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Note: A press conference with FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Bureau of Competition Director Deborah Feinstein was held at the FTC on May 28, 2015, at 11 a.m. ET. Chairwoman Ramirez and FTC staff took questions from the media about the case. An archival video of the live webcast will be available...
FTC staff has doggedly tracked down information about competition in the pet medications industry for the past several years. Why? Because it’s a large and growing consumer market. With 65 percent of American households owning a pet, and retail sales of prescription pet medications...
A Federal Trade Commission report on the pet medications industry noted fast growth and a changing landscape of suppliers – with veterinarians seeing increased competition from non-traditional sellers, and consumers finding more ways to buy medications for their pets. The report made...
Tobacco companies Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. have agreed to divest four cigarette brands to Imperial Tobacco Group to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that their proposed $27.4 billion  merger would likely be anticompetitive.
The Federal Trade Commission is currently accepting public comments on an application by Panasonic Corporation for approval to sell to FDK Corporation assets from Panasonic’s facility in Suzhou, China that are used to manufacture sub-C portable nickel metal hydride (“NiMH”) batteries.
The heads of the antitrust agencies of the United States, Canada and Mexico met today in Mexico City to discuss their ongoing work to ensure effective antitrust enforcement cooperation in our increasingly interconnected markets.
These days, the sharing economy is all around us. One person might use her smartphone to get an Uber ride to a dinner arranged through Feastly. Another might hire a Taskrabbit to clean up his garden for spring and order custom pots for his flowers from a seller on Etsy. But do these...
In a letter to Oregon State Senator Chip Shields, Federal Trade Commission staff expressed concern that a broad antitrust exemption proposed in Oregon Senate Bill 231A for health care collaborations is unnecessary because antitrust law already permits such efforts that benefit consumers.
 From: Whitehead, NoraSent: Monday, February 23, 2015 9:10 AMTo: (Redacted)Cc: Walsh, Kathryn E.; Berg, Karen E.; Gillis, Diana LSubject:  RE:4(d) questionYou are correct- you would not produce documents related to non-merger specific synergies. From: (Redacted)Sent: Friday, February...
From: Walsh, Kathryn E.Sent: Thursday, March 12 2015 1:43PMTo: (Redacted)Cc: Berg, Karen E.; Gillis, Diana L.; Whitehead, NoraSubject: RE: Pharma license questions
From: Gillis, Diana L.Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2015 2:58PMTo: (Redacted)Cc: Walsh, Kathryn E.; Berg, Karen E.; Whitehead, NoraSubject:  RE: Question re: Voting TrustsWe analyze voting trusts like shareholder agreements or proxies. The 2014 interpretation you cite is on point, and...
From: Whitehead, NoraSent: Monday, February 23, 2015 9:10 AMTo: (Redacted)Cc: Walsh, Kathryn E.; Berg, Karen E.; Gillis, Diana LSubject:  RE: 4(d) question You are correct- you would not produce documents related to non-merger specific synergies. From: (Redacted)Sent: Friday,...
From: Whitehead, NoraSent: Friday, February 13, 2015 10:33 AMTo: (Redacted)Cc: Gillis, Diana L.; Walsh, Kathryn E.Subject: RE: HSR Question - Mortgage Origination Without the associated mortgages, the acquisition of the origination platform is not exempt under 7A(c}(2). From (...
From: Gillis, Diana LSent: Friday, February 06, 2015 9:35 AMTo:  (Redacted)Cc: Walsh, Kathryn E; Berg, Karen ESubject: RE New UPE QuestionThanks, (Redacted). Client X would not be able to rely on its Company A HSR. From: (Redacted)Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2015 2:47 PMTo: Gillis,...
Consumers frequently contact the Bureau of Competition to alert us that the cost of a prescription drug suddenly spiked up, and ask if the FTC can take antitrust action to bring the price back down. The answer in a nutshell is that it depends on the reason for the price change...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Par Petroleum Corporation’s $107 million acquisition of Koko’oha Investments, Inc.’s wholly-owned subsidiary Mid Pac Petroleum, LLC would likely be anticompetitive.
In testimony presented to a U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary subcommittee the Federal Trade Commission described its ongoing efforts to promote competition that benefits consumers and businesses in key sectors of the economy.

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