Oops. FTC reconsiders and takes Phoebe Putney back to court

For awhile there, it looked like the protracted litigation involving the FTC’s challenge to Phoebe Putney Health System Inc.’s acquisition of rival Palmyra Park Hospital, Inc. in Albany, Ga., might end in a weak settlement that Commission officials felt was the best they could do in light of Georgia legal requirements. Then everything changed and the case is now headed back to the courtroom.

In a remarkable about-face, the Commission recently …

Cautious, affable new Commissioner talks about her priorities

It took the better part of a year for the dysfunctional Senate to act on her nomination, but Terrell McSweeny seems right at home. Since being sworn into office at …

Brill says FTC will try to avoid new privacy rules

Like many lawyers and regulators (to say nothing of regulators who are lawyers), Commissioner Julie Brill is often big on rules. But on a slew of privacy-regulated issues, she said …

Questions raised by split vote in pay-for-delay case

As FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez spoke with reporters about the Commission’s recent case against several pharmaceutical firms for allegedly scheming to delay consumers’ access to lower-cost generic versions of the …

Dollar-store takeover battle draws antitrust scrutiny

Big money is on the table in the high-stakes acquisition battle raging around three discount retail merchandisers.

How antitrust enforcers view the situation will determine how the players divvy up the …

Neil Averitt commentary: Challenges to bad-faith patent claims on the horizon

The FTC is likely to start moving more aggressively against unwarranted, bad-faith assertions of patent rights. The recent AndroGel complaint sets down a marker on that. However, the exact breadth …

A Final Word: The end of an era and the passing of the torch

It is with a touch of sadness but an overwhelming sense of optimism that I am pleased to announce that FTC:WATCH has been acquired by MLex Market Insight.

FTC:WATCH has been …