The exact reasoning behind the judge's decision won't be made public. (Doing so would reveal Whole Foods' corporate secrets.)
Some details have leaked to the press, however:
...Clifford H. Aronson, a lawyer for Wild Oats who had quickly read the decision, said the judge simply did not believe that there was a unique market for natural and organic foods, as the F.T.C. had argued. He said the online postings from Mr. Mackey did not sway the judge.
"It was a sideshow, but it doesn't make an antitrust case," Mr. Aronson said.
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A report from the Chinese government claims that nearly all of the country's food exports meet the safety standards of the U.S., the E.U. and Japan. (Bloomberg)