Whole Foods Market is interested in getting to the merits of this case as quickly as possible rather than spending everyones valuable time and resources arguing about jurisdiction, Jim Sud, a Whole Foods executive, said in a statement last week. Filing with the Court of Appeals, which the FTC concedes has jurisdiction over the case, saves time and we want to move this case forward in the most expeditious manner for all concerned.
Members of House Judiciary Committee have attempted to intervene in the case, telling the FTC in a letter last month that they were concerned with how regulators were overseeing the merger.
In addition to hiring Davis late last year, the chain also has brought on former Clinton staffers Joe Lockhart and Joel Johnson of the Glover Park Group.
K Street Moves. Former Rep. David Hobson (R-Ohio) is moving to the private sector, joining Vorys Advisors, an affiliate of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease. The former House Appropriations Committee member, who retired in 2008 after 18 years in Congress, will work from Vorys Columbus, Ohio, office.
Capitol Counsel is expanding its lobbying footprint, adding Catherine Finley and Tucker Shumack, former aides to Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine). Finley, who will focus on health policy, most recently worked as a staff director for the Senate Aging Committee for Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.). She previously was a senior health policy adviser for Snowe. Shumack, who will focus on tax issues, served as tax and finance counsel to Snowe, who is on the Senate Finance Committee.