FTC Raises Red Flag On Finished Battery Deal

Law360, New York (September 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is challenging Polypore International Inc.'s completed acquisition of rival battery separator manufacturer Microporous Products LP, saying the deal is anti-competitive and has led to price increases.

In an administrative complaint announced Wednesday, the FTC alleges that the approximately $76 million transaction completed in February has increased prices in several markets for battery separators, which are a key component in flooded lead-acid batteries.

The affected markets include deep-cycle separators for batteries used primarily in golf carts, motive separators for batteries used primarily...
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