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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

District Court Upholds FTC Hart-Scott-Rodino Rules for Pharmaceutical Patent Transfers

A federal court has upheld the validity of the FTC’s recent rules for reporting certain transfers of exclusive patent rights in the pharmaceutical industry under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements (“HSR”) Act. We...more

Beyond Truth, and Toward Repose: Price Increases Following “Merger to Monopoly” Do Not Rekindle Statute of Limitations

Z Technologies Corp. v. Lubrizol Corp., No. 2:12-cv-12206 (6th Cir., May 23, 2014). In February, 2007, Lubrizol Corporation made a “merger to monopoly” acquisition of the assets of a competitor. The acquisition...more

Loose Lips Sink Ships and Careless E-mails Torpedo a Transaction

Federal antitrust laws prohibit hospital systems, like other businesses, from using a dominant market position to exclude competitors and restrain trade. Recently, e-mail communications exchanged between a...more

District Court Upholds HSR Rulemaking on Pharmaceutical Patent Licensing Transactions

The transfer of certain patent rights in the pharmaceutical industry will remain subject to the premerger notification rules under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR Act) after a federal judge rejected a challenge brought by the...more

Appeals Court Upholds FTC Merger Challenge

On April 22, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a decision of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finding that the merger of two hospital systems in Ohio violated the antitrust laws. ProMedica...more

DOJ, Antitrust Division Speaks Out On Non-Reportable Transactions

On April 25, Deputy Assistant Attorney General of Civil Enforcement Leslie Overton gave a speech focused entirely on the Antitrust Division’s enforcement activities related to transactions that do not trigger a filing under...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms FTC Order of Divestiture and Prohibits ProMedica Health System's Purchase of Competing Hospital

In an opinion published on April 22, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit sided with a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) decision that ProMedica Health System, Inc.'s acquisition of rival St. Luke's...more

Antitrust Hospital Merger Policy Gets a Judicial Boost — Sixth Circuit Upholds FTC Decision Challenging Hospital Merger

In a highly anticipated decision, the federal antitrust agencies’ reinvigorated hospital merger enforcement efforts received a boost when, for the first time this century, an appellate court upheld a Federal Trade Commission...more

Orrick's Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - April 2014

Shanghai High People’s Court Rules That Resale Price Maintenance Agreement Constitutes Monopolistic Agreement - The Shanghai High People’s Court recently made available its Aug. 1, 2013 final judgment overruling the...more

German Court Rejects National Competition Authority Liability for Damages After Unlawful Prohibition of a Merger

The Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf yesterday dismissed an action for damages of €1.1 billion brought by GN Store Nord against the German Federal Cartel Office. The judgment sheds some light on the possibility for...more

State Action Doctrine At The Supreme Court: Take Two

The Supreme Court has a renewed interest in the state action doctrine. After declining to clarify what types of state action are exempt from federal antitrust scrutiny for years, the Supreme Court agreed to hear its second...more

Antitrust Class Action Against Graco Inc. Dismissed

On March 11, 2014, Judge Ann Montgomery of the District of Minnesota dismissed a putative antitrust class action against Graco Inc. and its distributors that accused Graco of buying two of its closest competitors in the spray...more

Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - February 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Parens Patriae Suits Are Not Removable to Federal Court as “Mass Actions” Under the Class Action Fairness Act - On Jan. 14, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a parens patriae...more

FTC Successfully Challenges Non-Reportable Acquisition of Physician Group

On January 24, 2014, the U.S. District Court for Idaho held that St. Luke’s Health System (“St. Luke’s”)’s acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group (“Saltzer”), violated Section 7 of the Clayton Act and ordered St. Luke’s to...more

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

India’s Competition Act takes shape with enforcement actions and appeals: key cases, key points for international companies

Competition law in India has begun to take shape as major enforcement actions involving a host of industries have worked their way from initial complaint to a finding of an infringement and appeal to the Supreme Court of...more

In The Wake Of Phoebe Putney, New York Passes Law Giving Antitrust Immunity To State Health Care System

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court issued its decision in FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc., 133 S.Ct. 1003 (2013), which held that the state action antitrust immunity doctrine applies only when the state legislature...more

Germany Changes Merger Rules

Changes to the standard of review and key aspects of the merger review process make Germany's rules more consistent with those of the European Commission....more

Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - April 2013

In This Issue: - A Modern Look at The Nine Patent Licensing ‘No-Nos’ (Part Two): The Last Five ‘No-Nos’ *United States - Supreme Court Holds That Class Certification Under Rule 23(b)(3) Is Inappropriate...more

No “Permission To Roughhouse In Market” Found: Supreme Court Unanimously Finds For The FTC In Opposing Hospital Acquisition

In an opinion that has implications for the health care industry and beyond, the Supreme Court, in Federal Trade Commission v. Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc., last month clarified the standard for exempting “state-action”...more

Supreme Court Limits State Action Immunity In Federal Trade Commission v. Phoebe Putney Health Systems

In a closely watched decision, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court has reversed an 11th Circuit decision that invoked the state action doctrine to prevent the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from challenging a state hospital...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

Supreme Court Reins in State Action Immunity

Last week a unanimous Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated opinion in FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc., addressing the "State action" exemption from application of the federal antitrust laws for the first time...more

Merger-To-Monopoly Held Not Protected By State-Action Immunity

The U.S. Supreme Court on February 19th scaled back the "state action immunity" doctrine, siding with the Federal Trade Commission on an issue that had divided the lower courts and holding that a county Hospital Authority's...more

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