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Justice Department Antitrust Chief Said to Plan Departure

January 26, 2012

(Updates with Pozen overseeing attempt to block AT&T’s T- Mobile bid in second paragraph.)

Jan. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Sharis Pozen, the acting chief of the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust division, plans to leave her position by the end of April to go into private law practice, according to a person familiar with the matter.

When named to her post in August, Pozen, 47, agreed to stay long enough to oversee the department’s suit to block AT&T Inc.’s $39 billion bid to buy T-Mobile USA Inc. on the grounds the deal would hurt competition, said the person, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly. Germany’s Deutsche Telekom AG is the parent company of T-Mobile.

She decided to go back to the private sector when AT&T last month dropped its offer after opposition from the department and the Federal Trade Commission, the person said.

The case was the result of an investigation begun under Pozen’s predecessor, Christine Varney. Under Pozen, the department also successfully pressured H&R Block Inc. to abandon its acquisition of the maker of the TaxAct tax-preparation software.

Gina Talamona, a Justice Department spokeswoman, didn’t immediately respond to a phone call and e-mail seeking comment.

--Editors: Justin Blum, Laurie Asseo

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeff Bliss in Washington at jbliss@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at skomarow1@bloomberg.net


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