FTC Drops Appeal Of LabCorp Merger Challenge

Law360, New York (March 24, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday dropped its Ninth Circuit appeal seeking to block Laboratory Corp. of America from integrating with recently acquired Westcliff Medical Laboratories Inc., and put an administrative case over the $58 million deal on hold.

The commission voted 4-1 to withdraw its appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which refused the agency's bid for an emergency injunction on March 15 and said it would not hear the case until early June.

Commissioner Julie Brill dissented from Tuesday's...
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