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Energy companies Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (“ETE”), and The Williams Companies, Inc., will divest Williams’ interest in an interstate natural gas pipeline to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that ETE’s proposed acquisition of Williams would likely harm competition in Florida.
In testimony presented to the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, the Federal Trade Commission outlined its perspectives on international competition policy and enforcement.
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...
The heads of the antitrust agencies of the United States, Canada and Mexico met today in Toronto, Canada, to discuss their ongoing work to ensure effective antitrust enforcement cooperation in our increasingly interconnected markets. The meetings were held among Chairwoman Edith Ramirez of the...
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...
Following the decision last week by Staples and Office Depot to abandon their proposed merger, the Federal Trade Commission has dismissed its case challenging the transaction before the Commission’s administrative trial process. In light of those events, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez issued the...
Two of the largest suppliers of gases, American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc. and Airgas, Inc., have agreed to divest certain production and distribution assets to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that their proposed $13.4 billion merger likely would have harmed competition and led to higher...
Statement from Bureau of Competition Director Debbie Feinstein: “Today’s court ruling is great news for business customers in the office supply market. This deal would eliminate head-to-head competition between Staples and Office Depot and likely lead to higher prices and lower quality service for...
Most mergers reviewed by the Commission involve the acquisition of an entire company, or an identifiable set of assets – that is, the buyer seeks to control the assets of the seller through an acquisition. But sometimes companies acquire only a partial interest in a competitor – and...
The Federal Trade Commission has approved a modified final order settling charges that Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC’s $2 billion acquisition of  Roxane Laboratories Inc. and Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane, Inc. from Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation would likely be anticompetitive.
Federal Trade Commission staff submitted written comments opposing proposed legislation in Alabama that purports to immunize “authorities” formed by any public university operating a medical school in Alabama, and their collaborative activities “with all types of health care providers,” from the...
The Federal Trade Commission is currently accepting public comments on ProMedica Health Systems’ application to divest St. Luke’s Hospital. The divestiture is required by the Commission’s final order issued in connection with the Commission’s ruling that ProMedica’s acquisition of former rival St.
Testifying on behalf of the Federal Trade Commission before a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce, Tara Koslov, Deputy Director of the FTC’s Office of Policy Planning, described the state of competition in the pet medications industry, as well as the...
A company that supplies some of the world’s largest medical device makers with a high-performance polymer used to make spinal and other medical implants has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated federal antitrust law by using long-term exclusive contracts to maintain...
Recently, President Obama issued a call to all executive departments and agencies “to promote competition, arm consumers and workers with the information they need to make informed choices, and eliminate regulations that restrict competition without corresponding benefits to the...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Lupin’s proposed $850 million acquisition of Gavis would likely be anticompetitive. Under the order, first announced in February 2016, the companies are required to
Star Pipe Products, Ltd., a supplier of ductile iron pipe fittings, will pay $120,000 in civil penalties to resolve Federal Trade Commission allegations that it violated a 2012 Commission order prohibiting it from sharing competitively sensitive information. It also has agreed to an order...
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division participated in high level bilateral meetings with officials responsible for China’s three anti-monopoly agencies – National Development and Reform...
The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice today issued a joint statement reaffirming the importance of preserving competition in the defense industry.
Once a year, the ABA Antitrust Section Spring Meeting presents the perfect occasion to take stock of the Bureau’s work. This has been an especially busy year for the Bureau of Competition, requiring extraordinary effort from our attorneys and support staff to keep up with the...

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