DOJ Merger Challenge Highlights Danger Of Bad Documents

(Law360) – The U.S. Department of Justice has filed an antitrust lawsuit challenging a June 2012 transaction combining two providers of product rating and review platforms (PRR platforms) used to collect and display consumer generated online product feedback. This lawsuit highlights how merging parties’ “hot” documents can attract significant interest from the antitrust agencies and, if damaging enough, even lead to merger challenges.  This lawsuit also serves as a reminder that U.S. antitrust enforcers can challenge mergers even after closing, and even for deals not subject to premerger notification under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

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Daniel J. Mogin, Esq.

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