Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of CoStar Group, Inc., Lonestar Acquisition Sub, Inc., and LoopNet, Inc., FTC File No. 1110172 #00002 

Submission Number:
00002 
Commenter:
Robert Canter
Organization:
Performance Realty Solutions LLC
State:
Maryland
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of CoStar Group, Inc., Lonestar Acquisition Sub, Inc., and LoopNet, Inc., FTC File No. 1110172

I would suggest that Guy Dorey being appointed the "Monitor" is not a well thought out decision, as Guy Dorey sold his company to Costar in 2008. Does the FTC actually believe there can be no bias by an individual that profited from such a large sale and his name sake company has on-going relationship with the Costar. This should be reconsidered in the least. From the April 2009 Costar 10-Q On April 1, 2008, the Company acquired certain assets of First CLS, Inc. (doing business as the Dorey Companies and DoreyPRO), an Atlanta-based provider of local commercial real estate information for $3.0 million in initial cash consideration and deferred consideration payable within approximately six months after the one-year anniversary of closing. The First CLS, Inc. acquisition was accounted for using the purchase method of accounting. The purchase price for the acquisition was primarily allocated to customer base. The acquired customer base, which consists of one distinct intangible asset and is composed of acquired customer contracts and the related customer relationships, is being amortized on a 125% declining balance method over ten years. The results of operations of First CLS, Inc. have been consolidated with those of the Company since the date of the acquisition and are not considered material to the consolidated financial statements of the Company. Accordingly, pro forma financial information has not been presented for the acquisition.