Federal Trade Commission v. Staples, Inc.
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
970 F. Supp. 1066 (1997)
Staples, Inc. (Staples) (defendant), was the second-largest office superstore in the United States, while Office Depot, Inc. (Office Depot) (defendant) was the largest. OfficeMax, Inc., was the only other office superstore operating in the United States. All three companies sold consumable office products such as paper, pens, and toner cartridges. Seeing potential for combined efficiencies, Staples and Office Depot planned to merge their operations. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (plaintiff) sought a preliminary injunction in district court to prevent the merger, alleging a violation of § 7 of the Clayton Act. In assessing the merger for antitrust violations, the FTC and Staples agreed on the relevant geographic market but disagreed on the relevant product market.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Hogan, J.)
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