US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (Washington)

US Federal Trade Commission

US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (Washington)

When the FTC was created in 1914, its purpose was to prevent unfair methods of competition in commerce as part of the battle to “bust the trusts.” Over the years, Congress passed additional laws giving the agency greater authority to police anticompetitive practices. In 1938, Congress passed a broad prohibition against “unfair and deceptive acts or practices.” Since then, the Commission also has been directed to administer a wide variety of other consumer protection laws, including the Telemarketing Sales Rule, the Pay-Per-Call Rule and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. In 1975, Congress gave the FTC the authority to adopt industry-wide trade regulation rules

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30275 Bulletin

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves final order requiring an oil extractor to sell off its Utah operations before being acquired by a private equity firm (EnCap / EP Energy)

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FTC Approves Final Order Requiring EnCap to Sell Off EP Energy Corp’s. Entire Utah Oil Business* Settlement Prevents Private Equity Fund from Eliminating Significant Competitor in Utah Waxy Crude Oil Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC’s challenge over the acquisition of biotech startup by a major biotech company is dismissed in administrative court (GRAIL / Illumina)

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Administrative Law Judge Dismisses FTC’s Challenge of Illumina’s Proposed Acquisition of Cancer Detection Test Maker Grail* Agency Alleged Vertical Merger would Harm Competition in the U.S. Market for Life-Saving Multi-Cancer Early Detection Tests In an Initial Decision announced on Sept. 1, (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves a $1.1B acquisition of a chain of vets by a private equity firm subject to divestment of practices in California and Texas (JAB Consumer Partners / SAGE Veterinary Partners)

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FTC Approves Final Order Protecting Pet Owners from Private Equity Firm’s Anticompetitive Acquisition of Veterinary Services Clinics* FTC Acts to Preserve Competition in Markets for Specialty and Emergency Veterinary Services Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC settles charges that an acquisition of a company that manufactures a rare injectable steroid would harm competition (Hikma Pharmaceuticals / Custopharm)

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FTC Approves Final Order Preserving Competition for Development and Marketing of Steroid Injectable Drug* Unremedied, Acquisition could have Caused Significant Harm for Patients Who Use Triamcinolone Acetonide to Treat Severe Skin Conditions, Allergies, and Inflammation Following a public (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves final order requiring two enamel production companies to sell off three facilities amid concerns that the merger would increase concentration in North American market for porcelain enamel frit (Prince International / Ferro)

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FTC Approves Final Order Requiring Prince International Corp. and Ferro Corp. to Sell Off Three Facilities amid Concerns that Deal would Increase Concentration in North American Market for Porcelain Enamel Frit* FTC also Acts to Preserve Competition in Markets for Forehearth Colorants and (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC seeks to block a merger between two local hospitals which would give the combined entity a local market share of over 50% in some services (RWJ Barnabas Health / Saint Peter’s Healthcare System)

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FTC Sues to Block Merger Between New Jersey Healthcare Rivals RWJBarnabas Health and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System* Agency Alleges that Deal Would Increase Prices and Reduce Quality of Care for Patients by Eliminating Head-to-Head Competition The Federal Trade Commission authorized an (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC seeks to force two merging gas distributors to sell-off operations in three local markets over competition concerns (Buckeye Partners / Magellan Midstream Partners)

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The Federal Trade Commission today took action to protect competition in gasoline, diesel, and other fuel markets in South Carolina and Alabama, requiring pipeline and storage companies Buckeye Partners, L.P. and Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. to divest to U.S. Venture, Inc. petroleum (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC files a lawsuit seeking to prevent a merger between two healthcare providers which service over 80% of Utah’s residents, finding that the merger would result in elimination of a low-cost provider (HCA Healthcare / Steward Health Care System)

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The Federal Trade Commission has authorized an administrative complaint and a lawsuit in federal court to block the proposed merger between Utah healthcare competitors HCA Healthcare and Steward Health Care System. The agency alleges that the deal would eliminate the second and fourth largest (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC requires two companies to sell off three facilities amid concerns that the deal would increase concentration in the North American market for porcelain enamel frit (Prince / Ferro)

