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Judge blocks Sysco/US Foods merger

Judge blocks Sysco/US Foods merger

Fate of deal now moves to FTC's in-house administrative court..

U.S. District Judge Ahmit Mehta has blocked Sysco Corp.’s $3.5 billion takeover of US Foods Inc. The action was taken at the request of the Federal Trade Commission, which is seeking to permanently deny a merger it contends would significantly restrict competition in the foodservice distribution industry, of which Sysco and US Foods are the two largest companies.

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