A complaint issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is threatening to scuttle a merger between two companies that provide electronic systems used in estimating auto collision damages.CCC Information Services, Inc., and Mitchell International, Inc., announced merger plans back on April 11, 2008. The deal, which was described as a “merger of equals,” was valued at $1.4 billion. Together, CCC-Mitchell hoped to become a leading provider of information, workflow management systems, and integrated software to insurance companies and collision repair facilities. The companies estimated that, at its inception, they would have annual sales of approximately $460 million and approximately 2,000 employees.

However, a release issued on Nov. 26 by the FTC claims that the merger would obstruct competition in the market, including estimates for the cost of collision repairs, also known as “estimatics,” and software systems used to value totaled vehicles, or total loss valuation (TLV) systems.

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