Maximum civil penalty amounts rise sharply

Late last week, the FTC announced that it had approved final amendments to Commission Rule 1.98.  Rule 1.98 adjusts the maximum civil penalty for violations of the 16 provisions of the law the FTC enforces.  The final amendments were approved in accordance with the requirements of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015.  […]

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 […]