United States v. Trenton Potteries Co.
United States Supreme Court
273 U.S. 392 (1927)
Trenton Potteries Company and 22 other corporations in the business of making pottery for use in bathrooms (the pottery companies) (defendants) coordinated to fix the prices of their products. Together, the pottery companies controlled 82 percent of the business for bathroom-pottery fixtures in the United States. The federal government (plaintiff) brought a complaint against the pottery companies, alleging that the companies had conspired to fix prices in violation of the Sherman Act. In district court, an instruction was submitted to the jury, stating that the jurors should find the pottery companies guilty if the companies had engaged in a price-fixing agreement, regardless of the reasonableness of the prices or the actual effect of the agreement on the prices. The jury returned a guilty verdict. The court of appeals overturned the verdict, holding that the jury instruction had misstated the law. The government appealed the decision.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stone, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 725,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 725,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 45,700 briefs, keyed to 983 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.