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Court Rules on Antitrust Claims Arising from Changes to Electricity Pricing Plans for Home Solar Users

A federal court allowed certain antitrust and state law claims brought by an installer of distributed solar energy systems against Arizona’s Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District (SRP) to move forward...more

Third Circuit Provides Clarity to “Inextricably Intertwined” Basis of Antitrust Injury in Partially Reinstating Claims Against...

On November 12, 2015, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion partially reversing the dismissal of the plaintiff’s claims in Hanover 3201 Realty, LLC v. Village Supermarkets, Inc., finding that plaintiff Hanover...more

FTC Challenges Proposed Hospital Transaction in West Virginia: Assurance of Voluntary Compliance with State’s Attorney General Is...

On November 5, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued an administrative complaint challenging the proposed acquisition of St. Mary’s Medical Center (“St. Mary’s”) by Cabell Huntington Hospital (“Cabell”). The...more

Insurance Recovery Law - October 2015

Unfair Trade Practices Exclusion Doesn't Cover Consumer Protection Suits - Why it matters: An unfair trade practices clause did not bar coverage for a policyholder's subsidiary, an Illinois federal court ruled, ordering...more

FTC Merger Challenge Based on Harm to Potential Competition Rejected by District Court

In what has become rare of late, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) suffered a litigation loss in a merger case with a district court’s denial of a preliminary injunction to block the deal pending administrative litigation....more

"Federal Trade Commission Loses Challenge to Steris-Synergy Deal"

On September 24, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio denied the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) bid to enjoin Steris Corporation (Steris) from acquiring its alleged potential competitor, Synergy...more

Marshmallow Justice: 10 Tales of Legal Fluff and Other Stuff

Just about one hundred years ago, Archibald Query of Somerville, Massachusetts invented the first commercial marshmallow cream, which he pedaled door-to-door in Union Square. Around 1917, he sold the recipe for $500 to two...more

Solar Power Fights Heat Up

The clash between residential solar companies and utilities continues to heat up in courts and public utility commissions. As solar technology continues to improve, more households are installing rooftop solar systems. ...more

Activist Funds Must Comply with HSR Premerger Reporting Rules

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint in August 2015 against three affiliated activist hedge fund companies and Third Point LLC, their management company, for acquiring voting securities in Yahoo! Inc. without...more

Federal Judge in Ohio Accepts Future Competition Theory: Parties Should Proceed with Caution in Deals to Acquire Potential...

The court’s decision in FTC v. Steris demonstrates the importance of conducting a thorough antitrust analysis of all aspects of a merger or acquisition from every possible angle, including likely future competition. On...more

Passive Means Passive! Missed HSR Filing Spurs Antitrust Enforcers' Ire - But Change May Be Coming

The Federal Trade Commission, in its latest enforcement action relating to Hart-Scott-Rodino Act compliance, reminds investors that strict adherence to HSR filing requirements is a must, but also may have signaled that a long...more

“Airline Collusion” Private Class Actions

Last week, we discussed public reports of an investigation by the DOJ of four major airlines (American, Delta, Southwest, and United) regarding possible collusion. Over the past two months, a number of consumers have filed...more

Specific Guidance to Businesses Still Lacking in FTC Principles

In 1914, Congress passed the FTC Act, creating the Federal Trade Commission. Section 5 of the FTC Act declared “unfair methods of competition in or affecting commerce” to be unlawful and gave the FTC enforcement power over...more

Federal Trade Commission Guidance Addresses Stand-alone Claims of Unfair Competition Under Section 5 of the FTC Act

Section 5 of the FTC Act, in effect since 1914, authorizes the FTC to pursue claims of unfair competition beyond the reach of both the Sherman and Clayton Acts. 15 U.S.C. § 45(a)(1). Until now however, the FTC has been...more

FTC issues statement on its enforcement abilities under § 5 of the FTC Act

On August 13, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a statement on its ability to prosecute ‘unfair trade practices’ and enforce violations under § 5 of the FTC Act. The guidance said: Section 5’s ban on...more

FTC Finally Offers ‘Principles’ Governing Section 5 Powers, but Specific Guidance to Businesses Still Lacking

In 1914, Congress passed the FTC Act, creating the Federal Trade Commission. Section 5 of the FTC Act declared “unfair methods of competition in or affecting commerce” to be unlawful and gave the FTC enforcement power over...more

Federal Trade Commission Issues First-Ever Guidance on “Unfair Methods of Competition”

Section 5 of the 1914 Federal Trade Commission Act declares that “unfair methods of competition in or affecting commerce” are unlawful. The Act also empowers the Commission to prevent persons, partnerships, and corporations...more

Key Take-Aways From the FTC’s New Section 5 Statement

The Federal Trade Commission’s New Section 5 Statement Preserves the Agency’s “Doctrinal Flexibility” but Fails to Provide Meaningful Concrete Guidance - On August 13, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released...more

FTC Issues First Statement of Enforcement Under Section 5 in 101 Years

On August 13, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”), by a 4-1 vote, approved a bipartisan “Statement of Enforcement Principles” (“Statement of Enforcement”),[1] which purports to shed light on the...more

"After Long Debate, FTC Issues Only General Principles Regarding Section 5"

On August 13, 2015, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued formal guidance on Section 5 enforcement consisting of a general statement of principles1 to guide application of its authority to challenge “unfair methods...more

FTC “Enforcement Principles” for Section 5 of the FTC Act: Is Something Better than Nothing?

For many years, antitrust practitioners have struggled to understand exactly how the FTC will analyze and enforce Section 5’s prohibition of “unfair methods of competition.” Counseling clients has been challenging. In a...more

FTC Issues Statement on “Unfair Methods of Competition” Prohibited by Section 5 of the FTC Act

On August 13, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued its “Statement of Enforcement Principles” (the “Statement”) regarding how it would interpret Section 5 of the FTC Act (Section 5), a statute that prohibits, among...more

FTC Finally Defines ‘Unfair’

According to the FTC: “The basic consumer protection statute enforced by the Commission is Section 5(a) of the FTC Act, which provides that “unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce … are … declared...more

FTC Announces New Guidance on Section 5 Unfair Competition Enforcement

Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has announced the FTC’s new policy concerning its enforcement authority under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, in particular Section 5’s prohibition of “unfair methods of competition.”...more

FTC Issues First Formal Policy on Section 5's Unfair Competition Authority

Although the brief FTC statement is beneficial, the sweeping language contained in the policy statement gives little practical guidance to the business community. On August 13, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued...more

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