Tag Archives: Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

How are competition law authorities responding to the unfolding COVID-19 crisis?

With COVID-19 sweeping across the globe, competition law authorities and legislative bodies across the world are having to act quickly and flexibly to minimise disruption while ensuring business compliance and consumer protection. In our recent client alert, we take a look at how COVID-19 is shaping the competition landscape from a multi-jurisdictional perspective, honing in … Continue Reading

1-800 Contacts Sets Sights on Reversal of Judgement in Anticompetitive Advertising Case

On March 5, 2020, contact lens distributor 1-800 Contacts presented arguments to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit appealing to overturn judgment for alleged antitrust violations relating to agreements with competitors on advertising keywords.  Reed Smith attorneys have been following this case closely for years and have provided insights on its developments. … Continue Reading

FTC orders unwinding of consummated, non-reportable merger of microprocessor-equipped prosthetic knee companies

On November 1, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) upheld the decision of an administrative law judge (ALJ), finding that the non-reportable acquisition of FIH Group Holdings, LLC (Freedom) by Otto Bock HealthCare North America, Inc. (Ottobock) was likely to substantially lessen competition. Ottobock and Freedom are both manufacturers of prosthetic knees, and they both … Continue Reading

Will President Trump’s new AG mean change for antitrust enforcement?

Antitrust enforcement may be becoming an increasingly politicized issue, however, most policies are fairly consistent from administration to administration and, consequently, from one Attorney General to the next. Replacing Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, William P. Barr was recently appointed by the Senate to serve as Attorney General. Having previously served as Attorney General under President … Continue Reading

FTC announces adjustments to 2019 HSR thresholds

On February 15, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the annual threshold adjustments for premerger filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (15 U.S.C. § 18a) (HSR). The new thresholds have increased the dollar amount required to trigger HSR notification for both the size-of-transaction test and the size-of-person test. Members … Continue Reading

DOJ identifies potential antitrust risks associated with “no-poach” agreements

Recently, the DOJ has shined a spotlight on the potential antitrust risks associated with employers’ use of “no-poach” agreements, in which companies agree not to hire or solicit each other’s employees. Interestingly, in February of this year, the DOJ filed Statements of Interest in several civil antitrust cases brought against franchisors, taking the position that … Continue Reading
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