Per the WSJ, U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman today spurned a government attempt to block Whole Foods from eating Wild Oats.  The Federal Trade Commission asked Judge Friedman to enjoin the merger.  He took 93 pages to say no.

Blawgletter would link to the opinion, but the court filed it under seal to protect corporate secrets.

We nonetheless suspect that His Honor believed, as we do, that antitrust regulators ought to focus on more pressing matters than grocery store sales of tofu, organic blueberries, and Sonoma chicken salad.  International price-fixing cartels, perhaps?

Barry Barnett

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