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Areas of Unique Legal Concerns and Solutions in Device M&A

With medical device related acquisitions at all-time highs, and regulatory interest from the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Office of Inspector...more

FTC Comments Discourage Legislation Purporting to Grant Antitrust Immunity for Health Care Providers

In late September, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) submitted comments to the Virginia and Tennessee Departments of Health regarding each state’s proposed rules concerning hospital cooperation agreements. These proposed...more

FTC Challenges Hospital Merger Despite Conduct Remedy Accepted by State AG

Last week the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) issued an administrative complaint challenging the merger of two West Virginia hospitals that had earlier been cleared by the state’s Attorney General (“W.V. AG”)...more

Congress Takes Long Look at Proposed Health Insurance Mergers

While the Department of Justice Antitrust Division is responsible for reviewing the proposed Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana mergers for any potential competitive concerns, Congress jumped into the process with both feet in...more

Health Care Mergers Come Under Scrutiny

In July, 2015, Aetna struck a deal to buy Humana for $37 billion, which would cover 33 million members. Merging with Humana would give Aetna more than one-quarter of the total Medicare Advantage market, analysts say. In...more

Promoting Antitrust Compliance – The Antitrust Division’s Subtle Shift Regarding Corporate Compliance: A Step Toward Incentivizing...

INTRODUCTION: A surprising feature of many corporate compliance programs is their limited emphasis on antitrust. Compliance efforts are a key feature of modern corporate governance initiatives, and it stands to reason...more

FTC Sets Berks County’s Broken Orthopedic Market

Keystone Orthopaedic Specialists, LLC (“Keystone”), and Orthopaedic Associates of Reading, Ltd. (“OA”) reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission last week that they had violated the antitrust laws through the...more

FTC Submits Public Comments to States Considering Regulations of Cooperative Agreements Between Hospitals

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently submitted comments to Virginia and Tennessee regarding proposed laws in each state relating to Cooperative Agreements between hospitals and the granting of Certificates of Public...more

Some Useful Insights from Steris-Synergy Merger Case

The Federal Trade Commission suffered a rare loss when, on Sept. 24, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio denied its request for a preliminary injunction, despite having accepted the FTC’s “actual...more

Market Allocation = Antitrust Consequences

The U.S. Department of Justice and the State of Michigan recently initiated a civil antitrust action to enjoin certain marketing agreements between four south-central Michigan hospital systems alleging that the agreements...more

Health care consolidations: Complex maneuvers in a high-stakes environment

In today’s shifting health care landscape, providers are consolidating and forming strategic partnerships that position them to offer comprehensive, high-quality services at reasonable costs....more

New Risks of "No-Poach" Agreements in the Healthcare Industry?

"No-poach" agreements, under which employers agree not to steal each other's employees, have long been a feature of industries in which key talent is in short supply. But such agreements can restrict competition in employment...more

Broward Health Wins Most-Illegal-Physician-Comp

Okay, there’s not really a Most-Illegal-Physician-Compensation Prize. But if there were, Florida’s North Broward Hospital District would have won in a walk. That’s why the district has agreed to pay the government $69.5...more

Federal Judge in Ohio Accepts Future Competition Theory: Parties Should Proceed with Caution in Deals to Acquire Potential...

The court’s decision in FTC v. Steris demonstrates the importance of conducting a thorough antitrust analysis of all aspects of a merger or acquisition from every possible angle, including likely future competition. On...more

Kissing Camels Antitrust Suit Against Health System Moves Past Another Hump in the Road

In June, an antitrust suit brought by plaintiff ambulatory surgery centers (“ASCs”) against a health system, health insurers, and a trade association survived a motion to dismiss. Last week, the ASCs’ case cleared the hump of...more

Marginal Evidence of Customer Diversion Won’t Support a Price Discrimination Claim

In Cash & Henderson Drugs, Inc v. Johnson & Johnson, Case No. 12-4689 (2nd Cir. Aug. 27, 2015), the Second Circuit upheld a summary judgment in favor of defendant pharmaceutical manufacturers accused of price discrimination....more

Federal Trade Commission Guidance Addresses Stand-alone Claims of Unfair Competition Under Section 5 of the FTC Act

Section 5 of the FTC Act, in effect since 1914, authorizes the FTC to pursue claims of unfair competition beyond the reach of both the Sherman and Clayton Acts. 15 U.S.C. § 45(a)(1). Until now however, the FTC has been...more

Another FTC Conduct Case to Bolster Generic Drug Competition: Pharmaceuticals Charged with Illegal Non-Compete for Generic ADHD...

The Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC” or “Commission”) ever-expanding list of enforcement actions to preserve competition for generic pharmaceuticals just grew in a new direction. This week, two generic pharmaceutical...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – August 2015

Continuing an EU-wide trend, yet another trade association has been fined in the UK for cartel activities. This time it was a medical professionals’ association. The message is clear; trade associations of all types need to...more

CON laws, COPAs and the FTC: 7 Antitrust Points For The Healthcare Sector

The Federal Trade Commission is on a roll in its attack on what it considers anti-competitive effects in the healthcare industry. And that roll has consistently involved challenging activity that once appeared to be protected...more

Anthem-Cigna Mega Merger Likely Problematic for Providers

Anthem announced on July 24, 2015 that it would purchase Cigna, just three weeks after Aetna agreed to buy Human for $37 billion. The deal is valued at $54.2 billion, and would create the United States’ largest health insurer...more

FTC Comment: Minnesota Law Requiring Public Disclosure of Health Care Contract Data Increases Risk of Anticompetitive Behavior

On June 29, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) responded to a request for comment from two Minnesota state legislators concerning recently enacted amendments to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (MGDPA). Under...more

DOJ and Michigan Sue Four Hospital Systems for Agreeing Not to Compete with Each Other

Together with the State of Michigan, the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division has filed a civil suit against four Michigan hospital systems for allegedly agreeing to limit marketing in each other’s...more

New York Attorney General Pursues Dental Management Company for Corporate Practice Violation

Attorney General (AG) Eric Schneiderman announced a settlement With Aspen Dental Management (ADM). The Settlement Agreement requires ADM to pay $450,000 in Civil Penalties, after the AG found that the company was engaged in...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Duke Hit with Antitrust Suit for Non-Poaching Agreement with UNC

Universities and medical institutions in close geographic proximity may have faced the same issues as Duke and UNC when their faculties started departing for richer positions at the other’s campuses. With ever-increasing...more

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