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FTC Requires Prince and Ferro to Sell Off Three Facilities amid Concerns that Deal would Increase Concentration in North American Market for Porcelain Enamel Frit* Absent a Remedy, the Merger Would Also Likely Harm Competition in Markets for Forehearth Colorants and Glass Enamel The Federal (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC publishes a statement regarding the verdict by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas that the former owner of a physical therapy staffing company obstructed the FTC’s investigation (Neeraj Jindal)

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Statement Regarding Texas Jury’s Verdict that Former Owner Neeraj Jindal Obstructed FTC’s Antitrust Investigation into Physical Therapy Staffing Company* Today, a Texas federal jury found the former owner of a physical therapist staffing company guilty of obstructing a Federal Trade Commission (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves a final order prohibiting a professional association from fixing prices for appraisal services in Louisiana (Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board)

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FTC Approves Final Order Prohibiting Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board from Fixing Prices for Appraisal Services in Louisiana * Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC requires the divestiture of an energy producer’s entire business and assets in Utah prior to its acquisition by a private equity fund (EnCap / EP Energy)

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FTC Requires ENCAP to Sell Off EP Energy Corp.’s Entire Utah Oil Business amid Concerns that Deal would Increase Pain at the Pump* Agency Seeks to Prevent Private Equity Fund from Eliminating Significant Competitor in Utah Waxy Crude Oil The Federal Trade Commission will require the (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC publishes a statement of Competition Deputy Director John M. Newman on the Federal Appeals Court ruling affirming a preliminary injunction to halt the merger of New Jersey hospital networks (Hackensack Meridian / Englewood Healthcare)

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Statement of Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Competition Deputy Director John M. Newman on Federal Appeals Court Ruling Affirming Preliminary Injunction to Halt Merger of New Jersey Hospital Networks* Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Competition Deputy Director John M. Newman issued this (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves a final order imposing divestitures and protecting retail fuel customers following an acquisition of 27 retail gasoline and diesel outlets (Global Partners / Richard Wiehl)

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Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Global Partners LP’s acquisition of 27 retail gasoline and diesel outlets owned or operated by Richard Wiehl violates federal antitrust laws. Under the terms of the final settlement, (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC publishes a statement regarding the termination of an attempted merger of two healthcare providers (Lifespan / Care New England)

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Statement Regarding Termination of Attempted Merger of Rhode Island’s Two Largest Healthcare Providers* In response to the announcement that Lifespan Corp. (“Lifespan”) and Care New England Health System (“Care New England”) have terminated their proposed merger, FTC Bureau of Competition Director (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US Chief Administrative Law Judge Chappell dismisses the charges in a complaint issued by the FTC staff against a tobacco company and an electronic cigarette maker for entering into a series of agreements that eliminated competition (Altria Group / JUUL Labs)

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Administrative Law Judge Dismisses FTC Antitrust Complaint against Altria Group and JUUL Labs, Inc.* In an Initial Decision announced on Feb. 24, 2022, Chief Administrative Law Judge D. Michael Chappell dismissed the antitrust charges in a complaint issued by the Federal Trade Commission staff (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves modifications to a divestiture agreement of a medical device company following a merger with a pharmaceutical supplier (Boston Scientific / BTG)

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FTC Approves Modifications to Boston Scientific Corp. Divestiture Agreement* The Federal Trade Commission has approved certain modifications to medical device company Boston Scientific Corp.’s Divestiture Agreements. The FTC approved these agreements and incorporated them into its order as part (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC authorises an administrative complaint to block the proposed merger of Rhode Island’s two largest healthcare providers alleging that the deal would lead to higher prices and lower quality care (Lifespan / Care New England Health System)

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FTC and Rhode Island Attorney General Step in to Block Merger of Rhode Island’s Two Largest Healthcare Providers* FTC alleges that anticompetitive deal likely to increase price and reduce quality of care for patients The Federal Trade Commission has authorized an administrative complaint, (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC issues a statement following the termination of a proposed acquisition of a company in the missile propulsion inputs market (Lockheed Martin / Aerojet Rocketdyne)

