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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

Pennsylvania Attorney General Requires Merging Hospitals to Contract Separately with Payors in Settlement Agreement

In addition to the federal antitrust enforcement agencies, state attorneys general continue to take an active role in antitrust enforcement, especially in the health care industry. Last week, the Pennsylvania Attorney...more

China's MOFCOM Grapples With Open Source Issues In Google-Motorola Deal

This past February the US Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and European Commission (“Commission”) cleared Google Inc.’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. without any conditions. In contrast, on May 19, 2012 the...more

Health Law Alert: Overview: Provider Mergers in Response to Health Care Reform and Changing Market Dynamics

In this edition of Health Law Alert, Ober|Kaler's Antitrust Group presents several articles addressing the recent wave of hospital and physician mergers, and the evaluation and treatment of those mergers by the Federal Trade...more

Criminal Antitrust Update - May 2012

IN THIS ISSUE: - Industry Scorecard Publishing: Although the case is civil rather than criminal, the U.S. Justice Department’s Antitrust Division (Division) launched a significant price-fixing lawsuit against...more

Reminder: the DOJ Has Criminal Antitrust Enforcement Powers Beyond Price Fixing

On May 3, the U.S. DOJ announced that an executive of South Korean-based Hyosung Corporation agreed to plead guilty and to serve time in a U.S. prison for obstruction of justice charges in connection with an automated teller...more

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