On April 5, 2016, Staples and Office Depot rested their defense against the FTC’s challenge to their proposed merger without calling any witnesses. The hearing on the FTC’s proposed preliminary injunction lasted over two weeks and was tried before Judge Emmet Sullivan in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Judge Sullivan will hear argument on the parties’ proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law on April 19, 2016. His decision is expected to determine the fate of the proposed $6.3 billion merger between the nation’s largest office supply companies.