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Statement Regarding Termination of Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Attempted Acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc.* In response to the announcement that Lockheed Martin Corporation has terminated its proposed acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc., FTC Bureau of Competition (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves a pharmaceutical supplier’s petition for prior approval of its acquisition of the chromatography equipment business of a service provider in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries (Sartorius Stedim Biotech / Novasep Process)

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FTC Approves Sartorius Stedim Biotech S.A.’s Petition for Prior Approval of its Acquisition of the Chromatography Equipment Business of Novasep Process SAS* The Federal Trade Commission has approved a petition from Sartorius Stedim Biotech S.A. to acquire the chromatography equipment business (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC submits a comment to the Food and Drug Administration in response to a request for comment on a proposed rule on establishing over-the-counter hearing aids

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FTC Comment to Food and Drug Administration Supports Agency’s Proposed Rule on Establishing Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids* The Federal Trade Commission staff has submitted a comment to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to FDA’s request for comment on its proposed rule on (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC sues to block a vertical acquisition between a major defence contractor and an independent US supplier of missile propulsion systems (Lockheed Martin / Aerojet Rocketdyne)

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FTC Sues to Block Lockheed Martin Corporation’s $4.4 Billion Vertical Acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc.* Agency Seeks to Prevent World’s Largest Defense Contractor from Eliminating Last Independent U.S. Missile Propulsion Provider and Further Consolidating Markets Critical to (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC issues a statement made by Chair Lina M. Khan following the imposition of a lifetime ban against a pharmaceutical executive (Martin Shkreli)

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Statement of Chair Lina M. Khan on the Ruling by Judge Denise L. Cote Federal Trade Commission et al v. Vyera Pharmaceuticals, LLC et al* Today, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote held “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli liable for antitrust claims brought by the Federal Trade Commission and a group (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves a final order settling charges that a dialysis service provider’s acquisition of clinics would reduce competition in vital outpatient dialysis services in the Utah market (DaVita)

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FTC Approves Final Order Imposing Strict Limits on Future Mergers by Dialysis Service Provider DaVita, Inc* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that dialysis service provider DaVita, Inc.’s acquisition of the University of (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves a final order settling charges that a merger between two pharmaceutical companies harmed competition in the markets for an antibiotic used to treat infections and an oral steroid product used to treat inflammation (ANI Pharmaceuticals / Novitium Pharma)

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FTC Approves Final Order Requiring Generic Drug Marketers ANI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Novitium Pharma LLC to Divest Rights and Assets to Generic Sulfamethoxazole-Trimethoprim Oral Suspension and Generic Dexamethasone Tablets* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC adjusts for inflation the maximum civil penalty dollar amounts for violations of 16 provisions of law under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015

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FTC Publishes Inflation-Adjusted Civil Penalty Amounts for 2022* The Federal Trade Commission has adjusted the maximum civil penalty dollar amounts for violations of 16 provisions of law the agency enforces, as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC fines a restaurant chain owner and investment fund operator $1.4 million to settle charges that two of its acquisitions violated the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (Biglari)

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FTC Fines Biglari Holdings Inc. for Repeatedly Violating Antitrust Laws* Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced that restaurant chain owner and investment fund operator Biglari Holdings Inc. will pay a $1.4 million civil penalty to settle charges that two acquisitions it made on March (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC imposes a fine totalling $487K on the founder of a transportation and logistics company for repeatedly violating the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (Clarence L. Werner)

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FTC Fines Clarence L. Werner, Founder of the Truckload Carrier Werner Enterprises, Inc. for Repeatedly Violating Antitrust Laws* Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced that Clarence L. Werner, founder of the Omaha, Nebraska-based truckload carrier Werner Enterprises, Inc. will pay a (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves a final order requiring a State dental licensing agency to stop unreasonably excluding lower-cost online and teledentistry providers from competing (Alabama Board of Dental Examiners)

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FTC Approves Final Order Requiring Alabama Board of Dental Examiners to Stop Unreasonably Excluding Lower Cost Online and Teledentistry Providers from Competing* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that the Alabama Board (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC issues an order aimed at protecting retail fuel customers following a merger between 2 companies in the energy sector (Global Partners / Richard Wiehl)

