On Jan. 24, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a notice in the Federal Register revising the premerger notification thresholds for mergers and acquisitions under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (HSR Act). Also on Jan. 24, the FTC published revisions to the thresholds that trigger, under Section 8 of the Clayton Act, a prohibition preventing companies from having interlocking memberships on their corporate boards of directors. These revisions represent the annual adjustment of thresholds based upon changes in the gross national product (GNP).

Congress amended the HSR Act in 2000 to require the annual adjustment of notification thresholds based on the change in GNP.

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