Carolinas Healthcare System and DOJ duke it out over steering provisions

As the Justice Department and Carolinas Healthcare System duke it out over steering restrictions in the hospital system’s contracts with insurers that the government says prevent competition, veteran antitrust practitioners are closely watching the “unprecedented” case.

The department’s lawsuit, joined by North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, alleges that those contractual provisions have resulted in higher prices, less competition and fewer options for patients. It charges that CHS used its market …

Critics question antitrust agencies’ increasing reliance on monitors

When the Federal Trade Commission allowed pharmaceutical behemoth Teva to acquire Allergan’s generic business, conditioned on relinquishing 79 of its generic drugs — the largest drug divestiture in one of …

As LabMD pushes for a stay of data security order, FTC’s lawyers argue against it

Arguing that it is likely to win a reversal of the Federal Trade Commission’s decision that found its data security practices to be inadequate, defunct medical testing firm LabMD has …

FTC sues online journal publisher, alleges fraudulent practices

One of the guiding principles to advancement in academia is publish or perish. The Federal Trade Commission wants to be sure that scholars aren’t tricked into paying for the privilege …

Ramirez: FTC will push companies harder to test disclosure policies

The Federal Trade Commission will push companies to be more thorough in devising their privacy and other disclosure policies, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said Thursday.

Companies need to more thoroughly “test …

Homes of Gilded Age monopolists a boon for modern-day tourism

Monopolies are generally believed to be bad for society. But some of them resulted in amazingly luxurious homes. These were great for the monopolists and their families and also created …

Neil Averitt commentary: Facebook class-action decision is reasonable, but implications are dangerous

Privacy law and class-action procedures have come together in a California courtroom, with decidedly mixed results.

A federal judge has denied class certification in Facebook Privacy Litigation, a case challenging the company’s …