WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced May 3 that, following a public comment period, it has approved a final order settling charges against AMR Holdco and Air Medical Group Holdings, which does business as LifeTeam.

The FTC had issued a complaint in March, alleging a proposed merger between the two companies would harm competition for air ambulance transport services in Hawaii. These services are used to transfer patients between the different medical facilities of the Hawaiian islands. Patients rely on these services because not every area or island has access to every form of health care that could be needed.  

A merger between the two companies would have resulted in there being only one provider of air ambulance transport services. To resolve the FTC allegations, AMR Holdco agreed to sell its inter-facility air ambulance transport services business and supporting assets to AIRMD LLC, which does business as LifeTeam.

The FTC voted 2-0 to approve the final order. Sylvia Kundig of the FTC Western Region-San Francisco is the staff contact for the case. 

Assisting the FTC in the case was the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General. 

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