Recent Development in Antitrust and International Trade Law

FTC Charges Chicago-Area Doctor Groups with Price Fixing

December 29, 2006 at 6:12 pm

On December 29, the Federal Trade Commission announced its decision to challenge the conduct of several organizations representing more than 2,900 independent Chicago-area physicians for agreeing to fix prices and for refusing to deal with certain health plans except on collectively determined terms. The FTC’s complaint charges that the actions […]

Commission Approves AT&T-BellSouth with Conditions

December 29, 2006 at 2:11 pm

The FCC finally approved AT&T Inc.’s (“AT&T) merger with BellSouth Corp. (“BellSouth”) late on December 29, with the telephone companies agreeing to several conditions, including a controversial network neutrality provision aimed at protecting Web players such as Microsoft and Google. AT&T was eager to close the $80 billion-plus deal for […]

FTC Challenges General Dynamics’ Purchase of SNC Technologies

December 28, 2006 at 1:49 pm

On December 28, the Commission announced its decision to challenge General Dynamics’ proposed $275 million acquisition of SNC Technologies, Inc. and SNC Technologies, Corp. (collectively, SNC). The FTC’s complaint alleged that the deal would undermine competition by bringing together two of only three competitors providing the U.S. military with melt-pour […]

FTC Receives Third Petition for Approval of Proposed Divestitures from SCI and Alderwoods Group

December 22, 2006 at 1:48 pm

On December 22, the Commission received a petition from Service Corporation International (SCI) and Alderwoods Group, Inc. seeking approval to divest to Keystone America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Keystone North America, Inc., the following companies and properties: 1) Hankins & Whittington-Dilworth Chapel, Charlotte, North Carolina; 2) Bush River […]

Antitrust Division Ends the Year with Second-Highest Level of Criminal Fines

December 21, 2006 at 4:14 pm

On December 21, the DOJ announced that in 2006 the Antitrust Division marked its second highest level of criminal fines obtained in Division history. The Division also experienced increases in merger filings and entered into more merger settlements than the previous two years combined. Further, the Division supported initiatives to […]

FTC Stops Payment Processor Who Aided Cross-Border Telemarketing Fraud

December 20, 2006 at 6:06 pm

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, on December 20, a federal court shut down a payment processing operation that allegedly helped fraudulent telemarketers take millions of dollars from consumers’ bank accounts. According to the FTC’s complaint, since at least January 2003 the operation has aided at least nine […]

FCC Sets Timeframe for Action Regarding AT&T, Verizon Applications

December 20, 2006 at 2:09 pm

Local governments will have 90 days to act on cable-franchise applications filed by AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications and other entities with existing rights to access city-owned conduits, the FCC ruled in an action on December 20 that split the agency along partisan lines. With support from major phone firms, FCC […]

FTC Receives Petition for Approval of Proposed Divestitures from SCI and Alderwoods Group

December 20, 2006 at 1:47 pm

On December 20, the Commission received a petition from Service Corporation International (SCI) and Alderwoods Group, Inc. seeking approval to divest: 1) Conroe Memorial Park, Conroe, Texas; 2) Harper-Talasek Funeral Home, Killeen, Texas; 3) Palmer Mortuary, Sequin, Texas; 4) Trevino Funeral Home, Brownsville, Texas; 5) Darling-Mouser Funeral Home, Brownsville, Texas; […]

FTC Receives Petition for Approval of Proposed Divestiture from SCI and Alderwoods Group

December 19, 2006 at 1:46 pm

On December 19, the Commission received a petition from Service Corporation International (SCI) and Alderwoods Group, Inc. seeking approval of a proposed divestiture related to SCI’s recent acquisition of Alderwoods. In the FTC’s consent agreement and order allowing the transaction to proceed with conditions, SCI and Alderwoods were required to […]

Antitrust Division Announces Amendment to its 2001 Merger Review Process Initiative

December 15, 2006 at 4:09 pm

On December 15, the Antitrust Division announced that it is amending its 2001 Merger Review Process Initiative in order to further streamline the merger investigation process to improve the efficiency of the Division’s investigations while reducing the cost, time and burdens faced by parties to transactions that are reviewed by […]