The US District Court for the Northern District of California rules against a non-reported acquisition in the sector of product ratings and review platforms (Bazaarvoice / PowerReviews)

Combination of online consumer review platforms Bazaarvoice and PowerReviews found to violate Clayton Act* Last week, the federal district court in San Francisco ruled that Bazaarvoice Inc.’s June 2012 acquisition of PowerReviews Inc. violated Sec. 7 of the Clayton Act. In a “necessarily lengthy Opinion,” the court concluded that the Department of Justice Antitrust Division prevailed in the liability phase of its case against the leading provider of online Ratings and Reviews platforms (R&R) over its acquisition of its primary competitor. A status conference has been set for January 22 to consider the remedy phase of the litigation. The court could order Bazaarvoice to divest PowerReviews assets to create a viable competitor, even though the merger was completed 18 months ago. The

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Jeffrey May, The US District Court for the Northern District of California rules against a non-reported acquisition in the sector of product ratings and review platforms (Bazaarvoice / PowerReviews), 8 January 2014, e-Competitions Merger Remedies, Art. N° 62235

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