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By Emily Miller
Billionaire gets mobbed by fans at CPAC
Topic - Christine A. Varney
JPMorgan Chase & Co. has entered into an agreement with the Justice Department to resolve the companys role in anticompetitive activity in the municipal bond investments market, agreeing to pay $228 million in restitution, penalties and disgorgement of ill-gotten profits to federal and state agencies.
The Department of Justice is trying to halt H&R Block's plans to acquire the creator of TaxACT software, saying the deal would leave just two major competitors in the do-it-yourself tax-preparation market.
NCAA President Mark Emmert told the Justice Department Wednesday that its questions about the lack of a playoff system for college football are best directed to another group _ the Bowl Championship Series.
Nasdaq and IntercontinentalExchange withdrew their proposed $11 billion bid for the parent of the New York Stock Exchange after the U.S. Department of Justice informed the companies that it would pursue a lawsuit to block the deal.
Bank of America agreed on Tuesday to pay $137.3 million in restitution to federal and state agencies for its role in a conspiracy to rig bids in the municipal bond derivatives market and as a condition of its admission to a Justice Department leniency program allowing it to avoid criminal convictions and fines.
In a letter to Mr. Emmert this month, the department's antitrust chief, Christine A. Varney, said there were "serious questions" about whether the BCS complies with antitrust laws.
"The Department of Justice's Antitrust Corporate Leniency Program is essential to our criminal enforcement of the antitrust laws," said Assistant Attorney General Christine A. Varney, who heads the department's antitrust division.