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Government Amicus Efforts Show Antitrust Policy Via Advocacy

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. In this articles, featured in Law 360, our authors explore how analysis of this advocacy may give us the shape of antitrust policy. Access Full Article

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District Court Grants Temporary Restraining Order in Phoebe Putney Litigation

by Carrie Amezcua The next step of the on-going Phoebe Putney litigation is completed.  On Wednesday, April 15, the district court for the Middle District of Georgia granted the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) motion for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in Federal Trade Commission v. Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc., No. 1:11-cv-58 (M.D. Ga.).  In its order, the court stated that the FTC "carried its burden of persuasion to establish the need for the imposition of the 'extraordinary and drastic remedy' of a TRO pending the outcome of the court’s decision on the [Preliminary Injunction] Motion."  The TRO prohibits Phoebe Putney Memorial Inc. from taking further steps to consolidate with Palmyra Park Hospital.  Further, the court stated "In response to Plaintiff’s request that the Court order Defendants to refrain from instituting any price changes, the Court ordered that Defendants are prohibited from making...

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Supreme Court Limits Availability of State Action Immunity from Federal Antitrust Liability

by Jeffrey W. Brennan, Ashley M. Fischer, David Marx, Jr., Stephen Wu and Christine G. Devlin The Supreme Court decision in FTC v. Phoebe Putney Health System, Inc., makes clear that state action immunity from federal antitrust laws is disfavored, and local governmental, quasi-public and private entities can only qualify for the immunity under certain specific conditions. To read the full article, click here.

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