FTC and DOJ issue antitrust guidance to HR pros

In late October, the FTC and Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued guidance for human resources (“HR”) professionals regarding the applicability of antitrust law to hiring and compensation decisions.  According to the FTC, “HR professionals are often in the best position to ensure their companies’ hiring practices comply with the law and this guidance will help […]

Tesla one step closer to acquiring SolarCity Corp

It appears that Tesla is on the verge of acquiring SolarCity Corporation after the FTC announced its approval of the $2.6 billion deal late last week.  The FTC’s approval of the deal came earlier than many expected, as the deal obtained early termination from the FTC.  The deal between Tesla and SolarCity was finalized only […]

Solar energy: the FTC’s next target

Every few months, the FTC hosts a workshop that raises issues of competition and consumer protection within a particular industry.  Generally, following these workshops, the FTC begins to pursue actions against companies focused on by the earlier workshop.  It is almost as if the FTC’s workshops serve as a warning that the FTC is about […]

Healthcare merger proceeds over competition concerns

The FTC was a recently dealt a significant blow in the context of a healthcare merger.  Early last week, a Pennsylvania federal judge denied the FTC’s request to block the proposed healthcare merger between Penn State Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth System, even over concerns raised by the FTC that the proposed merger “would substantially […]

Merger between FTC Advocate and NorthShore Challenged by FTC

In late December 2015, the FTC authorized an action to block a proposed merger between Advocate Health Care Network and NorthShore University HealthSystem; two of the foremost providers of general acute inpatient hospital services in the North Shore area of Chicago, Illinois. Proposed Merger Would Create Largest Hospital System in North Shore Area The FTC’s […]