The Federal Trade Commission has sued Dun & Bradstreet Corp., saying its acquisition of a Scholastic Corp. unit last year hurt consumers by eliminating nearly all competition for educational-marketing databases. The FTC alleges the acquisition of Quality Education Data gave D&B more than 90% of the market for the K-12 data, which is used to sell books, education materials and other products to teachers nationwide.

D&B acquired the Scholastic unit for about $29 million, below the threshold amount that would have required the companies to notify U.S. antitrust authorities before finalizing the deal.   Source: The Wall Street Journal

BIIA Newsletter May II – 2010 Issue