Topic: Federal Trade Commission

Conner: Section 2 gives FTC better chance to block anticompetitive mergers

Relying on the Sherman Act’s anti-monopolisation rules as well as the traditional merger control laws can give the Federal Trade Commission a better chance to stop potentially anticompetitive deals, the director of the agency’s competition bureau has said.

23 September 2020

FTC and DOJ seek more information on ownership stakes in merger filings

The US antitrust agencies are seeking to change rules for self-reporting mergers to require parties to disclose more information about their affiliated entities and exempt more transactions from antitrust review.

22 September 2020

Einstein “trending toward insolvency”, chief executive says

The chief executive of Albert Einstein Healthcare Network on Wednesday testified that the company is in a “precarious” financial position and is “clearly trending toward insolvency”.

17 September 2020

Mundt: fines against large digital companies are ineffective

Fines do not work as an effective remedy to unilateral conduct in the digital economy, the president of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said.

16 September 2020

FTC witnesses defend product market in healthcare merger challenge

Witnesses called by the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday substantiated the agency’s market definition in its challenge to Jefferson Health’s acquisition of Albert Einstein Healthcare Network.

16 September 2020

Insurers raise concerns about Jefferson’s post-merger leverage over rates

Representatives of two health insurance companies testified on Monday before a federal Pennsylvania judge that Jefferson Health’s acquisition of Albert Einstein Healthcare Network would give the combined entity more leverage to increase reimbursement rates.

15 September 2020

EU and US enforcers clash on digital regulation

Margrethe Vestager has defended the EU’s proposed digital platform regulation, as the heads of both US antitrust agencies pushed back against the idea of imposing similar rules on some of the world’s biggest tech platforms.

14 September 2020

FTC: Einstein’s failing firm defence falls short

The Federal Trade Commission will argue at trial next week that Jefferson Health and Albert Einstein Healthcare Network are unable to meet the burden of proof to establish a failing firm defence allowing both companies to merge.

08 September 2020

Wright: Rulemaking could be next IP/antitrust battleground

The US antitrust agencies’ losses in intellectual property cases have increased the likelihood of a competition rulemaking, according to former Federal Trade Commission member Joshua Wright.

01 September 2020

Ex-enforcers advocate for new digital platform agency

The US needs a new federal agency responsible for ensuring competition and consumer protection in digital markets, former heads of the Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice’s antitrust division have argued.

24 August 2020

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