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Fortiline LLC: Invitations to Collude in Dual Distribution Systems

Fortiline LLC distributes ductile iron pipe. It competes with the manufacturer which somewhat regularly undercuts its distributor in the market. Fortiline on several occasions asked the manufacturer not to do so. Fortiline...more

FTC Complaint Counsels Caution When Settling Disputes With Competitors

The Federal Trade Commission recently sued 1-800 Contacts, Inc., the largest contact lens retailer in the United States, charging it with restraining competition in violation of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act,...more

Antitrust Agencies Propose Updates to IP Licensing Guidelines and Invite Comments

In 1995, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice first issued the Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property. They represent the antitrust enforcement policy of the agencies with...more

FTC Scrutinizes Dual Distributor Communications

A dual distribution relationship does not protect against Section 5 liability for an invitation to collude. For the first time, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has charged a company with violating Section 5 of the FTC...more

Board Interlocks On Antitrust Enforcement Hot Seat: A Must-Read Guide for Board Members and Officers

Recent enforcement activity by the Department of Justice (that required restructuring a live transaction) and the Federal Trade Commission makes clear that enforcement of Section 8 of the Clayton Act, the prohibition against...more

What Might November’s Election Mean for Antitrust Enforcement?

It is probably safe to say that most voters in the 2016 presidential election do not view antitrust policy as a key campaign issue. Accordingly, the candidates’ and their parties’ views on competition policy were scarcely,...more

FTC Requires Divestitures in Ahold/Delhaize of 81 Stores and Gives Upfront Buyers More Time to Complete Acquisitions; Continues...

- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) required divestitures in many local markets in Ahold/Delhaize despite the fact that there were between three and six remaining competitors (i.e., 4-to-3, 5-to-4, 6-to-5, and 7-to-6...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

FTC Battles Hospital Mergers: What to Watch for in this Summer’s High-Profile Appeals

In a town that is no stranger to landmark hospital merger cases, last month a Chicago federal judge denied the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) motion for a preliminary injunction to temporarily block a merger between...more

DOJ and FTC Encourage Competition Between Lawyers and Non-Lawyers in the Provision of Legal Services in Comments on North Carolina...

On June 10, 2016, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly submitted a letter recommending that the North Carolina General Assembly limit the definition of the “practice of law” only...more

Judge Allows Advocate-NorthShore Merger to Proceed; FTC May Appeal

For the second time in just over a month, a federal judge has denied a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) motion to enjoin the merger of two hospital systems, this time the 13-hospital Advocate Health Care and the 4-hospital...more

Lessons Learned from the Staples/Office Depot Merger Challenge

Companies contemplating mergers should review the effect of the transaction on each customer type, application and product, not just on the broad customer base. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia...more

FTC Blocks Merger Between Staples and Office Depot

A federal court in Washington, D.C. issued an order blocking Staples' acquisition of Office Depot on the grounds that it would substantially lessen competition in the sale of consumable office supplies to national business...more

FTC Blocks Staples’ Acquisition of Office Depot

After more than a year-long battle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the proposed acquisition of Office Depot, Inc. (ODP) by Staples, Inc. (SPLS) was blocked by the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan of the U.S. District...more

"Staples-Office Depot Mergers, 1997 v. 2016: Changed Industry, Same Result"

On May 17, 2016, one week after announcing his decision, Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia released a public version of his opinion siding with the Federal Trade Commission in its...more

Lessons Learned – The State of Affairs in US Merger Review

In Depth - In the last year, the US antitrust regulators successfully challenged multiple transactions in court and forced companies to abandon several other transactions as a result of threatened enforcement actions....more

"Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction, Staples-Office Depot Call Off $6.3 Billion Deal"

On May 10, 2016, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia released his highly anticipated decision in the matter of Staples’ acquisition of Office Depot, granting the Federal Trade...more

Four Takeaways from Staples-Office Depot Merger Block

After last month’s bench trial, Judge Emmet G. Sullivan has granted the FTC a preliminary injunction enjoining the merger between Staples and Office Depot. As a result, the companies have decided to end their efforts to...more

When Customer Supply Contracts Lead to Trouble: Exclusive Dealing Provisions Result in FTC Monopolization Action against Invibio

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continues to aggressively enforce the antitrust laws. On April 27, 2016, the FTC took action against Victrex, plc and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Invibio, Inc. and Invibio Limited...more

Antitrust & Your Deal: Pre-Closing Conduct Matters

There are three U.S. antitrust laws that regulate the diligence process, transition planning, and overall conduct between parties during deal negotiations and due diligence prior to closing: Section 7A of the Clayton Act...more

FTC Settles Monopolization Charges Stemming from Contract Exclusivity Terms Used by First-to-Market Medical Polymer Maker

The mere possession of monopoly power does not violate federal antitrust laws. The laws only address the anticompetitive acquisition, maintenance, or abuse of that power. The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) entered into a...more

Sounding the Alarm: White House Agency Warns of Decreasing Competition Across U.S. Economy

The Council of Economic Advisors, a White House agency charged with advising the president on economic policy, recently issued a report, Benefits of Competition and Indicators of Market Power, addressing the state of...more

Unusual Antitrust Agencies’ Guidance on Defense Mergers

The Department of Justice (Justice) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today issued an unusual joint statement that highlighted their continued commitment to preserve defense industry competition by closely reviewing...more

Staples Closes Defense, Calls No Witnesses in Merger Trial Brought by FTC

Yesterday, Staples closed its defense in the case brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to block the Staples-Office Depot merger—without calling any witnesses. (We covered the first week of the trial here.) Judge...more

"Key Takeways: Trends and Developments in Merger Control"

On February 18, 2016, Skadden’s Antitrust and Competition Group presented the webinar “Trends and Developments in Merger Control.” The webinar, led by partners Steven Sunshine and Maria Raptis and counsel Kenneth Schwartz,...more

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