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FTC and DOJ Host Workshop Examining Health Care Competition - Updated 2015

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) held a public workshop on February 24–25, 2015, to examine recent trends and developments in health care provider...more

ITC Pilot Program to Expedite Rulings on Whether Exclusion Orders Cover Redesigns and New Products

On February 24, 2015, the ITC announced a new pilot program to decide whether redesigns or new products are covered by ITC exclusion orders. The announced goal of the program is to test the use of expedited procedures for the...more

FTC Merger Review Likely to Incorporate Analysis of Privacy Issues

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or the Commission), along with the U.S. Department of Justice, can challenge mergers it believes will result in a substantial lessening of competition – for example through higher prices,...more

Supreme Court Denies Antitrust Shield for NC Dental Board

On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, the Supreme Court released a 6-3 decision in North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission, a case with potentially broad implications for regulation by dental and...more

Supreme Court: State Agencies Controlled by Active Market Participants Must Have Active State Supervision to Qualify for Antitrust...

In a 6–3 decision issued February 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States held in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission that if active market participants control an entity—even a...more

Alert: Ninth Circuit Recognizes Efficiencies May Enhance Competition in Antitrust Challenge to Merger*

In a rare appellate opinion addressing the merits of a merger challenge, the Ninth Circuit last month sided with the Federal Trade Commission, finding that a 2012 merger of two health care providers in Idaho was likely to...more

What Your TV Wouldn’t Tell You and Your Fridge Didn’t Know: FTC Best Practices for Consumer-Facing IoT Devices

On January 27, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an FTC staff report titled “Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World” (Report). The Report summarizes the FTC’s November 2013 workshop on the privacy...more

Free Apps might be misleading

Distributors of free Apps shall comply with stringent transparency obligations following an investigation from the Italian competition authority....more

Health Care Competition Follow-up Exam: Highlights from the Second FTC/DOJ “Examining Health Care Competition” Workshop

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) co-hosted the second installment of their public workshop series, “Examining Health Care Competition.” Complementing last year’s focus on...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That to Invoke Antitrust Immunity, State Agencies Controlled by Market Participants Must Prove Active...

On Feb. 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held in a 6-3 decision that a state board with a controlling number of decision-makers who are active market participants in the occupation the board regulates does not enjoy state...more

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Nixes Hospital System Acquisition of Physician Practice Group: Preserving Competition Trumps Better...

On February 10, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (which covers Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Alaska, Hawaii and Arizona) ordered St. Luke’s Health System, Ltd. (“St....more

President Obama’s Proposed Privacy Bill of Rights, Part 1: Personal Data, De-Identification, and Retention Requirements

On Friday, Feb. 27, the Obama administration unveiled a proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights that would require businesses to be more transparent in privacy practices, and provide individuals certain rights aimed at...more

Supreme Court Strikes Down State Professional Boards’ Antitrust Immunity

In a ruling with significant implications for state professional licensing boards and their members, on February 25, 2015, the United States Supreme Court found that practitioner-controlled state boards do not have inherent...more

Federal Court Finds Amex’s “Anti-Steering” Merchant Rules Anticompetitive

After a seven-week bench trial in an enforcement action by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and 17 state attorneys general, U.S. District Judge Garaufis (Eastern District of New York) held that American Express Co.’s...more

Supreme Court Holds State Regulatory Board Not Immune From Antitrust Laws

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners (“Dental Board”) is not shielded from federal antitrust law under the doctrine of state-action antitrust...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Divestiture of Consummated Physician Practice Acquisition

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed an Idaho federal district court’s decision ordering the divestiture of a physician practice group that had been acquired by a competing health system. The case, which...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – March 2015

A recent European Commission (EC) fining decision against UK-based broker ICAP confirms that companies which merely facilitate a cartel will be tarred with the same brush as those which actually engage in the cartel. The...more

FTC Looks to Accelerate Oncology Drug Growth by Requiring Novartis to Divest Two Protein Inhibitors in Its Clinical Development...

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) on Monday completed its review of Novartis AG’s (“Novartis”) proposed $16 billion acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline’s (“GSK”) oncology drug portfolio with an announced consent decree that...more

Advertising Law - February 2015 #4

“Big Data” Mergers Should Trigger Regulatory Investigation, Groups Say - The Federal Trade Commission should take a closer look when companies with “big data” consolidate or merge, consumer groups recently...more

White House Releases Revised Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

On Friday, February 27, 2015, the White House released a revised version of its 2012 proposal for a consumer privacy bill of rights. The revised legislative proposal largely tracks with the 2012 proposal in that it focuses on...more

SIFMA Gets Its Cybersecurity-Antitrust Wish

I’m sure you remember SIFMA’s Principles for Effective Cybersecurity Regulatory Guidance, issued last October. I mean, you read about them right here. One of the principles was this: Principle 9: Information Sharing...more

New York Court Gives Final Approval to $58.5 Million Music Licensing Settlement

On February 19, 2015, the District Court for the Southern District of New York issued final approval of a $58.5 million settlement between performing rights society SESAC (Society of European Stage Actors and Composers) and...more

Anatomy of a Provider Merger Antitrust Challenge (Part 2)

This is the second in a six-part series discussing the Federal Trade Commission’s challenges to provider mergers. Following the initial Introduction and Background (Part 1), the series discusses The Need for Early Legal...more

Food Industry Outlook for 2015

For 2015, the food and beverage industry will experience governmental attention on a number of fronts. Given the Department of Justice’s recent success in prosecuting food manufacturing executives on criminal charges, the...more

Supreme Court Update: North Carolina Board Of Dental Examiners V. Federal Trade Commission (13-534), Kansas V. Nebraska (126,...

The robed returned to action with this week with decisions in three cases, North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission (13-534), on whether state licensing boards enjoy immunity from antitrust laws...more

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