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Mergers and Acquisitions Takeaways From the 2017 ABA Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

by Perkins Coie on

The American Bar Association’s 65th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting held at the end of March included a number of sessions with representatives from federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies. In the first article in a...more

DOJ Anti-Steering Suit Against Carolinas Healthcare Survives Preliminary Motion

by Mintz Levin on

On March 30, 2017, in a closely watched case, a federal district court denied the Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings filed by Carolinas Healthcare against the DOJ Antitrust Division and State of North Carolina’s Complaint...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution & Crisis Management Newsletter – February 2017

by King & Spalding on

Product Pricing and Antitrust Law in the United States - A recent US court action by a Japanese company in respect of a competitor’s volume discounts - Introduction - The current position in the US on the rules...more

Aetna-Humana Merger Blocked

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The District of Columbia federal court recently ruled that a proposed $37 billion merger between health insurance giants Aetna and Humana cannot proceed, granting the US Department of Justice’s bid to block the combination on...more

2016 Antitrust Case Law And FTC Action Highlights FTC Agency’s Approach To Hospital Mergers

by Polsinelli on

In 2016, the Federal Trade Commission prevailed in litigation before the Third and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeal related to two high-profile hospital mergers. In both cases, the courts of appeal overturned the federal...more

Protecting Against Big Pharma's Tactics for Delaying Market Entry of Generics

by Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP on

Branded companies make millions of dollars each day that a generic version of a drug is held from the market. Therefore, the branded companies are highly motivated to obstruct the path of generic pharma companies. For some...more

Health Care E-Note - November 2016

by Burr & Forman on

You just formed your medical practice inAlabama, and you either chose a professional corporation (a “PC”) or an LLC. If you went with a PC, you got to choose between an “S” corporation (“S corp”) or a “C” corporation (“C...more

FTC's Winning Streak Restored: Seventh Circuit Reverses Denial of Preliminary Injunction in Chicago Hospital Merger, Competition...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Recent appellate decisions confirm the uphill battle hospitals face when merging with other hospitals. On October 31, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit overturned the district court’s ruling in Federal Trade...more

Antitrust M&A Snapshot - October 2016

by McDermott Will & Emery on

UNITED STATES: Continuing an active first half of 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and US Department of Justice (DOJ) have challenged several large mergers and acquisitions. In fact, trials for the two...more

Member States cannot impose uniform retail prices for prescription-only medicinal products, highest EU Court says

by White & Case LLP on

EU law precludes national legislation setting fixed retail prices for prescription medicinal products, as it unreasonably restricts imports - On 19 October 2016, the European Court of Justice issued a ruling concluding...more

Health Update - October 2016

Defining and Resolving the Provider Data Dilemma - Editor’s Note: Provider data drives the most fundamental processes in the healthcare system. Inaccurate provider data puts patient care and billions of dollars at risk....more

Antitrust Law - October 2016

Editor’s Note: On September 27, 2016, the Third Circuit handed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a significant victory in its campaign against hospital consolidation, reversing a District Court decision that denied a...more

Third Circuit Delivers Resounding Victory for FTC in Pennsylvania Hospital Merger Case

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On September 27, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit handed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a significant antitrust victory by granting its request for a preliminary injunction to stay the pending merger...more

DOJ-AmEx Case Could Have Ramifications for Health Care Providers

by Polsinelli on

The U.S. Department of Justice's loss to American Express sends a message to health care providers: Steering, tiering, exclusive dealing and other contractual arrangements that appear to suppress competition in one part of...more

Three Dozen States Sue Makers of Opioid Addiction Treatment Medications for Antitrust

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

With opioid abuse continuing to dominate national headlines, manufacturers of opioid overdose medications are facing intense scrutiny over pricing practices that threaten (or those perceived as threatening) public...more

A Superficial Analysis of Competitive Foreclosure Won’t Play in Peoria

by Reed Smith on

A federal trial court rejected a hospital’s antitrust claims that it was substantially foreclosed from the market by its rival’s exclusive contracts with payors. The court concluded that foreclosure in healthcare services...more

FTC Fashions Creative Remedy to Permit Presumptively Anticompetitive Merger for Financially Failing Medical Practice

by Mintz Levin on

The Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) has made its preference known for structural, rather than conduct, remedies when attempting to craft consent solutions in reviewing antitrust provocative mergers. In...more

Big Summary Judgment Win for Hospital Defending $300M Exclusive Dealing Antitrust Suit

by Mintz Levin on

After fending off a motion for judgment on the pleadings in March 2015, a small hospital in Peoria, Illinois lost on summary judgment in its $300 million antitrust suit alleging illegal exclusive dealing and attempted...more

EU Court Confirms European Commission’s Decision on Pay-for-Delay Agreements

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On 8 September 2016, the General Court of the European Union upheld the European Commission’s decision in which the antitrust regulator imposed fines of approximately EUR 150 million on Lundbeck and a number of generic...more

Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: FTC/DOJ Aggressive Merger Enforcement Continues

The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice have continued their aggressive stance against proposed mergers that the antitrust agencies perceive as harmful to competition. So far this year, the FTC obtained a...more

Compounding Pharmacy’s Group Boycott Claim Survives Motion to Dismiss

On August 23, 2016, the District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri allowed claims by a compounding pharmacy to proceed, denying a motion to dismiss filed by the defendant pharmacy benefit manager (“PBM”). In...more

No Resuscitation of Hospital’s Exclusive Dealing Antitrust Suit against Competing Hospitals and Physicians

by Mintz Levin on

The Third Circuit reminds, “[i]n antitrust suits, definitions matter.” Last week, in applying that maxim, the court affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a suit filed by a hospital against a competing hospital and physician...more

DOJ Challenges Health Insurance Merger

by King & Spalding on

On July 21, 2016, the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (the “DOJ”) announced that it, along with several state attorneys general, would sue to block two multi-billion dollar health insurance mergers between Aetna and...more

One-Two Punch on Hospital Challenges: Is the FTC Down for the Count?

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

There was a time not long ago when the odds of beating the Federal Trade Commission on a hospital merger antitrust challenge were slim. Two recent defeats, however, may change that some. Late last year, the FTC, in quick...more

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