Class Cert. Denied In Suit Over Whole Foods, Wild Oats Tie-Up

Law360, New York (January 31, 2012, 2:43 PM EST) -- A Washington federal judge on Monday rejected a motion for class certification from a shopper who claimed that Whole Foods Market Inc.'s 2007 purchase of rival supermarket chain Wild Oats Markets Inc. stifled competition and drove up prices.

U.S. District Judge Judge James E. Boasberg approved a memorandum opinion and order rejecting Ekaterini Kottaras' Jan. 19, 2010, bid to certify a class of people who had bought premium, natural or organic products from Whole Foods in California's Los Angeles County since the date of the merger....
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