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Federal Agencies Announce Revised Horizontal Merger Guidelines

On April 20, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") and the Department of Justice ("DOJ") (collectively the "Agencies") released a proposed updated version of the Horizontal Merger Guidelines ("Guidelines"). The Guidelines are a set of internal rules that set...

DOJ Sues H&R Block

The DOJ's Antitrust Division filed a suit to block H&R Block's proposed acquisition of TaxAct yesterday. H&R Block is in the process of learning a lesson (likely expensive) about what not to say in the run up to a deal. For example, internal documents from H&R Block noted that...

DOJ to Drop Antitrust Case If US Airways, American Give Slots to Low-Cost Carriers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Nov. 12 proposed a final judgment with US Airways Group Inc. and American Airlines Inc. under which the DOJ would drop its merger antitrust lawsuit against the airlines if they divest slots and gates at key constrained...

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Stay of American Airlines Merger With US Airways

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Dec. 8 denied an emergency application by individual airline customers seeking to prevent the merger of bankrupt American Airlines Inc. and US Airways Group Inc. The customers had argued that the merger violates...