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 […]

“Bogus” weight loss claims lead to FTC settlement

In the spring of 2015, the FTC sought and obtained a TRO, preliminary injunction, asset freeze, and appointment of a receiver against Sale Slash LLC, a Glendale, California operation that the FTC alleged used millions of illegal spam emails, along with false weight loss claims and fake, unauthorized endorsements from celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, to […]

Consumer complaints “manipulated” Lifewatch says in preliminary injunction battle with FTC

Lifewatch, Inc. has alleged that the FTC “manipulated” consumer complaints in order to attribute alleged violations of the Telemarketing Sales Rule (“TSR”) to the New-York based medical alert systems company as part of its preliminary injunction battle with the FTC.  As part of that fight, Lifewatch has sought to strike some 17,000 consumer complaints from […]