UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
On May 31, 2000, the United States of America filed the above-captioned case alleging that the proposed joint venture between United Dominion Industries, Inc. ("UDI") and Franklin Electric Co., Inc. ("Franklin Electric") would violate § 7 of the Clayton Act, as amended, 15 U.S.C. § 18.
This Temporary Restraining Order is entered on behalf of plaintiff United States based on plaintiff's Complaint alleging imminent violation by the defendants of § 7 of the Clayton Act, as amended, 15 U.S.C. § 18, and the Memorandum of United States in Support of Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order and a Preliminary Injunction with related exhibits and declarations filed in support thereof.
The Court has authority under § 15 of the Clayton Act, as amended, 15 U.S.C. § 25, to issue such temporary restraining orders as may be deemed just in the premises to enjoin a transaction alleged to be illegal under the Clayton Act pending a hearing and determination on the motion of the United States for a preliminary injunction.
It appears to the Court that the defendants intend to consummate an agreement as alleged in plaintiff's Complaint, by which the defendants would form a joint venture, in which Franklin Electric would contribute the voting stock of its submersible turbine pump subsidiary, FE Petro, Inc., and UDI would contribute the principal submersible turbine pump assets of its Marley Pump Co. subsidiary. Franklin Electric would own seventy-five percent (75%) of the joint venture, and UDI would own twenty-five percent (25%). The joint venture may result in a monopoly in the manufacture of submersible turbine pumps used in gasoline service stations in the United States. It appears to the Court that plaintiff is substantially likely to prevail at trial in demonstrating that the acquisition will violate § 7 of the Clayton Act, as amended, 15 U.S.C. § 18. The joint venture would be formed before a trial on the merits of plaintiff's Complaint could be held and a decision rendered. Defendants will consummate the transaction, unless restrained by order of this Court, before a hearing can be held on the motion of the United States for a preliminary injunction.
It further appears to the Court that enjoining this transaction pending resolution of the motion of the United States for a preliminary injunction will maintain the status quo and prevent the injury to the public that may occur if the defendants consummate the proposed transaction.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that defendants and all persons acting on their behalf are enjoined from consummating or taking any action to proceed with or carry out their proposed joint venture, as described in the Complaint, or from entering into or carrying out any other agreement or arrangement by which any commingling of assets would result.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this Order shall expire 10 days after entry thereof or on the date of any extension of the expiration date granted by the Court.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the motion of the United States for a preliminary
injunction shall be heard on ________, 2000, in Room _____ of the United States Courthouse,
_________, Wisconsin, at ______.