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FTC Order Protects Retail Fuel Customers Following Global Partners LP’s Acquisition of Wheels* Proposed order preserves competition by requiring divestiture of 7 retail gasoline and diesel stations in Connecticut Global Partners LP and Richard Wiehl have agreed to divest to Petroleum Marketing (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC orders multiple pharmaceutical companies to provide up to $40 million in damages for monopolizing the drug "Daraprim" and bans their executives from working in the sector (Vyera Pharmaceuticals / Martin Shkreli / Kevin Mulleady)

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FTC, States to Recoup Millions in Relief for Victims Fleeced by ‘Pharma Bro’ Scheme to Illegally Monopolize Life-Saving Drug Daraprim* ’Pharma Bro’ Associate Mulleady banned from pharma industry and corporate defendants to pay up to $40 million; Trial set to begin next week for ‘Pharma Bro’ Martin (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC issues a statement following the termination of a proposed merger which would have combined two close retail competitors selling hunting, shooting, fishing, camping, and other outdoor gear (Great Outdoors / Sportsman’s Warehouse)

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Expected Federal Trade Commission Opposition to Transaction Leads Great Outdoors Group, LLC and Rival Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings, Inc. to Abandon Plans for Proposed Merger* Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Competition Director Holly Vedova issued the following statement regarding the (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves the modification of remedies regarding the acquisition of a natural gas joint venture by a gas transmission pipeline (DTE Energy / Nexus)

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FTC Approves Modification of Final Order Related to NEXUS Gas Transmission, LLC, a Natural Gas Joint Venture* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a petition by DTE Energy Company to reopen and modify the FTC’s 2019 final order. The order remedied the (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves modifications to a pharmaceutical company’s divestiture agreement in the context of its previous acquisition of a competitor (Bristol Meyers Squibb / Celgene)

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FTC Approves Modifications to Bristol Meyers Squibb Divestiture Agreement* The Federal Trade Commission has approved certain modifications to Bristol Meyers Squibb’s, or BMS’s, Divestiture Agreements that the FTC approved and incorporated into its order as part of a consent that was required (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves a final order requiring a national convenience store chain to divest itself of several of its gas stations for impeding competition in several States (7-Eleven / Speedway)

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FTC Approves Final Order Requiring Divestitures of Hundreds of Retail Gas and Diesel Fuel Stations Owned by 7-Eleven, Inc.* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that 7-Eleven’s acquisition of Marathon’s Speedway subsidiary (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC requires two generic drug marketing companies to divest rights and assets on two generic products as a condition for the merger (ANI Pharmaceuticals / Novitium Pharma)

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FTC Requires Generic Drug Marketers ANI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Novitium Pharma LLC to Divest Rights and Assets to Two Generic Products as Condition of Merger* Order preserves competition in U.S. markets for generic sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim oral suspension and generic dexamethasone The (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC returns to its standard use of prior approval and issues a proposed order imposing strict limits on future mergers involving a dialysis service provider due to its history of attempting to buy up competitors in an already concentrated industry (DaVita)

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FTC Imposes Strict Limits on DaVita, Inc.’s Future Mergers Following Proposed Acquisition of Utah Dialysis Clinics* The Federal Trade Commission issued a proposed order imposing strict limits on future mergers by DaVita, Inc., a dialysis service provider with a history of fueling consolidation (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC reaches proposed settlement with a State dental licensing agency regarding charges that it unreasonably excluded lower-cost online and teledentistry providers (Alabama Board of Dental Examiners)

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Alabama Board of Dental Examiners Agrees to Settle FTC Charges that It Unreasonably Excluded Lower Cost Online and Teledentistry Providers from Competition* To settle FTC charges that its actions violated the antitrust laws, the Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama has agreed to stop requiring (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC requests a public comment on the application of an electric services company to modify its final order related to a natural gas joint venture (Nexus Gas Transmission / DTE Energy)

