FTC Approves Final Order Requiring National Association of Animal Breeders, Inc. to Refrain from Adopting Rules that Restrict Competition among Members

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FTC and Justice Department Announce Guidance for Post-Hurricane Relief Efforts

The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice today announced the release of antitrust guidance for businesses taking part in relief efforts and those involved in rebuilding communities affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The guidance is intended to help businesses understand how they can work together to rebuild affected communities without violating the antitrust […]

National Association of Animal Breeders, Inc. Agreed To Refrain From Adopting Rules that Restrict Competition Among Members

The National Association of Animal Breeders, Inc., or NAAB – a non-profit trade association whose members compete to sell dairy cattle semen to U.S. dairy farms for artificial insemination of dairy cows – has agreed to refrain from adopting rules that unreasonably stifle competition among its members. The agreement between the FTC and the association resolves […]

FTC Approves Final Order Preserving Competition in Worldwide Market for Fibre Channel Switches

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order designed to remedy the anticompetitive effects resulting from Broadcom Limited’s acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. Under the consent order, Broadcom is required to implement firewalls preventing the flow of Cisco’s confidential business information outside of a group of relevant Broadcom […]

FTC Accepts Proposed Consent Order in Broadcom Limited’s $5.9 Billion Acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.

Semiconductor manufacturer Broadcom Limited has agreed to establish a firewall to remedy the FTC’s concerns that its proposed $5.9 billion acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. is anticompetitive. These concerns arise because of Broadcom’s current access to the confidential business information of Brocade’s major competitor, Cisco Systems, Inc., that could be used to restrain competition […]

FTC Approves Final Order Preserving Competition in U.S. Market for Industrial Switchboxes

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Emerson Electric Co.’s acquisition of Pentair plc would be anticompetitive. First announced in April 2017, the complaint alleged that the proposed acquisition would likely harm competition in the United States market for industrial switchboxes, which are devices used to […]

FTC and DOJ Approve Procedural Changes to HSR Form

The Federal Trade Commission, with the concurrence of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, has approved changes to the form that companies use to report a proposed merger, acquisition, or similar transaction under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. The Antitrust Act Notification and Report Form (known also as the HSR Form) is […]

FTC Approves Final Order with China National Chemical Corporation and Syngenta AG, Preserving Competition in U.S. Markets for Three Pesticides

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that the proposed merger of China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) and Swiss global agricultural company Syngenta AG would harm competition in the U.S. markets for the herbicide paraquat, the insecticide abamectin, and the fungicide chlorothalonil.   First announced in […]

FTC Approves Final Order with Kidney Dialysis Chain DaVita, Inc. that Preserves Competition to Provide Outpatient Dialysis Services in New Jersey and greater Dallas area

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that outpatient kidney dialysis chain DaVita, Inc.’s $358 million acquisition of competitor Renal Ventures Management LLC would have been anticompetitive. First announced in March 2017, the complaint alleged that the acquisition would lead to significant anticompetitive effects in five […]

FTC Seeks Public Comment on Sycamore Partners II, L.P. Application for Approval to Sell 323 Family Dollar Stores to Dollar General

The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on an application by Sycamore Partners II, L.P., for approval to sell to Dollar General Corporation the assets it acquired under a 2015 FTC settlement. To resolve concerns that Dollar Tree, Inc.’s acquisition of Family Dollar Stores, Inc. would be anticompetitive, the Commission required Dollar Tree to […]