The Obama Trials

Reflections on US v Bazaarvoice

09 November 2017

The Antitrust Division signals its readiness to litigate closed mergers In June 2012, an attorney fresh out of law school walked into my office and handed me a press report that Bazaarvoice had acquired PowerReviews for $170 million. The story did not have much in the way of detail other than to note that both companies offered ratings and review, or R&R, platforms. R&R platforms allow online retailers and manufacturers to collect and display consumer-generated product ratings and reviews that many online shoppers consider before making a purchasing decision.