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FTC Requests Public Comment on DTE Energy Company’s Application to Modify Final Order Settling Competition Concerns Related to Natural Gas Joint Venture* The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on a petition by DTE Energy Company to reopen and modify the FTC’s 2019 order, which (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC fines the CEO of a Wall Street bank for repeatedly violating antitrust laws by illegally finalizing stock acquisitions (Richard Fairbank / Capital One)

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FTC Fines Capital One CEO Richard Fairbank for Repeatedly Violating Antitrust Laws* On multiple occasions, Wall Street banker failed to comply with federal antitrust laws when he illegally finalized stock acquisitions Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced that Richard Fairbank, CEO of (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC files an amended complaint against a social media company alleging it resorted to an illegal buy-or-bury scheme to crush competition after a string of failed attempts to innovate (Facebook)

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FTC Alleges Facebook Resorted to Illegal Buy-or-Bury Scheme to Crush Competition After String of Failed Attempts to Innovate* Agency’s amended complaint details how the monopolist survived existential threats by illegally acquiring innovative competitors and burying successful app developers. (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC withdraws from the remaining case against a pharmaceutical company after the Supreme Court decides to strip consumers of relief (AbbVie / Allergan)

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Federal Trade Commission Withdraws Remaining Case against AbbVie after Supreme Court Decision Strips Consumers of Relief* After the Supreme Court declined to review a ruling from the Third Circuit that AbbVie used sham litigation to illegally maintain a monopoly, the Federal Trade Commission (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC charges a semiconductor supplier with illegal monopolization through exclusive dealing in the market for components used to deliver TV and broadband internet services (Broadcom)

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FTC Charges Broadcom with Illegal Monopolization and Orders the Semiconductor Supplier to Cease its Anticompetitive Conduct* The Federal Trade Commission has issued a complaint charging Broadcom with illegally monopolizing markets for semiconductor components used to deliver television and (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC orders the divestiture of hundreds of shops following the acquisition of a retail fuel chain by the largest national convenience store chain (7-Eleven / Speedway)

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FTC Orders the Divestiture of Hundreds of Retail Stores Following 7-Eleven, Inc.’s Anticompetitive $21 Billion Acquisition of the Speedway Retail Fuel Chain* Proposed order prohibits 7-Eleven from enforcing noncompete provisions for franchisees or employees working at or doing business with (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC announces that a real estate appraisers board agreed to settle charges stating that it fixed prices for appraisal services in Louisiana (Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board)

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Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board Agrees to Settle FTC Charges that It Fixed Prices for Appraisal Services in Louisiana* The Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board has agreed to stop fixing compensation levels for residential real estate appraisal services in Louisiana as part of a (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC requires the divestiture of gasoline market assets as a condition to clear the merger between two convenience stores companies (Buck’s / Casey’s General Stores)

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FTC Requires Divestitures as Condition of Casey’s General Stores, Inc.’s Acquisition of Buck’s Intermediate Holdings, LLC* Order preserves competition in local fuel markets in Nebraska and Iowa Casey’s General Stores, Inc., Buck’s Intermediate Holdings, LLC, and Steven Buchanan, have agreed to (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC charges 2 pharmaceutical companies for the second time with preventing competition in the national market for oxymorphone (Endo / Impax)

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FTC Again Charges Endo and Impax with Illegally Preventing Competition in U.S. Market for Oxymorphone ER* The FTC is suing Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., Endo International plc, Impax Laboratories, LLC, and Impax’s owner, Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc., alleging that a 2017 agreement between Endo and (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves a final order settling charges that the acquisition by a medical device company of its competitor would violate federal antitrust law (Stryker / Wright Medical Group)

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FTC Approves Final Order Imposing Conditions on Stryker Corp.’s Acquisition of Wright Medical Group N.V.* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that medical device company Stryker Corp.’s proposed $4 billion acquisition of (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC sues the world’s dominant social network company for illegal monopolization, requiring the divestment of its acquisitions of up-and-coming rivals, and prohibits the imposition of anti-competitive conditions on software developers (Facebook)

