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Citation Edit

Alaska Airlines, Inc. v. United Airlines, Inc., 948 F.2d 536 (9th Cir. 1991) (full-text), cert. denied, 503 U.S. 977 (1992).

Factual Background Edit

The defendants were airline owners of proprietary computer reservation systems. The plaintiffs claimed that the defendants had violated Section 2 of the Sherman Act by denying competitors reasonable access to an "essential facility" by charging airlines $1.75 per booking.

Appellate Court Proceedings Edit

The court rejected the Section 2 claim on the ground that the defendants lacked the power to eliminate competition in the downstream air transportation market. The court indicated that standards for assessing access denial under Section 2 are more stringent than those required under Section 1 of the Sherman Act.[1]

References Edit

  1. Id. at 542.

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