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Ninth Circuit Affirms Divestiture of Consummated Physician Practice Acquisition

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed an Idaho federal district court’s decision ordering the divestiture of a physician practice group that had been acquired by a competing health system. The case, which...more

FTC Looks to Accelerate Oncology Drug Growth by Requiring Novartis to Divest Two Protein Inhibitors in Its Clinical Development...

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) on Monday completed its review of Novartis AG’s (“Novartis”) proposed $16 billion acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline’s (“GSK”) oncology drug portfolio with an announced consent decree that...more

Consumer Health Information Update from Both Sides of the Atlantic

As we reported in May 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) convened stakeholders to explore whether health-related information collected from and about consumers — known as consumer-generated health information (CHI) —...more

Advertising Law - February 2015 #4

“Big Data” Mergers Should Trigger Regulatory Investigation, Groups Say - The Federal Trade Commission should take a closer look when companies with “big data” consolidate or merge, consumer groups recently...more

White House Releases Revised Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

On Friday, February 27, 2015, the White House released a revised version of its 2012 proposal for a consumer privacy bill of rights. The revised legislative proposal largely tracks with the 2012 proposal in that it focuses on...more

Anatomy of a Provider Merger Antitrust Challenge (Part 2)

This is the second in a six-part series discussing the Federal Trade Commission’s challenges to provider mergers. Following the initial Introduction and Background (Part 1), the series discusses The Need for Early Legal...more

Supreme Court Update: North Carolina Board Of Dental Examiners V. Federal Trade Commission (13-534), Kansas V. Nebraska (126,...

The robed returned to action with this week with decisions in three cases, North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission (13-534), on whether state licensing boards enjoy immunity from antitrust laws...more

White House Releases Draft Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

Friday, the Obama Administration released a draft Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act, aimed at establishing baseline protections for individual privacy in the commercial world. If enacted, the bill would preempt state law...more

US Supreme Court: state agencies must be "actively supervised" to enjoy antitrust immunity – 5 tips

Do you sit on a state board or are you regulated by one? If so, the United States Supreme Court decided a case last Wednesday that directly affects you. Until recently, many assumed that a state agency or board enjoyed...more

No Active State Supervision, No Antitrust Immunity for North Carolina State Dental Board

On February 25, 2015, in a 6-3 decision authored by Justice Kennedy, the Supreme Court upheld the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) decision finding that the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners (Board), although a state...more

FTC Director Jessica Rich Discusses Privacy and Data Security at BakerHostetler Symposium

On February 26, 2015, Jessica L. Rich, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, spoke at the BakerHostetler Symposium on Section 5 of the FTC Act on how the FTC approaches privacy and...more

Smart Car Legislation Suggests Different Approach To Internet Of Things Regulation

On February 11, Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced legislation aimed at establishing federal data security and privacy standards for Internet-connected automobiles (“smart cars”). This...more

Supreme Court Finds that Regulatory Boards Composed of “Active Market Participants” are Subject to Antitrust Laws if Not Actively...

Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC, finding that North Carolina’s state board of dental examiners was subject to antitrust scrutiny under the Sherman Act...more

FTC Issues New Guidance for Mobile App Developers that Collect Location Data

A mobile app that collects users’ location data while the mobile app is not in use should clearly disclose such practices and provide users with choices. Failure to do so could give rise to an FTC claim of deceptive...more

FTC Notches Yet Another Victory in a Provider Merger Case

On February 10, in Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Nampa v. St. Luke’s Health System (St. Alphonsus), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit handed the Federal Trade Commission yet another provider-merger win. ...more

FTC Fails to Prove Green Guides' Meaning of "Biodegradable"

In an Initial Decision announced February 6, 2015, Chief Administrative Law Judge D. Michael Chappell of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) held that ECM BioFilms, Inc. d/b/a Enviroplastics International (“ECM”) made false...more

Supreme Court Rules NC Dentist Board Not Immune From Antitrust Scrutiny

In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that state professional boards comprised of active market participants are not immune from antitrust laws even though the boards are formally designated as a state agency, unless the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Antitrust Protection for State Professional Boards

In a 6-3 decision in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission, the United States Supreme Court ruled today that state professional boards comprised of active professionals in the occupation...more

IoT – It’s All About the Data, Right?

A few weeks ago, the FTC released a report on the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT refers to “things” such as devices or sensors – other than computers, smartphones, or tablets – that connect, communicate or transmit information...more

Federal Trade Commission Guidance on the Internet of Things

On January 27, 2015, the FTC released its Staff Report on the so-called “Internet of Things” (IoT) – the ability of everyday objects (from refrigerators to wearable devices) to connect to the Internet and send and receive...more

Health Care Update - February 2015 #3

In This Issue: - IRS in the ACA Spotlight - DOJ and FTC Examine Competition - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms FTC’s Challenge to Provider Acquisition as Anticompetitive Despite Defense that the Transaction’s Goals...

Competitive effects still matter in healthcare mergers, even in the face of a transaction’s claimed improvements in patient outcomes through integrated care and risk-based reimbursement consistent with the goals of the...more

Divestiture of St. Luke's Acquisition Upheld Despite Transaction's "Laudable" Goals

On February 10, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) achieved a historic victory when a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that a hospital's acquisition of a physician's group – the transaction challenged by the FTC – ran afoul...more

Revised “Fred Meyer Guides” Leave Treatment of Key Robinson-Patman Act Provisions Unchanged

While hardly ever enforced in modern times by government enforcement agencies, and rarely the subject of antitrust treble damage actions, Sections 2(d) and (e) of the Robinson Patman Act (15 U.S.C. §§ 13(d) and (e)) have had...more

Health Law Alert: Ninth Circuit Affirms Acquisition of Idaho Medical Group by St. Luke's Hospital Violates Antitrust Laws

On Feb. 12, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a trial victory for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Saint Alphonsus Medical Center (Saint Alphonsus) in their challenge to the acquisition by the St. Luke’s...more

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