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FTC Sues Facebook for Illegal Monopolization* The Federal Trade Commission today sued Facebook, alleging that the company is illegally maintaining its personal social networking monopoly through a years-long course of anticompetitive conduct. Following a lengthy investigation in cooperation (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC challenges a proposed acquisition of a competitor by a hospital in the healthcare sector (Hackensack Meridian Health / Englewood Healthcare Foundation)

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FTC Challenges Hackensack Meridian Health, Inc.’s Proposed Acquisition of Competitor Englewood Healthcare Foundation* New Jersey healthcare system merger would increase price and reduce quality of healthcare. The Federal Trade Commission has filed an administrative complaint, and authorized a (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves a prosthetics manufacturer’s application to divest assets it gained through the acquisition of prosthetics company (Otto Bock / Freedom)

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FTC Approves Otto Bock HealthCare North America, Inc.’s Application to Divest Assets It Gained through Acquisition of FIH Group Holdings, LLC* Divestiture preserves competition for microprocessor prosthetic knees The Federal Trade Commission has approved an application by prosthetics (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC files a complaint and sues to block a proposed acquisition of two hospitals by a healthcare company (Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare / Saint Francis)

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FTC Sues to Block Proposed Acquisition of Two Memphis-Area Hospitals* Transaction would eliminate competition, increase prices, and reduce quality of care The Federal Trade Commission has filed an administrative complaint, and authorized a suit in federal court, to block the proposed $350 (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC requests public comment on prosthetics manufacturer’s application to approve divestiture of assets it gained during acquisition (Otto Bock / Freedom)

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FTC Requests Public Comment on Otto Bock HealthCare North America, Inc.’s Application to Approve Divestiture of Assets It Gained through Acquisition of FIH Group Holdings, LLC* The Federal Trade Commission is currently accepting public comments on an application by prosthetics manufacturer Otto (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves final order imposing divestitures as a condition of a merger in the markets for gasoline and diesel fuel (Arko Holdings / Empire Petroleum Partners)

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FTC Approves Final Order Imposing Conditions on Arko Holdings Ltd.’s Acquisition of Empire Petroleum Partners, LLC* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Arko Holdings Ltd.’s acquisition of Empire Petroleum Partners, LLC (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC requests rehearing en banc by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the case of global semiconductor company’s standard-essential patent licensing practices (Qualcomm)

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FTC Requests Rehearing En Banc of Qualcomm Appeals Panel Decision* The Federal Trade Commission today filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit requesting rehearing en banc of the August 11, 2020, decision of a panel of that court in the matter of FTC v. Qualcomm (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC comment to the Texas Attorney General raises concerns about the likely competitive effect of proposed regulations that impose additional supervisory requirements on Texas Certified Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA)

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FTC Comment to Texas Attorney General Raises Concerns about Likely Competitive Effect of Proposed Regulations Imposing Additional Supervisory Requirements on Texas Certified Nurse Anesthetists* The Federal Trade Commission staff has submitted a comment to the Texas Attorney General regarding (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC submits a comment to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission that opposes issuing certificates of public advantage to prevent a merger of two health systems (Hendrick Health System / Shannon Health System)

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FTC Staff Submits Public Comment in Texas Opposing Certificate of Public Advantage Applications* The Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a comment to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission that opposes issuing certificates of public advantage (COPAs) to Hendrick Health System and (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves final order requiring animal health product suppliers to divest assets in three product markets as a condition of acquisition (Elanco Animal Health / Bayer Animal Health)

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FTC Approves Final Order Requiring Animal Health Product Suppliers Elanco Animal Health, Inc. and Bayer Animal Health GmbH to Divest Assets in Three Product Markets as a Condition of Acquisition* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC signs Multilateral Mutual Assistance and Cooperation Framework with US DOJ and competition authorities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom

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FTC Chairman Joseph J. Simons Signs Antitrust Cooperation Framework with Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and United Kingdom* Multilateral Mutual Assistance and Cooperation Framework seeks to improve cooperation in an increasingly global economy Today, Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves final order imposing conditions on the transfer of ownership between energy companies (Tri Star Energy / Hollingsworth Oil Company / C & H Properties / Ronald L. Hollingsworth)

