FTC, Whole Foods Battle On

The Federal Trade Commission, twice defeated already in its effort to block Whole Foods Market's acquisition of Wild Oats Markets, is seeking to undo the merger. In court filings last week, the FTC argued that although the acquisition has already taken place on paper, the two entities are still essentially operating separately and the deal should be nullified. In August, the U.S. District

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission, twice defeated already in its effort to block Whole Foods Market's acquisition of Wild Oats Markets, is seeking to undo the merger.

In court filings last week, the FTC argued that although the acquisition has already taken place on paper, the two entities are still essentially operating separately and the deal should be nullified.

In August, the U.S. District Court here denied the FTC's request for a preliminary injunction to b

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