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Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz issued the following statement regarding today’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which invited the plaintiffs in the Ciprofloxacin drug patent settlement case to seek further review by the full court of appeals because...
The Federal Trade Commission today released for public comment a proposed revision of the Horizontal Merger Guidelines.  The updated Guidelines, which outline how the federal antitrust agencies evaluate the likely competitive impact of mergers and whether those mergers comply with U.S. antitrust...
In a letter issued today, the staff of the Federal Trade Commission advised the University of Michigan that a proposed modification to reduce costs for its drug benefit program for employees, retirees, and their dependants is exempt from the Robinson-Patman Act, a U.S. antitrust law that prohibits...
The staff of the Federal Trade Commission will not object to a change in the professional code of conduct being proposed by a trade group representing accountants nationwide which is designed to assure the public that audits by associated firms are conducted objectively.
The Federal Trade Commission has approved a proposed divestiture by Virginia-based health care company Carilion Clinic. Under a December 2009 settlement with the FTC, Carilion must divest a medical imaging center and an outpatient surgical center in Roanoke, Virginia, to FTC-approved buyers. That...
Today’s decision seems to reflect a growing understanding—first in Congress now in the courts—that brand name drug companies must not be allowed to make pay-offs to their generic competitors to keep low-cost generic drugs off the market. These deals are costing American consumers $3.5 billion a...
Service Corporation International (SCI), the nation’s largest provider of funeral and cemetery services, will be required to sell 22 funeral homes and four cemeteries in 19 local markets to ensure competition is preserved following its acquisition of Keystone North America Inc., the Federal Trade...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final settlement order in the matter of Danaher Corporation and MDS, Inc., and sent a letter to the one member of the public who commented on it. The final order settles charges that Danaher’s acquisition of MDS, as...
The Federal Trade Commission will continue working on behalf of Americans who are struggling to pay for their health care. According to our economic estimates, consumers would pocket about $3.5 billion a year if these unconscionable deals were stopped and they had earlier access to generic drugs....
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comments on an application filed by the Divestiture Trustee to divest one store pursuant to the Commission’s March 5, 2009 order, which was issued to help restore the competition lost by Whole Foods Market Inc.’s 2007 acquisition of Wild Oats Market,...
In an Initial Decision announced today, Chief Administrative Law Judge D. Michael Chappell found that Polypore International Inc.’s consummated acquisition – through its Daramic Acquisition Corporation subsidiary – of rival battery separator manufacturer Microporous L.P. was anticompetitive and...
The Commission charged that Transitions Optical, Inc., the nation’s leading manufacturer of photochromic treatments that darken corrective lenses used in eyeglasses, used anticompetitive practices to maintain its monopoly and increase prices. Photochromic treatments are applied to...
FTC Seeks Public Comments on Trustee's Proposal to Divest Two Stores under Whole Foods Market Inc. Divestiture Order
The Federal Trade Commission today announced that it will require carbonated soft drink company PepsiCo, Inc. to restrict its access to confidential business competitive information of rival Dr Pepper Snapple Group as a condition for proceeding with PepsiCo’s proposed $7.8 billion acquisition of...
The Commission required that carbonated soft drink company PepsiCo, Inc. restrict its access to confidential business competitive information of rival Dr Pepper Snapple Group as a condition for proceeding with PepsiCo’s proposed $7.8 billion acquisition of its two largest bottlers...
“When drug companies agree not to compete, consumers lose,” said Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz. “Ending pay-for-delay settlements will help control drug costs. We’re delighted about the President’s resolute support for this bipartisan initiative.” (JDL stmt)
The Federal Trade Commission settled charges that the executive director of a Colorado physicians’ association actively tried to evade the terms of a 2008 FTC order by telling insurers that because she was not named individually in the order, she could simply negotiate on behalf of competing...
Roaring Fork Valley Physicians, IPA, Inc., a Colorado physicians’ group, settled Commission charges of price-fixing by agreeing to halt its use of allegedly anticompetitive negotiating tactics against health insurers. The Commission charged Roaring Fork Valley Physicians I.P.A., Inc...

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