice Extradites First Foreign National on Antitrust Charge"

On April 4, 2014, the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (DOJ) announced the first-ever successful extradition on an antitrust charge. A German appeals court had approved the extradition of Romano...more

4/15/2014 - Antitrust Investigations Criminal Sanctions DOJ Extradition Foreign Nationals

"Democrats Gain Control of FTC With Terrell McSweeny Confirmation"

On April 9, 2014, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Terrell McSweeny to the Federal Trade Commission. Commissioner McSweeny’s appointment creates a Democratic majority on the five-member commission, sparking...more

4/14/2014 - Confirmation Proceedings FTC

"DOJ Prevails in Challenge to Bazaarvoice Acquisition of PowerReviews"

On January 8, 2014, the Department of Justice (DOJ) prevailed in its challenge to Bazaarvoice’s consummated $168 million acquisition of PowerReviews. The United States District Court for the Northern District of California...more

1/13/2014 - Acquisitions Anti-Competitive Antitrust Litigation DOJ The Clayton Act

"US Supreme Court Narrows State-Action Doctrine in Hospital Merger Challenged by FTC"

In a unanimous decision issued on February 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state-action doctrine did not immunize Phoebe Putney Health System’s acquisition of Palmyra Park Hospital in Albany, Georgia.1 The...more

2/22/2013 - Acquisitions Clear-Articulation Test FTC FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System Government Entities Governmental Immunity Governmental Liability Hospital Mergers Hospitals Monopolization Preliminary Injunctions Reversal SCOTUS State Action Doctrine

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