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Swift & Co. v. United States
United States Supreme Court
196 U.S. 375 (1905)
The United States government (plaintiff) sued Swift & Company and other major meat processors (defendants) for violating the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890. The government alleged that the defendants colluded in several ways to manipulate pricing. The government contended that the defendants agreed among themselves to coordinate the livestock market at slaughterhouses. The defendants argued that any such agreements did not affect interstate commerce and thus were not subject to the act. The defendants appealed to the United States Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Holmes, J.)
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