Topic Archives: Antitrust + Competition

Impact of the U.S. Government Shutdown on Antitrust Enforcement

The U.S. government partially shut down on December 22 after lawmakers failed to agree on appropriations to fund certain federal operations. The shutdown impacts hundreds of thousands of government employees, nine federal departments, and several agencies, including the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which are jointly responsible for antitrust enforcement. The ...›

December 20, 2018Antitrust + Competition

FTC Announces that Owner of New York Knicks, Rangers Agrees to Pay Civil Penalty for HSR Act Violation

On December 6, 2018, the FTC announced that James Dolan, Executive Chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), agreed to pay a $609,810 civil penalty to settle charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that he violated the premerger notification requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act ...›

January 29, 2018Antitrust + Competition

New HSR Filing Thresholds for 2018

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the agency charged with administering the premerger notification filing requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (the “HSR Act”), issued the adjusted notification thresholds for 2018 on January 26. The new thresholds will become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register and are summarized in this client alert. ...›

January 21, 2018Antitrust + Competition

Antitrust Effects of the Government Shutdown

The merger notification and review process in the United States continues, but timelines may be impacted in unpredictable ways. The Federal Trade Commission’s Premerger Notification Office and the Department of Justice’s Premerger Office remain open during the government shutdown, and they are accepting new HSR filings.  However, they will be operating with a smaller staff, ...›

January 26, 2017Antitrust + Competition, Enforcement

DOJ and FTC Release Updated Antitrust Guidelines for International Enforcement and Cooperation

On January 13, 2017, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated the Antitrust Guidelines for International Enforcement and Cooperation. The updated guidelines include two notable changes that support the DOJ’s international cartel enforcement agenda: a new section on how the U.S. antitrust enforcement agencies interact with antitrust agencies ...›

Updated Antitrust Guidelines for IP Licensing Issued by the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued updated Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property. The updated guidelines reflect several significant changes in antitrust and IP law that since 1995, including: the 2010 Horizontal Merger Guidelines; the 2007 and ...›