FTC Reprises Winning Strategy In Staples Merger Challenge

Law360, New York (December 8, 2015, 9:52 PM EST) -- The Federal Trade Commission's lawsuit Monday challenging Staples' $6.3 billion bid for rival Office Depot took a page from the antitrust enforcer's playbook in a successful challenge to a merger of two major food distributors, focusing again not on consumer prices but on what the deal means for large businesses that buy office supplies by contract.

Anyone reading the FTC's complaint against Staples Inc. and Office Depot Inc. could be forgiven for thinking there was something rather familiar about the watchdog's claim that the tie-up would...
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