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Employers Could Have Egg on Their Faces with ‘No-Poaching’ Agreements

[04/18/18]

Posted on April 18, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Consistent with earlier policy announcements, on April 3, 2018, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that it reached a settlement with Knorr-Bremse AG and Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (“Wabtec”), two large rail equipment suppliers. The settlement resolves a lawsuit alleging the companies had maintained unlawful agreements not to... READ MORE

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The Wave of PBM and Insurer Integration Continues as Cigna and Express Scripts Announce a Merger of Their Own

[03/16/18]

Posted on March 16, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Last week, Cigna Corporation, the fifth largest health insurer in the country, and Express Scripts, the nation’s largest stand-alone pharmacy benefit manager (“PBM”), issued a statement outlining Cigna’s plans to acquire the PBM giant for $67 billion. This deal is just the latest example of a health insurer and PBM joining forces, coming just... READ MORE

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Third Party Discovery Begins in Expedited Antitrust Challenge to Health Insurance Mega-Mergers

[08/19/16]

Posted on August 19, 2016 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

As has been widely reported, on July 21, 2016, the Antitrust Division of the DOJ filed two separate complaints to block both Anthem’s acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s acquisition of Humana, alleging both acquisitions violate the federal antitrust laws. In both cases, the parties have decided to fight the DOJ’s challenge. Originally, both cases were... READ MORE

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Will Consecutive FTC Losses Change the Antitrust Landscape for Hospital Mergers?

[07/13/16]

Posted on July 13, 2016 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In late 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), riding a wave of victories, challenged three separate hospital mergers in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Huntington, West Virginia; and Chicago, Illinois (for more information on these challenges, see our previous coverage here). Six months later, the FTC’s winning streak has effectively come to an end after suffering at... READ MORE

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FTC Hospital Merger Win Streak Ends: PA Judge Rules in Favor of Hospitals, but FTC Fights On

[05/12/16]

Posted on May 12, 2016 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

In the first big win in more than 10 years for hospitals over the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) in a litigated hospital merger challenge, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III of the Middle District of Pennsylvania ruled against the FTC, denying their request for a preliminary injunction to temporarily block the merger between... READ MORE

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