A US federal district court prohibits proposed combination of tax software makers as it violates S. 7 of the Clayton Act (H&R Block / TaxAct)

Proposed Combination of Tax Software Makers Violates Section 7 of the Clayton Act* The federal district court in Washington, D.C. yesterday released its Memorandum Opinion explaining its October 31 order enjoining H&R Block, Inc.’s proposed acquisition of 2SS Holdings, Inc.—the maker of “TaxACT” tax preparation software. The court took a traditional approach in reviewing the merger and concluded that the transaction, which would have combined the second and third-largest providers of digital do-it-yourself (DDIY) tax preparation products, violates Section 7 of the Clayton Act. It began by defining the relevant market. After determining that the Department of Justice made out its prima facie case of anticompetitive effects based on market concentration, the court considered whether

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Jeffrey May, A US federal district court prohibits proposed combination of tax software makers as it violates S. 7 of the Clayton Act (H&R Block / TaxAct), 10 November 2011, e-Competitions Bulletin US Mergers in IT, Art. N° 40199

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