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United States v. United States Steel Corp.
United States Supreme Court
251 U.S. 417 (1920)
United States Steel Corporation (USSC) (defendant) brought 180 formerly independent steel companies together under one company and produced approximately 80 percent of the country’s steel. Despite USSC’s size, the steel industry remained competitive. The government (plaintiff) sought to deem USSC a monopoly based on its size and production capacity. In two separate opinions, the district court determined that USSC was not a monopoly. The first opinion held that USSC had grown naturally and was not formed with an intent to restrain trade or restrict competition. The second opinion held that USSC had been formed with the intent to monopolize the steel industry but failed to do so, cooperating with its competitors rather than using its power to dominate the market. The government appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (McKenna, J.)
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