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Danaher Corporation, In the Matter of

In 2020, Danaher Corporation agreed to divest assets to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its proposed $21.4 billion acquisition of General Electric’s biopharmaceutical business, GE Biopharma, would violate federal antitrust law. Sartorius Stedim Biotech S.A. is the approved divestiture buyer. Sartorius agreed to obtain the Commission’s prior approval if it proposed to acquire Novasep Process SAS’s chromatography equipment business. On Feb. 1, 2022, the Commission announced that it granted Sartorius’s petition to proceed with this acquisition.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
191 0082
Case Status
Pending

ANI/Novitium, In the Matter of

The Federal Trade Commission required generic drug marketers ANI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Novitium Pharma LLC to divest, to Prasco LLC, ANI’s development rights to one generic drug and assets with respect to another generic drug as part of a settlement resolving charges that ANI’s $210 million acquisition of Novitium likely would be anticompetitive. According to the complaint, without a remedy, the acquisition would likely harm future competition in U.S. markets for both of these generic products. The order requires ANI and Novitium to divest ANI’s rights and assets to generic SMX-TMP oral suspension and generic dexamethasone tablets to Prasco within 10 days after the acquisition is final. On Jan. 12, 2022, the Commission announced the final consent order in this matter.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
211 0101
Docket Number
C-4754
Case Status
Pending

Clarence L. Werner, U.S. v.

Clarence L. Werner, founder of the Omaha, Nebraska-based truckload carrier Werner Enterprises, Inc. will pay a $486,900 civil penalty to settle charges that certain of his acquisitions of company stock while he was a director of the company violated the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. The HSR Act requires companies and individuals to report stock purchases over a certain threshold to the FTC and DOJ and wait before closing the transaction so that the federal agencies can investigate the potential competitive impact of the acquisition. Smaller transactions may also be reportable under the Act due to the need to aggregate the new purchase with all current holdings.

Type of Action
Federal
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
211 0004
Case Status
Pending

Richard D. Fairbank, U.S. v.

Richard Fairbank, CEO of Capital One Financial Corp., has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that his March 8, 2018, acquisition of Capital One Financial (COF) stock violated the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. Under a negotiated settlement, Fairbank will pay a $637,950 civil penalty. The complaint alleges that in 2018,  Fairbank violated the notice and waiting period requirements of the HSR Act because he did not file before acquiring COF voting securities in excess of the $100 million filing threshold, as adjusted (which at the time was $168.8 million).

Type of Action
Federal
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
2010065
Case Status
Pending

FTC Appoints Substitute Monitor

Date
The Federal Trade Commission has appointed Gregory Heltzer as the substitute monitor to oversee the Decision and Order In the Matter of Corpus Christi Polymers LLC, et al. because the original monitor...

DTE Energy Company, In the Matter of

Joint venture NEXUS Gas Transmission, LLC, and its member companies, DTE Energy Company and Enbridge Inc., settled Federal Trade Commission charges that the joint venture’s acquisition of an Ohio pipeline would likely harm competition to provide natural gas pipeline transportation in a three-county area that includes Toledo, Ohio. The complaint alleged that NEXUS’s purchase of Generation from North Coast Gas Transmission LLC (“North Coast”) and several other owners is anticompetitive due to a non-compete clause that keeps North Coast from competing to provide natural gas pipeline transportation, for three years after the acquisition closes, in parts of the Ohio counties of Lucas, Ottawa, and Wood. The 2019 consent agreement preserved competition by requiring the parties to eliminate the non-compete clause from the sales agreement. Also, absent prior Commission approval, Nexus, DTE, and Enbridge were barred from participating in a written or oral agreement that restricts competition between any of them and another provider of natural gas pipeline transportation in the Ohio counties of Lucas, Ottawa, and Wood. On Sept. 24, 2021, the FTC announced a petition from DTE to reopen and modify the 2019 order. The Commission announced approval of the order modification on November 24, 2021.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
191 0068
Docket Number
C-4691
Case Status
Pending