Key To Office Merger's Antitrust Fate: Does The Web Count?

Law360, New York (February 20, 2013, 7:00 PM EST) -- Antitrust approval for Office Depot Inc.'s and OfficeMax Inc.'s $1.2 billion merger hinges on an expansive view of the market for pens, paper and toner, expert say — one that includes competition from online retailers such as Inc. and big-box stores like Target Inc. 

In 1997, the Federal Trade Commission blocked Staples Inc.'s bid to acquire Office Depot, finding that office supply superstores were a separate retail market and that the merger would hurt customers. After a weeklong trial, a D.C. federal judge agreed....
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