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"FTC Doubles Down in Challenge to Pharmaceutical Settlement"

On September 8, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a federal antitrust complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against defendants AbbVie, Abbott Laboratories, Unimed...more

9/11/2014 - Abbott Laboratories FTC FTCA Generic Drugs Monopolization Pharmaceutical Prescription Drugs Settlement

"DOJ and FTC Hold Joint Workshop to Explore Conditional Pricing Practices"

On June 23, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice hosted a day-long joint workshop, consisting of panels of economists and lawyers, to explore conditional pricing practices. Although conditional...more

7/1/2014 - Bundled Providers Conditional Pricing Customer-Loyalty Programs DOJ FTC Public Comment

"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

"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

"FTC Seeks Comment on Collection of Information Relating to Patent Assertion Entities"

On September 27, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced that the four sitting Commissioners voted unanimously to seek public comments on a proposal to gather information to examine how patent assertion entities (PAEs)...more

9/30/2013 - Corporate Governance FTC Patent Assertion Entities Patent Portfolios Patent Trolls Patents

"Federal Trade Commission Settles Illegal Information Exchange Allegations With Bosley, Inc."

On April 8, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a proposed settlement with hair restoration company Bosley, Inc. to resolve allegations that Bosley illegally exchanged competitively sensitive, nonpublic...more

4/9/2013 - Competition FTC Price-Fixing Section 5 of FTC Act Sensitive Business Information Settlement

"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

"New Year Will See More Policing of Patent Conduct by US and EU Competition Agencies"

If recent events are any indication, U.S. and European antitrust agencies will remain focused this year on the intersection of intellectual property and competition law. In particular, the agencies have concluded that under...more

1/30/2013 - Acquisitions Apple Competition DOJ EU FRAND FTC Google Infringement Injunctions Licenses Microsoft Motorola Non-Practicing Entities Patent Assertion Entities Patent Portfolios Patents RIM Samsung Standards-Essential Patents

"FTC Ends Google Investigation With a ‘Slap on the Wrist’"

On January 3, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ended its highly publicized and wide-ranging investigation into Google Inc.’s business practices with an enforcement action that has been described by some as a “slap on...more

1/4/2013 - Enforcement Actions FRAND FTC Google Investigations Licenses Patents Settlement Technology

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