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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

FTC and DOJ Take Aim at State Certificate of Need Laws

Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) released their formal recommendation that South Carolina repeal its certificate of need (CON) law regulating...more

FTC Again Urges Consideration of Competitive Impact on State Regulation of APRNs

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) submitted written comments last week on the likely competitive impact of a legislative proposal in West Virginia to modify the supervision requirements imposed on Advanced Practice...more

"Antitrust and Competition: Trends in US and EU Merger Enforcement"

Merger activity in 2015 was at its highest level in years, and competition authorities in the U.S. and European Union continued to be very aggressive, challenging a number of high-profile deals in court and causing some...more

FTC to Host Workshop Regarding Regulatory Environment of the U.S. Auto Distribution System

On December 14, the FTC announced that it will host a one-day workshop, Auto Distribution: Current Issues & Future Trends, to examine current issues and future trends related to the distribution of motor vehicles in the...more

FTC Challenges Pennsylvania Hospital Merger

On December 8, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it would seek to block Penn State Hershey Medical Center’s (Hershey) proposed merger with Pinnacle Health System (Pinnacle), alleging that the combination...more

FTC Alleges “Three-to-Two” Hospital Merger Will Reduce Competition

Last week the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) authorized an action to block a proposed hospital merger pending an administrative trial. According to the FTC, the merger of Penn State Hershey Medical Center (Hershey) and...more

FTC Moves to Halt Merger Between Staples and Office Depot

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week challenged Staples’ $6.3 billion bid for Office Depot, claiming that the proposed merger would significantly reduce competition nationwide in the market for office supplies to...more

Government Opposes Health Care Merger Between Penn State Hershey and PinnacleHealth Citing Potential for Reduced Competition and...

This week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General (“Attorney General”) publicly opposed the anticipated merger between Penn State Hershey Medical Center (“Penn State Hershey”)...more

"DOJ Scores as Electrolux and General Electric Abandon Deal; FTC Challenges (Again) Staple’s Proposed Acquisition of Office Depot"

December 7, 2015, was an eventful day for U.S. antitrust enforcement agencies. The Department of Justice achieved a high-profile win when General Electric Co. decided to abandon the proposed sale of its appliance unit to...more

Mylan Agrees to Divest Seven Products, Including Three Pipeline Products, to Clear FTC Hurdle in Its $27 Billion Tender Offer Bid...

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) yesterday concluded its antitrust review of Mylan N.V.’s (“Mylan”) proposed acquisition of Perrigo Company plc (“Perrigo”) by entering into a proposed consent judgment that would require...more

FTC-DOJ Join Forces: Encourage Repeal/Retrenchment of Virginia CON Laws

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Department of Justice Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) (collectively, “agencies”) issued a joint statement to Virginia’s Certificate of Public Need (“COPN”) Work Group, which was recently...more

FTC Sets Berks County’s Broken Orthopedic Market

Keystone Orthopaedic Specialists, LLC (“Keystone”), and Orthopaedic Associates of Reading, Ltd. (“OA”) reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission last week that they had violated the antitrust laws through the...more

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