Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® Files Lawsuit in Federal Court Regarding False and Misleading Advertising by H&R Block

Jan 31, 2011, 14:31 ET from Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc.

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- This morning Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® filed a lawsuit against H&R Block in New York Federal Court seeking emergency injunctive relief to stop H&R Block from further disseminating false, misleading and highly disparaging advertising claims about Jackson Hewitt in their nationwide 'Second Look' marketing campaign.

The complaint states that H&R Block has been making claims that are material to taxpayers' decisions regarding which paid tax preparation service to use. It further states that H&R Block is deceiving consumers, diverting business away from Jackson Hewitt and disparaging its reputation and goodwill in the marketplace.

Jackson Hewitt President and CEO, Philip H. Sanford, stated the following:

"We are extremely disappointed with H&R Block and feel they are doing a significant disservice to U.S. taxpayers with their false advertising claims that are designed to undermine trust in Jackson Hewitt.  We intend to pursue every avenue available to us to stop their campaign of misinformation.  We stand by our commitment to our clients, as well as our franchisees and tax preparers, who exhibit the highest level of professional service in the industry."

About Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc.

Based in Parsippany, N.J., Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. (NYSE: JTX) is an industry leading provider of full service individual federal and state income tax preparation, with franchised and company-owned office locations throughout the United States.  Jackson Hewitt Tax Service® also offers an online tax preparation product at www.jacksonhewittonline.com.  For more information, or to locate the Jackson Hewitt® office nearest to you, visit www.jacksonhewitt.com or call 1-800-234-1040.  Jackson Hewitt can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.


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