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The Federal Trade Commission has issued a Statement of Enforcement Principles that describes the underlying antitrust principles that guide the Commission’s application of its statutory authority to take action against “unfair methods of competition” prohibited by Section 5 of the FTC Act but not...
Today the FTC and DOJ released the FY 2014 Hart-Scott-Rodino Annual Report, which details the agencies’ merger review and enforcement program for October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014. As the only complete source of data on federal merger enforcement, the HSR Report is worth a...
The Federal Trade Commission, together with the Department of Justice’s Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust, released the agencies’ 37th Annual Hart-Scott-Rodino Report. The report presents fiscal year 2014 data on the agencies’ HSR Premerger Notification Program.
One of the key functions of the Bureau of Competition is to analyze mergers. Obtaining information through Second Requests is an essential aspect of our review process for proposed acquisitions. Even though the FTC and DOJ on average issue a Second Request in less than 5 percent of...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved an application from Holcim Ltd. and Lafarge S.A. to sell various Holcim cement assets to an affiliate of the international cement company CRH International.
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that the $27.4 billion merger of tobacco companies Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. would likely harm competition in the U.S. market for cigarettes.
Every day, the PNO receives many inquiries for interpretations of the Hart-Scott-Rodino statute and rules. Recently, several questions have related to transactions involving rental property, which implicate 16 C.F.R.
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved an application by Panasonic Corporation to sell to FDK Corporation assets from Panasonic’s facility in Suzhou, China that produce sub-C portable nickel metal hydride (“NiMH”) batteries.
The ability to appoint a monitor is an important tool in building a successful merger remedy. The boilerplate-style language FTC uses in merger orders when appointing a monitor belies the unique and varied roles that monitors play in assuring that the order maintains or restores...
Federal Trade Commission staff has submitted comments to North Carolina State Representative Marilyn W. Avila in response to her request for a comment on the possible competitive effects of a legislative proposal to narrow North Carolina’s Certificate of Need (CON) laws.
In a variety of industries, the FTC advocates for policies that promote competition. Why? Because studies show competition works, for our citizens and for our economy. Competition typically improves consumer welfare through lower prices, expanded output, better service and more...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that the $9.2 billion merger of supermarket operators Albertsons and Safeway Inc. would be anticompetitive.
Divestiture order requires stores in 35 states to be sold to private equity firm Sycamore Partners
Is more information about prices always a good thing for consumers and competition? Too much transparency can harm competition in any market, including in health care markets.
Federal Trade Commission staff has submitted comments to Minnesota state legislators Joe Hoppe and Melissa Hortman in response to their request for comment on the possible competitive effects of a recently enacted law that could make contract terms for the State of Minnesota’s health plans subject...
Following a June 23, 2015 ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granting the Federal Trade Commission request for a preliminary injunction, Sysco and US Foods abandoned their proposed merger, and the Commission has now dismissed its administrative complaint.In light of...
Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Competition Director Debbie Feinstein issued this statement following the announcement from Sysco and U.S. Foods that they will abandon their proposed merger:“Sysco and U.S. Foods’ decision to abandon the transaction is a victory for both competition and...
The online ads offer consumers a “risk-free trial” of skincare products from companies that claim to be accredited by the Better Business Bureau with an A- rating. How could that possibly be deceptive or unfair? Let us count the ways.

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