Dean Foods Deal Gives DOJ Firepower In Food Fights

Law360, New York (March 30, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT) -- With the settlement of the U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit against Dean Foods Co. over its acquisition of a Wisconsin milk processing plant, the agency has not only racked up its first win in a merger challenge under the Obama administration, it has also acquired new ammunition in its fight against anti-competitive practices in the agriculture industry, experts say.

Tuesday's deal, which undid the acquisition, was an important one for the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. Agency officials have repeatedly vowed to carefully scrutinize the competitive effects...
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