Hart-Scott-Rodino Act Dept. of Justice

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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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

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

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

HSR Thresholds Will Increase to Highest Levels for Transactions in 2014

On February 24, 2014, revised thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (“HSR”) will take effect. The thresholds determine whether parties involved in proposed mergers, consolidations, or other acquisitions of voting...more

2014 Hart-Scott-Rodino Requirements

What you need to know: HSR filing thresholds will be adjusted upward effective February 24, 2014. What you need to do: Parties involved in a large merger or acquisition should analyze whether it will...more

FTC Announces Higher Merger Filing and Director Interlock Thresholds for 2014

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently announced revised jurisdictional thresholds that determine whether merging parties must notify the FTC and U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) of their transaction under the...more

"Antitrust and Competition: Surveying Global M&A Enforcement Trends"

US: Agencies Continue Aggressive Enforcement - Despite changes in leadership at the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (collectively, the Agencies) in 2013, the...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino Reporting Thresholds Raised

On January 17, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced the annual adjustment to the thresholds that trigger reporting obligations under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR Act). Like eight of the past nine annual adjustments,...more

DOJ Successfully Challenges Non-HSR Reportable Bazaarvoice Merger

On January 8, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California held that Bazaarvoice, Inc.’s $168 million acquisition of PowerReviews violated Section 7 of the Clayton Act. Section 7 prohibits mergers...more

FTC Announces Amendments to Hart-Scott-Rodino Rules Regarding Pharmaceutical Patent Licenses

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced revisions to the rules under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR) that will apply to certain transactions involving the transfer of patent rights in...more

FTC Broadens Notification Requirements for Transfers of Pharmaceutical Patent Rights

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has revised the rule for determining when a transfer of exclusive rights to a patent in the pharmaceutical industry (including biologics and medicine manufacturing) results in a potentially...more

FTC Expands Reporting Requirements For Transfers Of Pharmaceutical Patent Rights

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued final changes to the premerger notification rules that affect whether pharmaceutical companies must report certain proposed acquisitions of exclusive patent rights to the FTC...more

FTC Issues Premerger Notification Review Changes for Pharmaceutical Patent License Transfers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued final changes to the premerger notification rules to expand the circumstances that require pharmaceutical industry companies to report proposed acquisitions of exclusive patent rights...more

FTC Formalizes HSR Withdraw and Refile Procedures

The Hart Scott Rodino Act (“HSR”) requires parties to certain mergers and acquisitions meeting specified size thresholds to file pre-merger notification and report forms with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the...more

Unscrambling The Eggs: FTC And DOJ Challenges To Non-HSR-Reportable Deals

On July 22, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission challenged Solera Holdings’ acquisition of Actual Systems of America, Inc. (ASA), a competing provider of software used by the automotive recycling industry. ...more

FTC Investigations of Energy and Chemical Transactions – Am I at Risk?

A recent article in the Antitrust Law Journal, “A Survey of Evidence Leading to Second Requests at the FTC,” by Darren S. Tucker, an attorney advisor to a FTC Commissioner who reviewed non-public information on the decisions...more

Recent Cases Serve as a Reminder of the Potential Impact of HSR Reporting Requirements and Other Key Disclosure Rules on...

Two recent enforcement actions by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) confirm that there is continuing attention in the United States on compliance by investors with the reporting...more

FTC Formalizes Withdrawal and Refiling Process

On June 28, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) formalized new rules to codify its informal procedures for companies completing transactions that require US merger control filings pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR)....more

Investment Firm Pays $720,000 Civil Penalty for Purchasing Additional Shares without Filing HSR

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) last week filed civil charges against MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. (MacAndrews) for failing to comply with the Hart-Scott-Rodino...more

FTC Announces New HSR Reporting Thresholds for 2013

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR”) requires parties to transactions meeting certain size thresholds to make notification filings with the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of...more

Skadden's 2013 Insights: Global M&A

M&A activity in 2012 continued to be constrained by uncertain macroeconomic conditions, which have dampened dealmakers’ confidence. Although there were several bright spots in transactional activity, momentum was difficult to...more

Federal Trade Commission Announces New Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds

The Federal Trade Commission has announced the following new Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) filing thresholds, which will be effective for transactions closing on or after Feb. 11, 2013....more

Antitrust Alert: New HSR Thresholds for 2013

The annual adjustment of the dollar thresholds for pre-acquisition filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act will take effect on February 11, 2013. All transactions closing on or after that date will be governed by the new...more

"Revised HSR Thresholds to Become Effective February 11, 2013"

On January 11, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published in the Federal Register its previously announced revised thresholds for determining whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities...more

FTC Announces 2013 Hart-Scott-Rodino Threshold Revisions

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced its annual revision to the thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR), which will apply to all transactions closing on or after February...more

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