A US Federal District Court rejects per se rule for vertical market allocation agreement (Hewlett-Packard, Staples)

A federal district court has dismissed the claim that an agreement between Hewlett-Packard (HP) and its customer Staples office supply stores, under which Staples stopped selling its own ink cartridges for HP printers, was a per se illegal antitrust violation. This new decision provides a helpful precedent for the argument that an

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J. Bruce McDonald, A US Federal District Court rejects per se rule for vertical market allocation agreement (Hewlett-Packard, Staples), 17 November 2008, e-Competitions Bulletin November 2008, Art. N° 33810

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