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US: GE, Electrolux antitrust settlement plan rejected

 |  November 2, 2015

Electrolux AB plunged in Swedish trading after the US Justice Department rejected a proposal to resolve a government lawsuit seeking to block the $3.3 billion takeover of General Electric household-appliance business.

The Stockholm-based company’s offer to sell assets falls “well short” of replacing the competition that would be lost as a result of the deal, Ethan Glass, a lawyer for the department’s antitrust division, said at a hearing Friday in a Washington federal court.

The US claims the tie-up threatens to raise prices for consumers. The government’s lawsuit against Electrolux and Fairfield, Connecticut-based GE to block the deal is set to go to trial on Nov. 9 before US District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who encouraged the two sides to continue talking.

Electrolux spokesman Paul Palmstedt said the company isn’t currently in discussions with the department on a settlement.

“We are preparing to present our case in court,” Palmstedt said by phone Monday. “We don’t share the Department of Justice’s assessment, and are convinced about the merits of our case.”

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