FTC Condemns Pipe Maker’s Exclusive Dealing Arrangements
Source: The New York Law Journal. Reprinted with permission.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ruled that the only domestic manufacturer of iron pipe fittings violated antitrust law when it implemented exclusive dealing arrangements that foreclosed foreign importers from the U.S. market. The Department of Justice won a trial charging that the combination of two online ratings and reviews platforms was an unlawful merger to monopoly, persuading a federal judge to accept a limited relevant market definition and reject the claim that social media companies could enter the market rapidly. The FTC also won a merger trial involving the acquisition of a medical practice group by an Idaho hospital system.
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