Topic: Federal Trade Commission

FTC investigating merger of largest US Lasik providers

The Federal Trade Commission is probing the merger of the two largest US laser eye surgery providers, according to one of the company’s bankruptcy filings.

28 July 2020

Peabody economist: low profit margins indicate lack of coal market concentration

The Federal Trade Commission’s claim that the Southern Powder River Basin coal market is highly concentrated is flawed because the market is generating low profit margins, coal miner Peabody’s expert economist has testified.

27 July 2020

Arch Coal chief: Company in a vice between high costs, low prices

The chief executive of coal miner Arch Coal has told a federal court in Missouri that his company should be allowed to enter into a joint venture with rival Peabody to boost its struggling thermal coal business.

21 July 2020

Ninth Circuit panel sounds sympathetic and weary of Axon’s claims

A federal appellate court has said that Axon raised substantial issues in its constitutional challenge to the design and procedures of the Federal Trade Commission’s administrative court, but the court has indicated that those claims are limited by precedent.

20 July 2020

Phoebe Putney hospital fights to maintain regional monopoly

Phoebe Putney hospital has attempted to thwart efforts to build a rival hospital in southwest Georgia, even as it has begun treating an overflow of covid-19 patients in repurposed shipping containers.

17 July 2020

Elanco/Bayer crosses finish line with FTC clearance

The Federal Trade Commission has conditionally approved Elanco’s $7.6 billion purchase of Bayer’s animal health business, granting the final antitrust clearance the companies needed to close the deal.

16 July 2020

FTC: “Coal-on-coal” competition determines price

The Federal Trade Commission has told a federal judge to block a joint venture between coal miners Peabody and Arch Coal, arguing that competition between them keeps prices lower for power plants.

15 July 2020

SCOTUS will hear direct challenge to FTC disgorgement authority

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases on whether the Federal Trade Commission can seek monetary relief for violations of the FTC Act.

14 July 2020

Chopra argues for more expansive antitrust remedies

Antitrust enforcers should use “holistic” remedies that borrow from data protection regulators to target digital platforms, including mandatory IP licensing and even the cloning of companies, Federal Trade Commission member Rohit Chopra has said.

09 July 2020

Gas station operators to pay $3.5 million over late divestitures

Gas station operators Alimentation Couche-Tard and CrossAmerica Partners have agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle allegations that they violated the terms of a 2018 divestiture agreement with the Federal Trade Commission.

07 July 2020

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