Judge Bashs DOJ's Complaint In Dean Foods Merger Suit

Law360, New York (April 7, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has kept alive the U.S. Department of Justice's lawsuit against dairy giant Dean Foods Co. seeking to break up an allegedly anti-competitive milk processing plant merger, but nonetheless rebuked the agency for purported shortcomings in its complaint.

Judge J.P. Stadtmueller denied the company's request to dismiss the suit but agreed with the defendant’s assertions that certain elements of the suit — the first effort by the Obama administration to undo a merger — were lacking, according to an opinion issued Wednesday in the...
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