(Aug. 20) Whole Foods Market Inc. didn’t even have the weekend to celebrate a judge’s ruling allowing it to buy rival Wild Oats Market Inc.

On Friday, the Federal Trade Commission filed an appeal of District Judge Paul Friedman’s decision to allow the merger in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia Circuit.

On Monday, that court stayed the Austin, Texas-based retailer’s $565 purchase of the Boulder, Colo.-based chain.

The FTC has until Aug. 22 to make its case, according to an Associated Press article, which also said the court’s three-judge panel plans to respond by Aug. 23.

The court said, in a statement, that the delay “should not be construed in any way as a ruling on the merits” of the case.

FTC appeals court’s approval of Whole Foods deal
Despite a U.S. District Court judge on Aug. 16 shooting down a Federal Trade Commission request to block the $565 million merger of Whole Foods Markets Inc. and Wild Oats, the FTC on Friday followed by filing an appeal to the judge's decision.