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September 2017

Sep 28, 2017

In order to reduce the burden associated with submitting detailed information for every document withheld on a claim of privilege, the Bureau has established an optional two-step privilege log process. Rather than submitting a complete privilege log for all withheld documents and custodians,...

August 2017

Aug 31, 2017

The Hart Scott Rodino (HSR) Act and Rules require that parties to certain mergers and acquisitions submit premerger notification filings and wait before consummating the transaction. Parties must often balance the HSR filing requirement with a number of other regulatory requirements, as well as...

June 2017

Jun 20, 2017

Moving to a new state can be daunting—packing, finding a new place to live, looking into options for schools, and finding the best local pizzeria. But if you’re one of the millions of Americans who need a license in order to work, the biggest hurdle could be getting a license in your new state....

March 2017

Mar 6, 2017

This is National Consumer Protection Week, a week set aside every year to help consumers know their rights and make well-informed choices in the marketplace.

Here at the FTC, we’re all about protecting...

February 2017

Feb 3, 2017

The newly released Remedy Study is the culmination of nearly two years of effort by FTC staff to look back at Commission...

January 2017

Jan 23, 2017

With some exceptions, Section 8 of the Clayton Act prohibits the same individual from serving as an officer or director of two competing corporations. Like other portions of the forward-looking Clayton Act (including Section 7 with its proscription on mergers that are likely to harm competition...

Jan 3, 2017

It was another busy year for antitrust news.  Here’s my look back at the top ten FTC-related antitrust developments for the year that was 2016 (in chronological order):

  1. The FTC’s first
  2. ...

December 2016

Dec 30, 2016

Before we start making New Year’s resolutions for 2017, let’s assess last year’s pledges. In announcing Operation Collection Protection, a coordinated federal-state-...

November 2016

Nov 28, 2016

When submitting a Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) premerger notification filing to the FTC and DOJ, a filing party must complete the HSR Form. The HSR Form requires detailed information about the transaction...

Nov 17, 2016

Everyone seems to have a view about the so-called “Sharing Economy.” At our June 2015 workshop, panelists spoke for seven hours. (...

October 2016

Oct 20, 2016

Looking for a new job can be stressful, whether you are a new worker applying for your first job or a highly trained professional seeking to advance in your career. The last thing a job-seeker should have to worry about is a back-room deal among employers that keeps her from getting the job of...

Oct 6, 2016

The Premerger Notification Office is often asked to give guidance on how to determine the value of a proposed merger or acquisition in light of the size of transaction test. The size of transaction test excludes transactions from the reporting requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act if they...

September 2016

Sep 1, 2016

On August 26, 2016, the FTC, with the concurrence of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, took steps to make the process of completing and submitting Hart-Scott-Rodino...

August 2016

Aug 1, 2016

Today the FTC and DOJ released the 38th Annual Hart-Scott-Rodino Report, which details the agencies’ merger review and enforcement program for Fiscal Year 2015 (...

July 2016

Jul 30, 2016

I am happy to announce that Chuck Loughlin will replace Tara Reinhart as Chief Trial Counsel for the Bureau when Tara leaves the Commission later this week.  Chuck joined the Bureau in September 2015, as the Deputy Chief Trial Counsel of the litigation group, bringing over 20 years of experience...

Jul 22, 2016

Look at any recent merger settlement accepted by the Commission and the answer is clear: An acceptable merger remedy must eliminate the potential for anticompetitive effects that would likely occur if the merger were to proceed. Typically this means creating another competitor to take the place...

Jul 8, 2016

As we head into the dog days of summer, I am delighted to share some recent management changes in the Bureau.

Peter Richman has been promoted to Assistant Director of the Mergers III Division, replacing Phill Broyles who retired earlier this year. For the last ten years, Peter has been...

June 2016

Jun 29, 2016

Last year, federal agencies, including the FTC, were instructed to adjust the maximum civil penalties for violations of laws they enforce. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 requires agencies to adjust penalty amounts using the “catch-up” inflation...

Jun 6, 2016

The PNO handles Hart-Scott-Rodino Premerger Notification Filings for well over a thousand transactions each year. Each transaction requires the acquiring person to pay an HSR filing fee, which must be paid within two days of filing an HSR Form in order for the HSR waiting period to begin. If...

May 2016

May 19, 2016

Under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act and Rules, determining whether a U.S. entity is a corporation or a non-corporate entity (like an LLC or LP) is relatively clear.  For foreign entities, the answer is often not so clear. Yet this determination can have important implications for HSR...

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