The Antitrust Lawyer Blog offers infrequent commentary on recent news and developments in antitrust and international trade law matters. This blog is authored by the attorneys of Doyle, Barlow & Mazard in Washington, DC.
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On December 30, 2011, China’s Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”), the government agency tasked with merger review, formally promulgated new rules providing MOFCOM with clear procedural rules (and powers) to investigate and deal with reportable transactions that were not notified. These...On December...
On January 20, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a statement by Chairman Leibowitz, Commissioner Ramirez, and Commissioner Brill stating the Commission’s intention not to seek review by the U.S. Supreme Court of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeal’s...On January 20, 2012, the...
On February 10, 2012, the Department of Justice (“Department”) entered into a settlement that allows International Paper to acquire Temple-Inland. The settlement agreement requires International Paper and Temple-Inland Inc. to divest three containerboard mills in order to proceed with their...On...
On January 13, 2012, the FTC issued proposed amendments to Parts 2 and 4 of its Rules of Practice (“Rules”). Written comments must be received by March 23, 2012....On January 13, 2012, the FTC issued proposed amendments to Parts 2 and 4 of its Rules of Practice (“Rules”). Written comments must be...
In an initial decision issued on January 5, 2012, FTC Chief Administrative Law Judge D. Michael Chappell ordered ProMedica Health System Inc to divest recently-acquired St. Luke’s Hospital to an FTC-approved buyer within 180 days after the order becomes final....In an initial decision issued on...
In June 2009, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “the Commission”) authorized the staff to conduct an investigation to determine whether Church & Dwight was using exclusionary practices such as conditioning discounts or rebates to retailers on the percentage of...In June 2009, the Federal Trade...
On October 21, 2011, the DOJ Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. to prevent Grupo Bimbo S.A.B. de C.V. and BBU Inc. (collectively, “BBU”) from acquiring Sara Lee Corporation’s (“Sara Lee”) North...On October 21, 2011, the DOJ Antitrust...
On November 21, 2011, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) settled allegations of violations of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. 45 (“FTC Act”) against Pool Corporation (“PoolCorp”). PoolCorp and the FTC reached a proposed consent agreement...On November 21, 2011, the...
In light of the Department of Justice’s attempt to block telecom giant, AT&T from acquiring T-Mobile, the Hudson Institute recently released a report discussing antitrust policy as it applies to the growth of innovation. See Irwin Stelzer, Antitrust Policy in...In light of the Department of...
On September 23, 2011, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a case brought by a group of corporations that filed an antitrust suit against the major players in the potash industry, ruling that plaintiffs failed to allege specific facts...On September 23, 2011, the Seventh Circuit Court of...