Judge Rebuffs DOJ Request to Block Booz Allen’s Cybersecurity Deal

A federal judge in Maryland on Tuesday declined to halt Booz Allen Hamilton Holding purchase of a competing cybersecurity company, turning back the Justice Department’s effort to block the deal on antitrust grounds.

Booz Allen in March moved to acquire EverWatch, a company it had been competing against to win a five-year contract to support the National Security Agency’s mission of collecting foreign communications. The Justice Department sued in June, alleging that the acquisition would drive up prices for the U.S. government and create a monopoly supplier for a critical national-security service.