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Information exchange: be reasonable

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Each day companies seek out market information to gain insights on how to compete more effectively. When companies compete more effectively, that can be good for consumers, making more and better...
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FTC Milestones: Weighing in on weight loss cases

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“No need to be fat. No need to diet or go through unpleasant exercise.” “Your thin friends can tell you the right way to fight fat.” “Men avoided me. I was too fat.” Sounds like a lot of the bogus...
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FTC Milestones: Shared beginnings in the Circle Cilk case

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In celebration of the FTC’s 100th anniversary, we’ve been examining the leaves on our family tree. The FTC’s founding is often associated with turn-of-the-century trust busting, but a closer look –...
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From the antitrust mailbag: manufacturer-imposed requirements

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Here’s another common question we receive from retailers: A manufacturer is placing restrictions on the way I price its products. I think this is anticompetitive. Is it a violation of the antitrust...
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How to avoid common HSR filing mistakes with attachments

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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...
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Have a good plan for HSR compliance

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Our recent civil penalty action involving Berkshire Hathaway’s failure to file the required Hart-Scott-Rodino notification is a reminder to investors to be alert to common filing mistakes. It is also...
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Putting the “mod” in order modification

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Back in 1998, the must-have toy was a Furby, and if you were a parent with a kid of a certain age, you had to find one. In those days, Toys “R” Us was the nation’s largest toy retailer, and the...
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Running time

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“The clock” is a central part of a merger lawyer’s life. HSR merger review is all about managing the clock effectively. Here are some things we’ve been known to say: Is the clock running? When does...
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From the antitrust mailbag: refusals to deal

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Here’s a very common question, and the writer is usually a retailer who sells products from different manufacturers. Q: I received notice from my supplier that the company will no longer provide its...
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Antitrust by association(s)

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Antitrust enforcers have always been concerned about the potential for harm arising from the activities of trade groups made up of competitors. From its earliest days, the FTC has examined the conduct...
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A license that is more than a license

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Today, the Commission accepted for public comment a proposed order designed to preserve competition after the merger of CoreLogic and DataQuick, two of only three firms that license national assessor...
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Looking for something?

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If you regularly use FTC.gov to find cases, speeches, reports or such, then you’ve probably noticed a few changes. We know -- change is hard. But with added features like drop-down menus and filters...
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Un-consummated merger

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Today, five years post-consummation, the Commission approved Polypore International, Inc.’s application to sell Microporous, a competitor it purchased in 2008. Polypore was ordered to divest the...
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Location and value of patents

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Each year, the Premerger Notification Office answers thousands of letters, phone calls, and emails regarding the Hart-Scott-Rodino rules, giving informal advice on the potential reportability of...