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FTC Announces Increase in Merger Filings by Insurers and Overall

On August 12, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and DOJ released the agencies' 37th Annual Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR) Report, highlighting the 33 merger enforcement actions brought by the agencies over the federal...more

Send Lawyers, Guns and Money:* Providers Lining Up Against Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana Mergers

In the wake of Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s proposed acquisition of Humana, providers are lining up to be heard. Take the American Medical Association (AMA), for example, which is urging federal and...more

Health Insurers Announce Merger Plans; Congress Announces Intention to Review

In the last few months, several of the largest commercial health insurers in the nation have announced their intentions to merge. First, Aetna (currently the nation’s third largest health insurer by revenue) announced its...more

FTC Issues First Formal Policy on Section 5's Unfair Competition Authority

Although the brief FTC statement is beneficial, the sweeping language contained in the policy statement gives little practical guidance to the business community. On August 13, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued...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

FTC’s New Interpretation of Hart-Scott-Rodino Investment Property Exemption May Disrupt Industries Structured Around Prior...

The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition Premerger Notification Staff has announced that Hart-Scott-Rodino Rule 802.5 (the “investment rental property exemption”) will no longer be available if the buyer...more

Regulators Likely To Heavily Scrutinize Proposed Humana-Aetna Merger

At the beginning of the month, insurance companies Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. announced they would be pursuing a merger, with the former company acquiring the latter. Aetna, sources say, will be purchasing Humana for roughly...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Competition and Consumer Protection (Updated)

COMPETITION AND CONSUMER PROTECTION - Australia has extensive competition and consumer laws dealing with, among other things, the promotion of competition and consumer protection. This section provides an introduction to...more

May Antitrust Bulletin

On April 27, 2015, Applied Materials Inc. and Tokyo Electron Ltd. abandoned their merger plans after facing pushback from the Department of Justice (DOJ). The merger, which has been pending since September 2013, would have...more

Oregon Federal Court Weighs In on Disputed Umbrella Theory of Damages

An Oregon federal court recently relied on the so-called umbrella theory of damages to decide that the plaintiffs had an antitrust injury necessary to pursue an injunction. While this decision has garnered attention for...more

FTC Advises That Mergers Don’t Eliminate Privacy Promises of Acquired Companies

The FTC recently posted comments on its business blog about the responsibility of companies to comply with privacy representations made to prior customers on how the companies will collect, use or disclose personal...more

Can Mergers Between Healthcare Providers in Different Markets Raise Antitrust Concerns? "Yes," Say Top Enforcers at FTC and DOJ

In reviewing mergers of healthcare providers, government antitrust enforcers have historically focused on horizontal mergers between competing providers—in particular, those that result in high market shares in a specific...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

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

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

Ninth Circuit and Massachusetts Superior Court Release Important Antitrust Decisions

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and a Massachusetts Superior Court each recently released decisions dealing with alleged violations of antitrust prohibitions that implicate a number of important issues surrounding health...more

Divestiture of St. Luke's Acquisition Upheld Despite Transaction's "Laudable" Goals

On February 10, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) achieved a historic victory when a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that a hospital's acquisition of a physician's group – the transaction challenged by the FTC – ran afoul...more

Divestiture of St. Luke's Acquisition Upheld Despite Transaction's "Laudable" Goals

On February 10, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) achieved a historic victory when a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that a hospital's acquisition of a physician's group – the transaction challenged by the FTC – ran afoul...more

St. Luke's Health: Does Improving Patient Care Justify a Merger Under Antitrust Law? Ninth Circuit Says "No" and Orders...

Healthcare providers frequently consolidate to cut costs and improve patient care. These benefits can result from sharing administrative costs such as billing and electronic recordkeeping, eliminating excess capacity, better...more

DOJ Antitrust Head Stresses “Front-End Guidance” and Structural Remedies

Bill Baer, the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the DOJ Antitrust Division, spoke about the DOJ’s antitrust enforcement priorities last Friday, February 6, at a speech in Miami. AAG Baer emphasized three priorities:...more

Takeaways from the Ninth Circuit’s Opinion Affirming the FTC’s Victory Against the St. Luke's/Saltzer Merger

On February 10, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s ruling that St. Luke’s Health System’s acquisition of the independent physician group Saltzer Medical Group violated...more

“Oh help me, please doctor, I’m damaged”*—What does the Future Hold for Hospital-Physician Acquisitions?

With the ink still drying on the Ninth Circuit’s opinion affirming the Idaho federal district court’s order requiring St. Luke’s Health System to unwind its acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group—a for-profit, physician-owned,...more

Ninth Circuit Sides with FTC; Affirms Ruling That Idaho Health Care Merger Was Unlawful

In a closely-watched post-merger challenge, the Ninth Circuit this week sided with the FTC and affirmed an Idaho federal court's determination that the 2012 merger of two health care providers in the same city violated...more

“And they’re closing all the factories down”* — Going Dark During a Merger Review

Demand in your industry has been declining for years, the decline is projected to continue for the foreseeable future, and you are one of the few cost-effective manufacturers around. You just inked a deal to buy a competing...more

ProMedica and the AHA Seek Guidance from SCOTUS on Hospital Consolidations and Mergers

The New Year started out with a bang in the healthcare antitrust circles with ProMedica Health Systems Inc.’s (“ProMedica”) well-publicized petition to the US Supreme Court and the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) amicus...more

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