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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Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: DOJ settles gun-jumping case, FTC issues fines for failure to submit HSR filing and FTC...

DOJ fines particleboard manufacturers $4.95 million for gun-jumping violations - On Friday, November 7, 2014, two companies agreed to pay $4.95 million to settle U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) allegations that the...more

"DOJ Antitrust Action Condemns Pre-Merger Coordination Requiring Target Company to Sell Factory"

On November 7, 2014, the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (DOJ) announced a $5 million agreement to settle charges that Flakeboard and SierraPine had engaged in unlawful pre-merger coordination. The...more

Engineered Wood Manufacturers to Pay $3.8 Million in Fines and Disgorge $1.15 Million in Profits for Hart-Scott-Rodino Gun-Jumping...

In the first Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) gun-jumping enforcement action in five years, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced a settlement with Flakeboard America Limited and SierraPine...more

Five Million Dollar Penalty is Stark Reminder About "Gun Jumping"

On November 7, 2014, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice ("DOJ") announced that it had imposed a civil penalty of $3.8M and disgorgement of $1.15M in profits on Flakeboard America Limited (and its parent...more

DOJ Antitrust Division Announces Settlement with Two Companies for Federal Antitrust Law Violations

On November 7, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice announced a settlement with Flakeboard America Ltd. (Flakeboard) and SierraPine for federal antitrust law violations. The settlement requires the companies to...more

Gone, Gone, the Damage Done*—Provisions in Transactional Agreements Can Raise Antitrust Risk

Soon after someone settles “gun jumping” charges, client alerts and blog posts with informative titles like “DOJ Settlement Resolves ‘Gun Jumping’ Charges” start flying around. These “alerts” and “posts” usually recite facts...more

New Guidance on Gun Jumping - DOJ Antitrust Division Settlement Clarifies the Risks of Pre-Closing Coordination, while...

Just five weeks after the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Flakeboard America had abandoned its plan to acquire a medium-density fiberboard (MDF) mill and two particleboard mills from...more

“Gun-Jumping” Companies Must Pay $3.8 Million in Fines and Disgorge $1.15 Million in Illegally Obtained Profits

Recently the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reached a $5 million settlement with Flakeboard America Limited, its parents and SierraPine to settle allegations that the parties engaged in...more

Transaction Parties Pay Hefty Antitrust Fines for Unlawful Premerger Coordination

On November 7, 2014, Flakeboard America Limited (Flakeboard), its parent companies, and SierraPine entered into a settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) resolving allegations that the parties engaged in illegal...more

Minimizing Antitrust Risk in M&A Transactions

For any company looking to enter into a merger or acquisition, the laundry list of necessary pre-closing tasks can start to add up. But, just as companies must complete due diligence and identify negotiation strategies, it...more

DOJ Settles with Flakeboard and SierraPine for Gun-Jumping Action

On November 7, 2014, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) announced it had settled an enforcement action for improper premerger coordination (commonly referred to as “gun-jumping”) with Flakeboard America...more

DOJ Penalty Warns: Do Not Jump the Gun

The Department of Justice’s recent $4.95 million settlement of claims of illegal premerger coordination – also known as "gun jumping" – between two particleboard manufacturers reminds parties to exercise care over pre-closing...more

DOJ Imposes $4.95 Million Fine for Pre-Closing U.S. Antitrust Violations

Pre-closing violations in United States v. Flakeboard & SierraPine provide a reminder of practical rules for handling pre-closing activities without hitting antitrust landmines....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

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

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

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

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

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