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Revitalizing Essential Facilities


Spencer Weber Waller


Loyola University of Chicago, School of Law - Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies

Brett M. Frischmann


Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law


Antitrust Law Journal, Vol. 75, No. 1, 2008

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Our article examines an age old debate about the nature and limits of property rights and the current manifestation of this debate in antitrust law. Many areas of law struggle to balance private property rights - most importantly, the right of exclusion - with the public's right of access to essential resources. What is the best way to manage resources that provide both public and private benefits? For years, academics and law makers have debated this question with respect to transportation systems, communication networks, scientific research, and a variety of other infrastructural resources. Many press for private control of such resources, arguing that the market most efficiently distributes their respective costs and benefits. Others take the position that these resources should be managed in an openly accessible manner. Advocates for this approach maintain that private control often is overly restrictive and unfairly allocates benefits to a few private parties.

In the antitrust area, this tension is mediated by the essential facilities doctrine. Under certain circumstances a monopolist incurs antitrust liability in denying a competitor access to a facility under the exclusive control of the monopolist. While versions of this doctrine go back to the beginning of the antitrust laws, it has been heavily criticized by many commentators and by the Supreme Court itself in dicta.

In our article, we advocate for the revitalization of the essential facilities doctrine and answer these criticisms. Our article seeks to 1) connect the essential facilities debate in the antitrust field to the broader question of private rights versus open access in other areas of the law, particularly intellectual property law; 2) propose and apply an economic theory of infrastructure that comprehensively defines what facilities are essential and must be shared on an open and non-discriminatory basis; and 3) demonstrate that courts are capable of applying this test in antitrust and elsewhere.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 65

Keywords: antitrust, essential facilities, infrastructure, open access, intellectual property, refusals to deal

JEL Classification: D23, D42, D62, L12, L41, L43

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Date posted: February 7, 2007  

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Waller, Spencer Weber and Frischmann , Brett M., Revitalizing Essential Facilities. Antitrust Law Journal, Vol. 75, No. 1, 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=961609

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Spencer Weber Waller (Contact Author)
Loyola University of Chicago, School of Law - Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies ( email )
25 E. Pearson
Chicago, IL 60611
United States
312-915-7137 (Phone)
312-915-7201 (Fax)

Brett M. Frischmann
Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law ( email )
55 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10003
United States

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