Bazaarvoice's $168M Rival Grab Created Monopoly, DOJ Says

Law360, San Francisco (September 23, 2013, 6:08 PM EDT) -- Bazaarvoice Inc.'s $168.2 million buyout of rival PowerReviews Inc. created an illegal monopoly that effectively locked competitors out of the e-commerce ratings and reviews market, the U.S. Department of Justice told a California federal judge Monday in opening statements in its antitrust trial against the company.

Before the merger, Bazaarvoice executives called PowerReviews their only competitor and their closest rival in both features and price, DOJ attorney Peter Huston said. The companies fought to secure deals with retailers such as Sears and VitaminShoppe as well as...
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