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In 30 years as an antitrust enforcer, academic, and consultant on antitrust issues, I have rarely seen a report so fundamentally flawed as the GAO study of several oil mergers that the Federal Trade Commission investigated under my predecessor, Robert Pitofsky. As the Commission unanimously said...
L’Air Liquide was permitted to acquire Messer Griesheim GmbH, a leading industrial gas producer. Under terms of the order, Air Liquide is required to divest six air separation units operated by Messer in California, Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi within six months. According to...
The Commission authorized staff to file a complaint to block Arch Coal, Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Triton Coal Company, L.L.C. from New Vulcan Holdings, L.L.C. on grounds that the acquisition would increase concentration and tend to create a monopoly in the market for coal mined...
The complaint alleged that RHI violated various provisions of an FTC order issued in 2001. According to the complaint, the 2001 order was issued pursuant to a 1999 consent agreement with RHI that followed the FTC’s investigation of RHI’s acquisition of Global Industrial Technologies...
On February 10, 2004 the Commission issued an administrative complaint alleging that following Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Corporation's acquisition of Highland Park Hospital prices charged to health insurers for medical services increased and, therefore, higher costs for health...
By a 3-1-1 vote, the Federal Trade Commission today closed its investigation into Genzyme Corporation's (Genzyme) 2001 acquisition of Novazyme Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Novazyme). At the time of its acquisition, Novazyme was engaged primarily in conducting early pre-clinical studies relating to...
By a 5-0 vote, the Federal Trade Commission today closed its investigation of Sunoco, Inc.’s (Sunoco) proposed acquisition of the El Paso Corporation’s Coastal Eagle Point Oil Company (Coastal). As part of its acquisition of Coastal, Sunoco, which owns three refineries in the greater Philadelphia...
A final consent order settled antitrust concerns stemming from General Electric Company’s proposed acquisition of Agfa-Gevaert N.V.’s nondestructive testing business. According to the complaint issued with the consent order, the transaction as proposed would have eliminated...
A consent order allowed GenCorp Inc. to acquire Atlantic Research Corporation while requiring the divestiture of Atlantic’s in-space liquid propulsion business within six months of consummating the transaction. According to the complaint issued with the consent order, the transaction...
The FTC charged that, as proposed, DSM's purchase of RV&FC would have a significant adverse effect on competition in the worldwide market for phytase. Phytase is an enzyme added to certain animal feed to promote the digestion of nutrients necessary for livestock production. ...
Under terms of the order, Aspen agreed to divest Hypotech’s continuous process and batch process assets and Aspen’s operator training software and service business to a Commission-approved buyer to settle charges in the complaint and resolve the administrative proceedings. The...
The Commission authorized staff to seek a preliminary injunction to block the merger of Nestlé and Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, Inc. on grounds that the merger would reduce competition in the highly concentrated market for super-premium ice cream. Nestlé markets super-premium ice cream...
Southern Union Company settled antitrust concerns stemming from its proposed acquisition of the Panhandle pipeline from CMS Energy Corporation. The consent order permitted the acquisition but required Southern Union to terminate an agreement to manage the Central pipeline which...
A final consent order permits Pfizer Inc.'s acquisition of Phamacia Corporation while requiring the divestiture of various products including extended release drugs used in the treatment of an overactive bladder; hormone replacement therapies; erectile dysfunction; canine arthritis;...

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