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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

Is That a Carrot or a Stick in Your Hand? The Third Circuit Examines the Line Between Competition and Coercion in De Facto...

We recently wrote about attempts to force exclusivity onto customers. But firms with large or dominant market shares often must walk a fine line between properly offering customers percentage-based discounts and improperly...more

The Penn State Hershey–Pinnacle Merger: A Turning Point in FTC’s Enforcement Authority, or Just a Temporary Setback?

As we have reported previously, the Federal Trade Commission recently has taken an aggressive stance in regulating mergers in the healthcare sector. The Commission has racked up a string of victories, but last week the...more

Federal Judge Refuses FTC Request to Block Hershey/Pinnacle Deal; FTC to Appeal

Hospitals and other providers who have been tracking Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice Antitrust Division hospital merger challenges over the last several years will want to take note of the federal...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

The HSR Act’s “Investment” Exemption – Strategic Considerations in Light of Recent Enforcement

On April 4, 2016 the Department of Justice (DOJ) sued ValueAct Capital (ValueAct), an “activist” investment fund, for violation of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the HSR Act), seeking civil...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

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

Price Tag for Patent Invalidity Ruling in Inequitable Conduct Case is $26 Million - TransWeb, LLC v. 3M Innovative Properties Co.

Affirming a ruling of invalidity and an antitrust damages award of trebled attorneys’ fees in a patent abuse case, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit highlighted the severe penalties that may befall patent owners...more

Recent Enforcement Under Section 5 of the FTC Act: So That's What a Standalone Claim of Unfair Competition Looks Like

Last August, the Federal Trade Commission issued its Statement of Enforcement Principles Regarding “Unfair Methods of Competition” Under Section 5 of the FTC Act (Statement), in an effort to provide clarity with respect to...more

The FTC's Three Current Hospital Merger Challenges: Will the FTC Ever Lose?

Beginning with the Federal Trade Commission’s 2007 decision in Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Corp., holding that a hospital merger in the North Chicago suburbs violated the antitrust laws, the FTC has experienced...more

The SMARTER Act Passes U.S. House of Representatives Vote, Seeks to Harmonize FTC and DOJ Procedures for Challenging Unconsummated...

On March 23, the U.S. House of Representatives voted favorably on the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act (the “SMARTER Act”), H.R. 2745. The bill, introduced by Representative Blake Farenthold of...more

FTC Amicus Brief Confirms Need for Independent Proof of Causation in Private Reverse-Payment Antitrust Cases

In the ongoing battles over the antitrust treatment of pharmaceutical patent settlements, the Federal Trade Commission and private industry have not agreed on much. But a recent FTC amicus brief appears to signal a high level...more

FTC Announces Revised HSR Pre-Merger Notification and Interlocking Directorate Thresholds

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has announced revised monetary thresholds for determining whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities about a transaction under the Hart-Scott Rodino Antitrust...more

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

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 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...more

Federal Trade Commission revises Hart-Scott-Rodino thresholds for 2016

On January 21, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the new, revised jurisdictional thresholds for reporting transactions pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (HSR...more

Hart-Scott-Rodino Premerger Reporting Thresholds Increase

On January 26, the Federal Trade Commission published the annual adjustment of the thresholds that trigger premerger reporting obligations (and the mandatory waiting period) under the Hart-Scott Rodino (HSR) Act. The new...more

Federal Trade Commission Increases Interlocking Directorates Thresholds

Last week the Federal Trade Commission published its annual revision of the interlocking directorates thresholds under Section 8 of the Clayton Act. The new thresholds became effective on January 26, 2016....more

Antitrust: FTC Announces Annual Update of Thresholds for Premerger Notification Filings and Interlocking Directorates for 2016...

The Federal Trade Commission (the FTC) has revised the monetary thresholds applicable to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the HSR Act). The HSR Act requires companies proposing a merger or...more

Are the Patent Trolls Vulnerable to Antitrust Claims?

We previously wrote about the nascent efforts of legislators, regulators, and representa­tives of technology-dependent industries to use the antitrust laws, such as Section 2 of the Sherman Act or Section 7 of the Clayton...more

Annual Adjustments to Hart-Scott-Rodino and Interlocking Directorates Thresholds

The annually adjusted thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (15 U.S.C. § 18a) (HSR) and Section 8 of the Clayton Act (15 U.S.C. § 19) were published in the Federal Register on January 26,...more

HSR Thresholds Will Increase for 2016 Transactions

On February 25, 2016, 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 securities,...more

Revised Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds Take Effect Feb. 25, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced revisions to the thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR), which will apply to all transactions closing on or after Feb. 25, 2016. The...more

FTC Announces Increased Thresholds for HSR Premerger Notifications and Interlocking Directorates

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on January 21, 2016 the revised transaction thresholds that trigger the requirement to file a premerger notification and report form under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust...more

2016 Changes in Hart-Scott-Rodino Reporting Thresholds, Clayton Act Section 8 Interlocking Directorates Thresholds

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on January 21, 2016 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...more

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