The Roberts Court Turn to the Left?

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Richard Brunell

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Date Written: August 1, 2014


This essay discusses the Roberts Court's recent antitrust cases, which have favored plaintiffs, and considers whether this represents a shift in attitude.

Until American Needle, antitrust plaintiffs had not won a case in the Supreme Court since 1993. Under Chief Justice Roberts, plaintiffs had lost eight straight cases, half unanimously. The last loss, linkLine, was a low point for plaintiffs as Justice Roberts’s majority opinion effectively overruled Judge Hand’s venerated Alcoa decision recognizing a price squeeze as an independent Section 2 violation, while the four more liberal concurring justices would have dismissed the complaint under an expansive regulatory immunity theory.

Keywords: antitrust

Suggested Citation

Brunell, Richard, The Roberts Court Turn to the Left? (August 1, 2014). Antitrust Magazine, Vol. 28, No. 3, 2014, Available at SSRN:

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