The US Court of the Northern District of California decides against the acquisition of a competitor on the basis that it would lead to anticompetitive effects in the sector of product ratings and review platforms (Bazaarvoice / PowerReviews)

JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF DOJ FINDING BAZAARVOICE/POWERREVIEWS MERGER ANTICOMPETITIVE* On January 8, 2014, Judge Orrick of the Northern District of California ruled that Bazaarvoice’s acquisition of competitor PowerReviews violated Section 7 of the Clayton Act. The ruling was in favor of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The public version of the opinion was made available on January 10. In its self-described “necessarily lengthy opinion,” which spans 141 pages, the court ultimately found that the facts overwhelmingly showed the acquisition will have anticompetitive effects and that Bazaarvoice did not overcome the government’s prima facie case. The case included 40 witnesses at trial, more than 100 depositions and 980 exhibits. Dr. Carl Shapiro testified as DOJ’s economist and Dr.

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  • McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
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  • McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
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Gregory E. Heltzer, Andrea L. Hamilton, Christian Krohs, Daniel Powers, David Henry, The US Court of the Northern District of California decides against the acquisition of a competitor on the basis that it would lead to anticompetitive effects in the sector of product ratings and review platforms (Bazaarvoice / PowerReviews), 8 January 2014, e-Competitions January 2014, Art. N° 93319

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