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The Commission charged that West Penn Multi-List, operator of the only MLS service for the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, unreasonablay restricted access to its MLS services, which restrained competition.  Specifically, West Penn’s MLS rules limited publication and marketing of the...
The Federal Trade Commission has issued a consent order to settle its charges that King Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s proposed $1.6 billion acquisition of rival drug-maker Alpharma Inc. would be anticompetitive and would violate federal law. The proposed consent order requires King to divest the rights...
In late 2008, the Commission issued a consent order to restore competition in the market for oral long-acting opioids (LAOs). The FTC intervened in King Pharmaceutical’s proposed $1.6 billion acquisition of rival drug-maker Alpharma Inc. because the transaction would have joined the...
The Commission challenged the conduct of Boulder Valley Individual Practice Association for refusing to deal, or threatening to refuse to deal with insurance providers that failed to increase fees paid to group doctors, and also prevented members from contracting with payers, except...
Physician groups in Modesto, California, and in Boulder County, Colorado, have agreed to settle separate Federal Trade Commission charges that they each violated federal laws. Both groups are charged with orchestrating and carrying out agreements among their members to refuse, and threaten to...
The Commission challenged the conduct of AllCare IPA, alleging that AllCare restrained competition in fee-for-service contracts by fixing prices and other contract terms with payers, engaging in collective negotiations over the terms and conditions of dealing with payers, and...
Inverness Medical Innovations, Inc., has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it acted illegally to maintain its monopoly on consumer pregnancy tests in the United States when it acquired certain assets of a smaller competitor, ACON Laboratories, Inc., and interfered with that...
In order to restore competition in the U.S. market for consumer pregnancy tests, the Commission effectively reversed a consummated transaction in which Inverness Medical Innovations, a 70% market share holder, purchased the assets related to the development of a water-soluble dye...
As 2008 draws to a close, the Federal Trade Commission has nine consumer tips that can yield big dividends next year. Recognizing a good deal, staying safe online, managing credit and debt, and reporting scams and deceptive offers are more important than ever in these uncertain economic times. The...
The Federal Trade Commission today approved a notice adopting interim final rules amending Parts 3 and 4 of the agency’s Rules of Practice, and requesting public comments within 30 days of the date they are published in the Federal Register.
Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.’s has settled Federal Trade Commission charges that its proposed $8.9 billion acquisition of rival generic drugmaker Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. would be anticompetitive and violate federal law. The consent order requires Teva and Barr to sell assets in 29 U.S....
In 2006, Ovation Pharmaceuticals, manufacturer of Indocin, a drug used in the treatment of patent ductus arteriosus, a congenital heart defect usually found in severely underweight premature babies, purchased the rights to the drug NeoProfen, a drug about to receive FDA approval for...
The Federal Trade Commission today filed a complaint in federal district court challenging Ovation Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s January 2006 acquisition of the drug NeoProfen, which eliminated its only competitor for the treatment of a serious and potentially deadly congenital heart defect affecting...
Enforcing the mandatory premerger notification filing provisions under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, the Commission filed a complaint in Federal District Court charging ESL Partners and ZAM Holdings, two investment funds, with failing to make timely filings prior...
The Federal Trade Commission today announced the filing of a complaint in federal district court charging two investment funds, ESL Partners, L.P. and ZAM Holdings, L.P., with violating federal law by failing to make timely filings with the government prior to acquiring blocks of AutoZone, Inc....
The Commission has appointed Mitchell S. Pettit as the interim monitor under the terms of the recently approved consent order concerning ChoicePoint, Inc.’s acquisition by Reed Elsevier, NV. The Commission also approved the interim monitor agreement in this matter. The Commission’s decision and...
Herff Jones and American Achievement Group Holding Corp., the parent company of American Achievement Corporation (AAC), announced on December 5, 2008, that their acquisition agreement has been mutually terminated because the parties did not obtain the required regulatory approvals necessary to...
To promote transparency in merger enforcement, the Federal Trade Commission today released its most recent staff update of horizontal merger investigations, describing transactions that took place between fiscal years 1996 and 2007. The update expands the coverage of mergers by adding two more...
The Federal Trade Commission has filed suit to block the merger of CCC Information Services Inc. and Mitchell International Inc., charging that the merger would hinder competition in the market for electronic systems used to estimate the cost of collision repairs, known as “estimatics,” and the...

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