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The Federal Trade Commission has approved a modified final order settling charges that grocery store operator Bi-Lo Holdings, LLC’s $265 million acquisition of 154 stores from Delhaize America would harm competition in markets in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Bi-Lo Holdings is the parent...
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comments on a proposal to study the effectiveness of the Commission’s orders in merger cases where it required a divestiture or other remedy.
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final orders settling charges that Blue Rhino and AmeriGas Cylinder Exchange, the two leading suppliers of propane exchange tanks, illegally colluded to push Walmart, a key customer, to accept a reduction in the amount of...
The Federal Trade Commission is currently accepting public comments on an application by Merck & Co., Inc. to sell assets and properties in Puerto Rico it uses to manufacture Heartgard and Heartgard Plus to  Merial Barceloneta LLC, a subsidiary of Merial Inc.
An association representing electricians and another representing skating teachers have agreed, in two separately settled actions, to eliminate provisions in their bylaws that the Federal Trade Commission charged limit competition among each association’s members.
In Fiscal Year 2013, companies filed a total of 145 final patent dispute settlements, of which 29 created potential “pay-for-delay” agreements between branded and generic drug companies, according to a new Federal Trade Commission staff report.  Although the number of potential pay-for-delay...
Global pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company has agreed to divest its Sentinel product line of medications for treating heartworm disease in dogs in order to settle FTC charges that its proposed $5.4 billion acquisition of Novartis Animal Health would likely be anticompetitive. Under the...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved an application by Community Health Systems to sell Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center and its associated assets in Hartsville, South Carolina to Capella Healthcare, Inc.
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved an application by Service Corporation International (SCI) to divest a funeral home in Auburn, California, as required under the FTC’s May 2014 order settling charges that SCI’s acquisition of Stewart Enterprises, Inc.
Following yesterday’s announcement by Verisk Analytics, Inc. that it would abandon  plans to acquire EagleView Technology Corporation, the Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, Deborah Feinstein, said: “The parties’ decision to abandon this transaction preserves...
The Federal Trade Commission has challenged Verisk Analytics, Inc.’s proposed $650 million acquisition of EagleView Technology Corporation, alleging that it would likely reduce competition and result in a virtual monopoly in the U.S. market for rooftop aerial measurement products used by the...
The Federal Trade Commission is currently accepting public comments on an application by the owners of Surgery Center Holdings, Inc., known as Surgery Partners, to divest an ambulatory surgery center in Florida, as required by the FTC’s proposed order settling charges that Surgery Partners’...
The Federal Trade Commission is currently accepting public comments on an application by Community Health Systems to sell Riverview Regional Medical Center and its associated assets near Gadsden, Alabama, as required under the FTC’s April 2014 final order settling charges that CHS’s acquisition of...
The market for fuel ethanol in the United States is unconcentrated, and the industry is less concentrated today than it was ten years ago, according to the Federal Trade Commission’s 2014 Report on Ethanol Concentration.
Federal Trade Commission staff submitted comments to Dr. Sherin Tooks, Director of the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), urging CODA to finalize and adopt accreditation standards for dental therapy education programs, which will likely benefit consumers.
Global medical technology company Medtronic, Inc. has agreed to divest the drug-coated balloon catheter business of Ireland-based medical products company Covidien plc, in order to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its $42.9 billion acquisition of Covidien would likely be...
Global pharmaceutical company Novartis AG has agreed to divest Habitrol, its nicotine replacement therapy patch, to settle FTC charges that its consumer health care products joint venture with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) would likely be anticompetitive. GSK currently sells its own nicotine replacement...
The FTC’s AFR provides an overview of fiscal and key performance results that show how the agency has managed its resources.
The Federal Trade Commission will require Surgery Center Holdings, Inc., known as Surgery Partners, and Symbion Holdings Corporation to divest Symbion’s ownership interest in an ambulatory surgery center in Orange City, Florida, as part of a settlement resolving charges that Surgery Partners’ $792...
The two leading suppliers of propane exchange tanks, Blue Rhino and AmeriGas Cylinder Exchange, have agreed to settle FTC charges that the companies illegally agreed not to deviate  from their plans to reduce the amount of propane in tanks sold to Walmart, a key customer.

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