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FTC v. Staples, Inc. and Office Depot, Inc.
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
190 F. Supp. 3d 100 (2016)
Staples, Inc., and Office Depot, Inc., (defendants) proposed a merger. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (plaintiff) sought an injunction to block it under the antitrust laws. FTC argued that the relevant market was a cluster market of large B-to-B customers spending more than $500,000 on office supplies annually. Staples and Office Depot countered that the relevant market should include all their customers and sales of ink, toner, and products beyond office supplies.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Sullivan, J.)
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