Judge Backs DOJ Market Definition In H&R Block Case

Law360, New York (November 10, 2011, 6:00 PM ET) -- A Washington federal judge concluded that the federal government rightly limited the market affected by H&R Block Inc.'s $287.6 million bid for the maker of TaxACT software to online do-it-yourself tax products rather than all preparation methods, according to an opinion released Thursday supporting an injunction against the deal.

In an 86-page decision, U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell — who barred H&R Block from buying 2SS Holdings Inc. on Oct. 31, but did not release a redacted version of her opinion until Thursday — ruled...
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