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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

What the WTP? The Rise of Merger Simulation in Hospital Transactions

If you are a health system or hospital thinking about a potential transaction and your lawyers haven’t spoken with you about hospital merger simulation, then maybe you should be talking with someone else. What is...more

What the WTP?

If you are a health system or hospital thinking about a potential transaction and your lawyers have not spoken with you about hospital merger simulation, maybe you should be talking with someone else. What is hospital...more

FTC's Success in St. Luke's Challenge Shows Litigation Risks to Merging Hospitals and Physicians

In the first fully litigated challenge by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to a hospital acquisition of physician practices, a federal district court judge ruled that St. Luke’s Health System’s (St. Luke’s) acquisition of a...more

Appeals Court Upholds FTC Merger Challenge

On April 22, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a decision of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finding that the merger of two hospital systems in Ohio violated the antitrust laws. ProMedica...more

Antitrust Hospital Merger Policy Gets a Judicial Boost — Sixth Circuit Upholds FTC Decision Challenging Hospital Merger

In a highly anticipated decision, the federal antitrust agencies’ reinvigorated hospital merger enforcement efforts received a boost when, for the first time this century, an appellate court upheld a Federal Trade Commission...more

Acquisitions Don't Nullify Prior Privacy Promises--FTC's Letter to Facebook & WhatsApp Gives Caution to All to Honor Privacy...

Social networking site Facebook announced in February its plans to acquire WhatsApp—a “rapidly growing cross-platform mobile messaging company”—for the princely sum of $19 billion. While Facebook and WhatsApp are looking...more

Is 4-3 the New 3-2? FTC Continues to Target Pharmaceutical Mergers

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) has often stated that merger analysis requires more than a simplistic determination that high market concentration leads to anticompetitive effects. Still, the antitrust...more

Sometimes Merger Fixes Are as Close as the End of Your Nose

When it comes to negotiating merger remedies with federal antitrust enforcement agencies, the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission each have guides or statements that may help. But as good as their guidance...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

Insurance Antitrust Legal News - March 2014 • Volume 3, Number 2

In This Issue: - FTC COMMISSIONER CRITICIZES PROPOSED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PERMIT HEALTH PROVIDERS TO NEGOTIATE JOINTLY WITH HEALTH INSURERS: In a February 26 speech before the Connecticut Bar Association,...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

"FTC Wins Action to Block Hospital-Physician Group Merger"

On the heels of a string of successfully litigated hospital merger challenges, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently expanded its winning streak in the health care industry to include hospital acquisitions of physician...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds Increased Approximately 7 Percent for 2014

This year's revised Federal Trade Commission thresholds under Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) represent an approximately 7 percent increase from the existing amounts. They will apply to all applicable transactions on or after...more

New HSR Thresholds for 2014

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced the annual revisions to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act (HSR Act) thresholds, which will become effective on February 24, 2014. The revised thresholds will...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 Raises Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds

Transactions closing toward the end of February will be subject to increased HSR Act jurisdictional and filing fee thresholds. On January 17, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it will raise the...more

Federal Trade Commission Announces 2014 Threshold Revisions for HSR Act and for Clayton Act Section 8 Prohibition on Interlocking...

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, commonly known as the HSR Act, requires parties to certain corporate transactions to notify the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice, and to observe a...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

FTC Announces Increased HSR Thresholds

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on January 17, 2014, the revised transaction thresholds that trigger the requirement to file a premerger notification and report form under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust...more

Antitrust Alert: New HSR Thresholds for 2014

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

"Revised HSR Thresholds Announced"

On January 17, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the revised thresholds for determining whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities about a transaction under the Hart-Scott-Rodino...more

Is There a Maverick in the House? The FTC’s Resolution of the Fidelity National Financial – Lender Processing Services Deal ...

Under the antitrust merger guidelines, a maverick is a firm “that plays a disruptive role in the market to the benefit of customers.” In Washington political circles, a maverick often refers to a politician that does not hew...more

Office Supplies Surprise: FTC Approves Office Depot-Office Max Merger

On Friday, November 1, 2013 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ended a seven-month investigation of the proposed merger between Office Depot Inc. and OfficeMax Inc., allowing the transaction to move forward....more

What a Difference 16 Years Can Make: FTC Approves Merger Between Office Superstore Giants Office Depot and OfficeMax

In 1997, most people thought of Amazon.com as mainly an online bookseller, you couldn't buy groceries at Wal-Mart or Target, and if you wanted floppy disks, VHS tapes, or a fax machine, you drove to your local Staples,...more

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