What Bazaarvoice Tells Us About Section 7 Litigation

Law360, New York (January 14, 2014, 9:33 PM ET) -- On Jan. 8, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice prevailed in its challenge to Bazaarvoice’s consummated $168 million acquisition of PowerReviews.[1] The United States District Court for the Northern District of California held that Bazaarvoice’s June 2012 deal constituted the purchase of its “closest and only serious competitor” and violated Section 7 of the Clayton Act.[2]

In reaching its decision, the court thoroughly applied the 2010 horizontal merger guidelines and relied heavily on premerger “hot documents” that reflected closeness of competition between the merged parties and...
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