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Bazaarvoice Agrees to Sell PowerReviews in Antitrust Suit

Bazaarvoice Inc., the maker of online product-review software, agreed to sell assets obtained in its $168 million purchase of PowerReviews Inc. after the U.S. successfully sued for antitrust violations.

The Justice Department claimed the 2012 deal would erode competition in the market for online ratings-and-review software and raise prices for retailers and manufacturers. After a judge in January sided with the U.S., the government said the proper remedy would be a sale. Bazaarvoice’s customers include Best Buy Co., Costco Wholesale Corp. and Crate & Barrel.