CA says investigation into Sterling purchase is closed

Computer Associates International Inc. now says that a government investigation into its US$4 billion acquisition of Sterling Software Inc. two years ago has ended without any findings of wrongdoing.

In a one-sentence statement last night, the Islandia, N.Y.-based business software and services vendor said it had received notice from the U.S. Department of Justice that the probe into the Sterling purchase "has been closed without any action being taken."

Yesterday, CA confirmed the DOJ probe into its March 2000 purchase of Sterling but said the DOJ investigation was "dormant even though it remains open."

A CA spokesman today said the company only learned late yesterday from the DOJ that the Sterling investigation had ended. "We put out the release when we knew," the spokesman said.

A spokesman for the DOJ couldn't be reached for comment this morning.

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