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DOJ Files Suit to Enjoin Health Insurance Industry Consolidation

Last week, the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Section (DOJ) filed suit to enjoin two proposed mergers that would consolidate the nation’s five largest insurance companies into three. The DOJ argues that if...more

Inside M&A - August 2016

Recent Enforcement Trends in Divestiture Packages - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division have been actively challenging mergers and acquisitions (M&A) across a...more

Tools for Targets of Activist Investors

A recent interpretation by the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) of the beneficial ownership reporting rules under the Securities Exchange Act and the recent settlement of a lawsuit by the U.S....more

August Antitrust Bulletin

Activist Investor Settles DOJ Premerger Notification Case for Record $11 Million - On July 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had reached a settlement in its landmark lawsuit against...more

Investment Firm to Pay Record $11 Million Fine for Violation of HSR Act

On July 12, 2016, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that investment firm ValueAct Capital (“ValueAct”) agreed to pay a record $11 million fine to settle charges that it and its affiliates violated the reporting and...more

DOJ Seeks to Block Two Major Health Insurance Mergers

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is suing to block two proposed mergers between major health insurance companies, claiming that the deals violate antitrust laws and would lead to increased health care costs for...more

Antitrust M&A Snapshot - July 2016

United States: January – June Update - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and US Department of Justice (DOJ) have been actively challenging mergers and acquisitions in the first half of 2016. In some instances, the...more

Alert: Shareholder Activism and HSR Collide: DOJ Obtains Record Fine from ValueAct

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division announced on July 12 that ValueAct Capital agreed to pay a record $11 million civil penalty to settle claims that ValueAct purchased over $2.5 billion in Halliburton and Baker...more

Can a shareholder who is unable to rely on the HSR passive investor exemption still file a Schedule 13G? Maybe, says the SEC Staff...

On July 12, 2016, the US Department of Justice announced a record $11 million fine against an activist investment firm for improperly claiming an exemption from Hart-Scott-Rodino’s notification and waiting period provisions...more

ValueAct Settlement Marks Record Penalty in Heightened Agency Efforts Against HSR Act Violations

Where is the line drawn between acquisitions of securities made “solely for the purpose of investment” on one hand, and influencing control, thereby requiring regulatory approval, on the other hand? That is the central...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.18.16

William Ackman’s multi-year effort to expose Herbalife as a Ponzi scheme (and make good on his massive short of its stock) saw something of a moral victory last week, with the FTC imposing big-time sanctions ($200 million in...more

Record Setting Fine for Violation of HSR Reporting Requirements

On July 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division (Antitrust Division) announced that it reached a settlement with ValueAct, and its related companies (ValueAct), of alleged violations of the...more

FTC Announces Substantial Increase to Maximum Civil Penalty for Premerger Violations

On June 29, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced increases to the maximum daily civil penalties under several antitrust statutes. As a result, the maximum daily penalty for violations of premerger filing...more

Alert: Failure to Comply with the HSR Act: The Price is Going Up

Failure to comply with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 ("HSR Act") is about to get a lot more expensive. Effective August 1, 2016, the maximum civil penalty for noncompliance with the premerger...more

Business Litigation Report - June 2016

Federal Circuit Recognizes New, but Limited, Privilege for Patent Agent Communications - Introduction - Patent agents are licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), and...more

June 2016: Antitrust Litigation Update

DOJ Antitrust Division Annual Update. On April 8, 2016, the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice issued its 2016 Spring Update. The update highlights recent developments and trends in the Division’s...more

Spring Update: Insights Regarding The Antitrust Division’s Recent Activity

The Antitrust Division recently issued its 2016 annual spring update. Taking advantage of modern technology, Bill Baer—now the Acting Associate Attorney General serving in the DOJ’s third-highest ranking...more

May Antitrust Bulletin

FTC, DOJ Issue Statement on Preserving Competition in the Defense Industry - On April 12, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division issued a joint statement...more

Failure to Disclose Best Pricing: Pharmaceutical Companies Settle FCA Claims for $784 Million

The Department of Justice announced late last month that pharmaceutical manufacturers Wyeth and Pfizer would pay $784 million to resolve a False Claims Act investigation and qui tam lawsuit arising from Wyeth’s failure to...more

The HSR Act’s “Investment” Exemption – Strategic Considerations in Light of Recent Enforcement

On April 4, 2016 the Department of Justice (DOJ) sued ValueAct Capital (ValueAct), an “activist” investment fund, for violation of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the HSR Act), seeking civil...more

The HSR Act and You: Failing to Report Executives' Stock Purchases and Option Exercises is No Joke

THE RULE TO REMEMBER… Whenever an individual exercises stock options, receives restricted stock awards, or even makes an open market purchase, there may be an attendant requirement to file an individual Hart-Scott-Rodino...more

Historic FCPA Settlement Reflects Increased Regulatory Focus on International Anticorruption Issues Arising from M&A Transactions

Most employers already know that violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA) has serious consequences, including significant fines. Those potential fines just got even heavier. On February 18, 2016, the U.S....more

The SMARTER Act Passes U.S. House of Representatives Vote, Seeks to Harmonize FTC and DOJ Procedures for Challenging Unconsummated...

On March 23, the U.S. House of Representatives voted favorably on the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act (the “SMARTER Act”), H.R. 2745. The bill, introduced by Representative Blake Farenthold of...more

Proposed Aetna-Humana Merger Passes Another Hurdle in Antitrust Review

The proposed merger between major health insurers Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. continues to inch closer to finalization. In a recent press release, Aetna announced that 10 states have now signed off on its proposed acquisition...more

"Insights Conversations: Developments in US Export Controls"

The U.S. export control system has undergone major reform in recent years, and companies have experienced both increased enforcement of export control laws and fines for violations, with more changes on the way. Skadden...more

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