Case Study Ftc vs Whole Foods and Wild Oats

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FTC versus Whole Foods and Wild oaTs
deCherT llP, skadden arPs, vinson & elkins

t h e c a s e s b ehind t he h e a d l i nes
FTI graphics experts can create a wide range of visual communications devices to support the litigation team, including: — Exhibit plans and outlines — Opening statement presentations — Witness presentations — Research presentations — Hardboards — 2D and 3D animation — Interactive multimedia — Timelines — Technical and medical illustrations — Tutorials FTI Trial Technology professionals lend expertise in the courtroom and war room with: — Best-of-breed courtroom presentation solutions — Deepest bench of experienced trial technology consultants in the industry — TrialMax trial presentation software FTI Jury consultants offer deep experience designing research to investigate juror perceptions by application of: — Community attitude surveys — Focus groups — Mock trial research — Witness preparation — Jury selection — Post-trial interviews

The call came late on a Friday afternoon: the Federal Trade Commission wanted to block the proposed merger of Whole Foods and Wild Oats, and the parties were to square off in court in less than two weeks. What could FTI do to help? And how fast could FTI do it? The following Monday morning at 8:30 A.M., FTI communications and technology consultants were sitting across the desk from lead counsel Paul Denis of Dechert LLP, reviewing preliminary graphic concepts and proposed courtroom technology requirements. By lunchtime, FTI consultants had already been in court with defendants’ counsel and participated in an all-counsel strategy session. By the end of the day, FTI’s Trial Services professionals were fully engaged and firmly embedded in the trial team. Over the next seven days, FTI provided continuous communications consulting, graphic design and production, and technology consulting to prepare for what was in every sense of the term a “bet the company case.” And in this case, the defendant companies...
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