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News Flash: An Agreement Between Competitors to Limit Advertising/Marketing Violates the Antitrust Laws

For the second time in less than a year, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed an antitrust complaint against hospital systems that agreed to not advertise on billboards or in print in each other’s home county. Last...more

Send Lawyers, Guns and Money:* Providers Lining Up Against Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana Mergers

In the wake of Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s proposed acquisition of Humana, providers are lining up to be heard. Take the American Medical Association (AMA), for example, which is urging federal and...more

Antitrust: “One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do”*

Allegiance Health (Allegiance) is the lone holdout facing antitrust charges brought by the DOJ and Michigan’s Attorney General (AG). Yet despite settlements by Hillsdale Community Health (Hillsdale), Community Health of...more

Say Ah! FTC and DOJ to Host Second Workshop on “Examining Health Care Competition”

On February 24-25, 2015, the FTC and the U.S. Department of Justice will host their second workshop on “Examining Health Care Competition.” The workshop will take place in Washington, D.C., and will focus on recent...more

“And they’re closing all the factories down”* — Going Dark During a Merger Review

Demand in your industry has been declining for years, the decline is projected to continue for the foreseeable future, and you are one of the few cost-effective manufacturers around. You just inked a deal to buy a competing...more

Gone, Gone, the Damage Done*—Provisions in Transactional Agreements Can Raise Antitrust Risk

Soon after someone settles “gun jumping” charges, client alerts and blog posts with informative titles like “DOJ Settlement Resolves ‘Gun Jumping’ Charges” start flying around. These “alerts” and “posts” usually recite facts...more

To Report, or Not to Report, Your Non-Reportable Transaction Is the Question

Just because a proposed transaction does not have to be reported in advance to the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) or the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) because it falls below the Hart-Scott-Rodino (“HSR”) Act size of...more

So, You Want to Share Your Technical Cyber Threat Information with Your Neighbors?

Echoing guidance previously given to a nonprofit organization looking to exchange certain cybersecurity information, including exchanging actual real-time cyber threat and attack information, and others planning to exchange...more

Sometimes Merger Fixes Are as Close as the End of Your Nose

When it comes to negotiating merger remedies with federal antitrust enforcement agencies, the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission each have guides or statements that may help. But as good as their guidance...more

Pharmaceutical Association Calls Out FTC in Filing Seeking to Enjoin New Rule Targeting the Industry

Last November, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) with the “concurrence” of the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department, and over the strenuous objection of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America...more

Thresholds Do Matter – Choosing too Low a Threshold in an Ordinary Course of Business Provision Can Up Your Risk of “Gun Jumping”

Soon after someone settles “gun jumping” charges, client alerts with informative titles like “DOJ Settlement Resolves ‘Gun Jumping’ Charges” start flying around. These “alerts” usually recite facts alleged in the complaint,...more

Fix My Merger – Lessons from FTC Bureau Director Feinstein on the Use of Consent Orders to Remedy Anticompetitive Mergers

In her first speech since becoming Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, Deborah Feinstein highlighted five benefits arising from addressing antitrust violations through consent orders and...more

FTC Investigations of Energy and Chemical Transactions – Am I at Risk?

A recent article in the Antitrust Law Journal, “A Survey of Evidence Leading to Second Requests at the FTC,” by Darren S. Tucker, an attorney advisor to a FTC Commissioner who reviewed non-public information on the decisions...more

FTC Again Confirms That Antitrust Law Encourages ACO Formation

Once again, the staff of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has rebutted calls by physician groups that state legislation is needed to allow independent physicians to collaborate....more

Most Favored Nation Clauses - State Ban Ends Antitrust Action Against Michigan Blues

In the wake of the passage of a Michigan statute and regulatory order banning the use of most favored nation (MFN) clauses by insurers, health maintenance organizations and nonprofit healthcare corporations in contracts with...more

Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200: Michigan Statute and Regulatory Order Banning MFN Provisions in Provider Contracts Ends...

In the wake of the passage of a Michigan statute and regulatory order banning the use of most favored nation (“MFN”) clauses by insurers, health maintenance organizations, and nonprofit health care corporations in contracts...more

When Will They Learn? Doctors Continue to Face Antitrust Charges for Jointly Negotiating Contracts without Clinical or Financial...

Legitimate joint marketing and selling arrangements have the potential to produce efficiencies. This is particularly so, for example, where the arrangement enables the participants to make or market products that they could...more

I Don’t Care How Much I Pay (too Much, the Magic Bus)* – Part II

In a prior post, we noted that the U.S. Department of Justice and State of New York filed an antitrust complaint that seeks to unwind a joint venture formed in 2009 by two competing tour bus operators in New York City....more

12/28/2012  /  Class Action , Competition , DOJ , Joint Venture

I Don’t Care How Much I Pay (too Much, the Magic Bus)*

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice and State of New York filed an antitrust complaint that seeks to unwind a joint venture formed in 2009 by two competing tour bus operators in New York City....more

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