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One hundred years ago today, the New York Times’ news pages were filled with coverage of the outbreak of World War I in Europe. There were stories about the newly opened Panama Canal and the growing movement for women’s suffrage. For $200, an ad in the paper offered readers the chance to purchase...
The Federal Trade Commission has approved final changes to its “Fred Meyer Guides,” which explain how suppliers can provide advertising allowances and other promotional payments and services to retailers without running  afoul of certain provisions of the Robinson-Patman Act.
In recent years, the U.S. health care sector has seen numerous innovations in the way care is organized and reimbursed (e.g., accountable care organizations, bundled payments, etc.), all with the goal of reducing expenditures and improving quality. One innovation that has received a great deal of...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Akorn, Inc.’s acquisition of VersaPharm Inc. and its parent company, VPI Holdings Corp., would have likely been anticompetitive.
Following public comment periods, the Federal Trade Commission has approved four applications by Service Corporation International (SCI) to divest certain funeral and cemetery assets, as required under the FTC’s May 2014 order settling charges that SCI’s acquisition of Stewart Enterprises, Inc.
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has signed an antitrust cooperation agreement with the Colombian antitrust agency on behalf of the FTC.  The agreement also was signed by Bill Baer, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, and went...
The PNO handles Hart-Scott-Rodino Premerger Notification Filings for well over a thousand transactions each year. When you submit an HSR Form with all the required information, the PNO can quickly review the filing, and if necessary, forward it to the investigative staff who will focus on...
From: (Redacted) Sent Wednesday, June 25, 2014 10:11AM To: Verne, B. Michael Walsh, Kathryn E. Cc: (Redacted) Subject: HSR UPE Question Dear Mike and Kathryn, I have a very brief UPE related question I was hoping you could provide guidance on. Facts: A client will use two Fonds...
From: (Redacted) Sent: Thursday, June 19, 2014 1:35 PM To: Verne, B. Michael Subject: Question re Ordinary Course Exemption Hi Mike, We are looking at the application of the used durable goods prong of the ordinary course exemption, Rule 802.1(d)(3),to a proposed transaction and...
From: (Redacted) Sent Wednesday, June 18, 2014 3:57PM To: Verne, B. Michael Cc: Walsh, Kathryn E. Subject: HSR Questions Hi, I understand from another law firm that the PNO agree that a transaction as described below was exempt and I want to confirm that it is still the current...
I recently spoke at a conference at the American Antitrust Institute.
Brief of the United States Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, Department of State, and Department of Commerce before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit addressing the proper application of the provisions of the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act of...
FTC alleges that AbbVie Inc. and Besins Healthcare Inc. filed baseless patent infringement lawsuits against potential generic competitors to delay the introduction of lower-priced versions of AndroGel.
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Actavis plc’s acquisition of Forest Laboratories, Inc. would likely be anticompetitive.
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved an application submitted by Franchise Services of North America, Inc. (FSNA) to sell two former Advantage Rent A Car airport rental car concessions, neither of which is currently operating. FSNA will sell assets located...
The Federal Trade Commission rejected a proposed settlement agreement with Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc., and returned the matter to administrative court to assess whether Phoebe’s 2011 merger with rival hospital Palmyra Park Hospital, Inc. in Albany, Georgia violated the antitrust laws.

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