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Antitrust Claims Against Telescope Manufacturer Ningbo Sunny Dismissed and Shot into Space

On September 28, 2017, Judge Edward Davila dismissed an antitrust complaint filed by Optronic Technologies, Inc. (dba Orion) against Ningbo Sunny Electronic Co., Ltd., Sunny Optics, Inc. and Meade Instruments Corp. The case...more

Future Impacts of Valero’s Decision to Abandon Martinez Terminal

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Valero Petroleum company announced on Sept. 18, 2017 that it would abandon its plans to acquire the Plains All American Pipeline terminal facilities in Martinez and Richmond, California. These facilities appear to be the last...more

DOJ Challenges Consummated Transaction After HSR Clearance

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 26, the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division “the Antitrust Division” filed a complaint in Delaware federal court to partially unwind Parker Hannifin Corporation's $4.3 billion acquisition of CLARCOR...more

DOJ Challenges Completed Merger that Passed Hart-Scott-Rodino Review

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice recently filed a civil antitrust lawsuit against Parker-Hannifin Corporation and Clarcor Inc., alleging that the completed merger of these entities violated U.S. antitrust laws. This suit...more

Antitrust Bills Seek to Thwart Mega Mergers and Expand Antitrust Enforcement

by Jones Day on

In Short - The Situation: Democrats have proposed legislation that would make it easier for antitrust agencies to challenge mergers. - The Background: This announcement followed a proposal made in August, known as the "Better...more

Senate Democrats Push for Tougher Merger Enforcement

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On September 14, 2017, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), introduced new legislation to curtail market concentration and enhance antitrust scrutiny of mergers and acquisitions. As the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary...more

Washington State AG Alleges Price Fixing and Sues to Break Up Rapidly Expanding Health System

by Mintz Levin on

After five years of growth through a series of acquisitions, the Washington State Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit to thwart and unwind the most recent expansion efforts of Franciscan Health System (“CHI Franciscan”)...more

It’s a Sign of the Times: Challenges to Big Oil Transactions Will Likely Continue in California

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Valero Energy Corporation will likely face an uphill battle ahead in California over its plans to purchase storage terminals in Martinez and Richmond, California from Plains All American Pipeline. The California Attorney...more

DraftKings and FanDuel Call Off Merger Following FTC Intervention

On July 13, 2017, daily fantasy sports providers DraftKings and FanDuel announced their decision to call off their proposed merger. Last month, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a temporary...more

FTC Temporarily Halts Proposed DraftKings-FanDuel Merger

On June 20, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a temporary restraining order blocking the daily fantasy sports (DFS) companies DraftKings and FanDuel from consummating their proposed...more

FTC Intervenes in Physician Practice Acquisition in North Dakota

On June 22, 2017 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed an administrative complaint and a request for a preliminary injunction in federal court to block a proposed physician practice acquisition in North Dakota (the...more

Defending Competitive Harm with Efficiencies: A Fire Swamp of Trouble

by BakerHostetler on

The use of efficiencies as a defense remains without a firm footing in law when a transaction has demonstrable and substantial anticompetitive effects. In Rob Reiner’s classic fantasy adventure The Princess Bride,...more

“SMARTER” Act Advances in Congress: Will It Become Law?

For the third straight legislative session, the House Judiciary Committee has voted in favor of a bill—the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules (“SMARTER”) Act—that would amend the Clayton Act and...more

Mergers and Acquisitions Takeaways From the 2017 ABA Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

by Perkins Coie on

The American Bar Association’s 65th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting held at the end of March included a number of sessions with representatives from federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies. In the first article in a...more

Federal and State Antitrust Enforcement Takeaways From the 2017 ABA Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

by Perkins Coie on

The American Bar Association’s 65th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting held at the end of March included a number of sessions with representatives from federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies. In this first of a three-part...more

“Horizontal Shareholding:” Is Oligopoly Pricing a Symptom or the Disease?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In 2008, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) let Delta Air Lines merge with Northwest Airlines. Two years later, in 2010, the DOJ cleared United Airlines’ acquisition of Continental Airlines, after the...more

House votes to eliminate antitrust exemption for health insurers

by DLA Piper on

While the House of Representatives put repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on hold last week, it passed legislation that would eliminate the 70-year-old "McCarran-Ferguson" antitrust exemption for the insurance industry....more

Chicago-Area Hospitals Abandon Fight to Save Merger from FTC Challenge

by Holland & Knight LLP on

After the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled on Oct. 31, 2016, that the district court's refusal to enjoin the merger of two hospital systems in Chicago's northern suburbs was based on an improper antitrust...more

FTC Announces Increased HSR and Interlocking Directorate Thresholds

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The U.S Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced the revised transaction thresholds that trigger a requirement to file a premerger notification and report form under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act...more

Discovery Rule is Better Accrual Standard for Antitrust Claims

by Zelle LLP on

The Clayton Act creates a federal civil cause of action for anti-competitive business practices. The act as originally passed in 1914, however, did not include a statute of limitations. Thus, for approximately 40 years,...more

FTC Announces Increased Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds - January 2017

by King & Spalding on

On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced revised jurisdictional thresholds for determining whether a proposed transaction must be reported to federal authorities under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR)...more

Appeals Court Resoundingly Affirms Scope and Breadth of Shipping Act Antitrust Exemption

by K&L Gates LLP on

In August 2015, a federal court held in an apparent case of first impression that the Shipping Act of 1984 (the “Shipping Act”), preempts state law claims as well as federal antitrust claims. Direct and indirect purchasers of...more

FTC Increases HSR and Clayton Act Thresholds

by Perkins Coie on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced that the reporting thresholds under Section 7A of the Clayton Act, known as the Hart-Scott-Rodino (H-S-R) Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the Act), will be increased....more

FTC Announces Annual HSR Premerger Notification Threshold and Clayton Act Interlocking Directorate Thresholds Adjustments

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act) thresholds will be increased. The FTC also announced that it has revised the thresholds that trigger...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino Threshold Crosses $80 Million Mark

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On January 26, 2017, the FTC published the latest annual adjustments to the statutory thresholds under both the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (15 U.S.C. § 18a) (HSR) and Section 8 of the Clayton Act (15...more

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