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The consent order permits the merger of Novartis and AstraZeneca PLC into a new Swiss company, Syngenta AG. The order requires Novartis to divest its worldwide foliar fungicide business (based on the strobilurin chemical class) to Bayer Ag; and requires AstraZeneca to divest its...
Citing several violations of a 1995 Federal Trade Commission consent order, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a complaint against Boston Scientific Corporation (BSC), on behalf of the Commission, seeking civil penalties and other equitable relief. According to the complaint, BSC failed...
Tyco settled antitrust concerns relating to its acquisition of Mallinckrodt, Inc. Tyco agreed to divest its endotracheal tube business to Hudson RCI.
The consent order settles antitrust concerns stemming from the acquisition of ADT Automotive Holdings, Inc., the nation's third largest operator of wholesale motor vehicle auctions, by Manheim Auctions, the nation's leading operator of auctions.  The complaint alleged that the...
A consent order requires Agrium to divest a deepwater terminal near Portland, Oregon, an up water terminal in central Washington and other assets settling charges concerning its proposed acquisition of the nitrogen fertilizer business of Union Oil Company of California. Agrium and...
The consent order permits the acquisition of Hughes Space and Communications, a subsidiary of General Motors Corporation, but prohibits Boeing from providing systems engineering and technical assistance (SETA) to the U.S. Department of Defense for a specific classified program....
An association of 86 physicians practicing in the Fairbanks, Alaska area settled charges that the Alaskan Healthcare Network illegally formulated a fee schedule based on its members’ current prices for use in negotiations with third-party payers in an effort to obtain higher prices...
Conso International Corporation, owner of the Simplicity brand of home sewing patterns, abandoned its proposed acquisition of McCall Pattern Company after the Commission filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New...
The Federal Trade Commission today issued an interim report to Congress on its investigation into recent Midwest gas price increases that sets forth the reasons the Commission launched the investigation and provides a status report on the ongoing investigation, including progress to date and a...
The consent order permitted the merger of Establissements Delhaize Freres et Cie “Le Lion” S.A. and Delhaize America, Inc. with Hannaford Bros. Co. and required the sale of 37 Hannaford supermarkets and one Hannaford site to three different buyers.
The FTC sought a preliminary injunction to block H.J. Heinz Company's (Heinz) proposed $185 million acquisition of Milnot Holding Company, owner of Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation (Beech-Nut), citing concerns that the transaction would reduce the number of competitors in the baby food...
Presenting Federal Trade Commission testimony today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources regarding recent gasoline price increases in the Midwest, FTC Competition Director Richard G. Parker described several potential causes for the increases and assured Congress that...
Presenting Federal Trade Commission testimony today before the House of Representatives' Commerce Committee regarding recent gasoline price increases in the Midwest, FTC Chairman Robert Pitofsky described several potential causes for the increases and assured Congress that the Commission's...
Pitofsky issued the following statement today on Capitol Hill:
Final consent order permits Pfizer’s merger with Warner-Lambert Company and requires divestitures in several pharmaceutical markets including: Pfizer’s RID brand of head lice treatment; Pfizer’s antidepressant drug, Celexa; Warner’s Cognex, a drug used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s...
The Commission authorized a preliminary injunction action in federal court alleging that Kroger's proposed acquisition of 74 Winn-Dixie supermarkets in would substantially lessen competition in several markets near and in Fort Worth, Texas.  The parties soonafter abandoned their...
Service Corporation International divested the LaGrone Funeral Home, acquired in 1994, to settle charges that the acquisition gave Service Corporation a monopoly in the provision of funeral services in Roswell, New Mexico. The order also requires Service Corporation, for ten years, to...
The FTC charged that five distributors of recorded music illegally required retailers to advertise compact discs at or above the minimum advertised price (MAP) set by the distribution company in exchange for substantial advertising payments for various types of media including...

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