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Spring Update: Insights Regarding The Antitrust Division’s Recent Activity

The Antitrust Division recently issued its 2016 annual spring update. Taking advantage of modern technology, Bill Baer—now the Acting Associate Attorney General serving in the DOJ’s third-highest ranking...more

FTC Wins Stay of Pennsylvania Hospital Merger Pending Appeal in Third Circuit

The Third Circuit granted on Tuesday the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) request for an injunction pending appeal of the proposed merger between Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Pinnacle Health System. The injunction...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

FTC Loses Pennsylvania Merger Challenge in District Court and Seeks Emergency Appeal to Third Circuit

On May 9, 2016, a Pennsylvania federal judge denied efforts by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state regulators to block the merger of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (Hershey) and Pinnacle Health System...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

FTC Records Two Wins as Staples-Office Depot Merger Abandoned for a Second Time

On May 10, Staples and Office Depot announced that they would be terminating their $6.3 billion merger in the wake of a federal judge’s decision to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the deal. This represents the second...more

District Court Denies Preliminary Injunction in FTC Challenge to Merger of Pennsylvania Hospitals

On May 9, 2016, Federal District Court Judge John E. Jones III denied a motion by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for a preliminary injunction blocking the consummation of a merger between the Penn State Medical...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

FTC Emphasizes Competitive Issues Arising From Partial Interest Acquisitions

On May 9, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) posted an article summarizing recent developments and areas of competitive sensitivity in the acquisition of partial equity interests. Most antitrust challenges to mergers or...more

May Antitrust Bulletin

FTC, DOJ Issue Statement on Preserving Competition in the Defense Industry - On April 12, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division issued a joint statement...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

Tobacco Cases Expose Tension Between Antitrust and Public Health

A recent decision of the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) regarding the sale of tobacco products highlights a long-standing tension between two sets of laws: antitrust/competition laws, which seek to keep products affordable...more

Four Takeaways from the ABA Antitrust Section's 2016 Spring Meeting

Antitrust practitioners, enforcers and industry professionals came together in Washington, D.C. for the 64th installment of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law's annual Spring Meeting. The Spring Meeting provides a look at the...more

April Antitrust Bulletin

FTC Files No-AG Suit Against Pharmaceutical Companies - On March 30, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaintin the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against several drug...more

Activist Funds Should Heed the Latest Enforcement of the HSR Act

The limits on an investor’s ability to acquire stock under the “investment-only” exemption to the HSR Act’s reporting requirements take center stage as the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”)...more

When Passive Investors Take a Stand – HSR Act Enforcement Put to the Test

Enforcement actions for violations of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR) often are announced with substantial money penalties or other restrictions agreed in advance between the agency and the parties. Not so with the Department...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

The Myth of H.S.R.

The transaction has been in the works for several months and it is the culmination of nearly a year’s worth of activity. The financing is in place, the boards have approved the transaction, the shareholder votes are scheduled...more

Never Second Guess a Second Request

Massive mergers are never a simple matter for organizations and their antitrust attorneys. The Second Request process can be a major burden for merging organizations since it requires that companies review, analyze and...more

Pause in Feds v. W.Va. Hospital Merger Battle

On March 24 the Federal Trade Commission issued an order temporarily putting on hold its hearing on the Cabell Huntington Hospital’s proposed acquisition of St. Mary’s Medical Center and Pallottine Health Services....more

Three Things to Watch after One Week of the Staples-Office Depot Merger Trial

On Monday, Staples and the Federal Trade Commission began presenting arguments in the D.C. District Court on whether the FTC should be entitled to a preliminary injunction to halt a potential merger between Staples and Office...more

FTC’s Feinstein Declines to Provide Safe Harbor Guidance for Low GUPPIs

At a recent panel discussion during George Mason Law Review’s annual antitrust symposium, Deborah Feinstein, director of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Bureau of Competition, was asked what levels of gross upwards...more

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