FTC Appeals Judge’s Ruling on Whole Foods Merger

The Federal Trade Commission on Friday said it has appealed a district court judge’s decision allowing Whole Foods to acquire Wild Oats, and will seek a court order to delay the acquisition pending the appeal.

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission on Friday said it has appealed a district court judge’s decision allowing Whole Foods to acquire Wild Oats, and will seek a court order to delay the acquisition pending the appeal. On Thursday Judge Paul Friedman had denied the FTC’s request for a preliminary injunction blocking the merger, citing his reasoning in a 93-page decision that has been sealed because it contains competitive information. Whole Foods agreed not to consummate the merger until

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