On April 22, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit handed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) another significant victory in a hospital merger,  ruling that the FTC’s decision and order requiring that ProMedica divest St. Luke’s, another Lucas County, Ohio-based hospital, was comprehensive, carefully reasoned and supported by substantial evidence.  This important victory for the FTC in the health care industry underscores the fact that merging parties in all industries will face vigorous enforcement under Section 7, especially when market shares are high, documents are problematic and significant pro-competitive efficiencies are not cited by the parties. The decision, along with several other notable recent FTC successes in enforcement
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