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The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on a set of proposed changes to its premerger rulesto establish procedures for the withdrawal of a Hart Scott Rodino (HSR) premerger notification filing in certain circumstances. 
At the request of several members of the public, the Federal Trade Commission has extended the time to submit public comments on the proposed settlement order concerning Google and Motorola Mobility LLC. (MMI) through February 22, 2013.  The comment period originally was scheduled to end on...
Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a comment in response to a request from the New York State Public Service Commission (NY PSC) for comments on competition and consumer protection rules in New York’s retail electricity markets. The FTC staff comment emphasizes that carefully designed...
The FTC required bleach producer and seller Oltrin Solutions, LLC to release its competitor, JCI Jones Chemicals, Inc. from an agreement not to sell bleach in North Carolina and South Carolina. This non-compete agreement was part of a 2010 transaction between the two firms that the...
The Federal Trade Commission will require bleach producer and seller Oltrin Solutions, LLC to release its competitor, JCI Jones Chemicals, Inc. from an agreement not to sell bleach in North Carolina and South Carolina.  This non-compete agreement was part of a 2010 transaction between the two...
In Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, the number of potentially anticompetitive patent dispute settlements between branded and generic drug companies increased significantly compared with FY 2011, jumping from 28 to 40, according to a new Federal Trade Commission staff report.  The study also found that in...
The Federal Trade Commission announced it has revised the thresholds that determine whether companies are required to notify federal antitrust authorities about a transaction under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Antitrust Improvements Act.  These filing thresholds are required to be adjusted annually...
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on an application by AEA Investors 2006 Fund L.P. to modify a 2010 final order related to the 2008 acquisition of D.A. Stuart GmbH by Houghton International Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of HHI Holding Corporation.  The FTC charged that the...
To promote transparency in merger enforcement, the Federal Trade Commission released an updated staff report on the agency’s major investigations of horizontal mergers. The update adds four more years of data to the agency’s previous report, which was issued in 2008. Horizontal mergers involve two...
At a press conference at Federal Trade Commission Headquarters in Washington, DC, at 1:00 p.m. today, Chairman Jon Leibowitz will make an announcement concerning the investigation of Google, one of the largest technology companies in the world, for alleged anticompetitive conduct.  Bureau of...
Google Inc. has agreed to change some of its business practices to resolve Federal Trade Commission concerns that those practices could stifle competition in the markets for popular devices such as smart phones, tablets and gaming consoles, as well as the market for online search advertising.
To settle charges that it violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by engaging in unfair methods of competition and unfair acts or practices related to the licensing of standard essential patents (SEPs) for cellular, video codec, and wireless LAN stanards, Google Inc. agreed to change some...
The Federal Trade Commission issued a report to Congress explaining steps the agency has taken in connection with new rules on debit card transactions that were put in place last year by the Federal Reserve Board as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.   
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order restoring competition in the market for magnesium plates for photoengraving.  According to the FTC’s complaint, Magnesium Elektron’s 2007 acquisition of Revere Graphics Worldwide was anticompetitive and...
The largest U.S. supplier of diagnostic testing products used by small animal veterinarians, IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., has agreed to drop its exclusive-dealing arrangements with a top distributor, resolving FTC charges that it was using the exclusive arrangements to stifle competition.
At the request of several members of the public, the Federal Trade Commission has extended the time to submit comments on the proposed settlement order concerning Robert Bosch GmbH through January 9, 2013.  The comment period originally was scheduled to end on December 26, 2012.
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Corning, Inc.’s proposed acquisition of Becton, Dickinson and Company’s Discovery Labware Division would have been anticompetitive in the North American markets for tissue culture...
The FTC issued an administrative complaint  challenging electronics component manufacturer Integrated Device Technology, Inc.’s proposed $330 million acquisition of PLX Technology, Inc., a deal that allegedly would give the combined firm a near-monopoly in the market for a type of...

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