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FTC Approves Final Order Imposing Conditions on Tri Star Energy, LLC’s Acquisition of Certain Assets of Hollingsworth Oil Company, Inc., C & H Properties, and Ronald L. Hollingsworth* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC requires global suppliers of animal health products to divest assets in 3 product markets as a condition for merger clearance (Elanco Animal Health / Bayer Animal Health)

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FTC Requires Global Suppliers of Animal Health Products Elanco Animal Health, Inc. and Bayer Animal Health GmbH to Divest Assets in Three Product Markets, as a Condition of Merger* The Federal Trade Commission will require global suppliers of animal products, Elanco Animal Health, Inc. and (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC fines retail fuel station operator and its affiliate for failing to divest 10 retail gas stations as required by earlier order (Alimentation Couche-Tard / CrossAmerica Partners)

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Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. and CrossAmerica Partners LP Agree to Pay $3.5 Million Civil Penalty to Settle FTC Allegations that they Violated 2018 Order* Retail fuel station and convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (“ACT”) and its former affiliate, CrossAmerica Partners LP (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC clears transfer of ownership over certain assets between energy companies subject to divestments (Tri Star Energy / Hollingsworth Oil Company / C & H Properties / Ronald L. Hollingsworth)

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FTC Requires Divestitures as Condition of Tri Star Energy, LLC’s Acquisition of Certain Assets of Hollingsworth Oil Company, Inc., C & H Properties, and Ronald L. Hollingsworth* Tri Star Energy, LLC and Hollingsworth Oil Company, Inc., C & H Properties, and Ronald L. Hollingsworth have (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves final order settling all charges that manufacturer of law enforcement equipment entered into anti-competitive agreements with the seller of body-worn camera systems when they entered a merger of their businesses (Safariland / Axon / VieVu)

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FTC Approves Final Order Settling Charges that VieVu’s Former Parent Company Safariland Entered into Anticompetitive Agreements with Body-Worn Camera Systems Seller Axon* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Safariland, (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC supports new provisions by the US centers for medicare & medicaid services aimed at reducing or eliminating restrictive Medicare payment requirements for telehealth and related services during the COVID-19 pandemic

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FTC Comment Supports Provisions in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Interim Final Rule that Reduce or Eliminate Restrictive Medicare Payment Requirements for Telehealth and Related Services during Pandemic* The staffs of the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning, (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC finishes public consultation period and clears a pharmaceutical merger subject to divestments in highly concentrated markets that supply biopharmaceutical companies with key inputs (Danaher / GE Biopharma)

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FTC Approves Final Order Settling Charges that Danaher Corporation’s Acquisition of GE Biopharma Was Anticompetitive* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Danaher Corporation’s acquisition of GE Biopharma would likely (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC clears merger of medical device companies subject to the divestment of one’s myoelectric elbows business to competitors (College Park Industries / Össur Hf)

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FTC Approves Final Order Imposing Conditions on Össur Hf’s Acquisition of College Park Industries, Inc.* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Össur Hf’s proposed acquisition of College Park Industries, Inc. would violate (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC approves final orders settling charges that reciprocal agreements between furniture rent-to-own operators are anticompetitive (Aaron’s / Buddy’s Newco / Rent-A-Center)

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FTC Approves Final Orders Settling Charges that Rent-to-Own Operators Restrained Competition through Reciprocal Purchase Agreements* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final orders settling charges that rent-to-own operators Aaron’s Inc., Buddy’s Newco, (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC proposes new order settling all charges that manufacturer of law enforcement equipment entered into anticompetitive agreements with the seller of body-worn camera systems when they entered a merger of their businesses (Safariland / Axon / VieVu)

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VieVu’s Former Parent Company Safariland Agrees to Settle Charges That It Entered into Anticompetitive Agreements with Body-Worn Camera Systems Seller Axon* Settlement is part of a larger case challenging Axon’s consummated acquisition of former competitor VieVu Safariland, LLC, which (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC adds 6 State Attorneys General as co-complainants in a lawsuit against an anticompetitive scheme to protect list-price increase of more than 4,000 percent for life-saving drug Daraprim (Vyera Pharmaceuticals / Martin Shkreli / Kevin Mulleady)

