Anthony S. Ferrara
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Anthony S. Ferrara focuses his practice on regulatory and antitrust matters. Read Anthony S. Ferrara's full bio.
By Michelle Lowery, Anthony S. Ferrara and Stefan M. Meisner on May 22, 2020
Posted In Distribution/Franchising, DOJ Developments, FTC Developments, IP Antitrust
Under the administration of President Donald Trump, the US Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division has significantly ramped up its private litigation amicus program. The Antitrust Division has filed an increasing number of amicus briefs and statements of interest at the appellate and district court levels in an effort to influence the development of antitrust law....
By Ashley Fischer, Anthony S. Ferrara and Katharine M. O'Connor on Apr 24, 2020
Posted In Distribution/Franchising, DOJ Developments, Healthcare Antitrust, Joint Ventures/Competitor Collaboration
The United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) has issued a second Business Review Letter pursuant to the expedited review process it announced on March 24, 2020 to review conduct related to COVID-19 within seven days. The letter released on April 20, 2020 issued to AmerisourceBergen Corporation, which follows a letter issued last week to medical/surgical distributors, again shows...
By Anthony S. Ferrara and Jon B. Dubrow on Apr 23, 2020
Posted In DOJ Developments, FTC Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions, Monopolization/Abuse of Dominance
The DOJ Antitrust Division’s recent challenge to the United Technologies/Raytheon merger highlights a few key considerations for antitrust reviews of aerospace and defense industry transactions. The case is a useful illustration of important principles applicable to this unique industry. Access Full Article
By Anthony S. Ferrara, Louise Aberg, Paul M. Thompson and Stefan M. Meisner on Mar 18, 2020
Posted In Cartel Enforcement, DOJ Developments, EC Developments, EU Developments, Private Litigation
The Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) was active in 2019. At the beginning of 2019, the DOJ was preparing for trial in six matters and had 91 pending grand jury investigations. Throughout 2019, the DOJ made public several new investigations, including in the commercial flooring industry, online auctions for surplus government equipment, the insulation...
Aerospace and Defense Series: DOJ and FTC Vertical Merger Guidelines Will Impact Government Contractors
By Anthony S. Ferrara and Jon B. Dubrow on Feb 24, 2020
Posted In DOJ Developments, FTC Developments, Joint Ventures/Competitor Collaboration, Mergers & Acquisitions
Last month, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released updated Vertical Merger Guidelines in draft form. These guidelines provide a useful resource for aerospace and defense contractors involved in M&A transactions. Vertical competition issues frequently arise in this industry given the nature of the supply base and contracting and...
By Anthony S. Ferrara and Michelle Lowery on Jan 29, 2020
Posted In FTC Developments
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is considering a rulemaking to address the use of non-compete provisions in employment contracts. On January 9, 2020, the FTC held a day-long workshop to start a public conversation on whether it should use its rulemaking power to take on this issue. The two Democratic Commissioners have expressed strong support...
By Jon B. Dubrow, Anthony S. Ferrara and Joel R. Grosberg on Jan 17, 2020
Posted In FTC Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions
The US antitrust regulators continue to challenge consummated transactions. On January 3, 2020, the FTC filed an administrative complaint against Axon Enterprise, Inc., challenging its consummated acquisition of VieVu, a body-worn camera competitor, from Safariland. The FTC also challenged non-compete agreements that Axon and Safariland signed in connection with the acquisition. The complaint demonstrates the...
By Gregory E. Heltzer, Anthony S. Ferrara and Noah Feldman Greene on Oct 11, 2019
Posted In DOJ Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions
WHAT HAPPENED: On September 4, 2019, the US Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (DOJ) sued to block Novelis Inc.’s proposed $2.6 billion acquisition of Aleris Corporation. DOJ alleged that the transaction would combine two of only four North American producers of aluminum auto body sheet (ABS). DOJ further alleged that Aleris was a new and...
Texas Court Declares Licensing Offer Based on End Device Is FRAND, Diverges from California Court in Qualcomm
By Anthony S. Ferrara, Lisa A. Peterson and Stefan M. Meisner on Jun 3, 2019
Posted In IP Antitrust, Private Litigation
Standard-essential patent holders and implementers may face uncertainty regarding licensing practices following a May 23 Texas court ruling. In the ruling, a Texas federal judge reached a conclusion different from a recent California court decision—FTC v. Qualcomm—on the question of whether an SEP holder must base its royalty rates on the “smallest salable patent-practicing unit”...
By Lisa A. Peterson, Anthony S. Ferrara and Stefan M. Meisner on May 23, 2019
Posted In FTC Developments, IP Antitrust, Monopolization/Abuse of Dominance
On May 21, a California federal judge ruled in favor of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in its suit against Qualcomm in a much-anticipated decision, concluding that Qualcomm violated the FTC Act by maintaining its monopoly position as a modem chip supplier through a number of exclusionary practices, including refusing to license standard essential patents...