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 […]

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 […]

FTC Commissioner Julie Brill to step down at end of March

On March 31, 2016, FTC Commissioner Julie Brill will step down from her post at the FTC, the FTC has said in a press release.  FTC Commissioner Brill joins FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright as the second recent departure from the FTC.  Brill has said that as of April 1, 2016, she will be joining the […]

FTC asked Amazon Business Exec. to lie in declaration

A routine part of FTC enforcement actions in federal court is the FTC’s use of witness declarations, which operate much the same as affidavits.  Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1746 a party may submit an unsworn declaration in lieu of a sworn affidavit.  A declaration, unlike an affidavit that is made under oath before a […]