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DOJ Casts Shade on Proposed Chicago Sun-Times Newspaper Sale

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) announced May 15 that it is investigating the proposed acquisition of the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper by the owner of rival publication the Chicago Tribune. As a condition of...more

5/17/2017  /  Acquisitions , Antitrust Division , DOJ

FTC Approves Final Consent Order Allowing Enbridge and Spectra Merger

The Federal Trade Commission has approved the merger between Enbridge and Spectra, following the parties’ acceptance of certain terms designed to preserve competition between natural gas pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico. The...more

3/30/2017  /  FTC , Mergers , Natural Gas , Pipelines

Lawsuit Highlights Antitrust Exposure Related to Hiring and Compensation

A recently filed class action lawsuit serves as an important reminder that employers can face scrutiny under antitrust law through civil litigation brought by their employees, in addition to investigations and enforcement...more

FTC Action Against Physician Cooperative Illustrates Risks of Collective Contracting Activity Among Independent Providers

A recent Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) enforcement action against a physician cooperative in Puerto Rico for organizing a group boycott of a health plan underscores the need for providers to be cognizant of the antitrust...more

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice Issue Updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of...

On January 13, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice issued updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property. The updated Guidelines retain the core principles of the 1995...more

Recent HSR Gun Jumping Settlement in Excess of Half a Million Dollars: Why it’s Worth the Wait

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) announced January 18 that Duke Energy Corporation (Duke) agreed to pay $600,000 to settle charges that it violated the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976...more

Individual Investors Pay Civil Penalties for Failing to Report Acquisitions of Voting Securities to the Federal Trade Commission

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (“HSR Act”) requires companies and individuals to report large transactions above certain thresholds to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), and then to observe...more

Federal Trade Commission Announces Adjusted HSR Thresholds for 2017

On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission announced the annual threshold adjustments for premerger filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (15 U.S.C. § 18a) (“HSR”). The new thresholds...more

Revised International Enforcement Guidelines Prescribe Increasing Collaboration Between U.S., Foreign Competition Agencies to...

Companies, including those in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, with multinational operations should expect increasing collaboration between U.S. and foreign competition agencies to investigate and prosecute...more

1/20/2017  /  Antitrust Violations , DOJ , FTAIA , FTC

Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission Announce Updated International Antitrust Guidelines

Twenty years later, the revised “Antitrust Guidelines for International Enforcement and Cooperation” reflect a more globalized view of commerce and antitrust concepts among U.S. enforcement agencies. Clients with...more

1/19/2017  /  Antitrust Violations , DOJ , FTC

Federal Trade Commission Announces Increased Fines

On June 29, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced significant increases in the maximum civil penalties for violations of 16 provisions of law it enforces, including the FTC Act and Clayton Act. Effective...more

Federal Trade Commission Announces Adjusted HSR Thresholds for 2016

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission announced the annual threshold adjustments for premerger filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (15 U.S.C. § 18a) (“HSR”). The new thresholds...more

Federal Trade Commission Announces Adjusted HSR Thresholds for 2015

On January 15, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission announced the annual threshold adjustments for premerger filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (15 U.S.C. § 18a) (“HSR”). The new thresholds...more

Federal Trade Commission Announces Adjusted HSR Thresholds for 2014

On January 17, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced the annual threshold adjustments for premerger filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (15 U.S.C. § 18a) (“HSR”). The new thresholds...more

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