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Marisa (Reese) E. Poncia focuses her practice on antitrust matters and competition law, including antitrust litigation and compliance matters, as well as mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions. Read Reese Poncia's full bio.
Second Circuit Rejects FTC Challenge of 1-800 Contacts, Highlighting Procompetitive Trademark Policy
By Brian Boyle and Reese Poncia on Jun 28, 2021
Posted In Consumer Protection/Privacy, IP Antitrust
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated a final order of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which had found that agreements to refrain from bidding on keyword search terms for internet advertisements violated Section 5 of the FTC Act. The Court made clear that although trademark agreements are not necessarily immune from...
Proposed Bill to Substantially Increase HSR Merger Filing Fees for Deals Greater Than $5 Billion Advances Out of Committee
By Reese Poncia and Gregory E. Heltzer on May 14, 2021
Posted In DOJ Developments, FTC Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions
On Thursday, May 13, the US Senate Judiciary Committee voice-vote approved and advanced Senator Amy Klobuchar’s (D-MN) Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2021. This bill seeks to increase HSR filing fees required for mergers and acquisitions, altering fees for all transactions, and substantially increasing HSR filing fees for deals greater than $5 billion to...
By Reese Poncia and Carina Kant on Feb 10, 2021
Posted In Brussels Developments, DOJ Developments, EC Developments, EU Developments, FTC Developments, Mergers & Acquisitions
In the United States, despite initial obstacles because of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 rounded out to be the busiest year for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) enforcement in nearly two decades. In the fourth quarter, US agencies challenged five transactions. November 2020 saw the most premerger filings in any month since 2001. Mergers and filings in...