Judge Weighs Pricing in Whole Foods' FTC Case

A federal court judge will try to peer into the future to see what the world would be like for consumers without Wild Oats. In last week's packed, two-day antitrust hearing concerning the chain's proposed acquisition by Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Markets, Judge Paul L. Friedman heard testimony from economists representing each side of the case in which the Federal Trade Commission

WASHINGTON — A federal court judge here will try to peer into the future to see what the world would be like for consumers without Wild Oats.

In last week's packed, two-day antitrust hearing concerning the chain's proposed acquisition by Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Markets, Judge Paul L. Friedman heard testimony from economists representing each side of the case in which the Federal Trade Commission is seeking to block the merger.

“What the judge has to do is predic

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