Times-Picayune Publishing Co. v. United States

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Times-Picayune Publishing Co. v. United States
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Argued March 11, 1953
Decided May 24, 1953
Full case nameTimes-Picayune Publishing Co. v. United States
Citations345 U.S. 594 ( more )
73 S. Ct. 872; 97 L. Ed. 2d 1277; 1953 U.S. LEXIS 2716
Case history
Prior105 F. Supp. 670 (E.D. La. 1952); probable jurisdiction noted, 73 S. Ct. 173 (1952).
A publisher selling only combined insertions appearing in both its morning and evening papers does not violate the Sherman Act
Court membership
Chief Justice
Fred M. Vinson
Associate Justices
Hugo Black  · Stanley F. Reed
Felix Frankfurter  · William O. Douglas
Robert H. Jackson  · Harold H. Burton
Tom C. Clark  · Sherman Minton
Case opinions
MajorityClark, joined by Vinson, Reed, Frankfurter, Jackson
DissentBurton, joined by Black, Douglas, Minton
Laws applied
Sherman Antitrust Act

Times-Picayune Publishing Co. v. United States, 345 U.S. 594 (1953), is an antitrust law decision by the United States Supreme Court. [1] In a 5–4 decision it held that a tie-in sale of morning and evening newspaper advertising space does not violate the Sherman Antitrust Act, because there was no market dominance in the tying product. [2]

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  1. Times-Picayune Publishing Co. v. United States, 345 U.S. 594 (1953).
  2. Turner, Donald F. (1958). "The Validity of Tying Arrangements under the Antitrust Laws". Harvard Law Review . 72 (1): 50–75. JSTOR   1338363.

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