Hart-Scott-Rodino Act

The Hart-Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1976 establishing the federal premerger notification program. Under the Act, parties contemplating mergers or... more +
The Hart-Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1976 establishing the federal premerger notification program. Under the Act, parties contemplating mergers or acquisitions must notify the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission prior to completing the transaction. Once notified, the DOJ and FTC investigate and make a determination as to whether the proposed transaction will adversely impact U.S. commerce and competition within the market. less -
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Connecticut Law Imposes New Merger Regulations on Physician Combinations

On October 1, a first-of-its-kind law became effective in Connecticut that requires group medical practices and hospitals in that state to provide the Attorney General with 30 days’ notice prior to consummating any merger or...more

Strong HSR Compliance Programs Remain a Necessity

Continued strong antitrust enforcement under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR) reminds us that HSR compliance issues can arise in unexpected places. When Berkshire Hathaway Inc. acquired voting securities of Symetra Financial...more

DOJ Fines Berkshire Hathaway $896,000 for Failure to Comply with Premerger Notification Requirements

On August 20, 2014, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (“Berkshire Hathaway”) settled with the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for its failure to comply with the premerger...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino 2013 Annual Report: Filings Decreased, Transactions Investigated Increased and Enforcement Continues for...

On May 21, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice published the Hart-Scott-Rodino Annual Report Fiscal Year 2013 (for the period from October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013). The Annual Report...more

District Court Upholds FTC Hart-Scott-Rodino Rules for Pharmaceutical Patent Transfers

A federal court has upheld the validity of the FTC’s recent rules for reporting certain transfers of exclusive patent rights in the pharmaceutical industry under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements (“HSR”) Act. We...more

Critical Considerations in Healthcare Affiliations

The trend of affiliations between healthcare providers (we use the term “affiliation” to include all manner of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint operating arrangements, etc.) continues at a rapid pace....more

Buyer Beware: Bazaarvoice and the Risks of Non-Reportable Transactions

If you thought not having to report your proposed acquisition to the US Department of Justice and the US Federal Trade Commission meant never worrying about antitrust issues, think again. The DOJ’s recent pursuit of...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

FTC’s Reporting Rule for Pharmaceutical Patent Transfers Upheld

On May 30, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in a dispute with the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) regarding the...more

District Court Upholds HSR Rulemaking on Pharmaceutical Patent Licensing Transactions

The transfer of certain patent rights in the pharmaceutical industry will remain subject to the premerger notification rules under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR Act) after a federal judge rejected a challenge brought by the...more

FTC and DOJ Release FY 2013 HSR Annual Report

On May 21, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) released the Hart-Scott-Rodino Annual Report covering Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 (October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013). The report describes key...more

Some Interesting Numbers Regarding Merger Review: The Hart-Scott-Rodino Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2013

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the “HSR Act”) requires that proposed acquisitions of voting securities, assets or non-corporate interests meeting certain criteria be reported to the Federal Trade...more

Merger enforcement actions below the HSR threshold - top ten tips in non-reportable transactions

“Less is more” may be true in architecture, but in merger clearance law, “less” is still enough to trigger antitrust investigations and litigation and rescission of the whole transaction. By “less,” we mean less than the...more

To Report, or Not to Report, Your Non-Reportable Transaction Is the Question

Just because a proposed transaction does not have to be reported in advance to the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) or the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) because it falls below the Hart-Scott-Rodino (“HSR”) Act size of...more

DOJ, Antitrust Division Speaks Out On Non-Reportable Transactions

On April 25, Deputy Assistant Attorney General of Civil Enforcement Leslie Overton gave a speech focused entirely on the Antitrust Division’s enforcement activities related to transactions that do not trigger a filing under...more

2014 Public Company M&A: a short, practical primer

In this new edition of the popular Public Company M&A Primer, originally published in 2013, Ed Batts covers recent changes in the M&A process for public companies. Are you considering bidding for a public company? Has...more

Polsinelli Podcast - Keep the Government out of Your Transaction: Practical Antitrust Tips for Mergers [Video]

You're the CEO of a large company considering a merger with a competitor. You've done your due diligence and both companies want to move forward. There are antitrust issues to explore before the deal can be done. In this...more

Federal Trade Commission And Competitors Successfully Challenge Hospital’s Acquisition Of Physician Practice

In This Issue: - What Providers Should Know - Background - Ruling - Excerpt from What Providers Should Know: A federal judge recently ordered a hospital system to unwind its year-old acquisition...more

FTC Targets Reporting of Licensing of Pharmaceutical Patents With Special Rules for Premerger Notification: What You Need to Know

On November 15, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) adopted special rules for determining whether “exclusive” licenses of pharmaceutical patents are required to be reported to the FTC and the Antitrust Division of the...more

HSR Act Allows Pharmaceutical Licensing Transactions To Be Subject to Unique Reporting Requirements, FTC Tells Court

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has asked a federal court to find that the agency has authority under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR Act) to promulgate reporting requirements that apply solely to transfers of patent rights...more

New HSR thresholds for 2014

The Federal Trade Commission has announced new filing threshold amounts for HSR Act Premerger Notification Filings. On January 17, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced its approval of new upwardly...more

Recent Developments in Antitrust Enforcement within High-Tech Markets

In January 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California found that Bazaarvoice, Inc. violated Section 7 of the Clayton Act by acquiring its primary rival PowerReviews. The Department of Justice,...more

Pharmaceutical Association Calls Out FTC in Filing Seeking to Enjoin New Rule Targeting the Industry

Last November, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) with the “concurrence” of the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department, and over the strenuous objection of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America...more

FTC Announces New Filing Thresholds for Hart-Scott-Rodino Pre-Merger Notifications

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced the new notification thresholds for pre-merger notification reports that must be filed under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act). The...more

Takeaways From Government Victories In Recent Antitrust Merger Trials

Recent government victories in the antitrust challenges to the consummated mergers of Bazaarvoice/PowerReviews and St. Luke’s/Saltzer are the latest in a string of trial successes by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the...more

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