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In testimony presented to a U.S. Senate Judiciary subcommittee, the Federal Trade Commission described its competition enforcement and advocacy work relating to state regulatory boards and licensing requirements for occupations, trades, and professions.
Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a comment regarding proposed legislation that would broaden the types of settings under which Georgia dental hygienists are allowed to provide preventive care without the direct supervision of a dentist. The comments are in response to a request from...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Drug Testing Compliance Group, LLC, an Idaho-based company that provides drug and alcohol testing and other services to commercial trucking companies and their drivers, illegally...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that NXP Semiconductors N.V.’s $11.8 billion acquisition of Freescale Semiconductor Ltd. would likely harm competition in the worldwide market for RF power amplifiers.
When Congress passed the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, it created minimum dollar thresholds to limit the burden of premerger reporting. In 2000, it amended the HSR statute to require the annual adjustment of these thresholds based on the change in gross...
As required by law, the Federal Trade Commission has revised the monetary thresholds that determine whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities about a transaction under Section 7A of the Clayton Act.
Since 2004, brand-name and generic drug manufacturers have filed certain agreements with the FTC and DOJ as required by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act (also known as MMA filings).
Pharmaceutical companies entered into substantially fewer potential pay-for-delay patent dispute settlements in fiscal year 2014, according to a new FTC staff report.
The Federal Trade Commission has announced the full agenda for its upcoming workshop, “Automobile Distribution: Current Issues and Future Trends.” The all-day event, which will take place on January 19 in Washington, D.C., will explore critical issues in the regulation of auto distribution, with...
It’s been a busy year for antitrust news. And in case you missed any particular event, here’s my list of the top ten FTC-related antitrust developments for 2015:
The Federal Trade Commission will require the national kidney-dialysis chain U.S. Renal Care, Inc., for which Rangers Renal Holdings LP is the parent company, to divest its ownership interest in three outpatient dialysis clinics in Laredo, Texas, as part of a settlement resolving charges that its...
The Federal Trade Commission will require energy investor ArcLight Energy Partners Fund VI, L.P., to divest its ownership interest in four light petroleum product terminals in Pennsylvania, as part of a settlement resolving charges that ArcLight’s acquisition of Gulf Oil Limited Partnership from...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that a merger combining 76 percent of the orthopedists in Berks County, PA into Keystone Orthopaedic Specialists, LLC was likely anticompetitive and violated U.S. antitrust law.
The Federal Trade Commission has authorized action to block the proposed merger of Advocate Health Care Network and NorthShore University HealthSystem, two leading providers of general acute care inpatient hospital services in the North Shore area of Chicago.
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on an application by Pfizer Inc. to modify the FTC’s January 2010 final order, which settled the FTC’s competition concerns arising from Pfizer’s 2009 acquisition of Wyeth.
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Step N Grip, LLC, a company that sells rug accessories designed to keep rugs from curling at the corners, illegally invited its closest competitor to collude on prices.
For many of us, the holiday season involves at least one loooong automobile ride. We travel over the river and through the woods in our beloved cars, our trunks stuffed with presents for family and friends. Today, the way we buy those presents and the way we buy the car that carries...
The Federal Trade Commission will host a one-day workshop on January 19, 2016, to explore competition and related issues in the U.S. auto distribution system, including how consumers and businesses may be affected by state regulations and emerging trends in the industry. The event will take place...
The Federal Trade Commission has issued its 2015 Report on Ethanol Market Concentration, an annual report required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 “to determine whether there is sufficient competition among industry participants to avoid price-setting and other anticompetitive behavior.”

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