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Staples, Office Depot warned customers of higher prices after merger, FTC says

The Federal Trade Commission charges that Staples and Office Depot have been warning their corporate customers to lock in prices before they rise after the companies' merger, according to documents filed Monday with the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

The documents are part of the FTC’s opening statement in this week's court hearing on the FTC’s request for a preliminary injunction to stop the merger from closing. The hearing began Monday and continues through May 10, when U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan is expected to make a decision.

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