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FTC sues Dun & Bradstreet over QED acquisition

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Washington, D.C.—The Federal Trade Commission has sued business information company Dun & Bradstreet Corp. over its acquisition last year of education database company Quality Education Data, claiming that it gave D&B a monopoly on kindergarten through 12th grade education data.

D&B, through its education data subsidiary MDR, acquired QED in February 2009 for $29 million from Scholastic Inc. D&B/MDR uses QED data to market books and other materials to education professionals. The FTC said QED was D&B’s largest competitor in the field and that the acquisition gave D&B ownership of 90% of the education data market.

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