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Antitrust & politics: A match made in…

After eight years of antitrust enforcement under the Obama administration that some consider robust, while others are more critical, it is fair to wonder what we can expect from a Trump or Clinton administration. Of course, it is often difficult, if not dangerous, to make such prognostications, but it is worth considering the question nonetheless.

Donald Trump has had little to say so far on his position concerning antitrust enforcement. But, he has had one high profile run-in with the antitrust laws that may inform his perspective on the topic. Way back in 1986, Mr. Trump owned the New Jersey …

Violate the Rules Once, Shame on You, Violate the Rules Twice…Go Get Your Checkbook

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) have a slightly different take on the old saying of “fool me once” when it comes to violating the premerger notification requirements as two investors recently found out. As we have reported before, under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvement Act of 1976, 15 U.S.C. § 18a (the “HSR Act”), if certain thresholds are met involving the size (or dollar value) of the persons involved and/or the size of the transaction, the HSR Act requires parties to a transaction (stock or assets) to file a notification with the federal antitrust …

Government licensure for the personal training industry – unnecessary, unworkable and unintelligible

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A campaign to require licensure in the personal training industry by the U.S. Registry of Exercise Professionals has left some scratching their heads. Six states have considered licensure laws that, through criminal liability, would forbid providing personal training services without a license. In 2013, Washington, D.C. passed legislation authorizing the D.C. Board of Physical Therapy to enact regulations for licensure of personal trainers, though it now appears that this law will be repealed.…

Let the antitrust battles begin… State licensures of professional services: A look at personal training

With the explosion of personal services industries, many states are seeking to enact new professional licensing and regulation in many industries.

From healthcare to eyebrow threading to personal training, states are considering who can practice and what type of training is necessary.  Porter Wright’s Brodie Butland, B.Sc., Starting Strength coach shares his recent Starting Strength article “Government licensure for personal trainers: A solution in search of a problem.” Tune in for a podcast with Brodie and me later this week for a deeper dive into these murky waters…

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Antitrust Probe of Movie Theater Chains Enters Next Act

The U.S. Department of Justice has turned its spotlight on AMC Entertainment, Inc. in the government’s antitrust probe of the nation’s movie theater industry.  In an 8-K filed Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, AMC announced that it has received a civil subpoena from the DOJ seeking information and documents relating to AMC’s involvement in joint ventures and film clearances.  The Ohio Attorney General’s office issued a similar subpoena to AMC seeking to investigate potential violations by the company of Ohio’s antitrust laws.

The DOJ’s antitrust probe came to light in mid-May after United Artists Theatre Circuit Inc., a …

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