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United States v. Jerrold Electronics Corp.

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
187 F. Supp. 545 (E.D. Pa. 1960)


Facts

Jerrold Electronics Corporation (Jerrold) (defendant) was a seller of television-antenna systems, including a community-antenna system. When Jerrold first began selling community-antenna products, Jerrold only offered the products for sale as an entire system. The community-antenna system included a service contract, which was necessary at the time due to the unreliability of the equipment making up the system. In the years after Jerrold’s implementation of the single-system policy for the community-antenna products, the equipment became more reliable, such that a service contract was no longer necessary. Jerrold continued to sell the products exclusively as a single system, however, and the United States (plaintiff) eventually brought an action against Jerrold, claiming that Jerrold’s sales policy was an unlawful tying arrangement in violation of the Sherman Act.

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