Bending the microprocessor prosthetic knee: The Tipline for 9 May 2019

In Game of Thrones’ Westeros, politics and fear drive opponents to bend the knee and surrender. In the Federal Trade Commission’s internal tribunal, merging companies must bend the knee when they are unable to overcome a prima facie showing that their deal violates Section 7 of the Clayton Act. Judge D Michael Chappell found that Ottobock and Freedom Innovations had not met that burden, and ruled that their merger significantly increases concentration in the market for microprocessor prosthetic knees. The prosthetics manufacturers will now have to decide whether to abandon their tie-up or appeal against that decision to the full commission.

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