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Six More States Join FTC and NY Attorney General’s Case Against Vyera Pharmaceuticals, Martin Shkreli, and Other Defendants* Defendants engaged in anticompetitive scheme to protect list-price increase of more than 4,000 percent for life-saving drug Daraprim The Federal Trade Commission has (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC clears merger of 2 veterinary service providers subject to divestments in 3 geographic markets (Compassion First / National Veterinary Associates)

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FTC Approves Final Order Imposing Conditions on Veterinary Service Providers Compassion First and National Veterinary Associates* Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Compassion First’s proposed $5 billion acquisition (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC imposes remedies on a proposed merger between two prosthetic limb manufacturers including the divestment of the myoelectric elbow business (College Park Industries / Össur Hf)

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FTC Imposes Conditions on Össur Hf’s Acquisition of College Park Industries, Inc.* Conditions to remedy competition loss in the U.S. market for myoelectric elbows Össur Hf and College Park Industries, Inc., both makers of prosthetic limbs, have agreed to divest College Park’s myoelectric elbow (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC sues to unwind a cigarette company’s $12.8 billion investment in its competitor in the market for closed-system e-cigarettes (Altria Group / JUUL Labs)

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FTC Sues to Unwind Altria’s $12.8 Billion Investment in Competitor JUUL* Today, the Federal Trade Commission filed an administrative complaint alleging that Altria Group, Inc. and JUUL Labs, Inc. entered a series of agreements, including Altria’s acquisition of a 35% stake in JUUL, that (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US DoJ and FTC issue a joint statement announcing an expedited antitrust procedure and provide guidance on collaborations of businesses working to protect the health and safety of Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic

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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION AND JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCE EXPEDITED ANTITRUST PROCEDURE AND GUIDANCE FOR CORONAVIRUS PUBLIC HEALTH EFFORTS* The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division today issued joint statement detailing an expedited antitrust procedure (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC and DoJ issue a joint letter raising concerns that the California Assembly Bill 1541 will impose new restrictions on beer manufacturers who wish to terminate their distribution agreement with wholesalers

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Joint FTC and DOJ Letter Raises Concerns about California Assembly Bill 1541, which would Impose New Restrictions on Beer Manufacturers Who Wish to Terminate Distribution Agreement with Wholesalers* The staff of Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning, Bureau of Economics, and (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC clears a global biopharmaceutical merger subject to several divestments in highly concentrated product markets for ten products that companies use to manufacture biopharmaceutical drugs (Danaher / GE Biopharma)

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FTC Imposes Conditions on Danaher Corporation’s Acquisition of GE Biopharma* Merger likely to reduce competition in highly concentrated markets that supply biopharmaceutical companies with key inputs Danaher Corporation has agreed to divest assets to settle Federal Trade Commission charges (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC starts examining acquisitions by 5 Big Tech companies from the 2010-2019 period that were not reported to the antitrust agencies under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (Alphabet / Amazon / Apple / Facebook / Microsoft - 6(b) Platform Study)

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FTC to Examine Past Acquisitions by Large Technology Companies* Agency Issues 6(b) Orders to Alphabet Inc., Amazon.com, Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook, Inc., Google Inc., and Microsoft Corp. The Federal Trade Commission issued Special Orders to five large technology firms, requiring them to (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC subjects to public comment the consent agreement proposed by two pharmaceutical companies that implemented an unlawful agreement not to compete (Concordia and Par)

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Pharmaceutical companies settle ftc charges of an illegal agreement not to compete, which resulted in higher prices for generic version of ADHD drug* Pharmaceutical companies Concordia Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. have settled FTC charges that they entered into an unlawful (...)

US Federal Trade Commission The US FTC unconditionally clears a $3.1 billion acquisition of an internet advertiser on the grounds that it is unlikely to substantially lessen competition (Google / DoubleClick)

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Federal Trade Commission Closes Google/DoubleClick Investigation* Proposed Acquisition Unlikely to Substantially Lessen Competition The Federal Trade Commission today announced that it will not seek to block Google Inc.’s proposed $3.1 billion acquisition of Internet advertising server (...)

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