Bazaarvoice Deal Violates Antitrust Law, Judge Rules

Law360, New York (January 10, 2014, 12:13 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Thursday sided with the U.S. Department of Justice in its challenge to Bazaarvoice Inc.'s completed acquisition of rival PowerReviews Inc., ruling that the combination of the two online review platform providers threatened competition.

U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick held in a 141-page ruling that the DOJ had proved that the merger eliminated Bazaarvoice's "only meaningful competitor" and further found that the company had not provided any evidence that adequately rebutted the government's case.

"While Bazaarvoice fought against every material argument...
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