Reed Elsevier NV, et al., In the Matter of

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In the Matter of Reed Elsevier NV, a corporation; Reed Elsevier PLC, a public limited company; Reed Elsevier Group plc, a public limited company; Reed Elsevier Inc., a corporation; ChoicePoint Inc., a corporation; ChoicePoint Services Inc., a corporation; and ChoicePoint Government Services LLC, a limited liability company.
FTC Matter/File Number:

081 0133

Enforcement Type:

Part 2 Consents

Case Summary

In September, 2008, the Commission challenged Reed Elsevier’s $4.1 billion proposed acquisition of ChoicePoint, which would have combined the two leading providers of electronic public record services provided to U.S. law enforcement customers. Public records services compile public and non-public records about individuals and businesses, including credit data, criminal, motor vehicle, property, and employment records, all used by law enforcement as an investigative tool in solving a wide variety of crimes. The transaction, as proposed, would have removed the intense rivalry that had lead to lower prices, product innovations, and improved services and support for law enforcement customers by eliminating the competition between Reed Elsevier’s LexisNexis product and ChoicePoint’s AutoTrackXP and CLEAR products. The Commission required divestiture of ChoicePoint’s product lines to Thomson Reuters Legal Inc. The Commission worked with the Attorneys General of eighteen states on this investigation.