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Category Archives: FTC

Updated HSR Merger Notification Thresholds: Threshold Tests for Federal Antitrust Review Kicked in 2.28.18

March 21, 2018

On January 29, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published increased reporting thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (HSR Act). The new thresholds increase last year’s thresholds by approximately 4%. The revised thresholds are effective for all transactions closing on or after February 28, 2018. The revised thresholds will remain in […]

New Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Pre-Merger Notification Thresholds Announced; Annual GNP Adjustments Effective Feb. 27, 2017

February 28, 2017

Annually, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is required to revise the basic thresholds used to determine reportability of transactions under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (HSR Act), based on the change in our gross national product. Once again the thresholds have increased. The changes were effective February 27, 2017. Most importantly, […]

Going Native: The Federal Trade Commission Enters the Native Advertising Jungle

January 26, 2016

The Internet, like so many things in life, is not free. The content we consume must be paid for and that usually means viewing advertisements.  But as our software and browsers become increasingly adept at blocking pop-ups and banner ads, advertisers have found themselves going native.  “Native advertising” refers to paid advertisements that are designed […]

“Pay-for-Delay” Patent Settlements Coming Under Increased Antitrust Scrutiny

April 1, 2013

On January 17, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a report revealing an increase in “pay-for-delay” or “reverse-payment” patent settlements between brand-name pharmaceutical companies and their generic counterparts These controversial settlements typically involve a brand-name drug manufacturer who is granted a drug patent which gives the company the exclusive right to sell the drug […]

Have You Heard From Rachel?

January 8, 2013

Not so fast.  Rachel is Robocaller associated with unwanted calls to consumers by multiple “Cardholder Services” companies offering credit card interest rate reductions in exchange for an up-front fee. The Federal Trade Commission is not amused.  On November 1, 2012 the FTC announced successful prosecution of five companies based in Arizona and Florida responsible for […]