UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
BEFORE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION
In the Matter of
ABBOTT LABORATORIES, a corporation.
FILE NO. 981-0395
AGREEMENT CONTAINING CONSENT ORDER
The Federal Trade Commission ("Commission"), having initiated an
investigation of certain acts and practices of Abbott Laboratories ("Abbott")
(hereinafter referred to as "Proposed Respondent Abbott") and Geneva
Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Novartis Corporation, and it
now appearing that Proposed Respondent Abbott is willing to enter into this Agreement
Containing Consent Order ("Consent Agreement") providing for relief with respect
to such practices;
IT IS HEREBY AGREED by and between Proposed Respondent Abbott, by its duly authorized
officers and its attorneys, and counsel for the Commission that:
- 1. Proposed Respondent Abbott is a corporation organized, existing, and doing business
under and by virtue of the laws of the State of Illinois, with its office and principal
place of business located at 100 Abbott Park Road, Abbott Park, Illinois 60064. Abbott is
engaged principally in the development, manufacture, and sale of a broad line of health
care products and services.
- 2. Proposed Respondent Abbott admits all the jurisdictional facts set forth in the draft
of Complaint here attached.
- 3. Proposed Respondent Abbott waives:
(a) any further procedural steps;
(b) the requirement that the Commission's Decision and Order ("Decision and
Order"), here attached and made a part hereof, contain a statement of findings of
fact and conclusions of law;
(c) all rights to seek judicial review or otherwise to challenge or contest the
validity of the Order entered pursuant to this Consent Agreement; and
(d) any claim under the Equal Access to Justice Act.
- 4. Proposed Respondent Abbott shall submit an initial compliance report within twenty
(20) days of the date it signs this Consent Agreement, pursuant to Commission Rule 2.33,
16 C.F.R. § 2.33, signed by the Proposed Respondent Abbott setting forth in detail
the manner in which the Proposed Respondent Abbott has to date complied or has prepared to
comply, and will comply with the Order. Such report will not become part of the public
record unless and until the accompanying Consent Agreement and Order are accepted by the
Commission for public comment.
- 5. This Consent Agreement shall not become part of the public record of the proceeding
unless and until it is accepted by the Commission. If this Consent Agreement is accepted
by the Commission it, together with the draft of Complaint contemplated thereby, will be
placed on the public record for a period of thirty (30) days and information in respect
thereto publicly released. The Commission thereafter may either withdraw its acceptance of
this Consent Agreement and so notify Proposed Respondent Abbott, in which event it will
take such action as it may consider appropriate, or issue and serve its Complaint (in such
form as the circumstances may require) and Order, in disposition of the proceeding.
- 6. This Consent Agreement is for settlement purposes only and does not constitute an
admission by Proposed Respondent Abbott that the law has been violated as alleged in the
draft Complaint here attached, or that the facts as alleged in the draft Complaint, other
than jurisdictional facts, are true.
- 7. This Consent Agreement contemplates that, if it is accepted by the Commission, and if
such acceptance is not subsequently withdrawn by the Commission pursuant to the provisions
of Commission Rule 2.34, 16 C.F.R. § 2.34, the Commission may, without further
notice to Proposed Respondent Abbott, (1) issue its Complaint corresponding in form and
substance with the draft Complaint here attached and its Decision and Order in disposition
of the proceeding, and (2) make information public in respect thereto. When final, the
Order will have the same force and effect and may be altered, modified or set aside in the
same manner provided by statute for Commission orders issued on a litigated or stipulated
record. The Order shall become final upon service. Delivery of the Complaint and Decision
and Order to Proposed Respondent Abbott's Counsel by any means specified in Commission
Rule 4.4(a), 16 C.F.R. § 4.4(a), shall constitute service. Proposed Respondent Abbott
waives any right it may have to any other manner of service. The Complaint may be used in
construing the terms of the Order, and no agreement, understanding, representation, or
interpretation not contained in the Decision and Order or the Consent Agreement may be
used to vary or contradict the terms of the Decision and Order.
- 8. By signing this Consent Agreement, Proposed Respondent Abbott represents and warrants
that it can accomplish the full relief contemplated by this Consent Agreement, and that
all parents, subsidiaries, affiliates in which Proposed Respondent Abbott has an interest
greater than 50%, and successors, necessary to effectuate the full relief contemplated by
this Consent Agreement are bound thereby as if they had signed this Consent Agreement and
were made parties to this proceeding and to the Decision and Order.
- 9. Proposed Respondent Abbott has read the proposed Complaint and Decision and Order
contemplated hereby. Proposed Respondent Abbott understands that once the Decision and
Order has been issued, it will be required to file one or more compliance reports showing
that it has fully complied with the Decision and Order. Proposed Respondent Abbott agrees
to comply with the terms of the proposed order from the date it signs this Consent
Agreement. Proposed Respondent Abbott further understands that it may be liable for civil
penalties in the amount provided by law for each violation of the Decision and Order after
the Decision and Order becomes final.
Signed this ____ day of ______, 2000.
Counsel for Abbott Laboratories
Federal Trade Commission
Bradley S. Albert
Deputy Assistant Director
Richard A. Feinstein
Willard K. Tom
Richard G. Parker
Bureau of Competition