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FCC Avoids Shutdown For Now, But Continued Threat Looms Over TMT Sector

The federal government is open.  But less than three weeks remain under the current reprieve and another shutdown seems possible.  Although the Federal Communications Commission tapped on-hand fees to support uninterrupted operations earlier this week, the FCC will start to run out of time – and money – if the stalemate over the budget continues

FCC Commissioners Debate Adjustments to Merger Review Standard

In the first major transaction approval under Ajit Pai’s Chairmanship, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) recently approved, subject to targeted, transaction-specific conditions, license and authorization transfers in connection with CenturyLink’s $34 billion acquisition of Level 3.  The FCC’s recitation of its merger review standard in its order (the “CenturyLink-Level 3 Order”) differed somewhat from the description

New FTC Economist Signals Focus on Healthcare

FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez announced the appointment of Martin Gaynor as the Director of the Bureau of Economics to begin on October 1. Gaynor’s appointment signals that the FTC is not letting up in the attention it gives to competition issues in health care. Gaynor’s career has been dedicated primarily to studying the economics of

Court Refuses to Halt Transaction Integration Following FTC Approval of Deal

The FTC’s review of the proposed merger between Express Scripts and Medco was closely watched in many circles, including by investors, Congress, competitors and customers.  After almost a year of review, the Federal Trade Commission announced early on the morning of April 2, 2012 that it had closed its investigation of the proposed merger between