On May 23, 2011, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed a civil antitrust lawsuit to block H&R Block Inc.’s (“H&R”) proposed acquisition of TaxAct, a digital do-it-yourself tax preparation software provider. The DOJ’s Antitrust Division filed its lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to prevent H&R Block from acquiring 2SS Holdings Inc., an entity within TA IX L.P. and the maker of TaxACT. The DOJ’s complaint details H&R’s motive to eliminate competition.
VeriFone and Hypercom Abandon Planned Divestiture of Hypercom’s U.S. Assets When Faced With DOJ’s Lawsuit
On May 20, 2011, the DOJ announced that VeriFone Systems Inc.(“VeriFone”), Hypercom Corp. (“Hypercom”), and Ingenico S.A. (“Ingenico”) abandoned plans for Hypercom to divest its U.S. point-of-sale (“POS”) business to Ingenico as the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) did not find the divestiture adequate to resolve the competitive concerns raised by the VeriFone/Hypercom transaction.
DOJ Challenges George’s Inc.’s Consummated Acquisition of Tyson Foods Inc.’s Harrisonburg Poultry Processing Complex
On May 10, 2011, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed a civil antitrust lawsuit challenging George’s Inc.’s (“George’s”) acquisition of Tyson Foods’ (“Tyson”) chicken processing complex in Harrisonburg, VA. This is a challenge to a consummated $3 million acquisition in a very limited geographic market in Virginia.
On May 6, 2011, Unilever NV ("Unilever”) and the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) reached an agreement to settle antitrust concerns over its $3.7 billion acquisition of hair care company Alberto-Culver Co. (“Alberto”). The DOJ’s Antitrust Division filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. to block the proposed transaction between the parties of the acquisition along with a proposed consent decree that would resolve the competitive concerns alleged in the lawsuit.