by Carrie G. Amezcua and Stephen Wu

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Phoebe Putney Health System settled the FTC’s complaint that the health system’s merger with Palmyra Park Hospital violated the antitrust laws.  Unique state statutes and regulations effectively prevented the FTC from obtaining its usual remedy for unlawful mergers or acquisitions, a divestiture.  Instead, the FTC is requiring Phoebe Putney to provide prior notice of certain future acquisitions and prohibiting it from objecting to state applications by competitors to enter or expand in the marketplace.

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