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Body Camera Manufacturer Fails in Bid to Escape FTC Administrative Jurisdiction as Ninth Circuit Shows No Appetite for Judicial Overhaul of Merger Review Procedure

The FTC, and antitrust enforcement in general, are having their moment. For example, in early January the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in AMG Capital Management v. Federal Trade Commission, a case questioning the FTC’s authority to require defendants to pay restitution for money obtained as the result of illegal activities. In that case there is significant doubt about whether the Court will uphold the FTC Act’s Section 13(b) provision allowing for the FTC to obtain this equitable relief...
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HSR Notification Thresholds Decrease in 2021

Lower jurisdictional thresholds for premerger notification filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the “HSR Act”), as amended, are scheduled to be published by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) tomorrow. The FTC revises the thresholds annually based on changes in the gross national product. The new thresholds will be effective 30 days after publication, and will apply to all transactions closing on or after that date....By: Mintz - Antitrust Viewpoints
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FTC’s Hospital Merger Challenges Hit Speedbump in Philadelphia

The Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) recent winning streak in its ongoing challenges of hospital and physician mergers has, at least for now, ended in a Philadelphia U.S. district court. After six days of evidentiary hearings, in a 62-page opinion, Judge Gerald Pappert denied the FTC’s and Pennsylvania Attorney General’s request to preliminarily enjoin a proposed merger between Thomas Jefferson University (“TJU”) and the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network (“Einstein”)....By: Mintz - A...
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Peabody and Arch Coal Walk Away from Joint Venture After District Court Grants FTC’s Request for Preliminary Injunction

On September 29, 2020, Judge Sarah Pitlyk, a 2019 Trump appointee to the Eastern District of Missouri, granted the Federal Trade Commission’s request for a preliminary injunction barring two thermal coal producers, Arch Resources and Peabody Energy Corporation, from creating a joint venture of their Wyoming coal mining facilities. The case is instructive for multiple reasons, including as a reminder that Section 7 of the Clayton Act is not limited to acquisitions, but can be used to challenge.....
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