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FTC Hosts Workshop – “Understanding Competition in Prescription Drug Markets: Entry and Supply Chain Dynamics”

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On Wednesday, November 8, 2017 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a workshop seeking to explore the general question of why the cost of prescription drugs has risen greatly in recent history. The Workshop was framed...more

FTC Advisory Opinion Says Hospital’s Proposed Prescription Program for Affiliated Entity Employees is Exempt from Robinson-Patman...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 7, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released an advisory opinion confirming that a non-profit hospital in New York may sell discounted prescription drugs to the employees of an affiliated medical practice...more

Corporate Concentration, Mergers, and Antitrust Enforcement in the Current Political Climate

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Attacking the vigor and effectiveness of antitrust enforcement has become increasingly popular political subject. Just last week, Senator Cory Booker released a letter to the FTC and DOJ urging them to consider the interests...more

Recent Developments in Antitrust Scrutiny of Healthcare-Provider Transactions

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As the trend of acquisitions of physician practices and mergers of hospitals continues, so does antitrust scrutiny of these deals. There was activity this week in three different proposed transactions that caught the...more

Tennessee Approves Ballad Health COPA Over FTC Protests

In the face of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) string of litigation successes over the last several years challenging hospital mergers on antitrust grounds, there has been an increased focus on the potential use of...more

Federal Trade Commission Announces Workshop on Competition in the Prescription Drug Market

On November 8, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will hold a workshop entitled, “Understanding Competition in Prescription Drug Markets: Entry and Supply Chain Dynamics.” Acting FTC Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen and...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

Warning from the U.S. Antitrust Agencies: Remain Compliant with Antitrust Laws During Post-Hurricane Harvey and Irma Relief...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On September 12, 2017, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (collectively, the “Agencies”) released antitrust guidance for post-hurricane relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes...more

Joint FTC / DOJ Guidance: Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Businesses and individuals in Texas, Florida, the Southeast, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are preparing for a massive recovery and reconstruction effort in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The Antitrust Division...more

By Antitrust Standards, When Is a Firm Really Failing?

The “failing firm” defense as a justification for permitting a merger that may otherwise lessen competition gets considerable play in healthcare transactions. Perilous hospital economics—often brought on by low Medicare and...more

Senate Bill Promises Antitrust Immunity to Boards That Reform Licensure in Latest State Action Defense Development

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) recently introduced a bill that would extend a limited state action immunity to state licensure boards only if states implement reforms that reduce occupational...more

Avoiding the “Gun Jumping” Trap in Mergers and Acquisitions

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From the moment a merger agreement is signed, the parties are often eager to begin the process of integrating and consolidating their operations. But doing too much coordination before closing could constitute “gun...more

FTC Competition Director Highlights Enforcement Priorities in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Last week Markus Meier, the Acting Director of the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission, gave testimony to the House Judiciary Committee concerning “Antitrust Concerns and the FDA Approval Process.” ...more

Who Listens When Congress Holds a Hearing on a Proposed Merger?

Last week, a Rhode Island Congressman published a letter he sent to the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee requesting that the committee hold a hearing on the recently-announced Amazon-Whole Foods merger. This post...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

Alarmist Algorithms: Why Pricing Bots Won’t Be the End of Society

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Federal Trade Commission Acting Chairman Ohlhausen and Commissioner McSweeny recently gave two very different speeches on algorithmic pricing. Commissioner McSweeny’s speech seemed to express concern that algorithms would...more

Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Quarterly Newsletter - Summer 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Read the latest news on antitrust, competition and economic regulation (ACER) in this summer's edition of our quarterly ACER newsletter. Please see full Publication below for more information. ...more

FTC’s First Test of Supreme Court’s North Carolina Dental Precedent in New Case against Real Estate Appraisal Board

by Mintz Levin on

Even with a reduced lineup of only two commissioners — the Republican Acting Chair and one Democratic Commissioner — the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) filed an administrative complaint this week against...more

Clorox Seeks Dismissal of Remaining Claims in Woodman’s Food Market Suit

In the latest development in Woodman’s Food Market v. Clorox—the saga between Clorox and Woodman’s that last year generated a landmark Robinson-Patman Act (RP Act) decision by the Seventh Circuit—Clorox is asking the district...more

Top M&A developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

We expect 2017 M&A activity in the aerospace, defense, and government services (ADG) industry sector to equal or surpass 2016 M&A activity. Although 2016 M&A activity was down both by volume and value over 2015 it was...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

Competition Policy in Transition

by Hogan Lovells on

Actor James Dean once said, “I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” Change is constant – industries change, consumers change, competition changes, regulators...more

Hogan Lovells academic all-stars debate hot tech topics

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On 17 March Hogan Lovells hosted a live webinar where several of our Global TMT thought leaders interviewed a panel of academic experts from our Law and Technology Academic Advisory Council on the key legal and tech trends...more

Lawsuit Highlights Antitrust Exposure Related to Hiring and Compensation

by Reed Smith on

A recently filed class action lawsuit serves as an important reminder that employers can face scrutiny under antitrust law through civil litigation brought by their employees, in addition to investigations and enforcement...more

Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Quarterly Newsletter - Winter 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

FTC takes another look at merger remedies - On 3 February 2017, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released its Merger Remedies Study, which analyzed the success of merger remedies imposed by the FTC from 2006 to...more

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