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FTC Rule Change Simplifies Process Following a Denial of a Preliminary Injunction Motion

On March 14, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced procedural revisions governing the FTC process when it loses an injunction bid in federal court, to block the consummation of a merger pending its in-house...more

Court Sets Date for Preliminary Injunction Hearing in Sysco-U.S. Foods Antitrust Case

This past Wednesday, Judge Amit Mehta of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia set a hearing from May 5 through May 8, with up to three additional days if necessary, to consider the FTC’s request for a...more

HSR Act Thresholds to Rise on February 20

On January 21, the Federal Trade Commission published new notification and filing fee thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act). The revised thresholds will apply to all mergers and...more

FTC Announces Increased Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds

On January 15, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced revised jurisdictional thresholds for determining whether a proposed transaction must be reported to federal authorities under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR)...more

FTC Announces Annual Revision to HSR Jurisdictional Thresholds

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on January 15, 2015 increased jurisdictional thresholds for premerger notification filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the HSR Act)....more

Georgia Department of Community Health Ruling Jeopardizes FTC Action Against Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc.

On October 6, Ellwood F. Oakley III, an administrative hearing officer at Georgia’s Department of Community Health, reversed an initial staff determination that a new Certificate of Need (CON) would not be required if Phoebe...more

The EU General Court Gets a Rap on Its Knuckles

In Groupement des cartes bancaires, the EU Court of Justice severely reprimanded the General Court for its failure to properly analyze a restriction of competition ‘by object’ within the meaning of Article 101(1) TFEU....more

Buckle Up—Unwinding Phoebe Putney’s Acquisition of Palmyra Down in Georgia May End Up Being Back on the Table

Almost one year ago, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) agreed to settle its antitrust challenge of Phoebe Putney Health System’s (Phoebe Putney) acquisition of Palmyra Medical Center (Palmyra) without requiring divesture or any...more

Court Endorses FTC Authority To Require Special Reporting for Pharmaceutical Licenses

A federal court has endorsed the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to adopt regulations under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act that target specific industries. In Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America v....more

High court scales back antitrust exemption

This Daily Journal article analyzes the United States Supreme Court decision of Federal Trade Commission v. Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc, which held that a state's grant of general corporate powers to government entities...more

FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc.: Supreme Court rules state law does not offer blanket protection from antitrust laws

The United States Supreme Court issued a decision limiting antitrust immunity for state-sanctioned conduct. The Court unanimiously overturned the Eleventh Circuit's ruling allowing Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc. to acquire...more

Notification Threshold Under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Increased to $70.9 million

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced higher reporting thresholds for pre-merger notifications filed on or after February 11, 2013. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced revised thresholds for...more

FTC Announces Increases to Thresholds for Pre-Merger Notification and Limitations on Interlocking Directorates

On Jan. 10, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission made its annual announcement of revisions to thresholds that determine whether companies must abide by the pre-merger filing and waiting period requirements set forth in the...more

FTC Raises Hart­-Scott­-Rodino Thresholds

Transactions closing as of February 11 will be subject to increased HSR Act jurisdictional and filing fee thresholds. On January 10, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it will raise the Hart-Scott-Rodino...more

Are the Regulators Coming after the Patent Trolls?

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice recently held a workshop to discuss the effects of patent assertion entities (PAEs) on innovation and competition....more

FTC and DOJ Explore Role of Patent Assertion Entities in the Patent Innovation Market

On December 10, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) jointly presented the “Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) Activities Workshop.” This publicly-held workshop signaled a recognition by...more

FTC Defers to State Resolution of Competitive Concerns Arising Out of Acquisition of Natural Gas Assets

On November 7, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission announced it had closed its investigation of Hilcorp Alaska LLC's proposed $375M acquisition of Marathon Oil Company's Cook Inlet, Alaska natural gas production, storage, and...more

Calif. On Board As Health Care Antitrust Enforcer

Originally published in Law360, New York (September 27, 2012, 2:13 PM ET) California’s attorney general has recently launched a broad investigation into whether increasing consolidation among hospitals and physician...more

Anti-Competitive Conduct in China: A Dialogue with NDRC and SAIC Officials on Enforcement under China's Anti-Monopoly Law

On August 27, 2012 the American Chamber of Commerce, Beijing, hosted a luncheon meeting where Ms. Li Qing, Deputy Director, National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) Price Supervision and Anti-Monopoly Bureau, and...more

Renown Health-FTC Antitrust Agreement: Guidance for Hospitals Acquiring and Employing Physicians

Renown was represented in the agencies' investigation and the ensuing settlement negotiations by Ober/Kaler principal Bill Berlin, a member of the firm's Antitrust and Competition Group. On August 6, 2012, Renown...more

Good News/Bad News for M&A and Antitrust: Transactions on the Rise But So is Aggressive Enforcement, Including Prospect of Jail...

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued their Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Annual Report, documenting a significant increase both in the number of transactions reported and the number...more

REGULATORY: EU Competition Law: UK Competition Commission Clears Water Merger – Unconditionally for First Time by Suzanne Rab

Owning and buying privatised network utilities in the UK raises regulatory issues, yet there continues to be interest in investing in them. On 31 May 2012, the UK Competition Commission (“CC”) approved the acquisition by...more

ECJ Rules Access to Documents Can Be Denied on Basis of General Presumption That Disclosure Undermines Merger Control Proceedings

There is a general presumption that the grant of public access to documents relating to merger control proceedings would undermine the purpose of those proceedings. The Commission does not therefore have to carry out an...more

FTC's Renewed Focus on Hospital Merger Enforcement Reflected in Appointment of Its First Deputy Director for Health Care and...

This note briefly analyzes the scholarly work of Leemore Dafny, who recently has been appointed as the FTC's first Deputy Director for Health Care and Antitrust, beginning August 1. A Harvard- and M.I.T.-educated economist,...more

UK Parliament Debates Changes to UK Competition Regime – Need to Know

The UK Parliament has now begun to debate the changes to the UK competition regime announced on 15 March 2012. The draft legislation, set out in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, was introduced into Parliament on 25...more

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