Federal discussion about Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods (Department of Justice, Antitrust Division)

Matt Taylor filed this request with the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division of the United States of America.
Tracking # ATFY17-109
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From: Matt Taylor

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Any discussion within or on part of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) or their members or their staffs—including emails and meeting minutes—since January 20, 2017, regarding a potential merger between Whole Foods (Whole Foods Market Inc.) and Amazon (Amazon.com, Inc.). More specifically, I am seeking official communications about the planned purchase of Whole Foods by Amazon, as reported widely in the media in June 2017, including any relevant communications between FTC or DOJ members or staff on one hand and White House staff on the other.

I am submitting the request in my capacity as the news editor for VICE.com, a consumer-facing journalism publication that is part of VICE Media, LLC.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Matt Taylor

From: Gavin, Jacqueline

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From: Wiercioch, Ronald

Dear Mr. Taylor:

I'm writing to you regarding your July 6, 2017 Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") request to the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice for information regarding the proposed acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon.com. We assigned your request control number ATFY17-109.

You may have heard that the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") issued a statement yesterday, Wednesday August 23, 2017, announcing that they had completed their investigation of the proposed Amazon/Whole Foods merger. Do you wish to withdraw your request to the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice since the FTC conducted the investigation of interest to you? Please note that the Antitrust Division does not have access to records relating to the FTC's investigation. If you are interested in records relating to the FTC's investigation of that matter, you will need to submit a FOIA request directly to the FTC.

Please let me know if you wish to withdraw your request. Thanks.

Ron Wiercioch
FOIA Public Liaison
Antitrust Division/DOJ

From: Hayes, Shaniece (ATR)

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