Lee Simowitz

Lee Simowitz

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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

4/16/2014 - Antitrust Provisions DOJ FTC Mergers Negotiations

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

2/13/2014 - Antitrust Litigation DOJ FTC Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Pharmaceutical Pre-Merger Filing Requirements The Clayton Act

FTC Victory in Idaho Hospital-Physician Acquisition Case Should be a Wake-Up Call for Future and Past Deals

The ink is still drying on the Idaho federal district court’s order requiring St. Luke’s Health System (“St. Luke’s”) to unwind its acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group (“Saltzer”) – a for-profit, physician-owned,...more

1/28/2014 - Acquisitions Edith Ramirez FTC Healthcare Healthcare Costs Healthcare Facilities Hospital Mergers Hospitals Physician Hospital Organizations Physician Ownership Transactional Attorneys

Past as Prologue: Rebirth of the Merger Trial and the Bazaarvoice Case

For many years after its implementation, the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 seemed to sound the death knell of post-consummation merger trials. By establishing a file-and-wait system rather than the old...more

1/21/2014 - Anticompetitive Agreements Antitrust Conspiracies Bazaarvoice Inc Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Mergers The Clayton Act

NY Governor Signs “Unprecedented” Legislation Allowing Public Healthcare Provider “a Blank Check to Engage in a Huge Swath of...

Despite vocal opposition from New York Attorney General Schneiderman’s office, New York Governor Cuomo signed legislation this week authorizing Nassau Health Care Corporation (“NuHealth”) – a public healthcare provider that...more

10/30/2013 - Andrew Cuomo Anti-Competitive Healthcare Hospitals

Could an Idaho Healthcare Merger Impact Other Mergers, Including the American/US Airways Merger?

With the trial over, post-trial briefs due November 1, and closing arguments scheduled for November 7, a lot more is at stake than whether St. Luke’s Health System (“St. Luke’s”) can keep Saltzer Medical Group (“Saltzer”) – a...more

10/24/2013 - American Airlines FTC Healthcare Hospital Mergers US Airways

Provider Healthcare Merger Retrospective on the Horizon at FTC - Again?

With the first week in the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) and Idaho attorney general's antitrust trial challenging St. Luke's Health System's (St. Luke's) acquisition of the Saltzer Medical Group (Saltzer), a for-profit,...more

10/9/2013 - Competition Edith Ramirez FTC Healthcare Hospitals Physicians

Game Over — "Unique Circumstances" End FTC Challenge to Phoebe Putney Acquisition

After running the table in the Supreme Court with a unanimous decision and then convincing a district court judge in Georgia to halt further consolidation of Phoebe Putney Health System (Phoebe Putney) and Palmyra Medical...more

9/25/2013 - Acquisitions Divestiture FTC FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System Remedial Actions

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

9/18/2013 - Anticompetitive Agreements Antitrust Litigation Consent Order DOJ FTC Mergers Policy Violations

FTC Investigations of Technology 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, a FTC attorney advisor who reviewed non-public information on decisions to investigate proposed...more

9/11/2013 - Antitrust Investigations Compliance FTC Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Investigations

“Highly Unusual” Circumstances End FTC Challenge to Phoebe Putney Acquisition

After running the table in the Supreme Court with a unanimous decision, which we covered, and then convincing a district court judge in Georgia to halt further consolidation of Phoebe Putney Health System (“Phoebe Putney”)...more

8/30/2013 - Acquisitions Antitrust Litigation FTC FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System SCOTUS

FTC Investigations of Pharma and Medical Device Transactions – Am I at Risk?

A recent article in the Antitrust Law Journal titled “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...more

8/19/2013 - Compliance FTC Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Investigations Medical Devices Pharmaceutical

FTC Investigations of Provider Healthcare Transactions: Am I at Risk?

A recent article published in the Antitrust Law Journal titled "A Survey of Evidence Leading to Second Requests at the FTC," by Darren S. Tucker, an attorney advisor to an FTC commissioner who reviewed nonpublic information...more

8/9/2013 - Competition Evidence FTC Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Healthcare Investigations

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

8/6/2013 - Chemicals DOJ Employer Liability Issues Energy FTC Hart-Scott-Rodino Act

Will the FTC Investigate My Provider Healthcare Transaction?

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

7/31/2013 - FTC Hospital Mergers Mergers

Are Consummated Hospital and Physician Mergers Now in the FTC’s Crosshairs?

Speaking at an American Bar Association symposium titled “Retrospective Analysis of Agency Determinations in Merger Transactions,” Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Chairwoman, Edith Ramirez, highlighted the FTC’s successful...more

7/10/2013 - ABA Acquisitions FTC Healthcare Professionals Healthcare Reform Hospital Mergers Investigations Mergers Physicians

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

6/20/2013 - ACOs Affordable Care Act Competition DOJ FTC Physicians

Supreme Court Rules That “Pay for Delay” Generic Drug Patent Settlements Are Not Shielded From Antitrust Liability

The Supreme Court has held that the antitrust laws may forbid patent settlements that delay the market entry of generic drugs in return for large payments from manufacturers of competing branded drugs....more

6/18/2013 - FTC Generic Drugs Hatch-Waxman Manufacturers Patents Pay-For-Delay Prescription Drugs Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements SCOTUS Settlement

FTC: Dentists Not Shielded From Teeth-Whitening Competition

In a ruling that may impact how professionals attempt to limit competition from alternative providers, the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners (Board) failed to convince the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth...more

6/17/2013 - Competition Dentists FTC Sherman Act State Action Doctrine

Antitrust Law Encourages Accountable Care Organizations (“ACOs”) Formation

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

6/12/2013 - ACOs Affordable Care Act CMS Competition FTC Medicare Physicians

NC Dentists Can’t Stop Competition from Other Providers of Teeth-Whitening Services

The North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners (“Board”) failed to convince the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that the Board’s successful effort to “expel non-dentist providers from the North...more

6/5/2013 - Anti-Competitive Antitrust Investigations Competition Dentists FTC State Action Doctrine

NC Governor Signs Law Banning Most Favored Nations Provisions in Health Care Contracts

Despite opposition and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina’s claim that it “has not used ‘most favored nation’ clauses in [its] new contracts and in fact [they are] not part of our strategy to use those clauses on...more

5/14/2013 - Contract Drafting Healthcare Most-Favored Nations

The FTC Weighs in on Recent State Efforts to Promote/Hinder Healthcare Competition From APRNS

In recent years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) frequently has commented on state efforts to either expand or restrict competition faced by doctors from advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Generally speaking,...more

5/10/2013 - Competition FTC Healthcare Nurses

In North Carolina, Will There Be “Freedom to Negotiate Health Care Rates”?

Despite opposition and the claim from BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina that it “has not used ’most favored nation’ clauses in [its] new contracts and in fact [they are] not part of our strategy to use those clauses on...more

5/9/2013 - Contract Drafting Healthcare Most-Favored Nations

Promoting Healthcare Competition – The FTC’s Recent Comments on State Legislative/Regulatory Efforts Impacting Competition from...

In recent years, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has frequently commented on state efforts to either expand, or restrict competition faced by doctors from advanced practice registered nurses (“APRNs”). Generally...more

5/1/2013 - Competition FTC Healthcare Nurses

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